Morningstar Marina Golden Isles
|Shrimpboat just offshore|
with no pictures. Our camera was lost for the entire day, not to be found until almost bedtime. So, what pics we have of our first offshore jaunt in quite a while, will be from the iPhone and iPad...
|Light winds for a while with gentle swells|
We saw not another soul after the shrimpers just outside of the St. Mary's Inlet. We saw two huge turtles and several flying fish. Jellyfish and a couple of dolphin were our only friends all afternoon.
Time passes at a different rate of speed when we're offshore. Without the constant need to steer and maneuver, the mind goes off on a tangent, which somehow seems to make time pass more quickly as we gently rock and stare into the distance.
This day also saw the end of Florida, and the beginning of Georgia. Although we won't be seeing much of Georgia yet... our plan is to skip through and come back in the ICW when it's cooler...
|St. Simon's Inlet Markers|
The Channels leading to the inlets along this stretch of the East Coast reach out for miles into the Atlantic. I've read everything I can find about dire warnings of shifting shoals in my research about these inlets. There isn't much that I can find that tells you it's OK to hug the coast, but I want to shave off as many extra miles as possible. In the end, we settled for a happy medium and hovered around the 30 ft. depth range and made as straight a course as we could, staying outside the "safe water marks" where they were available.
|St. Simons Lighthouse|
We rode the swells into St. Simons Sound and easily spotted the navigational aids that would bring us into the unimpressive Frederica River, which would be our home for the night.
In the morning, we made contact with the friendly folks at Morningstar Marina Golden Isles. If these guys are any indication about how friendly the people in Georgia will be... we may be sorry we're skipping through so quickly!
Why are we here? Oh yeah... we need to pick up a new range for the boat. Since we bought the boat, we have had one burner that burns yellow, indicating improper air/propane mix. We've just been avoiding that burner but now have a second one that we can't use for the same reason. We spent some time on the phone with the makers of our range, and followed their instructions for cleaning the jets and such... but instead of improving the situation, it seemed to get worse.
The parts inside the stovetop were corroded and rusty, so we decided that we would just order replacements.... but when we started "adding to cart"... I got nervous when we topped $500 (half a boat buck)... At this point we reasoned that we could replace all of these parts, and still have an old range.... Or - we could spend about twice the amount and have a whole new range. While we were in Fernandina Beach, we called ahead and placed an order to have a new one waiting for us at the cute little West Marine Express in Brunswick. And Morningstar Marina is about five minutes away from West Marine... and they have a courtesy car!!!
I cleaned it all up and was gratified to find that it wasn't nearly as bad as my mind had made it. Now we have a nice sparkling spot for our new range to live!
|Buck even helped!|
So anyway, we picked up our new range and the folks at West Marine acted as if we were their ONLY customers this week!
We popped into the grocery store on our way back to the marina and still got back within the hour. (love the small town) It seemed as if our fears that we might not get finished with this project in one day were unfounded. (but best not to count our chickens before they're hatched...)
We lucked out that it was just plug and play. We used teflon tape to prep the propane connection and screwed it on.
We replaced the old three burner stove with a two burner model. I chose this because the configuration of the three burners never allowed me to use two burners at once for large pots. I was hoping that the two burner model would be better in that respect.
I've used it now and it seems to be fine as far as maximizing the cooktop. However, what I didn't realize was that the oven space would be smaller. The new range is less deep from front to back than the old one. This is most evident in that my pizza stone won't fit inside now... So, I'll adapt... On the bright side, I can feel the additional space in my galley. You wouldn't think it would make an appreciable difference, but it does. Overall, I'm happy with the new range and it cooks like a dream!
|Wondering what my old Co-workers are doing right now...|