After I left the Vero Beach Mooring field, I had some electronic issues. My chartplotter was turning itself off, and my voltage meter was reading a low voltage of 11, when it should have been reading over 12. The engine should have been keeping the batteries charged. I was worried about my alternator, so I headed to Loggerhead Marina, on the north side of Vero Beach. I pulled into Loggerhead at 7:45 a.m. and was met by great staff, who were very accommodating. I checked my alternator belt and tightened it. I checked my batteries, and they were all good, with plenty of voltage. One battery terminal had some corrosion, which I cleaned off. Then, everything seemed to work well. It was a good day, no problems with the alternator! I made the best of the situation, and enjoyed the company of a few Canadian boaters, who were on the same dock, preparing their boats for the Bahamas.
After my relaxing day at Loggerhead, I headed to Daytona Beach. I realized I would be there for a couple day due to a storm coming in. I stayed in Daytona Beach for three nights, waiting for the rain and winds to subside. I arrived in Daytona just before Biketoberfest. Basically, it is the fall version of Bike Week in Daytona. Harleys line the streets. One of the guys who worked at the marina, offered to show me around town on his day off. He took me to the biker areas and I tried to understand the whole biker thing, but wasn't able to. In the end, I just wanted to get back to my sweet boat.
|Daytime, one day before Biketoberfest started, you can imagine what it looks like after dark!|
|John has boarded Annabelle, and we have a good line on his sailboat to help turn it over.|
|The mast is out of the water!|
|John didn't lose his life jacket, it was tied to the boat.|
|John, paddling back to his trawler in the marsh.|
|Pirate ship for tourists at St. Augustine|
|St. Augustine Fort|
|Bald eagle flying from ICW channel marker|
|Marshes near Amelia Island|