We're still having some issues. While we generated a tremendous amount of power yesterday on anchor (yay for solar!), we apparently used a fair bit too. And we keep over-heating our water pump, which makes it shut itself off. Once it cools down it works again, but it's a sign there's a leak Damned if we can find it. And we ran through 1/2 our fresh water in 2 days.
Just before leaving JAX Russ installed a reverse osmosis system on the boat under the kitchen sink. We were really happy with it. However, we determined it's a water hog. Turns out it sucks up 4 gallons to make 1. That's not going to work for us. It may also be contributing to the power usage, since it slowly fills the storage tank which in turn runs the pump. That may or may not have caused it to over heat, but it certainly didn't help.
|There's the lil rapscallion!|
So, there we were, happily making our way across the island to the Atlantic side (it's said the beaches there are pretty nice) when we came across an alligator. It wasn't a big one, only 3 feet, but it sat right in the middle of the path. And did not yield as we approached. No one would die from the little guy, but ankles could be at risk. We took that as a sign we should just get underway now. So we did.
|Feral horses everywhere!|
Today was glorious, however, sunny and calm. So we did the Atlantic route, just touching our rudders into the ocean before turning around. (You can see that on the map.)