Daytona Beach to Titusville

Trip Start Oct 19, 2008
Trip End Jan 05, 2008

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Friday, November 28, 2008

We spent Thanksgiving in Daytona Beach. We had a good long walk from the marina over the fixed bridge, for the view and to the beach which is a typical seaside town. There is a big streetrod following in the town. A streetrod is a souped up 30's or 40's era car and we saw many of them around and learned from Google that the local club was having a meeting on the 29th. We had a slice of pizza and a bottle of beer for lunch and then a slow walk back. We cooked dinner on board, non traditional steaks and other goodies but very enjoyable followed by a game of scrabble. We took fuel and used the pumpout before leaving this morning. Some guy in a dinghy tried to act as a fender as we were coming into the fuel dock. He pulled over to say he was sorry - he did not know we going to dock. He asked us about our Rutland wind generator and solar panel as he had a Rutland too and was considering solar as well. We chatted and he is an Australian from Canada on a boat heading south.

The dinghy was from a boat anchored out on the river and we met the boat as we came out of the marina channel. He was making about our best speed so we kept behind him all day. It was quite an easy run. One has to pay attention to the drop buoys at the start of the Ponce de Leon inlet and be careful not to follow the channel towards the ocean which is shallow. At the southern end of the Ponce de Leon area there is a choice of staying in the ICW channel or taking the deeper channel to the left which simply joins up with the ICW again before going under a fixed bridge. We followed our friend round the deeper channel with no problem and then down Indian River North and Mosquito Lagoon into Indian River and a large unsheltered anchorage north of the Titusville Bridge just by the entrance to the municipal marina. During the day we saw more dolphins and our first manatee. We have seen dolphins since North Carolina but see more and more of them and some of them are very playful. We had one the other day follow right close along by the cockpit into which it splashed water.

We have also seen that they sometimes sit over the shoal water and then come across and dive under the boat. If they are not playing then it is difficult to know what they are doing. They are beautiful creatures and one senses that they are friendly and in their own way very intelligent.

There were a lot of boats on the water as it is a holiday weekend and a few people on small fishing skiffs seem not to understand that a much larger sailing boat has to stay in the channel or it will go aground. We try to make sure they have seen us before passing as sometimes they crank up their outboards without looking around.

On arriving at Titusville we let go the anchor, Dave let it run free as an experiment rather than walking it out. It worked fine but on balance we prefer the control of walking a chain rode out under power.

After anchoring we decided to take the dinghy for a ride. With our marina stops and it being so cold there has been little incentive to use it. We got it down and went for a ride. We stopped to say hello at a Canadian boat that we have been seeing almost every day and was with us at Port Royal and also Camachee Cove near St. Augustine. We were invited aboard - another couple from another boat was already on board. Pleasant conversation with everyone comparing notes. The Canadians come down the Erie Canal or Lake Champlain, the Hudson and then the Jersey Coast. We usually hear that Delaware Bay is the most memorably unpleasant part of their trip and have even met people who have skipped the Chesapeake and made an outside passage to avoid Delaware Bay.

We dinghied back in the dark and raided the freezer for saved portions of two previous meals which made a very good supper. Ros then won at scrabble making a huge score with a word that she says is in the dictionary but is not used in polite company.

The weather is supposed to go downhill tomorrow afternoon with possibilty of strong thunderstorms and 25 knot winds so we may try and find a marina or a snug anchorage but the latter do not seem to be a feature of the ICW in Florida.
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