I need anyone with experience with Navionics to read this post and reply to me.
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|Our view towards the ICW at Sisters Creek|
|And the other way on the dock at Sisters Creek|
|The salon helm|
|The nautical chart of the inlet|
at Amelia Island.
If there is anyone who would oppose any kind of dredging of Jekyll Creek in Georgia it would be the people who own and operate the Jekyll Harbor Resort Marina at Jekyll Island. The water dockside is deep, and tying up there is a better strategy than possibly attempting to pass through Jekyll Creek at low tide. And this caution is well deserved.
|Amelia Island from the|
We departed Sisters Creek about 9:00 am for the 54-mile trip up to Jekyll timed to arrive at the marina during the afternoon ebb slack water anytime after 4:30 pm. It was one of those weird days where I couldn't make it work mathematically to do otherwise. To arrive at Jekyll at a high tide and pass on by it to, let's say, Brunswick, meant we would have had to depart Sisters Creek during a rushing current in the dark. That wouldn't do. So I settled on a more casual strategy: leave Sisters Creek when a slight current was on our bow and lollygag most of the day to arrive at Jekyll Harbor Marina at slack water during low tide.
|Railroad Swing Bridge|
|A waterside restaurant|
Everything was unexceptionally normal for a boating day. The weather was fine, the water conditions were fine, the boat was fine, we were fine, everything was fine.
Well, not everything.
|That's not the right place for a boat.|
|Not a good situation.|
There are two ways to plot a route. The standard, manual way where I (or you) would start a route and click each waypoint. We've all done that – no big deal. But Navionics has another way to do it too. It's a fully automatic plotting function where I click the starting point and the ending point and it figures out the complete course. Pretty fancy. (I think other chartplotters have that function, but it's new to me.)
|Fernadian Beach Marina is still closed.|
|"Keep Off Dock"|
|Chart of Fernadina Beach|
|Another stack of boats.|
But the second route, the one from Sisters Creek to Jekyll Creek, I used the automatic plotting feature. It worked, it created a route, but I had to do some editing to it. The mistakes were not terrible, like wanting to go over land masses, but more along the lines of not following the ICW line or not being the most direct route. I could have bailed out on it and manually made a new route but I decided to go ahead and use the auto-route anyway. What was done was done.
|King's Bay Submarine Base|
|Old Fort Clinch at Fernadina|
Well, when we finally got going on the auto-route from Sisters Creek, not only did my tablet have burps and bumps but major heart attacks as well. It froze, auto-restarted, skipped lengths of the route, it wouldn't hold course-up or north-up, and generally acted wonky. And, of course, it had it's greatest fits during parts of the route when a chartplotter was needed most. Lisa ended up at the helm me with a paper chart to keep me on track.
|At Jekyll Island|
|The bridge at Jekyll Island|
|Jekyll Harbor Marina at Jekyll Island|
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