We just got back from a very nice four day trip to St Augustine and back aboard Magic Carpet. If you’ve been following this blog (and why, for goodness sake, would you not be doing so?) you’ll recall that our most recent attempt at this trip was cut short by Janet’s unfortunate encounter with the flu bug.
Having survived that, we again provisioned the boat and made reservations for three nights at marinas, and on Friday, we cast off from Halifax Harbor Marina in Daytona Beach and swung our bow northward. I won’t bore you with a recounting of the first leg, from Daytona to Hammock Beach, because I already did that to you in my last post.
As he did the last time, our faithful seagoing feline Lynx joined us for the voyage.
You can tell by his expression, that he’s just thrilled shitless to be on the boat with us.
We arrived at Hammock Beach marina around 3:00 and got all tied up and plugged in. We took a complimentary Lincoln Towncar ride about three miles to the main resort and wandered around looking the place over. I can tell you this: it’s a whole heap nicer than the Best Westerns I’m more accustomed to.
We thought about eating at the restaurant there, but didn’t want to leave Lynx alone that long, so we Towncar’d back to the marina.
Next morning, we left Hammock Beach around noon, planning to arrive at St Augustine at the 3:00 low tide. That way, we wouldn’t have to contend with the strong current in the marina during the rising or falling tide.
We got into our slip,
and decided to take a walk around the old city,
and look at some of the interesting boats in the marina,
and their passengers.
The next morning, the water was like glass.
We had to wait until nearly three in the afternoon to leave, again to avoid the strong current. Because of our late start, it was right at sundown when we reached Hammock Beach marina. We ate dinner on board again and called it a night.
Monday morning was another totally calm morning.
and navigated through the L.B. Knox Memorial bridge about five miles south of Flagler Beach.
This pod of three followed us for quite a while, and before long, we were turning into the Halifax Harbor Marina channel. We got tied up, connected the boat to shore power, then loaded our stuff and our boat cat into the truck for the short ride home.
It was a great trip, the weather was fantabulous, and except for a slight issue I had with the breakwater in St Augustine, we and the boat all had a great time.