Saturday, April 5, 2014

Leaving ORYC for the States

Last beach day for blue till next season
 Time on Kasidah is coming to an end this season. After a 3 day run from Grand Bahama we are sitting pretty at Indiantown  Marina almost ready to haul out on Monday.

Last party with our ORYC family
We left Ocean Reef Yacht Club (ORYC) on Saturday the 22nd on a rising tide about 10 am, Sunday was going to be the day for crossing the Gulfstream with very calm winds and seas, but we couldn’t leave and get out the channel in Grand Bahama to make it into West Palm before dark. So we left with 6 other boats a day early and headed to a spot near West End where ANOTHER unfinished canal system exists.
Last decision on which way around

Last canal to explore
Last perfect anchorage till next season
 The winds was to be from the East at 20-30 knts and the seas were to be about 4 to 7 ft, but we were all fine with that because for the most part it would be behind us for only a short while, then as we turned a little north the island would shelter the seas and a good beam reach for the last 3 hour ride up to the anchorage. The wind and the tide were coming into the channel so it wasn’t too difficult getting out and only a little confused till we got out past the reef and headed west with the wind behind us. The short trip to Freeport was fast as we where all watching each other come out the channel rising and falling in the swells and turning to the west. Approaching Freeport we could see all the tankers and container ships, some at anchor, some at the fuel dock stations and some adrift waiting their turn to get into port. All of our group made it past them all except the last two,….yeap we were one of them. We watched a pilot boat come out to one of the container ships headed in and leave dropping off his harbor pilot. We were both pretty close and I’d been watching him on my instruments and it was telling me he had no speed and I would pass in front of him,…Until the Harbor Pilot must have told him to “Go for it!” Well NOW I have a collision alarm as he’s now moving and in front of us, it was an easy decision to go around to the stern, the boat in front of us didn’t have AIS so I think he may have had to change his shorts. Once past Freeport our little turn to the north was followed by a change in the wind to the SW, so again the wind was RIGHT behind us. The waves had grown quite large and boats where disappearing as they fell into the swells. There were times when we settled into the swells and the swell in front of us was well over 10 ft. It was some of the biggest we’d been in and Kasidah was fine, I had the main up hoping for the beam reach that never came and I wasn’t going to take it down in these waves, yet…
Last great sail till next season

So it was tied off quite well and a little tricky for the next 2 hours into the secret anchorage. Once inside the well marked channel we found lots of water, 12-15 ft, there were also another six boats in there we set our anchor, dropped the dinghy and went for a ride to explore the anchorage. It was huge deep and a lot of somebody’s money was spent drudging, leveling all the spoils to raise the land by five ft or so, roads, electric and I assume sewer lines, street lights, and they’ve just stopped.  Had we not been happy with the anchorage we had planned to go into West End and Old Bahama Bay Marina for the night. This would cost about $100 but would be easy to walk Blue without having to lower the dingy, meaning a quick exit in the morning too. We later found out that the marina was Filled with boats for the crossing, and the spill over’s were anchored just around the corner on the bank. There the wind was ripping through the night and several boats dragged and one even lost an anchor some how. So at least we made the right choice for the night.
Last crossing of the season

Last swim along with our ocean friends 
We left the following morning for Florida with most of the other boats, the winds had died down as predicted and shifted, there were all sorts of predictions as to the wind direction, the consent was LIGHT, and it sure was. All day it was light West which was on the nose, of course. We heard it might shift through the day to the NW and even SW so all you could do was head to Florida. It was so light some of the boats took down all sails and motored the whole way. We started with the main and head sail, then the cutter and main, then just the main. Nothing got us above 6 knts, and we hadn’t hit the Gulfstream yet. I tried making as much south as I could in anticipation of the push north, but it slowed us down even more. So we sailed and motored to our best speed which would bring us a little north of the Palm Beach inlet, while hoping for an afternoon or evening wind shift to the north then we could switch to a starboard tack and sail fast to the south once out of the Gulf Stream. All day long I believe there was always another boat crossing to the west and within site. Several freighters and tankers were also part of the day but they were going north or south for the most part and with AIS there was never anything more than a 2 degree course change needed to give us miles of clearance. At one point we had a pod of Dolphins swimming in front of Kasidah, it was so calm both Arline and I rushed up on deck to watch and video them swimming off our bow, normally that is a big NO NO for us, we never go up without hooking in with a vest to the jack lines. The wind died even more the closer we got to Florida and a shift never really came. It was the longest, and for me the most frustration, crossing we ever had. We (I) couldn’t do anything to make some south happen with out our speed dropping to below 4, and even closer to 3. So we ended up maybe 3 or 5 miles north of the inlet. I thought the gulfstream was quite close to the coast judging from my instruments. My compass heading and boat was pointed at 270 but my COG was 300 and my Bearing to the inlet was climbing down past 270 till we got out of the stream and it was 250.

Last trip up the ICW till next season
We did make the inlet just at dark, 8:30 and had 3 or 5 miles to go to get to the anchorage in North Lake Worth. We had good tracks to follow from previous trips and there wasn’t much traffic. The anchor was set, dinghy dropped and Blue walked by 9:30 and a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, quick shower in the cockpit, small glass of rum and I was out for the night.

Mondays move to Stuart and Sunset Bay Anchorage started early with a way for blue, put the dinghy up on the davits and motor away. Glad it was a Monday because there was little traffic. No incidents’ with bridges, just a nice motor. Once on our mooring ball we saw all the others fill up fast as there was a big blow coming through for several days in a row. The marina was filled with people from all the years here, one set of boaters were leaving in a few days and needed to get their car to Indiantown, easily volunteering to do this, we fetched our car while dropping theirs off.

We made Indiantown after a week at Stuart we are pulling Kasidah apart, our haul out date is Monday the 7th, 10:00am.



Sunday, March 16, 2014

We now belong to "TORP"

I love "I heart radio", I listen to WSYR out of Syracuse when I can stream it on the line here. I listen to the talk shows when they're on, the commercials from places we knew for 25 years, but I love listening to the local news and weather. It adds a certain sense that's hard to describe, it's not that I want to be there, (sorry), It's not like I can't read about the wonderful narcissistic politicians and how the area is really only doing well because of them, (sorry again), It's not that I can't find the weather in NY and how bad that SE or NW breeze is blowing imagining the crap being blown around and the damage it's doing, or how deep it is getting in the old driveway. I think it's the person tone from the voices I hear and their injection of emotions from these events of news or weather, over life in that area to which we invested so much of our life's.



Again I can read and see how much snow anywhere, but when I hear it's closed at exit 15 in Lafayette, or exit 14 in Tully do to an accident, now I get the picture, or the traffic in downtown Syracuse is 10 minutes at Adams street, Fulton is closed, and so on. Then I worry and imagine about my friends sitting on their ford tractor pushing the crap out of the way just so the misses can get to work. I've heard the news and felt for my friends trying to get to the airport, the Dojo, or a job site to sample a well or any other aspect of work.

                                                              And then I have a beer.

                                                           




  
New roof Trust being installed on one
of the bath houses
Guess they aren't worried about snow load
Right Brian,...




For Mark, Scott and all my other warehouses
in NY,  see you soon.






We looked at the calender and realize it's time to call the taxi for a ride home,.....well to take Kasidah home. We have a haul out date of April,l 7th, so we'll look for a crossing window weather around the 27th of March, ONLY A WEEK AWAY. It looks like between 7 or 12 boats will be looking for the same window of weather and going together. We have plans to visit with family and friends in the Stuart area and there is always work to do on Kasidah. Food and other stores had been shopped and planned very well this year, looking back as always, we've made a few changes to the supplies we need next time out here.

Last week we went with two other couples by bike to do a couple of things in Freeport, there was fishing, supplies, a few groceries, Rum, and we were stopping for lunch at the little place Arline and I have enjoyed at the straw market. We've talked about how clean it was, how cold and reasonable the beer was. 

I have to take you back a few months ago; remember that most people here at the time share arrive and leave on Saturday. It's usually slow on the marina side as we watch the new people come in we carry on with pool, tennis, hot tub, and boat chores. I remember one group of newbies walking about with their Complementary welcome Bahama Mama drink and still in their travel cloths, (because the rooms not ready) viewing the grounds and taking it all in. I wasn't there, but I knew who it was. They met up with the rest of their group at the 2nd pool and talked of all they took in on their walk about. "Did you see the swim up bar, at the big pool. How about the hot tub filled with TORP?" "Yeah saw that!" So we had to find out what TORP is or was. As it turns out, it's an acronym, as is DINK (Duel Income No Kind),  DINKWAD (Duel Income No Kids With A Dog),....Ready for it,  TORP (Tanned Old Retired People) LOL,... Yeah the hot tub was fill with cruisers,....

Back to the bike ride/parade of TORP on bikes. It really does go well. I was worried that we'd get bunched up, separated, lost, or hit by traffic. We did stop at a couple of hardware stores, and then the package store. I found My Gay Rum here is only $13 for a liter, Golsing Rum from Bermuda $15 and Arline's wine wasn't that bad either. We get a discount if we mention we are from the Resort. Like they couldn't tell. At the food store with the 3 bottles in my front basket I stayed outside to put air in my front tire, it seemed a little,...something. Once we saddled up and started to roll I saw I had an issue with the front wheel bearing, too much play. I took it apart and found out there was not race for the bearings to ride on. I put it back together and put the rum in the back to take the weight of the front of course. but the wheel was so wobbly that I had to take the front brakes off so it would turn free, albeit I still looked like a DOB, drunk on a bike. It was a short ride to lunch and only one traffic circle or roundabout. As we pull in Arline and I saw that it was closed for the day. That's kind of our luck, "3rd Time" that's another story in the edit mode, how the  first and second time somewhere is good and then better, but the 3rd time there with friends family or what ever, it's a disaster, closed, burned, or worse. So one of the other TORP had a place in mind and as my wheel was real bad now it was on the way home and near a bike shop. They have one of those here? It was maybe 2 mile to lunch every once in a while the bearings would line up right or something and the bike was good, then I would hit a bump or turn a little and it was back to being a DOB. Lunch was at an old McDonald's which closed (we hadn't been there before) and turn into a local bar diner. Really good food, cold beer and prices right, there was even WiFi so you could get on the line. Dick pointed the way to the bike shop we found Mac and a young man there. The young man looked at the bike and saw the front hub wobbling as it shouldn't and said he'd have to take it apart to see if the inside hub was ok,..I helped him pull the tire off and he stopped me saying I'd get dirty, I pointed to my shirt and shorts and said it's already been a bad day and handed him the tire. Well we found the race had screwed it's way into the middle of the hub and destroyed the hub. The boss came out looked at it and said that a new hub is needed. 
New hub, with Quick Remove Lever




I'm thinking,.. great push the bike home, 4 miles because there's no putting this back together to nurse it home, 2 weeks from the states for a hub, yeah dah yeah dah yeah dah. 10 seconds later he shows me a new hub and said $40. Yeah but how much to put it on I ask? $40 + 40, Great, twice what I paid for the bike. BUT no it was $40 for the new hub with labor on the bike, and I only had $35. I'll come back and give you the rest when I pick the bike up tomorrow. We'll finish it today sir, Well I'll come back tomorrow and give you the rest, "I don't know who you are man!" he said, "Well" I said "I don't know who you are either" and laughed making lite of the whole thing. So I go out to the bike grab the bottle of Mt Gay and show it to him telling him I'd give him the $35 and leave the bottle of rum which is wroth $20 and then come back and give him the $5 and get my rum back. His laughed said he doesn't drink and I could bring the money back but take that dam rum out of here. 

The young man (I'm sorry I didn't get his name),with in 30 minutes, tore every spoke off the wheel (Do you know how many are on there) and then added them to the new hub, put it all back together and straightened it. We had a great time laughing and talking about the boat, living in NY, the owner had been there twice and that was enough. Several people came to his little shop which was a shed on an extension cord while we where there for other parts or to pay on a repair. We made it back to the boat I grabbed some money and hi-tailed it back to him and a tip for the young man, as he said they were there till 5 or 5:30 that day. I got there at 4:15 and they were gone, AGH!!! I made it back the next day and I think he was really shocked to see that I came back to give him the $5. The young man was so polite always calling me sir, yeahs sir. He said let me look and made sure it''s right and still good. Of course no issues. 

Never would I have guessed there would be a hub in a little shack for my bike or even somebody that know how to do this. We've been told by people waiting on tables and working at a restaurant here to go somewhere else to eat because they couldn't get to us for a while, cashiers in the store that couldn't and or wouldn't sell us something because they didn't see a price on it, and they didn't know if it was onion rings or large calamari, (really) so they couldn't even find out the price. There was a day that a new drink was paraded out at the pool for free as they are trying new ones out. Raymond said the red one was really good, the following day he went in asked for the red one again. "Sorry I wasn't here and done know anythin bout dah new red drink". So I was really happy to find a real tradesman on the island here, a real owner that trusted with out knowing. We have had been to a few restaurants with good service, one little local girl served like 24 TOPR in the side room. She wouldn't let anyone else in to help, she knew how to serve and wait on us, getting just about everything as right as right could be, and she got good tips.

Emily reminded me of Amy and has our
thanks for her commitment and service to
our country. You'd all be proud of her. 
Arline and Emily with her mom and Dad.














This weeks' Time Share people included a family from NH with their daughter and a friend of hers (She left on an earlier flight before we got her in a picture). Gerry, and his wife sat and talked a couple of days with us, he rented the small boat here and we went by dinghy to show them where to snorkel on a reef. Emily was a Jr in College and in the Air Force ROTC program to become a nurse. America you have another strong woman out there to be proud of, we wish her luck and owe her our thanks.
Gerry and Family following us out to a snorkel spot.
So as our time winds down here we are very tickled we chose to come here this year, we have it on our plans for the future too.   

Check out this video Arline made while we snorkeled on a reef just East of Bell Channel, we went by Dinghy to this area. There were hundreds and hundred of fish. You have to really look as you think you're looking at some coral but it's a huge wall of fish. 
                               
                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFF-IXKxm5I

Upper right hand corner is the anchor line to the dinghy

     

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ships That Pass in the Night

"Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence."
                                                                           Henry Wadsworth Longfell

After a while the weather finally has to become right for a comfortable move with Kasidah. Even with this winter’s on slot of storm after storm we have been wintering fine in Grand Bahamas. Our trip to the Berry’s has finely come. 

Kasidah headed south from Raymond's power cat. Moving well in the water.
We left Silver Cove and Ocean Reef Yacht Club (ORYC) on Tuesday the 11th at 1st light on a falling tide, but with plenty of water in the inlet. Wind was going to be ENE-E 70-90 deg. Our heading to the Berry’s was going to be 140 deg. It was a 63 NM run so a SOG (speed over ground) of 5-6 knts was mandatory. We where followed out of the little inlet an hour later by Raymond but he passed us within 2 hours doing about 10 knts. He’s been here at ORYC this year and last year, we’ve become dock friends. He has a very nice power cat and was headed in the same direction. With family aboard and a nice camera we’re hoping for a great photo of Kasidah hauling ass.  Thanks Raymond. We motor sailed with full sails making near 6.5 knots the first half of the day Close Hauled with a little room left making as much East as we could in case the wind came any more than East. The last three hours the wind was indeed right on the nose (of course) and was a little more East than I wanted. We tacked around once to side step a very large tanker and gained a little more East,….but it wasn’t worth it, now we were too close to the shallow water. We pulled in the Head Sail, and Stay Sail motoring with the Main up the last 2 hours making good speed close to 6 knots and making the harbor entrance of Great Harbour Cay (GHC) just as the moon was having an effect on our vision. We have many tracks on our instruments in and out of here so it was pretty easy. It was a nice sail and day to be on Kasidah.


The following day we dropped the dinghy, and headed out. Many of you may remember we lost our pet and best friend Sara last year at this time, leaving her on the best beach around. 
Sara's Veiw

We found her resting place in good condition with some of the flowering plants we left taking hold. We also found a coconut on a beach that had rooted and moved it near her. When we got back in the dinghy Arline said “OK I’ve done what I wanted to do, we can leave the Berry's any time”
Boat dog Sara Enjoying her beach,....... little did we know how much she really enjoyed it,...

Samantha Office manager
Returning to the marina and Kasidah we found numerous friends from all the years in GHC. Samantha was there as office manager and couldn’t give us a big enough huge, then sharing what had happened in her life while we’d been away. Later in the week she brought her 9 year old son over for us too meet, what a proper man he will be. 







Barrington was the dock master years ago but now is working as a tour boat captain that servers the big Cruise Ships that anchor off Coco Cay.  He and his wife have a beautiful 1 year old baby girl they named Liberty, but call her Libby ;-D. He is a much respected local person and had been part of the local government. We have shared dinners and stories with Barry about his life and ours, I can tell he deserves all of our respect for his morals and achievements. Thereon was a worker too but now lives in Freeport and has a new baby girl with his wife who is a school teacher on Grand Bahama. He was shocked to learn we’d been 2 months at ORYC and within 2 miles of his home and new job as a Government official for the fishing department. We are invited to spend Thanksgiving with his family next year. There were many others that came by just to say hello and see if we needed anything or if we got another dog to keep Blue company. 
Arline and Barry with Liberty,..Lib.
Of course Jeff and Lana, who had been there for us the 1st year when we pulled in with a blown engine. They have a nice house on the island, and invited us to drinks and dinner. Returning to the boat late at night we noticed another sailboat had pulled in next to us. There were predictions of big winds for the next few days and a lot of cruisers had pulled in for coverage. Our new dock mates had the telltale signs of new young cruisers; trunks of stuff tied down on the deck, sailboards, Kayaks, a new dinghy and other things. It was an older center cockpit and a good looking boat.
Our new dock neighbors 
Peter and Jodi on the right with their quest in the center
Not so early up the next morning and at the bath house we say hello to our new dock mates doing laundry. Peter and Jodi, we started talking about destinations, journeys and dogs, (They have 2 big ones on board). We were talking about their crossing and how long it took them because the wind was right on the nose having to motor sail nearly the whole way. Jokingly I said “On the nose,.. What,. Did you just climb on the boat last week?”.  "Well last month" was his answer. We then find out they just bought the boat, a Whitby 42 from friends of ours. What a small world, this is S/V “HEY JUDE!”. A boat we've known and cruised with since our 1st time crossing to GHC. Steve and Judy are great people that we still talk with while they are now in the Colorado area. Steve used his dinghy to pull Kasidah and her blown engine into dock the 1st year there. Judy is the one who helped Arline with her hip, which is still good for her. Last year we crossed to GHC again with them knowing it would be their last year out. They have had “Hey Jude” for I Believe near 20 years. We sat with them at GHC and at the exact same docks. Within minutes I showed Peter photos from my phone of “Hey Jude” pulling away from the dock, the last photo of her we have, another of Steve towing Kasidah in, and finally another of Judy with her big as life smile. 


Steve and Judy leaving 1/13 from GHC Marina for parts unknown
I remember the photo and the moment they left last year, thinking we’d never see them or “Hey Jude” again. We really wanted to go with them further south, we just didn't want it to end. But for us we didn’t know what we could or would be doing the next summer. We had just been lied to, cheated, stabbed in the back and thrown under the bus by people we thought were friends, plus we’d just had some of our true good friends ripped out of our life. Steve and Judy knew and understood from experience what we had just gone through, and we knew for them, that this was their last year out here.  Also at the time Sara was not doing well, they and many other boaters helped keep our sanity in check. Steve and Judy had become family to us, and us to them. It was very emotional seeing “Hey Jude”, but quite a comfort to see her too. Her new name and owners would make Steve and Judy very proud.  Peter and Jodi felt the karma aboard “Hey Jude” when they looked at her and commented to the positive vibe they felt from Kasidah sitting at her side. We shared with the new owners 3 more great days, and a nice meal aboard.

Judy saw the photo of Kasidah and Hey Jude, which is now Mary Christian, together at the dock, “One is where they are, just as they are meant to be,” was her email back to us.  







Dock hand and friend Meko and Casita's owners with Arline

There was another boat Casita. Go ahead and say it. They were at GHC last year too. This year they are there buying property. We spent the big Wahoo Fishing tournament evening with them and all our other friends on Saturday knowing we would be headed back to ORYC in the morning.





Leaving GHC at 1st light on Sunday as planned, and following our tracks out. Knowing what we did coming down, and having good tracks to ORYC from the year before, we were off for another good day. The computer with all of our tracks keeps history that is very detailed, if you click on any point of a track you can tell the day and time at that exact location. We had fair wind, I would have loved another 5 knts but, we were going well. We knew from the track last year that we made it into the Silver Cove channel at 3:30 having left at dawn too. Our arrival time today as stated by the chart plotter all morning long was 6:30 pm with sunset at 6:15, BUT all morning till noon we were 1 hour ahead of our position last year. Present boat speed was 7 knts, but SOG was 5.5 meaning we were being kicked by a 1.5 knt in current. Very interesting. We did make the channel at 6 pm, and we were just 2 hrs after low tide. Water Depth was going to be close in the channel, so we slowed down and added as much time as we could to gain more tide and water depth in the channel. At low tide there is 5 ft and we draw a little more than 6 ft. As we enter the channel Arline is up on the bow scouting for the zig-zag in the channel. I’m listening to her through our communicators, watching the depth meters and going as slow as I can. Not too slow because you can lose steerage, the current coming into the channel is probably 2-3 knots so that means Kasidah is moving about 4 knots which is pretty fast to run aground (I know this from experience). Arline had an easy time spotting the zig-zag and there was only one point at which I had only 6 inches under Kasidah. Ah nice to be back at ORYC, 2 pools, a hot tub, tennis, good stores and beaches and a bunch of Great Canadian cruising buddies. who are running around with their Flag after winning the gold in men and women's hockey. 



Highlighted track of the trip home 
Highlighed track of our trip south, note the details in the notes
and the Tack made.

Who knows what ships we passed as we came north that were just out of site. Who knows what ships we will pass in the near future. Our time together and here seems so short. I hope we connect again with (not in any particular order); Jenny, Summer Breeze, Y-knot III, C/esc;, Quest, Ram Sea, Serene, Rocinante, Andros, Ozymandias, Earendil, Anjo, Steadfast, Intermezzo, Pelican Rose, and all the others here at ORYC. There are so many we’ve crossed paths with and consider part of our family I can go on and on and not get to you all so please don’t feel left out if you’re not mentioned. We hope also to spend time welcoming into the cruising community and family, John and Marquette on Quick Silver, Dorothy and Dave on Querencia, and of course Veranda and our sister ship Boat Bumms. It’s wonderful out here for many many reasons.

  
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. . . Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain





Friday, January 31, 2014

Nice Day in Paradise.

Nice Calm Morning on Kasidah 
Well it seems like the weather is looking a little better for everyone, except our friends in upstate NY where another round of very cool weather is headed their way. Don't forget the storm of '93 in March dumped a record number of feet at the time. It is winter in the Bahamas too, all the cool weather up north has had an affect on weather here. Many boats have been stuck in one location or another with unfavorable conditions. I know a few hard core want-to-be cruisers might say "You're a sailboat you just go,.." It's not just getting there or weathering a day or two in rough waters, it's also about what will be there when you get there. You might not be able to anchor because the winds and or anchorage don't allow for ideal holding. There are many reasons to stay and many to move. The wrong decision might cost you your boat.

North End of the Lucayain Waterway
We are enjoying our time here doing many things. We went on dinghy up the Lucayain waterway with Doug and Sharon, long time cruisers. This is a man made canal or ditch that was made during the 70's, and goes from the south to the north cutting the island in two with only one bridge tying it together. This bridge and shallow water allow only powerboats of limited size to use it. It was a great day trip with lots to see and think about. We ran 32 miles and only used 4 gallons of fuel. We had lunch we brought with us, went through some of the smaller canals where many a dream had been hatched, and arrived at the top side of Grand Bahama Island into the Little Bahama Bank or the Abacos. This trip by sailboat or the long way around would have been 2 days if we went west and 5 days if we went east.



Hanya a Ukrainian from Canada at dinner with her ex boyfriend. 
As we learned like last year, we know the pattern of resort guest coming and going. We had a good time with several people, going to dinner, sharing wine and stories. We've meet some people from Annapolis who have a sailboat, they were at the time, 2 weeks away from retirement and going to do some cruising on their 39 ft Caliber. They have been following our virtual friends (did we just came up with that) Bill and Christie on Veranda. Small world! Also our friends here, Doug and Sharon, have a daughter and I understand in their earlier cruising time spent time with the Tom Neale family who's daughter Melanie we know another (virtual friend) through Facebook. Melanie is the author of Boat Girl. Small world. Surprised you didn't catch that Melanie,..







Resident kitty trying to sneak on  board to retrieve a treat
 The cats that live here also know when new guest arrive and when they leave. There is usually one or two days when the cats come to the boats looking for a hand out. Well they also show up when the fisherman comes back with a catch and they hang out at the cleaning station,.....right next to the hungry cruisers. This is one of the brave ones that finds his way to the boat, and I think he knows his tides too.

                                 
Only in the Bahamas do you park the rental boat under the parking lot drain pipe.

Blue getting comfy for an afternoon nap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

We've had a few down pours of rain over the last couple of weeks. When it's heavy down pour the run off from the parking lot existing into the basin via a 6 inch PVC pipe gushes out for enough that it lands in the small rental boat parked under it. After a few days they come and pump it out and clean it.
                                                                                                                             
Arline getting some pointers from Hank who does still give lessons
We've also taken up tennis here with a group of people who play in the mornings, we're quite bad,.. but getting better. We found some really good rackets and balls at a salvation army store here.

Lunch....













Our local fishing friend with the cooler had his equipment taken from him and he's been too proud or stubborn to get it back. So we took him to fish from our dinghy and it was nice enough weather that I followed him around in the water with my spearing equipment and watched how he was hunting his fish and looking for lobster, I learned a lot from that. I speared my 1st Hogfish that day and was happy enough at that. He also told me my spear was TOO SLACK, meaning not enough power, and he showed me how to fix it which I did. The next time out I hunted as he did and got this good sized fish, which I thought was a Gray Snapper but with a little bit of research it was probably a Grass Porgy, both are fine and good eating and it was gone that night anyway, with a nice butter infused Old Bay sauce, mmmm.

Arline threw out the idea of a beach dinghy lunch party, so I think 16 or so dinghies came out and had a great time. I guess she can still work her magic when it comes to party or event planning.
Nice time on the beach
exploring the waterways on north side of island
Silver Cove Entrance, you don't want t miss it, or enter it with a south wind blowing you into the channel.
 A sailboat came in while we were at the beach so a bunch went out to mark the channel low spot, great photo of how shallow it is and how far out it goes,  and the narrow the usable part is for deep boats

Back to the weather,...it and tides are looking good for a move of Kasidah. We are most likely headed to the Berry's and Great Harbour Cay for a month soon. We might not stay at the marina for the full month and head out to the east side and a days travel to some quite remote areas for a few days. But we need to stay close to communications for our family.

My mom had a fall a few weeks ago, broke her hip and had emergency surgery that day which went well. Only through the Internet would I have known about it or be able to check in with dad and family. She is now in a rehab, PT, or Physical Therapy home for the next few weeks.
Dinner
squid under dock