Friday, March 30, 2012

Back on the Boat in JAX

Good news abounds! We are back on the boat down at Dames Pointe Marina in Jacksonville, Florida. We arrived here on Tuesday evening without a hitch, picked up the rental car and headed to the marina. As it was late (9pm-ish) we decided that the only thing we had to do was hook up the shore power lines and hit the sack. I made a quick check of the engine compartment. The bilge was dry. Everything was ship shape. All of the boxes that we shipped down arrived and were either stacked nicely in our salon or were up in the marina office. We sort of had the intentions of setting off up the ICW on Friday or Saturday but due to an ordering error from Defender.com we have to wait until next Tuesday. We are replacing all of the lines on the boat as some that came with the boat are frayed pretty badly. Also we think that longer lines would be more helpful, especially the bow lines. Anyway, I thought that I had ordered all six lines from Defender but only three were processed and shipped. After a quick call to their customer service center the other three were ordered. They will arrive on Monday some time so we will probably set out on Tuesday.

As our we left the boat with a full holding tank we did take a day cruise on Wednesday to a free pump-out at the Sisters Creek public marina just north of the mouth of the northern entrance of the ICW off of the St. Johns River. Upon our arrival and after a few aborted approaches to the rather short and tricky facing dock where the pump-out gear is located we were dismayed to find that it was broken. Rats. We did make a call to the marina manager (who is not on-site) to report the problem. I am guessing that it is fixed by now and it is my intention that we will start off on Tuesday and make it our first stop.

We had to return the rental car Thursday evening so Wednesday and Thursday were spent running around Jacksonville on errands. We stocked the galley back up to capacity, made stops at West Marine, Walmart and several dollar stores. We think we're set. Today (Friday) and this weekend will include some routine maintenance (mostly cleaning including a full-boat wash), putting stuff away and enjoying a bit of casual and laze-bag time. One of our purchases was a electric trolling motor for the dinghy so I'll get that all set up and checked out.

More later.