November 25 Rockhouse Creek to Cocoa Beach Mile 897

IMG_8090It was a quiet night in here at the creek. The three other boats that were in here all left around the same time as us to get to the opening of the bridge. We weighed anchor at 06:50. As we motored, we could see from the clouds, that it was threatening rain. A weather warning that we heard was coming our way. We wondered if some of the boats in other anchorages would stay on their hook today.

IMG_8093We all make it to the opening of the bridge with no wait and just after passing through, we see a Coast Guard rib coming through with lights flashing at full speed.

And then it started to pour. It rained steady for a half hour. Visibility was poor. When it cleared off, we were able to open some of the windows of the enclosure to snap some photos. Still very warm today, actually muggy, feels like more rain for sure. One of the first things we saw when it cleared off was this abandoned boat. Looks like it may have been there for awhile. Someone’s dream was shattered.

We took a sharp turn to starboard and headed into the ditch to the Haulover Canal Bridge. It is very scenic in here and upon a closer look at this sign, see that disturbing or harassing manatees is punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

Everything looked so peaceful in here.

The NASA Railway bridge is open so we motor under.

On our way into a marina for fuel, we see three more shipwrecked boats!I

We got our fuel in Titusville and saw a couple of boaters there who were in St. Augustine with us. They took a mooring ball there for the night while we headed further down river.

We could see the Kennedy Space Centre on our port at Cape Canaveral and on our starboard, we could see a space ship at the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

We had about a 45 min wait for the NASA Causeway Bridge as they had to replace some pins in one of the lifts. This is a double lift bridge here. Seeing the bus going across the bridge, brought back memories of when we visited here with the kids many years ago. We took the tour bus from the museum over the bridge to the launch pad on Cape Canaveral.

Under one more double bridge for the day and then we get to our anchorage in Cocoa Beach. We set the anchor at 16:20. a very long day, especially for the Captain without autopilot. One gets so used to getting a break from the steering.

Shortly after we get settled, the storm really moves in. Lots of thunder, lightning and torrential downpours.

In the evening, Mike worked on the autopilot. He thinks he fixed it and put it back in place to try tomorrow. Hopefully, that will do the trick. We blogged and watched a bit of TV. The rain seemed relentless tonight.

Today we traveled 50.2 nm.

11 thoughts on “November 25 Rockhouse Creek to Cocoa Beach Mile 897

    1. Well I could say stay tuned for tomorrow’s post but since you asked I’ll let the cat out of the bag. I read online how to test some of the systems and one was to disconnect the linear drive and power it directly. I did this and nothing happened. So out comes the linear drive and I disassemble it thinking I going to find a bunch of stripped planetary gears. Everything checked out OK. I wired it directly to ensure the motor was/wasn’t working. Nothing! Aha perhaps it’s the brushes. I squeezed the brush holders and heard a click. Again with the power and the motor purrs like a kitten. So I re-installed everything and kept my fingers crossed all night waiting to it give it an on the water test. In the morning it was up anchor and back to the ICW. OK now for the test. I push the auto button and bam there it is, a working auto-pilot. Eureka no more hand steering. Wellll it was short lived within an hour it stopped working. So the linear drive will have to come out again and I’ll replace the brushes. Hopefully some electrical shop around here will have something that will fit or I can make fit. Stayed tuned.



      1. It sounds like you’ve nailed it. It’s always good when you find the exact problem. I’ve had good success in the past by buying a set of heavy brushes from an auto-electric rebuilder and filing them down to the dimensions I wanted. I’m betting you’ve done this before too so you already know it’s very easy to work the carbon brush material. Just need to find ones with a nice robust braided pigtails for soldering.


      2. Mike

        I have been down this road before. But I always had a source when working. So we are on the hunt. I’ve been told there is a place in Ft. Pierce if not I’ll source it when I come home.



  1. Since its Thanksgiving, ( I know its celebrated earlier in Canada), I would like to thank you for sharing your journey with the boating community; I , for one, read your adventures every day and thoroughly enjoy hearing about all of the details of the trip, ( as I also have a 37 Centerboard model, especially the aspects of the boat); so Happy Thanksgiving and keep em’ coming!


    1. Richard

      It is always great to hear people are enjoying the blog. We enjoyed a real American Thanksgiving here in Vero Beach at a cruisers pot luck. The local CLODs (cruisers living on dirt) provided turkey and ham.



  2. Mike, regarding your liner servo. Look at the sides of the brush where they contact the bottom and top edge of the brush boxes. If there is a groove worn in the sides of the brush (common on brushes where a lot of commutator reversing isvolved) gentley file off the edge closest to the brush spring. This will prevent the brush from hanging up in the brush box. If it can be done, filing a chamfer in the top inside edge of the brush box will give a rounded edge which will not allow the brush to hang up so easy
    Happy sailing đŸ™‚


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