Nov 22
We were delayed a day waiting at St. Simons island for 2 engine parts.  An oil pressure sensor for the main engine and a water sensor relay for the generator.  The generator had stopped working a few months ago when the water impeller self destructed.  Most likely from the generator sitting in the boat for a year waiting for the work to be finished around it.  The special rubber impellers do not like to get dried out, and ours was most likely dry.  The generator automatically shuts down if the cooling water stops running through the engine, which is great.  Except, that our sensor somehow got stuck on "no water" and would shut the generator down after 1 minute.  All was working, so a new sensor and it is all operational again.  We have not needed the generator with the traveling.  After motoring for the day on the ICW the batteries are fully charged.  It is when we get to long anchorages that it will be important.
The part arrived and we took off at 2:30 in the afternoon, a time we are usually anchoring.  But with a really good weather forecast for the evening and a high tide, we left St. Simons 5 minutes after the fed ex package arrived and went 20 miles.  We set anchor as the sun set.  A beautiful anchorage with calm water, a great sunset, and a few dolphin "Frolicking" in the water.  And being Friday, we made pizza.  yum!!!  it was good.  We also had our home made soda with the Soda Maker.  A big CO2 cartridge that carbonates the water.  Then you add syrup.  The syrups are 1/3 the normal sugar of soda.  A little different taste than the Big names sodas, but we like it.


The next morning we left the anchorage with the sunrise to get to Cumberland Island early for a day at the beach.  We had a great sunrise with mist on the water.

On the way we passed through a place that is notorious for boats going aground.  Often people are blindly following their GPS chartplotters and ignoring "What is in front of your face".  here is an image of our boat "on land" by the GPS.  A lot of the charts are wrong, but if you just look up at the  markers, you can see where to do.  It is not too hard.  but common sense is not always so common.  You can see on the GPS that there should be deep water to the left of the picture, but.....charts can be wrong.  We usually have 1 paper chart (often 2) and 2 GPS units going.  The chart plotter that is attached to the helm, and the Chart plotter that is part of the Ipad.  Between the 4, the visual marks always win.  So far, haven't run aground (too hard).


P.S. I made Eggs and Grits with a home made cheese sauce.  Heavenly.