We are preparing to leave for St. Petersburg in a car. A car! What a concept! We have our boat on a mooring ball in St. Augustine and we will be back in a few days with our decision of whether to stay or go.
We were successful in getting the leak from our stuffing box under control, at least for now. Cap’t K. was finally able to get into the project yesterday and tried tightening it….and lo and behold it worked! It was that simple. (actually, it’s not that simple….to get at this part of our boat requires us to take EVERYTHING out of not one but two cockpit lockers, unscrew some boards, and climb down into the bellows of the boat in a very awkward position.) We will still need to replace the stuffing material at some point in the near future, but not today!
Our dinghy motor is not doing so well. In fact, it is pretty much dead. It has been working very unreliably for awhile now, and Capt K had reached the limit of his ability to fiddle and tinker with it to try and pinpoint and fix the problem. So yesterday we found a local mechanic guy who came over and looked at it. He pronounced it dead, basically, and said it was basically just good for spare parts. We were hoping it was some simple fix, but no. The cost to fix it would be about the same as replacing it. This is a major bummer for us right now. Not having a reliable dinghy makes it very difficult to get ashore, especially in an area like this where there is a very strong current, making it challenging to row if you are against it. I love rowing, but inflatable dinghys are not the best boats to row, especially if you have two people in it. So we are really limited right now and looking for a new dinghy solution.
Here are a couple of pics from our walk around St. Augustine yesterday.
By the way, any donations received right now are going towards our new camera, and many thanks to those of you who have already contributed!!
Also, here is a little video of the amazingly beautiful entryway of Flagler College. This campus is stunning! Absolutely beautiful architecture.
Also, we finally got around to uploading a bunch of random videos that we have taken over the course of this trip onto our Youtube channel. So if you have some time and you want to watch a few of them, they are fun tiny snippets of our travels.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanks for being with us!!!