Green Cove Springs Marina, located on the Saint John's River, 25 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida was Sylestial Star's home for the last 6 months. After spending the summer at our landlubber home in Pennsylvania, we drove south, picked up new Macralon dodger Windows in Maryland and arrived on December 2nd in GCS, to find her, fortunately, much as we left her.
Not really a Marina. More a rustic DIY Boat and Storage Yard.
Need a part? See Monkey Fist Marine.
Sylestial Star on the hard. Re-installing our back stays after launch ( required for The GCS travel lift) proved as time consuming as after haul-out in June.
Damp-Rid prevented any interior moisture or mold. Top side carried 6 months of dirt and grime.
All soft items including sails, cushions, mattresses, towels and papers had been removed to climate controlled storage.
Pre-launch checks included all clamps, seacocks, hoses, running gear and installation of a new pump and Zinc.
As planned, immediately after launch on December 3rd, we motored 23 miles north on the St. John's to the Ortega River Marina, just south of Jacksonville. There we further inspected and cleaned the boat, inside and out and prepared it for the run south to Fort Pierce. It was our intent to go to Fort Pierce and leave the boat with Whiticar Marine for some additional work while we returned north for Christmas. All went as planned except that repairs on the nearby Jacksonville RR bridge necessitated closing the St. John's River to all navigation, thereby delaying our departure for 5 days. So we explored the Jacksonville area and spent some time in one of our favorite places, Saint Augustine. Not bad under the circumstances!
We have enjoyed each of our 5 visits to this historical city.
We toured the city's impressive Christmas Light Displays, in 3D!
Approaching Jacksonville on the St. John's River.
Traffic on the ICW. Weather prevented an offshore run.
An entrant in the St. Augustine Boat Light Show.
Making the 7:30am Bridge of Lions opening on the way south.
It took us 5 long days to reach Fort Pierce. We benefited from very little traffic and some very quiet and peaceful anchorages.
Sylestial Star after Haul Out in Fort Pierce. We made it back north just in time for Christmas.