Saturday, May 3, 2008
We eventually had to have mechanics at Fernandina, and Miller Electronics from Jacksonville visited and ran an upgrade on the E80 at the helm which was hoped to cure the issue. They pronounced the E-120 dead, and requiring a return to Raymarine, who had issued a bulletin about the blinking screen problem. We decided to hang onto it rather than have them return it, not knowing exactly where it should be passed back to us.
The next morning we took off at sunrise, but without the chartplotter which would not power on. Unfortunately, we found that yesterday's fix failed to get the autopilot working without the chartplotter being on, and every five minutes the autopilot gave up, requiring us to reset the button. This would get very old over the 30 hour trip, but fortunately, the duration of the time the pilot was working increased and lasted about 15 minutes before the chartplotter decided to turn on, restoring the pilot to full functioning. Now, we no longer had to reset the button, but instead could sit there waiting for it to fail through the night, which it never did. We left Fernandina at 7-ish and arrived Charleston the next morning at 10 am-ish, having sailed a good part of the way.
We found Sojourner when we entered the harbor, and anchored behind them in front of the City Marina. Holding is good but the currents are fierce and you swing to the current and not the wind. We got lucky and hitched a ride on the City Marina shuttle to West Marine, and then to Harris Teeter. Peter and I strolled the aisles of this fully stocked grocery store, complete with every item you can think of, without regard to the arrival of the mailboat.
We stopped at Bubba Gump's for a drink and some shrimp, and are pictured here with one of the employees who did what we call "an Aunt Selma" by running to become part of the picture. Today, Linda and I are doing the market, leaving the boys to do boat chores.