0815 Underway, Sunny with some breeze. Things not working. The hobbs meter is stuck and not showing the engine hours. That’s not a big deal because the NEMA 2000 network also has engine hours. Today the the Lowrance NEMA 2000 gps stopped working. I don’t know what the problem is. I tried resetting but it is just dead. The is also not a major problem because the only thing this gps does is connect to the engine gauge network. It lets me get a fuel flow reading in miles per gal. That handy for figuring the best rpm’s to run.
Ran along just enjoying the sights until I got to Cabbage Key. A friend said this was a good place to stop for a night. It is well protected and there is a very nice restaurant with docks. I stopped but I was the only boat there and no one in the restaurant so I went to plan B and just went on a few more miles to Safety Harbor at North Captiva Island. Now I really liked it here. It is only accessible by boat. There are several houses here a a couple of restaurants. The best part is, I picked up several strong WiFi connections. It’s a bit tricky to get into especially because the Navionics chat that I have for my Hummingbird Gps does NOT have detailed charts South of Venice. I thought it did. This is going to be a real PITA. All the electronics now days makes one very lazy. I do have paper charts. They show you where a sandbar is but not where you are. I’ve got to see if I can find a chart chip for the GPS. It’s too much work trying to figure out where you are. Navigating a route along the ICW is not too bad but getting off the beaten path is another.
Picture way back in Safety Harbor