I should take care to read for better comprehension. 'looking back, the 72' was obvious.
When it comes to living aboard
a Gulfstar Sailmaster while learning
to sail in the Saint Augustine area, I see two distinct plans. If you're living aboard
in St. Augustine, sailing for the day would allow two options. You can choose to learn your sailing skills in the wide area of the Tolomato River north of Vilano Bridge, but the River width is restrictive and the currents are swift. The other option would be out the inlet on selective days, but you would need to be attentive to weather
conditions at the inlet. We have often used St. Augustine Inlet, but it's not a good choice in some conditions. In addition, maneuvering to and from your slip in Saint Augustine, whether Salt
Run, Downtown or Sebastian River can be difficult without some experience. Comachee Cove Marina just north of the Vilano Bridge is best for current
The other option would be far more pleasant for learning sailing skills with wide areas of protected inland water
with little current. This would be the area of the Saint Johns River south of Jacksonville
. The downside would be the driving commute on route
16,- 'not bad to Green Cove Springs, but double the distance if you keep a slip on the Ortega River further north.
When Nancie and I spent time not long-distance cruising, we always found it important to be able to spontaneously head
out for a day or moonlight sail. You might not find that a location that allows for easy short term sails
is as important.