We flew back to Fernandina Beach December 31 in time to celebrate the New Year with good friends Gus & Joan Lucini, and one of our all-time favorite bands, Davis Turner.
Earlier in the day, I attempted to start the engine to change the oil and found the starter battery dead. I knew I was pushing my luck with a six-year-old battery. One of the marina workers took pity on me and lent me her car so I could pick up a new battery.
We shove off New Year’s Day late morning, heading down the ICW since strong winds out of the south would have made an outside passage uncomfortable. Nice day in the 60s and mostly sunny. Made it down to MM765 at Pine Island where we spent the night anchored next to a salt marsh.
We left the hatches and ports open since it was a warm evening. What a mistake! About midnight, we were awaken by a swarm of mosquitoes that invaded the boat. Spent the next hour killing the insects so we could get some sleep.