Trip to Cocoa- First Post

The Spirit of St Simons was splashed in the Mccay River mid October of 2014. After that, we motored up to Jones Creek for a quick fit out, and then a few weeks later shoved off for Merrit Island, Fla., to step the mast and get measured up for some sails. My buddies Steve and Jim crewed the trip down. We had a blast! It was below freezing when we left the dock. Motoring down the ICW the whole way, we anchored the first night in the Crooked river in Camden county, the next night at Guana River down below Ponte Vedra. Then we were weathered in for two nights at St Augustine. Fifth night we anchored in Daytona down in the southern end, arriving at Harborside Marina on Merrit island on the next day. The boat makes about six miles an hour under power.

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Clear and cold. Heavy frost
leaving for merritt Island Nov 2014
Note tender still tied off athwart ships. Clowns.
017anchored up first night at Crooked River just off ICW
Jim cooks up some supper. We ate very well this trip, right out on the open deck sitting cross-legged around the stove. Just like camping!
019Coming into St Augustine. The fort is just out of the picture to the left.

007 Scott Morgan and his rigging crew at work.

008The mast was first craned into place, then we had to cut the shrouds to length and install the turnbuckles


Rigger Don goes up the mast to retrieve the sling and install the vhf antenna