Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Getting Stuck At Jekyll Ain’t Such a Bad Thing

As I write this on Wednesday May,15th, Phil Jones, the marine electrician mentioned previously, is down below in the engine compartment installing our spiffy brand new Xantrex 2012 Charger/Inverter, and we are very pleased about that. El Supremo Dockmaster Scott (He needed a better title.) made sure that the contraption was here yesterday afternoon as promised and we are optimistic that we will be underway tomorrow. We will head to an anchorage at Breakfast Creek which is not too far south of Savannah. We will go out into the ocean from St. Andrew sound, which is south of Jekyll to avoid the shallows of Jekyll Creek near low tide, and motor up to Ossabow Sound. From there we will briefly join the ICW veering off onto the Vernon River to the anchorage. The weather and sea conditions which have been exceptional lately should still be good.

All this repair stuff has meant that we have had a few days to kill on Jekyll Island. And this has turned out to be a good thing. It is a very charming and interesting place. If you like lots of shopping and lots of things to do then Jekyll is not for you. But if you are in search of a tranquil and peaceful place with broad beaches, rustic charm, biking or hiking then this place might fit the bill nicely.

Jekyll Island was a millionaires retreat in years gone by with beautiful mansions that the super-rich of old called their “cottages”. Obviously their understanding of what a cottage is and what the rest of us think differs. These cottages are opulent abodes in a village setting. Things are very unrushed here. It’s tranquil. There are a few sights to see here such as the fascinating Georgia Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Center where you can see live sea turtles all en route to being brought back to health and returned to the wild. There are several house tours available and great bike paths that go through wonderfully diverse environments. And the beaches are beautiful. They have kept development at bay. (For now! There is a push to begin more aggressive development.) But again, if you are looking for action then this isn’t going to work for you. This is for relaxing. The only downside that we could see is that there aren’t very many choices for dining. The first night we were here we ate at the big manse that was turned into a hotel and restaurant. It was pretty pricey and the food was only so-so. There is also a bar and grill on the street by the ocean but it was pretty bad. (How do you screw up a patty melt?) But there is a Dairy Queen! But, even with those demerits we have enjoyed out stay here.

But it is time to move on! Hopefully that will be tomorrow.

1 comment:


We love our Xantrex 2512. It is connected and on all the time. Un-connecting the shore power from the dock is not noticeable on the boat. The microwave clock stays on, TV and anything else. We use 4 6V golf cart batteries to power the inverter and a 90Amp alternator does the entire recharging duty. We anchor out, watch TV, use the microwave, cook coffee in the morning with the electric coffee pot and the batteries are pretty discharged when we crank up for the next destination. By the end of the day everything is back up. The only thing we turn off is the hot water heater. The heat pumps are on the other shore power circuit and of course do not operate off the inverter. Also, the charger function is amazingly kind in the recharge process. I have regular lead acid wet cells and the Xantrex even has a thermal detector to adjust for temperature. I can't say enough good stuff about the Xantrex unit. We do not have a gen-set. But our xantrex has the ability to start a generator if it's batteries get low and shut it off once the batteries are recharged.