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Jacksonville, FL

I left Southport, NC on what appeared to be a tight weather window and headed for the St. Mary's River on the Georgia Florida border.  The forecast was for 15 to 20 knot winds from the North and 3 to 5 foot waves.  I got the waves.  It was a good thing that I had fueled Reboot before I left because the winds were from 0 to 20 knots, mostly 0 knots.  I motored about 85% of the time.

As I went into the St. Mary's River the wind had already started to shift to the East and then the South.  I stopped at Fernandina Beach for fuel.  I was greatly tempted to rent a mooring ball for the night - get a shower, do the laundry, etc.  But I decided to press on to Jacksonville.  The wind had shifted to the South so the entire trip down the ICW was with 15 to 20 knots of wind in my face.  At least I did not go outside and have to deal with the confused seas.

Once again I arrived just in time to not be able to go under the Main Street Bridge so I hung out at the dock by the football stadium u…

Southport, NC

I am currently in Southport, NC waiting for a weather window.  I took one look at the 160 mile ICW route between here and Charlestown I decided I would rather wait a day or two than do the 4 to 5 day inside route. (I can only make about 40 miles inside per day since the daylight hours are so short.)

Door into Summer (Ed and Claudia) left from Morehead City with Reboot.  We putt putted our way down the ICW to Wrightsville Beach NC. I had done this trip in the past - Morehead to Mile Hammock Bay to Wrightsville and hated it (as H2OBO and HOBO II can attest - they didn't like it very much either.)  This time we were not being run over by other cruisers and the current at the Wrightsville Bridge was only 2.5 knots instead of 4 knots.  I also knew not to try the channel where I had run aground the last time,

We collected two Canadian single handers for cocktails in Mile Hammock Bay.  Marc then caught up to us in Wrightsville.  He missed one bridge so came in a full hour behind us - just…

Mile Hammock Bay

Stopped for the night.  Cold transit today.  Hooked up with two Canadian single handers.  Great dinner thanks Claudia.

Continuning South tomorrow AM.

Looking for a weather window

With my unexpected heart surgery I am still in New Bern long after I had intended to depart.  Ed and Claudia (Door into Summer) took the run to Bock Marine to get their fuel tanks cleaned yesterday.  On the way down they discovered that their wind instrument was not longer working.  Since they had just replaced their radar they think that a wire got disconnected while pulling the new radar wire in the mast.

This brings us back to Reboot.  I would love to leave but the offshore weather has been terrible and the forecast for the next week is worse.  I hate the ICW.  It looks like hating the ICW is going to trump going offshore in 7 to 10 foot waves.  I am hoping to leave on Monday.  If all works out then I would meet up with Ed and Claudia sometime in the following couple of days.

I will keep you all informed.

Fair winds and following seas.

The Elder Scrolls - Skyrim

When I was up visiting Trevor and Spencer I got involved in the new "Elder Scrolls = Skyrim" game.  I have to admit that I have the heart of a gamer.  I find myself sitting on Reboot playing Skyrim when I probably should be getting ready to go South.  LOL

Fair winds and following seas.

West Marine Price Hike

Tis the season to be jolly and for West Marine to raise its prices before the new catalog comes out.  I expected a little bit of a price increase but $40 on a $159 tri-color (already grossly overpriced for a plastic light fixture) and $20 for a $70 starboard bow light (also grossly overpriced to start.)  I did not shop long, nor will I be fast to return without first checking out every other possible option.

By the way, the price increases have already taken place.  If you go out to the web site the new prices have been loaded even though the "2011" catalog still has several weeks to run.

Tammy Baldwin - Credit where credit is due

I rarely write anything political in my blog but as a retired member of the US Military I wanted to share this. Tammy Baldwin is the Democrat representative for the 2nd district in Wisconsin (my legal address) which includes some of the most liberal neighborhoods in Wisconsin (the Madison and University of Wisconsin area.) I wrote her to complain about proposals to increase fees for Tricare and, given that she is a Democrat expected some "we need to give more to government spread the wealth around" response. My surprise when I received the following letter ...

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December 2,2011

Dear Mr. Jones:

Thank you for contacting me regarding TRICARE coverage and fees. It is good to hear from you and I apologize for the delay in my response.

Like you, I strongly believe that the United States government has a responsibility to provide our servicemembers, retirees, veterans, and their families with access to affordable and comprehensi…