Originally Posted by John_Trusty
Hey Wayne, how did you fare with Matthew? Hope no damages and your back enjoying the water
No damages, everything OK.
We headed south on the St John's River intending to go to Murphy's Creek but in the process of doing that noticed something called Black Creek a little north of Green Cove Springs. After checking it out on Active Captain
, and double checking the clearance on the Rt 17 bridge, we decided to go in and take a look. We went up about 1/2 mile past the bridge, just below the first island. It looked like a great spot so we dropped our 90# Rocna
and let out 150 ft of chain. The anchor
set right away and held when we backed down on both engines. We then set a 65# Bruce at about a 60 degree angle to the north on 150 ft of 7/8ths nylon 3-strand.
The next day we got on the phone
to see if we could get a car from Enterprise and got the last one available. We took the dinghy
south to Knight's Marina by the bridge and Enterprise picked us up up within minutes. After signing the rental agreement, we went back to the boat, packed up some clothes, did everything we could to secure all the gear
, topped off the generator
, left it running, and docked the dinghy
at Knight's as securely as we could.
We then bailed out to the west coast
for two days and went back Sunday morning not knowing what to expect. The inflatable
was totally filled with water but the outboard
and fuel tanks
were OK. We bailed it out with a borrowed bucket and it started right up. Everything was good on our GB49; anchors held just fine; generator
stayed running; fridges and freezer
OK; batteries fully charged; no canvas
damage. There were some downed trees on both sides of the creek but nothing that impacted us.
Thanks everyone for all of the timely advice. This is a great group filled with knowledgeable and helpful people.
Today we resumed our trip south and are currently anchored just off the ICW
about 9 miles north of St Augustine.
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