July 3, 2013 by Last Star blog
So after a few days in Jacksonville we are starting to like this AC thing going on. The storms are still an afternoon regularity but that gives us some time to catch up on little things. We did a little house keeping, watched some TV, and just relaxed a bit. Patricia has had the blog duties for the last few days so you are probably caught up. But here are some general musings.
Patricia became so accustomed to going up the mast last time we were afraid she had fallen asleep up there. She said it just didn’t feel so high anymore. Well I talked to a guy at one of the big ship yards (a welder) and he helped me with this little modification.
I hope that is tall enough for her now! I’m working on a modification for the sail now to take advantage of the new height.
Now we are at the Jacksonville Metro Municipal Park Marina. This place is awesome. Supported by the city, has a water taxi that comes by to take you to Jacksonville Landing (restaurants and downtown). Has a huge park attached with picnic area, playground for kids and is adjacent to the EverBank Stadium where the Jacksonville Jaguars play. Note how I said play, not win, and not where the fans go to watch. The marina is FREE, yes free and you are limited to 72 hr stay in a 30 day period so folks don’t abuse it. The power is $8.56/day. It is first come first serve except during Jags home games (8 games) and the Gator Bowl (1 game). That’s it. Here’s a panoramic view of us squeeeeezing into the marina.
Yep, that’s right, after 3 days we are the ONLY folks here. WTF? We don’t get it. Folks come around to fish at night, I’ve talked to them as to why no one is here, they don’t know nor can they fathom a guess. Whatever, the AC is nice. We would recommend this place easily. The dinghy ride (skipped the water taxi) was 15 minutes to downtown. You could walk or take a taxi too. Place is safe, patrolled by the cops and for $8/day worth the trip up the St Johns.
Now as hot as it has been we’ve been buying some bags of ice on occasion (this started while working in the boat yard at Cape Canaveral). Well the foam cooler from Publix that Patricia bought for $0.99 was fine for a day but did a pretty good job of turning ice into water. Now back in my storage of household goods I’ve got a sweet Igloo 5 day cooler but that doesn’t help me here so we went to Wal-Mart (Where cool guys hang out Ritz) in search of a better cooler. Coleman had this to offer.
That label…. it’s all lies. The cooler does just as good a job as the foam POS in turning ice to water. NO SHIT, we bought ice at the St Augustine marina around 2:00PM the day we left, within 20 hours I was scooping out what was left in the bag into a tupperware to try and save it in the freezer. The cooler wouldn’t keep ice for 3 days in Fargo ND in January! You can sit on it, put your cup on it, and wipe it clean!!! See the little circle with the “3” in the lower right corner….bullshit!! I cut up the foam cooler and built additional walls for the Coleman Crap Cooler (c3) and will try block ice next time.
Now here is Cooper searching out the sun?! Really? No idea why he’s taken to this spot now. Bet when the AC runs out he’ll be back in the bilge where he belongs. Photo above required by art director….usual routine.