One day or one week? Umm there’s that weather decision again. Tuesday night would bring in a very breezy front and depending on which weather service you rolled the dice toward, the top wind would be anywhere from 25 to 35kts. Well isn’t that special? We felt safe on these moorings, but the field is large and north winds (especially) would turn on the churn and bounce switch- big time. A call to Marineland Marina secured us a spot and with only 24 spaces, most not wide enough for us, we felt like lucky early cat birds with a juicy worm. 🙂
By now you’ve read numerous times how much we like St Augustine, so I’ll just drop in a few photos for a quick pictorial.
As we tied up to the dinghy dock we spied a cute micro yacht- something like a very small Ranger Tug (?)- named Dessert 1st. Russ got a haircut while I snapped a few “why I like St Augustine” photos.
Christmas gifts in hand, gelato in stomachs, we stepped out of a shop and I noted the woman ahead of me wore a fanny pack. Backpacks, fanny packs and comfortable footwear often indicate “cruiser”. As we turned down the street she looked back at us and asked if we were on a boat at the marina. Goosebumps. Turns out Mary and Casey are the adventurous owners of m/v Dessert 1st!
This tiny vessel is 23ft long- talk about micro. I mean, Ortolan is 23ft WIDE. Trailerable little thing with a huge outboard- been all over the country including Alaska. We delved into the usual cruiser topics, exchanged boat cards and figured we’d see them again someday. We know how these things go.
Tues around 11am we tossed off the mooring lines. Marineland Marina is only 16nm south but we waited until the current was with us before leaving.
Our tie-up would be port-side, which we prefer because the fenders rubbing can be noisy and we sleep on the starboard side. We’d be sharing the floating face dock with m/v Traveling Soul, a Jefferson 52 (think: mansion) and m/v Dream Weaver, a Kadey-Krogen 48 Whaleback. Around the corner sat s/v SeaSparrow, a Leopard 40. We were in good company.