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Out and about in the Bahamian Abaco Islands

November 23rd, 2015 to December 6th, 2015

After about two weeks of being socked-in at the Hope Town Inn and Marina, we finally break free on Saturday, November 28th. Up until then, we keep busy working around the boat and during breaks in the bad weather, we volunteer for a beach clean-up, ride our bikes, climb the lighthouse and generally keep busy so we don’t go crazy.

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We volunteer for a beach clean up. It is very windy so you have to hold on tight to your garbage bag.

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This is the foam we are cleaning up off the beach. There is lots of it everywhere on the shore. Apparently it is remnants of the container ship El Faro that sank during Hurricane Joaquin. In addition to the foam we find things like jars of mayonnaise and needles. What a mess!

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Getting the folding bikes out and put together.

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Out for a bicycle ride while the weather is nice.

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Riding on Elbow Cay just north of town.

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Randy on top of the lighthouse in Hope Town.

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Hope Town lighthouse.

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View of Hope Town Harbour from the lighthouse.

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Ocean looking raucous outside the harbour.

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More Bocce Ball to kill time — with Ron (Legacy), Brian and Mario (Miss Informed) and Randy.

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Canadians using US Thanksgiving as a great excuse to go out for a nice dinner at the Abaco Inn.

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The group at Sip Sip for Friday night pizza and a game of Wits and Wagers — Ron (Legacy), Mario, Brian and Cassy (Miss Informed) with Randy and Lee.

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Silver Maple looking ship-shape after days stuck at the dock with lots of time for cleaning and tidying.

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The new cushion we bought in Florida for the bed says it all.

When we do get off the dock and head out, the wind and waves are still very high, but we endure the weather so that we can finally break free. Thankfully, we aren’t going very far — just heading to Marsh Harbour for a change of scenery and to hit Steak Night at the Jib Room Restaurant at the Marsh Harbour Marina. When we arrive, the first thing we do is indulge in a Bilge Burner, their signature drink, and Randy has his favourite, the fish Rueben sandwich.

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Even the ferry is struggling with the wind and waves.

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Captain is happy to be back on the water even though it is raucous.

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Silver Maple settled in Marsh Harbour. It is nice to be back.

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The beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant.

From Marsh Harbour we head to Great Guana Cay and anchor in beautiful Fisher’s Bay, one of our favourite places. We meet Brian, Cassy and Mario (Miss Informed) at Nipper’s and have cocktails before dinner at Grabber’s.

In the morning, we head out of Fisher’s Bay, where there is a lovely rainbow and we make the short sail over to Man-O-Way Cay. The weather has finally settled down and it is a gorgeous day. We haven’t been to Man-O-War for a few years and had forgotten how nice it is. Walking around town, it is a very well kept and pretty island and the Man-O-War Marina is great.

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Sunset over Fisher’s Bay, Great Guana Cay taken from the open air Grabber’s Restaurant and Bar.

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Gorgeous morning in Fishers Bay at Great Guana Cay.

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A beautiful day for a sail. Too bad we aren’t going very far.

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Man-O-War Marina is very pretty.

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Silver Maple at Man-O-War Cay.

From Man-O-War, we sail over to Tahiti Beach and anchor just off the beach. The weather is fantastic. For lunch we take the dinghy over to Lubber Landing, a restaurant and bar about a mile away and we have the best margaritas. Afterwards, we head to the beach for a swim and a walk. Last year there was a shark attack here, so you keep a look out when you are in the water. Later, Brian, Cassy and Mario (Miss Informed) and Deana and Tea (Satisfaction) arrive and anchor with us. The next day, its another gorgeous day. We dinghy over to Channel Cay and do some snorkeling. Just beautiful. Its about a six mile ride, but with our new dinghy that’s a piece of cake. Later in the afternoon, a boat named Good Morning Vietnam anchors near us at Tahiti Beach. Susan and Brian come over in their dinghy to say hello and invite us for cocktail hour. Very nice people.

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Silver Maple anchored at Tahiti Beach.

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Randy in front of Lubber’s Quarters, a fun bar we try for the first time.

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Lubber’s Quarter’s salt water margaritas are very possibly the best margaritas we have ever had.

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On Tahiti Beach. The annual photo in front of the tree root.

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Ted and Deana with Randy on Silver Maple for happy hour. Their boat, Satisfaction, is anchored in the distance.

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Out for a snorkeling trip to Channel Cay. Beautiful clear water.

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Sunrise over Susan and Brian’s boat, Good Morning Vietnam, at Tahiti Beach.

After two nights at Tahiti Beach, it looks like bad weather is moving in again, so we prepare to head back to Hope Town. Just before we leave, Ted calls over from Satisfaction. They have a leak and would like Randy to come over to help. Brian and Mario from Miss Informed join them. Unfortunately, they can’t seem to find the source of the water, but it seems like it is a slow leak so safe to head to harbour. Miss Informed, Satisfaction, Good Morning Vietnam and Silver Maple all head back to Hope Town Harbour.

Now back in Hope Town, it has been raining on and off. We are keeping busy with chores on the boat. Randy and some of the guys have also managed to squeeze in some more Bocce Ball games between rain drops and I have been learning to play Mahjong from some of the other ladies on the dock. It seems like an Asian version of Rummy but played with tiles instead of cards. Tonight we are going to the Hope Town Song Writers Music Festival. Should be fun!

 


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Holed up in Hope Town

Monday, November 16th to Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Well, the weather man has been correct in his prediction of high winds and rain for over a week. Occasionally, the sun peeks out for a little while and we do our best to take advantage of it with pool, beach and outdoor time — but the wind and rain soon return. Regardless, no complaints here! There are much worse places to be holed up, and you don’t have to shovel it!

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A manatee in Hope Town is cleaning the bottom of Silver Maple. It has blue paint on it from rubbing along the bottom of the boats in the harbour.

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Coming up for air! Very cute!

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It is big, but very gentle and slow. They are referred to as sea cows. Apparently it is pretty rare to see them in the Bahamas.

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Hope Town Inn and Marina is building new cabins. Should be finished by the new year.

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At Firefly, our favourite restaurant in Hope Town.

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Randy playing Bocce Ball with Vince (Fortnight) during a break in the wind and rain.

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My new favourite thing on the boat is this button. The pump for the drain in the shower and the sink in the bathroom is supposed to turn on and off automatically, but has always given us problems and likes to run continually. So, for a few years we have been connecting and disconnecting the wires under the sink every time we use the drains in the bathroom. Randy has added this nice little button now and it is fantastic! Just pull it to make the drain pump come on. The captain is a genius!

 

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The view of the Hope Town beach during Lee’s beach walk. Windy and wavy.

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The Hope Town Inn and Marina Shuttle driven by Robert the Dock Master comes to pick us up in town and take us back to the marina across the harbour.

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The best boat name I’ve seen recently! For people who were Godzilla fans back in the 70s.

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Sunrise over the Hope Town Marina.

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Catching some pool time while the sun is out (briefly).

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View of the Hope Town Harbour from the deck of the Hope Town Inn and Marina.

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Silver Maple docked at the Hope Town Inn and Marina.

The weather forecast today (Sunday) says this should be the last rainy day for a while. Next week will have high winds and in the 70s F. Not horrible, but not conducive for moving really either. Hopefully, the following week we can get out and about. Cheers, everyone!


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Crossing the Gulf Stream again, and again…

Thursday, November 5th to Sunday, November 15th, 2015

We wrap up all of the repairs and maintenance we’ve been doing on Silver Maple in Florida by the end of the week, and wake up on Saturday, November 7th at 4 AM, ready to head towards the Bahamas. Unfortunately, it is raining. Not a good sign, but thankfully it stops and the skies clear up quickly. As we are leaving the slip, Lee is on the dock untying the lines, when the wind catches the boat and it swings away from the dock and leaves without her. Ahh!  Randy is able to swing the bow back so she can jump on. Not a good start to the day.

Silver Maple at the dock at Old Port Cove Marina. All set and ready to do the Gulf Stream crossing.

Silver Maple at the dock at Old Port Cove Marina in Palm Beach, Florida. All set and ready to do the Gulf Stream crossing.

Dinner at Sandpiper's Cove the night before departure.

Dinner at Sandpiper’s Cove the night before departure.

Out on the water, it is a dark and windy morning. We have about an hour trip down the Inter-coastal Waterway (ICW) to get from the Old Port Cove Marina where we are staying to the inlet for the ocean. We navigate the channel in the dark without incident. Lee is up on the bow with the flashlight locating the channel markers for the captain. When we hit the ocean, it is bumpy. The waves are more like 4 to 6 ft than the 2 to 4 ft that were forecast. We solder on. About 3 hours into the trip, the toilet (called ‘the head’ on a boat) stops working. Ugh! Getting parts and assistance, if required, would be very difficult in the Bahamas, so we make the decision to head back. After 6 hours of travel, we are back on the dock at the Old Port Cove Marina in Palm Beach, Florida, where we started baking in the 90 degree F heat again. Not a good day.

Captain navigating the heavy seas and darkness.

Captain navigating in the darkness.

Heading for the Gulf Stream.

Heading for the Gulf Stream.

Back on the dock at Old Port Cove Marina in Palm Beach after aborted crossing attempt.

Back on the dock at Old Port Cove Marina in Palm Beach after the aborted crossing attempt.

The next day, it is crazy hot and humid again. Record breaking. Randy tears the toilet apart to find the problem and thankfully is able to fix it himself. No need to order and wait for parts. It takes him 8 hours to fix the mess and it is well over 90 degrees F. Unfortunately, the shower stops working also while he is working on the toilet. Yeah!  A new job for tomorrow! (please read with the appropriate level of sarcasm).

In the evening, we have dinner with Debra and John (Mandalay). We met them in Hopetown, Bahamas a couple of years ago. They are in Ft. Pearce getting work done on their new boat, so we meet half way in Stewart, Florida for a great dinner at The Gafford. Back at the boat, (did I mention it doesn’t have air conditioning?) it’s too hot to sleep, so another restless night.

Dinner with Debra and John (Mandalay) in Stewart, Florida.

Dinner with Debra and John (Mandalay) in Stewart, Florida.

The weather forecast is starting to look sketchy. Tropical Storm Kate is heading towards the Bahamas, so our new planned departure day, Tuesday, is looking questionable. Unless the forecast changes, sailing towards the storm even though the crossing weather looks good seems like a bad idea. So, we keep an eye on things. Thankfully, the storm warnings are all cancelled later on Monday evening, so we are a go for Tuesday, November 10th. Woohoo!

We get up in the morning on Tuesday and the weather is much more settled. Everything on the boat seems to be working. When we hit the ocean, it is surprisingly calm. The waves are small and the ocean swells are fine. There are 3 other boats leaving the inlet with us to make the crossing. When we arrive at West End, in the Bahamas 10 hours later, it is still hot. After customs, we take a slip at the Old Bahama Bay Resort next to Greta and Jay on a boat called ‘Rag Top.’ They did the crossing with us and are from Toronto too. Very nice people. And since it is still very hot, we join them on their air-conditioned boat for cocktails before dinner.

Calmer weather for second attempt.

Calmer weather for second attempt at the Gulf Stream.

Traffic on route.

Traffic en route.

Lovely day!

Lovely day!

Its hot! Captain cools off with a shower on the back on the boat.

It is hot! Captain cools off with a shower on the back on the boat.

First view of the Bahamas.

First view of the Bahamas.

Old Bahama Bay Resort at West End, Bahamas.

Old Bahama Bay Resort at West End, Bahamas.

Bahamian courtesy flag and our quarantine flag that we keep up until we clear customs.

Bahamian courtesy flag and our yellow quarantine flag that we keep up until we clear customs.

The next morning, we head for Great Sale Cay. Greta and Jay help us cast off. They are heading south towards Freeport and Nassau. It’s another hot day, but not as bad as it has been. We pick up a bird hitch-hiker who rides with us for a while. After 9 hours, we settle in and anchor at Great Sale Cay for the night.

Birdie hitch-hiker.

Birdie hitch-hiker stays with us for quite a while and even flies into the cabin to check it out.

Incredibly calm.

Incredibly calm on the way to Great Sale Cay.

Captain filling out his Captain's Log.

Captain filling out his Captain’s Log.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Sunset at Great Sale Cay behind Silver Maples new dingy.

Sunset at Great Sale Cay behind Silver Maples new dingy.

Captain having a much deserved rest with his book.

Captain having a much deserved rest with his book.

Our plan was to go from Great Sale Cay to Allans Pensacola, a nice short 4 hour day. But, the weather forecast is showing heavy winds and bad weather coming in on Saturday. We realize that means we need to do the next ocean crossing on Friday, so we can be settled in on Saturday somewhere. We make for Manjack Cay just north of Green Turtle Cay so we are set to do the Whale Cay crossing on Friday morning. It’s a gorgeous calm day. We see dolphins. This year we have seen more dolphins in the Bahamas than ever before. Very nice.

Another calm day.

Another calm day.

Like glass!

Like glass!

Dolphins come to check us out.

Dolphins come to check us out.

Some wind so we can finally sail!

Some wind so we can finally sail!

Happy Captain!

Happy Captain!

Happy First Mate!

Happy First Mate!

Sunset in Manjack Cay with the other boats anchored there.

Sunset in Manjack Cay with the other boats anchored there.

Friday we do the short trip from Manjack Cay through the Whale Cay passage to Fishers Bay on Great Guana Cay. It is one of the calmest Whale Cay crossings we have ever had. By 11 AM we are settled in the anchorage. We take the new dingy into town to walk the beach and have drinks and dinner at Grabbers.

Heading to the Whale Cay passage.

Heading to the Whale Cay passage.

Randy trying the new dingy we bought in Florida.

Randy trying the new dingy we bought in Florida. Love it!

Walking through town on Great Guana Cay.

Walking through town on Great Guana Cay.

Lee's favourite beach in the Abaco Islands.

Lee’s favourite beach in the Abaco Islands on Great Guana Cay, in front of Nippers.

Drinks and dinner at Grabbers on Great Guana Cay.

Drinks and dinner at Grabbers on Great Guana Cay.

Randy takes advantage of the pool at Grabbers.

Randy taking advantage of the pool at Grabbers.

Dingy back to Silver Maple.

Dingy back to Silver Maple.

At anchor in Fisher Bay, Great Guana Cay.

At anchor in Fisher Bay, Great Guana Cay.

Approaching Hopetown's harbour.

Approaching Hope Town’s harbour.

The Hopetown lighthouse is a sure sign you have arrived.

The Hope Town lighthouse is a sure sign we have arrived.

Entering the lovely harbour at Hopetown.

Entering the lovely harbour at Hope Town.

Silver Maple docked at the beautiful Hopetown Inn and Marina.

Silver Maple docked at the beautiful Hope Town Inn and Marina.

Saturday morning we are off to Hopetown to make the harbour entrance at high tide. The channel is shallow, so you need to hit it at the right time. By the time the weather hits on Saturday afternoon, we are tied up to the dock in Hope Town, one of our most favourite places in the Bahamas. And, it’s a good thing we like it here. The bad weather is forecast for the next 4 to 5 days, so we will be here for a while!


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Safe and sound in Florida

Thursday, October 29th to Wednesday, November 4th — Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas to Palm Beach, FL

We take our last couple of days to wrap things up in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas in preparation for Friday’s early departure. We do some final errands. Unfortunately, when we get up in the morning on Friday it is thunder storming and raining, so our 7AM departure moves to 11AM. We don’t get as far towards West End, our launching point for the Gulf Stream crossing, but we do end up in a beautiful anchorage at Allans Pensacola Cay the first night. Silver Maple is the only boat there and it is a calm and lovely stay.

In New Plymouth doing our last errands before we leave tomorrow.

In New Plymouth doing our last errands before we leave tomorrow.

Success!! Randy leaving the BTC office where he manages to add more data to his Bahamian cell phone.

Success!! Randy leaving the BTC office where he manages to add more data to his Bahamian cell phone.

Late start leaving Green Turtle. Thunderstorms are past but its still raining.

Late start leaving Green Turtle. Thunderstorms are past but it’s still raining.

Nicer day as the afternoon goes on. Hmm...no one seems to be driving...

Nicer day as the afternoon goes on. Hmm…no one seems to be driving…

Nice to be sailing.

Nice to be sailing.

Captain on the deck.

Captain on the deck.

We bought cake while we were in town yesterday. Yum!

We bought cake while we were in town yesterday. Yum!

Anchored in beautiful Allens Pennsicola

Anchored in beautiful Allans Pensacola

The next morning, we are off to Great Sale Cay. It’s a shorter trip so we have some relax time in the morning. When we arrive at Great Sale Cay there are two other boats and a third arrives after us. Everyone else stopping at this anchorage is going the other way, of course, towards the Bahamas rather than towards Florida. On the way from Great Sale Cay to West End, we pass two sailboats heading towards the Bahamian Abaco Islands. One of them, ‘Miss Informed’ we met last year in Marsh Harbour. They radio us on the way by to say hello and ask why we are going the wrong way.

Sunrise over Allens Pennsicola.

Sunrise over Allans Pensacola.

Lady of leisure watching the sunrise.

Lady of leisure watching the sunrise.

Back on the water on the way to Great Sale Cay. Gorgeous day!

Back on the water on the way to Great Sale Cay. Gorgeous day!

Captain checking out the neighbours at Allens Pennsicola.

Captain checking out the neighbours at Great Sale Cay

We arrive mid afternoon at West End and the Old Bahama Bay Resort. Its hot. Over 90 degrees F and very humid so we take a trip to the pool and relax. The weather report for the next day (Monday) is still looking good for doing the Gulf Stream crossing to Florida. Although the resort is lovely, we decide to go while the going is good.

Early morning start as we head to West End.

Early morning start as we head to West End from Great Sale Cay.

Moon over Silver Maple as we head out.

Moon over Silver Maple as we head out.

Another gorgeous Bahamian sunrise.

Another gorgeous Bahamian sunrise.

Silver Maple at Sunrise.

Silver Maple at Sunrise.

Very calm day from Great Sale Cay to West End. No sailing today!

Very calm day from Great Sale Cay to West End. No sailing today!

Water so clear you can see the bottom at 15ft.

Water so clear you can see the bottom at 15 ft.

Captain enjoying the view from the deck.

Captain enjoying the view from the deck.

Silver Maple docked at West End, Bahamas.

Silver Maple docked at West End, Bahamas.

The beautiful Old Bahama Bay Resort at West End.

The beautiful Old Bahama Bay Resort at West End.

On Monday morning we are up at 4AM and on the water while it is still dark. The waves always feel worse when you can’t see them in the dark, but as the sun comes up the trip is much more pleasant. Just before we reach half way, we see a large boat on the horizon. It looks official and is approaching quickly. Yep, US Coast Guard!  They pull in behind us and radio us with a few questions on our nationality, destination, registration, yada, yada. They then ask us to hold on the radio as they confirm the information. We wait and wait. Finally they come back and tell us they are having some communication problems, so we should maintain our course and they will get back to us as soon as they can. So, Randy responds with “So you mean we will have an escort?” The Coast Guard ship replies with “Yes, Sir. This will be your safest passage ever.” Too funny. They follow us for about an hour or so. Eventually, they wish us a good trip and pull away.

Early morning start as we make the crossing from Florida to the Bahamas.

Early morning start as we make the crossing from Florida to the Bahamas.

Perfect crossing weather!

Perfect crossing weather!

Captain is happy!

Captain is happy!

Sea sickness medicine makes you want to nap.

Sea sickness medicine makes you want to nap.

US Coast Guard pays us a visit.

US Coast Guard pays us a visit.

We have an escort!

We have an escort!

Still following us.

Still following us.

We are half way! Woohoo!

We are half way! Woohoo!

The Coast Guard pulls away and wishes us well.

The Coast Guard pulls away and wishes us well.

About 15 minutes later, we get a call on the radio from Will and Muffin on Antares. We have seen them every year in Hope Town while we’ve been in the Bahamas. They were listening to our Coast Guard encounter. They are crossing from Florida to the Bahamas. The first thing they say is “Hey, you’re going the wrong way!”

The crossing is good.  It’s a great day. Seas are relatively light and there is enough wind to put a sail up. When we arrive in Florida we are exhausted. It’s hot! We have a quick dinner at the Old Port Cove Marina where we are staying in Palm Beach and hit the sack before 8PM.

Lee on the deck enjoying the ride.

Lee on the deck enjoying the ride.

First glimpse of Florida.

First glimpse of Florida.

Captain is pleased to be back on the InterCoastal Waterway (ICW).

Captain is pleased to be back on the Inter-Coastal Waterway (ICW).

Now we are in Florida, it is good to be back on the mainland. Brutally hot and humid, but it’s still good. Randy is getting some maintenance and repairs done on Silver Maple while Lee shops for provisions in preparation for the trip back to the Bahamas. Looks like tomorrow we will hit the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show which is on here, and then wrap up preparations by Friday for a crossing sometime this weekend…weather permitting of course. Stay warm, everyone!


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We are back! …and, it is still better in the Bahamas!

Friday, October 23rd, 2015 to Wednesday, October 28th – Catchacoma Lake in Canada to Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas

It is a long way down, but we made it! After multiple days of travel we are safe and sound at New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas. Sunny and 80 degree F… you gotta love it!!

We made it! Happy to be on the ferry from Treasure Cay to the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay

We made it! Happy to be on the ferry from Treasure Cay to the town of New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay

Approaching New Plymouth from the ferry

Approaching New Plymouth from the ferry

First stop is the Tiki Bar at Leeward Yacht Club to see our favourite tender, Niki

First stop is the Tiki Bar at Leeward Yacht Club to see our favourite tender, Niki

Pineapple Bomb! Yum!

Pineapple Bomb! Yum!

It is great to be back!

It is great to be back!

View of New Plymouth from the Sunrise Golden Reef Apartment we stay in while we are prepping the boat for launch

View of New Plymouth from the Sunrise Golden Reef Apartment we stay in while we are prepping the boat for launch

Unfortunately, Randy has been sick with a bad cold for about a week so it has been a tough trip, but he’s been a really trooper. We are getting pretty good at getting things back ship-shape so, thankfully, it only takes us two days now to get the boat ready. Silver Maple launched without issue on Wednesday. It is good to be back on the water and the feeling of freedom that seems to come with that.

Sunrise on launch day over New Plymouth

Sunrise on launch day over New Plymouth

Silver Maple in the sling and ready to go.

Silver Maple in the sling and ready to go.

In the water!

In the water!

And back in business!!

And back in business!!

Captain is happy to be back on the boat

Captain is happy to be back on the boat

Putting the dingy together...never a fun job.

Putting the dingy together…never a fun job.

The lovely Green Turtle Club

The lovely Green Turtle Club

We are now settled and docked at the Green Turtle Club. Pretty quiet here. The resort opens for the season today so there are not very many people around. Silver Maple is the only boat. Our plan is to head out tomorrow (Friday) and start the journey towards West End, near Freeport. That will be our launching point for our Gulf Stream crossing back to Florida. Our three year cruising permit for the Bahamas runs out mid-November, so we have to leave the country. Right now the weather is looking good to do that ocean passage on Monday. Woohoo!


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From Silver Maple to Marina… and then home to finish the 2015 sailing year

Sunday, March 1, 2015 to Thursday, April 2, 2015

There is no shortage of work to be done when you own a boat. That is probably an understatement. The last few of weeks in the Bahamas we spend refinishing wood on the toe rails, benches, table and floor, waxing the fiberglass on the hull, deck and cockpit, as well as doing all the regular storage chores like pulling down the sail, canvas and solar panels, and washing the entire interior. Of course, the weather turns hot while we are hard at work, but we are able to cool off at the Green Turtle Club pool. We also take advantage of the nice weather (finally!) to do some al fresco dining and explore the island of Green Turtle Cay with our rental golf cart. Because we are wrapping up our trip early this year, not many other boats are around — in fact we are the only transient boat for a few of the nights we are at the Green Turtle Club.

The chef at work!

The chef at work!

Yummy Kabobs!

Yummy kabob’s!

Finally the weather is nice enough to eat outside

Finally the weather is nice enough to eat outside

Lovely dinner at the Green Turtle Club restaurant -- the lobster risotto is amazing!

Lovely dinner at the Green Turtle Club restaurant — the lobster risotto is amazing!

Silver Maple all alone at the Green Turtle Club Marina

Silver Maple all alone at the Green Turtle Club Marina

Captain working hard refinishing the table

Captain working hard refinishing the table

Our wheels for the week

Our wheels for the week

Touring the island -- its like a jungle

Touring the island — its like a jungle

On March 6th, Silver Maple comes out of the water and into her resting place for the season without incident. While we are doing the final storage preparation on the boat, we move into an apartment in the town of New Plymouth. Its feels wonderful to be back on land with so much space and air conditioning. It feels like luxury!

Silver Maple coming out of the water

Silver Maple coming out of the water

The crane moving it into place

The crane moving it into place

Apartment seems huge after living on the boat for months -- love the air conditioning!

Apartment seems huge after living on the boat for months — love the air conditioning!

Balcony of our apartment in New Plymouth

Balcony of our apartment in New Plymouth

View from the balcony

View from the balcony

Silver Maple is put to bed

Silver Maple is put to bed

Heading back home to Canada, we catch the ferry in the morning for the short trip to Treasure Cay. It’s a gorgeous day. We arrive early at the Treasure Cay airport and relax at the airport bar until our flight.

About to board the ferry at the town dock

About to board the ferry at the town dock

Looking back at New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay

Looking back at New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay as we leave on the ferry

The 'big' (not) Treasure Cay Airport

The ‘big’ (not) Treasure Cay Airport

Randy relaxing at the airport bar

Randy relaxing at the airport bar

The plane! The plane!

The plane! The plane!

When we get home to Canada, we have two days before we fly out to Tahiti to catch our ten day cruise. We haven’t done a lot of cruising together, so this trip is a bit of an experiment to see how we like being on a big ship. Our friends, Nancy and David, are on the cruise with us, so we enjoy hanging out with them. The cruise is on the Oceania ship named Marina. Its beautiful and we have a really nice cabin. Service is fantastic too. It is a nice treat to be pampered after all the work we’ve had the last few weeks on Silver Maple. The food is fantastic and we eat way too much. Thankfully, the ship has a nice exercise facility. Randy does better than Lee at getting to the gym. We also do lots of snorkeling, touring and walking to burn some calories — but not enough! Our favourite place is Bora Bora where we rent a jet ski and burn around. Fun!

Boarding the cruise ship in Papeete, Tahiti

Boarding the cruise ship in Papeete, Tahiti

Enjoying breakfast outside on the deck -- loves the coissants

Enjoying breakfast outside on the deck — Randy loves the croissants

Lee by the pool on the ship with the hills of Tahiti behind

Lee by the pool on the ship with the hills of Tahiti behind

Lee and Randy on the snorkeling trip in Moorea to see sharks and stingrays

Lee and Randy on the snorkeling trip in Moorea, French Polynesia to see sharks and stingrays

Nancy and David on the snorkeling trip in Moorea, French Polynesia

Nancy and David on the snorkeling trip too

Beauitful Raiatea, French Polynesia

Beautiful Moorea, French Polynesia

Randy in front of the ship in Raiatea, French Polynesia

Randy in front of the ship at Raiatea, French Polynesia

Oceania Cruises gorgeous ship Marina

Oceania Cruises gorgeous ship Marina

Marina docked in Raiatea

Marina docked in Raiatea

A local uses Lee to demonstrate how to tie the lovely wraps made while we watched

A local uses Lee to demonstrate how to tie the lovely wraps

Finished product

Finished product

Lee and Randy in Bora Bora

Lee and Randy on Bora Bora

Bora Bora is beautiful and one of our favourite spots

Bora Bora is beautiful and one of our favourite spots

Randy in the clear clean water of the beach on Bora Bora

Randy in the clear clean water of the beach on Bora Bora

Enjoying the signature beverage at Bloody Mary's Beach Bar

Enjoying the signature beverage at Bloody Mary’s Beach Bar

Randy gets up close and personal with a stingray

Randy gets up close and personal with a stingray

Lots of them!

Lots of them!

Lots of fun snorkeling

Lots of fun snorkeling

Shark in the water with birds just above-- hills of Bora Bora in the distance

Shark in the water with birds just above — hills of Bora Bora in the distance

Tour guide serves us fresh fruit on the beach

Tour guide serves us fresh fruit on the beach

Nancy enjoying the water

Nancy enjoying the water

Marina anchored at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands

Marina anchored at Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands — photo taken from the chocolate brown sand beach

Only slightly nicer accommodations than Silver Maple

Marina has only slightly nicer accommodations than Silver Maple

Randy and David looking over the pool deck on Marina

Randy and David looking over the pool deck on Marina

We loved eating breakfast outside on the deck at the back of the boat

We loved eating breakfast outside on the deck at the back of the boat

Sunset as we leave Nuku Hiva

Sunset as we leave Nuku Hiva

Cocktail hour before our dinner at La Reserva -- one of the fancier restaurants on board

Cocktail hour before our dinner at La Reserva — one of the fancier restaurants on board

Sergia, our housekeeper with, Xavier, our butler -- great people

Sergia, our housekeeper with, Xavier, our butler — great people!

Randy on snorkeling boat in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

Randy on snorkeling boat in Rangiroa, French Polynesia

When we arrive back home on March 26 it is still winter. Thankfully now that April has arrived, the last couple of days have been warmer and the snow is starting to melt. Yeah!

Still winter at home -- ugh!

Still winter at home — ugh!

As for Silver Maple, we will be heading back down to the Bahamas early November 2015 to get her out of storage and back into the water. Plan is to cross the Gulf Stream mid-November and head back to Florida.

Until then, we hope everyone has a great spring and summer. Cheers!


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Getting ready on Green Turtle Cay

Saturday, February 21, 2015 to Sunday, March 1, 2015

We’ve spent 12 days enjoying ourselves in Hope Town, so we decide to move on to visit a few other places before we head north. Before we leave we attend one more of the Song Writer’s Festival events — this time at Firefly, our favourite restaurant in the Abacos. It’s sad to leave our friends behind, but hopefully we will see them again next year — if not before. From Hope Town we head south to Sea Spray Marina. It is only a short distance away on the same island as Hope Town, Elbow Cay. The depths leaving Hope Town and travelling down to Sea Spray can be challenging though, so the captain plans his timing for high tide and keeps and close eye.

Our group of sailors (on boats Miss Ellie, Silver Maple, Irish Wake, October, and Neesa) at Firefly Restaurant for the Song Writer's Festival

Our group of sailors (on boats Miss Ellie, Silver Maple, Irish Wake, October, and Neesa) at Firefly Restaurant for the Song Writer’s Festival

The entertainment at Firefly for the Song Writer's Festival

The entertainment at Firefly for the Song Writer’s Festival

Guy and Louise waving goodbye from their boat in Hope Town

Guy and Louise waving goodbye from their boat in Hope Town

Last glimpse of the Hope Town lighthouse as we leave

Last glimpse of the Hope Town lighthouse as we leave

Captain navigating to Sea Spray Marina

Captain navigating to Sea Spray Marina

At Sea Spray, its lovely and quiet and we enjoy some downtime. We sit by the pool and go for a walk on the beach. The weather is looking up — warm and sunny. It feels like we are finally in the Bahamas! What a crazy year for weather — cool and windy all the time.

Relaxing by the Sea Spray pool

Relaxing by the Sea Spray pool

The lovely Sea Spray Marina

The lovely Sea Spray Marina

Silver Maple at the Sea Spray dock

Silver Maple at the Sea Spray dock

The beach at Sea Spray where Lee finds three sea beans -- apparently they travel from South America or Africa and wash up on the beach

The beach at Sea Spray where Lee finds three sea beans — apparently they travel from South America or Africa and wash up on the beach

Sea beans found on Sea Spray beach. People polish them and make jewelry.

Sea beans found on Sea Spray beach. People polish them and make jewelry.

The next day when we leave Sea Spray, it is a gorgeous, calm day. We motor to Marsh Harbour where we plan to visit our friends Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt). Unfortunately, the Marsh Harbour Marina where we usually like to stay only has space for us for one night, so we have to move again the next morning over to the Conch Inn. It is a bit closer to town though, so nicer for getting groceries and supplies anyway.

Calm day travelling from Sea Spray to Marsh Harbour

Calm day travelling from Sea Spray to Marsh Harbour

The water is clear and clean

The water is clear and clean

So clear you can see star fish on the bottom

So clear you can see star fish on the bottom

Watching the Hope Town Sailing Club races as we pass by

Watching the Hope Town Sailing Club races as we pass

Boats aren't moving fast in the race with no wind

Boats aren’t moving fast in the race with almost no wind

Beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

Beautiful Marsh Harbour Marina and Jib Room Restaurant

Happy Hour on Silver Maple with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt)

Happy Hour on Silver Maple with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and Carolyn and Peter (Summer Tilt)

Silver Maple docked at the Conch Inn as sun sets over Marsh Harbour

Silver Maple docked at the Conch Inn as sun sets over Marsh Harbour

Pickle ball with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and a lot of other folks

Pickle ball with Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) and a lot of other folks

Windy in Marsh Harbour as we leave for Guana Cay

Windy in Marsh Harbour as we leave for Great Guana Cay

After two days in Marsh Harbour, we move to Great Guana Cay and stay at the Orchid Bay Marina. Orchid Bay is much more vibrant than the last time we were here two years ago. It has new management, the restaurant is open and things are clean and back in business. This will be our launching point for doing the Whale Cay ocean passage to Green Turtle Cay where we keep the boat in storage. The next day is supposed to be calm, but there is a chance of thunderstorms, so we decide to play it by ear and decide when we get up.

In the morning, there is very little wind and the clouds seem to be far enough away that we can make the two-hour voyage. After we are through the passage and in the cut, we see the storm clouds moving in fast. Randy puts the hammer down and we speed into White Sound on Green Turtle Cay — well, speeding as much as we can speed anyway. When we arrive at the Green Turtle Club Marina, the clouds seem to dissipate just as we are docking. Safe, sound and dry.

Calm day with distant thunder clouds as we leave to make the Whale Cay ocean passage

Calm day with distant thunder clouds as we leave Orchid Bay Marina to make the Whale Cay ocean passage

Thunder storms threaten as we arrive in the cut at Green Turtle Cay

Thunder storms threaten as we arrive in the cut at Green Turtle Cay

White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

Silver Maple docked at the Green Turtle Club in White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

Silver Maple docked at the Green Turtle Club in White Sound at Green Turtle Cay

The lovely Green Turtle Club Marina

The lovely Green Turtle Club Marina

Now at the lovely Green Turtle Club, we are enjoying the nice weather and keeping busy with our many chores that we have to do before putting Silver Maple into storage — sanding and staining wood, waxing the deck and cockpit, polishing stainless steel. She gets hauled out of the water on Friday, March 6th and we fly back to Canada on Tuesday, March 10th. Hard to believe we are wrapping things up for the year already! Just a few days after we arrive home in the great white north, we fly out of Toronto to Tahiti for a cruise. When we planned the cruise, it seemed like a good idea, but having to wrap things up early here is a bit sad. Regardless, the cruise should be great. One of those bucket list places we want to see. Some pampering will be very nice too!


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Happy in Hope Town

Tuesday, February 10 to Saturday, February 21, 2015

On February 10th, after one night at the Abaco Beach Resort in Boat Harbour, we head over to Hope Town, one of our favourite places in the Bahamas. It’s another cool and windy day, but we are getting used to that now. Compared to being out on unprotected ocean crossings, the windy weather here on the Sea of Abaco between the islands seems like a piece of cake.

The lovely Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

The lovely Abaco Beach Resort at Boat Harbour

The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has cocktail hour each night in the tent

The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club has cocktail hour each night in the tent at the Abaco Beach Resort

This large boat is docked at Boat Harbour while they film the show 'Below Deck', a reality series about crew on a large yacht

This large boat is docked at Boat Harbour while they film the show ‘Below Deck’, a reality series about crew on a large yacht

When we arrive in the Hope Town harbour and pull into the Hope Town Inn and Marina, it feels like coming home since we spent so much time here last year. And, they put us in the slip right next to our friends, Louise and Guy on Miss Ellie, from Vancouver who we spent lots of time with last year. It’s so great to see them again!  Unfortunately, the other couple who was with us here last year also, Debra and John (Mandalay) have been stuck in Florida waiting for good weather to make the Gulf Stream crossing. With all this wind and bad weather, they haven’t been able to make it across for weeks.

Relaxing at the Hope Town Inn and Marina on one of the few days warm enough to sit in the sun

Relaxing at the Hope Town Inn and Marina on one of the few days its been warm enough to sit in the sun

Silver Maple docked next to Miss Ellie

Silver Maple docked next to Miss Ellie

Sunset in Hope Town on Valentines Day

Sunset in Hope Town on Valentines Day

Michael, captains the shuttle that takes us to town from the marina

Michael captains the shuttle that takes us to town from the marina

Valentines Day dinner at the Abaco Inn

Great Valentines Day dinner by the fireplace at the Abaco Inn

We’ve now been in Hope Town for over a week. Besides the windy weather which has made getting around challenging, we like it here in Hope Town so have been enjoying the downtime. This week has been the Hope Town Song Writers Festival with a number of shows taking place around the Elbow Cay island, so we are enjoying some entertainment and lots of time with friends.

Sunday we have pot luck happy hour by the pool and some of the guys, including Guy (Miss Ellie) play guitar to entertain the group

Sunday we have pot luck happy hour by the pool and some of the guys, including Guy (Miss Ellie) play guitar to entertain the group

Pot luck at Happy Hour

Pot luck at Happy Hour

Randy and Louise (Miss Ellie) enjoying the music at happy hour

Randy and Louise (Miss Ellie) enjoying the music at happy hour

Hope Town Song Writers Festival at the Hope Town Inn and Marina

Hope Town Song Writers Festival at the Hope Town Inn and Marina

Dinner with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie) at the Song Writers Festival

Dinner with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie) at the Song Writers Festival

Bonfire helps to keep everyone warm at the festival

Bonfire helps to keep everyone warm at the festival

Friday night at Sip Sip in Hope Town with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie), missing Debra and John (Mandalay) who are still stuck in Florida

Friday night at Sip Sip in Hope Town with Louise and Guy (Miss Ellie), missing Debra and John (Mandalay) who are still stuck in Florida

Looks like we will be leaving Hope Town on Monday and heading down to Sea Spray. We haven’t been there since our first trip to the Abacos. From there, we plan to spend a couple of days in Marsh Harbour, then head up north so we are ready to do the Whale Cay crossing later in the week. Trip is starting to come to an end for another year. Time flies!


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Heading back north to the Abaco Islands

Sunday, February 1, 2015 to Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The weather this year continues to be unsettled. Very blustery and much cooler than usual. ‘Weather permitting’ is our new favourite phrase. We are having to manage wind and bad weather much more than years past, but regardless we are getting around and having a great time. Beats the snow!

After leaving Compass Cay, we head down to Big Majors Spot near Staniel Cay. Last year when we were here we really enjoyed it and this year is not different. Silver Maple is anchored just off the beach so we can watch the pigs that live there. Sharon and Pete on Emerald Lady arrive shortly after we are anchored. The pigs here swim out to greet you to get treats when you go ashore. Very funny. They are huge! We find out that someone has taught them to ‘sit’ like a dog for treats since they do it right away when we say it. Cute!  After feeding the pigs we go into town at Staniel Cay to have lunch and get groceries.

Silver Maple in blue waters anchored at Big Majors Spot

Silver Maple in blue waters anchored at Big Majors Spot

Pigs swimming to greet us and get fed at Big Majors Spot

Pigs swimming to greet us and get fed at Big Majors Spot

Feeding pigs from our dingy (taken by Emerald Lady)

Feeding pigs from our dingy (taken by Emerald Lady)

He knows how to sit! Too funny!

She knows how to sit! Too funny!

The next morning we head out, leaving Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) behind as we head back north. They are carrying on south toward Georgetown. We move Silver Maple back up to Wardrick Wells in the Exuma Land and Sea Park and moor in the beautiful anchorage there.

Sharon and Pete wave goodbye from Emerald Lady

Sharon and Pete wave goodbye from Emerald Lady

Lee and Randy on Silver Maple

Lee and Randy on Silver Maple

Securing the anchor at Wardrick Wells in the Exuma Land and Sea Park

Securing the anchor at Wardrick Wells in the Exuma Land and Sea Park

At the beach at Wardrick Wells with Silver Maple moored in the distance

At the beach at Wardrick Wells with Silver Maple moored in the distance

There are lots of huge yachts around this week and we hear lots of traffic on the radio and hub-bub around Johnny Depp’s island that he owns down here. Some large boats are even anchored near the Land and Sea park. Turns out Johnny Depp is getting married on the weekend. That explains it! Funny we didn’t get an invitation…

After a rocky and windy night moored in the park, we head up to Highbourne Cay. We haven’t been to this island before and it is lovely. They squeeze us into a pretty tight spot on the dock at the marina, but captain Randy lands it perfectly. Afterwards, Lee walks to the beach and Randy relaxes in a chair overlooking the ocean.

Captain checking out the entrance to the marina at Highbourne Cay

Captain checking out the entrance to the marina at Highbourne Cay

Randy's new pet on the dock at Highbourne Cay Marina

Randy’s new pet on the dock at Highbourne Cay Marina

Tight spot in Highbourne Cay Marina

Tight spot in Highbourne Cay Marina

Lovely marina at Highbourne Cay with a great restaurant

Lovely marina at Highbourne Cay with a great restaurant

Beach at Highbourne Cay

Beach at Highbourne Cay

The next morning, we are off again. This time its the ocean crossing from the Exumas back to Cape Eleuthra. As we are leaving through the cut, we hear there is a small craft warning. What?!  The weather websites failed to mention that. Out on the ocean, its windy but the waves aren’t too bad so we continue on. Once we arrive and are docked at the marina in Cape Eleuthra four hours later, a big storm hits. Thank goodness we weren’t caught out in it!

Blustery day at Cape Eleuthra Marina

Blustery day at Cape Eleuthra Marina when we arrive

Local fisherman cleaning fish at Cape Eleuthra Marina

Local fisherman cleaning his day’s catch at Cape Eleuthra Marina

Sharks gather in front of where he is cleaning fish to catch what he throws in. These are bull sharks and not the 'friendly' sharks we've seen at other places

Sharks gather in front of where he is cleaning fish to catch what he throws in. These are bull sharks and not the ‘friendly’ sharks we’ve seen at other places

The next day the weather isn’t much better, so we do chores and clean up the boat. Since the weather is supposed to continue to be bad, Randy arranges to rent a car for the next day to tour the island and see Rock Sound and Governors Harbour, which we have missed the three other times we have been on Eleuthra. When we get up in the morning, winds are down slightly though, so we cancel the car and plan to move the short distance to Rock Sound with Silver Maple. We also see a good weather day to cross back to the Abacos, so we need to move north to be ready to set out in two days. Once on the water its a pretty good day, so we decide carry on past Rock Sound and go back to our regular spot in Hatchet Bay. We miss Rock Sound again! And, our short hour and a half trip turned into six hours. It’s all good though since we are much further ahead for tomorrow.

Still blustery as we leave Cape Eleuthra

Still blustery as we leave Cape Eleuthra

Francis (who we met last time at Hatchet Bay) with his friend, come out to greet us and collect the mooring fee

Francis (who we met last time at Hatchet Bay) with his friend, come out to greet us and collect the mooring fee

Sunset in Hatchet Bay over Silver Maple's flag

Sunset in Hatchet Bay over Silver Maple’s flag

We have an easy sail the next day from Hatchet Bay to Royal Island, where we will start our crossing. By 1 pm we are anchored and able to relax. The next morning we are up at 5 am to begin our big crossing. It’s an eight-hour crossing, plus two more hours to the marina at Boat Harbour. We decide to head there because more bad weather is moving in when we arrive, so we want to be tied to a dock. A very long and exhausting day.

On the way to Royal Island

Captain on the way to Royal Island after navigating Current Cut

Heading to Royal Island after passing through Current Cut

Early morning crossing to the Abacos

There's a line up of boats entering the cut at South Bar to the Abacos

There’s a line up of boats entering the cut at South Bar to the Abacos

We made it!

We made it!

Silver Maple on the dock at Boat Harbour Marina in Marsh Harbout

Silver Maple on the dock at Boat Harbour Marina in Marsh Harbour

We are on Dock 4 -- the fun dock!

We are on Dock 4 — the fun dock!

Now at the Boat Harbour Marina, we are waiting for the winds to die down a bit and then we will move to Hopetown. We had a nice day today in the town of Marsh Harbour doing some shopping. Looking forward to seeing all our friends in Hopetown tomorrow — weather permitting!


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Who has seen the wind? We have!!!

Saturday, January 24 to Sunday, February 1, 2015

The weather has been a bit crazy here. Very blustery. Very windy. As a result we haven’t been moving along as far or as quickly as we would like, being forced to wait for things to settle down on the water. Regardless, the trip is going great. Being forced to stop and relax while you wait for better weather isn’t such a bad thing. Temperatures have been a bit cooler than usual also — 70s rather 80s, but we are doing our best to stay warm. Ha! Ha!

After waiting out weather in Spanish Wells for a couple of days, we move to Hatchet Bay (on Eleuthra) on January 25th and then get stuck there also for a few days waiting out more blustery weather. We make the most of it by catching up on boat-chores, going into town for a walk, movie time on Emerald Lady, and dinner at the local restaurant, The Front Porch.

Quiet day sailing from Spanish Wells to Hatchet Bay

Quiet day sailing from Spanish Wells to Hatchet Bay

Entering the narrow cut into Hatchet Bay

Entering the narrow cut into Hatchet Bay

Sunset in Hatchet Bay

Sunset in Hatchet Bay

Randy holding on to the dingy dock at Hatchet Bay on a blustery day with Silver Maple in the distance

Randy holding on to the dingy dock at Hatchet Bay on a blustery day with Silver Maple in the distance

Dinner at the Front Porch restaurant in Hatchet Bay

Dinner at the Front Porch restaurant in Hatchet Bay

When the winds settle down, we move on to Cape Eleuthra Marina, where we will start our next ocean crossing to the Bahamian Exuma Islands. Thankfully, the next day we have a pretty good day to get across so we head out. Its wavy and windy, but still a nice sail. Upon arrival, we settle into the anchorage at Norman’s Cay with our friends, Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady). We made it!

Windy day sailing from Hatchet Bay to Cape Eleuthra Marina

Windy day sailing from Hatchet Bay to Cape Eleuthra Marina

Dinner at Pascal's restaurant near the Cape Eleuthra Marina

Dinner at Pascal’s restaurant near the Cape Eleuthra Marina

Big waves and wind making the ocean crossing to the Exumas makes the captain feel a bit under the weather

Big waves and wind while making the ocean crossing to the Exumas makes the captain feel a bit under the weather

Arriving to calm waters in the Exumas

Arriving to calm waters in the Exumas

Relaxing at Norman's Cay

Relaxing at Norman’s Cay

Norman’s Cay was a former drug running center in the 1970s, but now is a quiet island with a restaurant and beach.  Unfortunately, we are anchored in an area with a pretty strong tidal flow, so the boat gets spun around by the tide and the wind. After hearing a loud bang as we finish dinner, we realize we have a problem. The anchor chain has wrapped itself around the keel while the boat was spinning. We are now sideways to the current and by midnight the anchor is dragging and we are dangerously close to other boats and the sand bar. Out in the dark, we move the boat and put out a second anchor. This takes pressure off the wrapped chain and it drops off the keel. Whew! Its a long night with not much sleep. Needless to say, first thing the next day we are up and out of there heading to the Exuma Land and Sea Park.

Captain pondering our anchor nightmare from the night before

Captain pondering our anchor nightmare from the night before

Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) come over for a visit before we head out

Sharon and Pete (Emerald Lady) come over for a visit before we head out

In the Park, we take a mooring ball in the Emerald Rock area. Gorgeous! The water is so clear and clean. We jump in for a swim before dinner. The next morning we move to Compass Cay in anticipation of more windy, blustery weather moving in. And it does. Its windy, but we are well protected at the marina. We get out on a hike around the island and take in the views from the cliffs.

Emerald Lady at sunset in the Exuma Land and Sea Park, Emerald Rock mooring field

Emerald Lady at sunset in the Exuma Land and Sea Park, Emerald Rock mooring field

Beautiful morning near Emerald Rock

Beautiful morning near Emerald Rock

Heading to Compass Cay

Heading to Compass Cay

Silver Maple on the dock at Compass Cay

Silver Maple on the dock at Compass Cay

The 'pet' sharks at the Compass Cay Marina

The ‘pet’ sharks at the Compass Cay Marina

Compass Cay Marina

Compass Cay Marina

Randy at the beach on Compass Cay

Randy at the beach on Compass Cay

Hiking the Compass Cay cliffs

Hiking the Compass Cay cliffs

Sounds like tomorrow the weather is calmer, so we plan to move to Big Major Spot near Staniel Cay. After that, we will probably start heading back north.