The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.
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10 February 2017 | Exumas to Nassau to Exumas Bahamas
04 February 2017 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
31 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
29 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
27 January 2017 | Cat Island
04 January 2017 | Staniel Cay, Bahamas
28 December 2016 | Warderick Wells, Exuma, Bahamas
17 December 2016 | Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
12 December 2016 | Las Olas, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
03 December 2016 | Vero Beach Municipal Marina
29 November 2016 | Long and Winding Waterway
28 November 2016 | On the ICW, from Daytona to Titusville
27 November 2016 | St Augustine to Daytona
24 October 2016 | St Augustine, Florida, USA
01 October 2016
12 July 2016 | Dartmouth, NS, Canada
05 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
02 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
30 May 2016 | Devil's Tower, Wyoming
26 May 2016 | Badlands and Black Hills, South Dakota, USA

Into the Creeks with a New Outboard

10 February 2017 | Exumas to Nassau to Exumas Bahamas
Alex, hot and happy with a chance of zoom-zooming
No more schlepping around with Dinghy in Tow and Outboard not performing !!


We were fed up with having a low performing to no performing outboard. The anxiety that sits deep within the butterflies in your stomach everytime you pull the pull cord. Waiting, wondering... will it work? Why doesn't it Work? We *JUST* had it serviced. We were seriously fed up with WTH and WTF moments.

As you might be able to imagine, having a good dinghy and reliable outboard are paramount in this cruising type of lifestyle. We need it, and use it, ALL the time. It needs to work, ALL the time!

"Remember to bring the handheld" we'd remind ourselves, if we were going anywhere, and more often than not, given its lacklustre performance, only one of us was going somewhere because there was just not enough juice in it for both of us (and provisions) to be out and about. And forget about having guests onboard, and going snorkelling. Sigh.

The Capt'n had spent more than a few serious hours tweaking and checking, wondering and swearing. We'd been boatbound for one too many hours as we financialized our way towards something new vs repairing, yet again.

Truth be told, we'd had the outboard for 6 years. And six years in a salty environment will sure do serious wonders on boat parts. And perhaps, we'd somehow neglected it. And we'd thrown money towards fixing it, again and again. And with the last few years of expenses, we were seriously starting to believe that it was a Lemon, built on a Friday Afternoon.

In Nassau, we toured around the stores, checking live on what was previously online photos and research. We opted to stay with a two stroke. And with one fell swoop we doubled our power (knowing that in our not too distant future we'd be upsizing our dinghy as well) and with that said, we signed on the dotted line.

Which resulted in one helluva huge cardboard box being delivered right to our slip in Palm Cay Marina.

Beautiful shiny new things come in large cardboard boxes.

We were pretty darn excited about the whole thing.

The next morning we sailed back towards the many islands of the Exumas. And here, here the many beaches and creeks were calling our names, and the shiny new outboard happy to take us there.

No Longer are we up the Creek resorting to using our Paddles to get back. We're now happily exploring ALL the creeks with our new Yamaha 15HP Outboard.

She starts with one pull. She purrs like a kitten. With way more oil in the mix than necessary she's kinda smoking at the moment. It feels so good for both of us to be going places, together. It feels so good to be driving again. To be up on plane again, at only half throttle.

Zoom - zoom.

Frustrated in Paradise

04 February 2017 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
Alex, cool and calm with a chance of showers.
Dear Friends. I have a venting of frustrations that need to be shared. Please Help. Signed, Frustrated in Paradise.

Dear Frustrated in Paradise. How dare you complain when living in Paradise. Signed, Your friends.


The bad mood of frustration has settled in, just as deep rooted in our bodies and minds, as it is in hard facted evidence of the never ending exodus of B.O.A.T bucks.

You are familiar with B.O.A.T bucks, aren't you? When talking to fellow cruising friends, about boat repairs or purchases, you might say something like, "Oh, it's only a B.O.A.T. buck or two" and they nod in silent agreement as they bow their heads sympathetic to the dollars spent for living the dream in paradise.

B.O.A.T Buck = "Bring Out Another Thousand"

We knew that after four years of almost no maintenance and hassle free cruising and Living the Dream, that we'd be throwing some serious BOAT bucks into Banyan. We'd planned for it and budgeted for it. Made a list for it.

** And it's always with grateful appreciation that we realize we ARE living our Dream, Adventuring in this wonderful paradise of a world we live in and that we have saved BOAT dollars to spend **

So, with list in hand we've tackled Boat Jobs. And as much as we've taken one small step forward, it feels like we've been landed two giant leaps backward.

** I'm a firm believer in Thoughts become Things and if the path is easy, it's meant to be, and if it's blocked with obstacles, it's not mean to be. So sometimes I wonder at just what path we're meant to be on when even the Universe is conspiring against us, as it has been, for these past few months. **

The WaterMaker. Ah, our trusted and faithful Spectra WaterMaker. We're testing and analyzing and the results are more than confusing. It's a working puzzle wrapped in voltages that's outputting reduced gallons of water that we need to measure per minute.

"Do you have something that we can measure 2.5 gallons per minute in?" asks Dave?
"Hmm, I have a small measuring cup that we could use" I reply. "How many cups in a gallon?"

"Would that be American or Imperial Gallons?" we both wonder and with Google at the Response, I calculate cups to gallons and then wonder as I look at my measuring cup if it's meant to measure a liquid or dry measure.

And for this we went to School, to learn all about Practical World Applications, right? I think my high school science teacher would roll over in his grave, if he saw our array of stackable silicone cups, full up with freshly made water, as the boat gently sways to and fro, rendering an accurate reading almost impossible.

The bushings in the DC motor were gone so we replaced the DC motor. We ordered a new membrane while en route from Staniel Cay to Georgetown and once in Georgetown, learned that it's MUCH easier to deal with brokerage and customs when in Staniel Cay.

And then a two week (TWO WEEK?!) cold front moved it which made sailing back to Staniel Cay impossible.

** During which time we were so pleased to have my sister and brother in law visiting us, and while we might have complained at the coldness of the cold front, they simply laughed at us in great amusement as they showed us photos of their Great White North with five feet of shovelled snowdrifts, which made our paradise look like... Paradise **

Finally we get the Weather, sail back to Staniel Cay with our guests onboard and pick up the parts. Easy Peasy, with WaterMaker Air delivering our WaterMaker Parts. Kind of ironic, don't you think?

In Emerald Cay Marina, hiding from a West Wind, and after the departure of our guests, we rapidly got to work making the minor modifications to our watermarker by removing the Z-brane component of it.

"Look at this" Dave said, holding up the new end cap. They sent us an end cap, with two holes in it. It's the wrong part."

We're driving around Great Exuma in a rental car on a road that just ended and wondering where we were when our phone crackles to life, and with only one signal bar of strength we answer. It's JT says Dave in great surprise. Now JT is our Spectra WaterGURUguy who is on a three week vacation, in some back woods of Florida fishing, and totally inaccessible to our growing frustrations! But he's found some hilltop with cell signal and called to tell us not to panic. We have the right end cap, he confirmed, we're just missing two plastic plugs. Not a problem, he says before we lose the connection, just go to any hardware store....

Roger that. Hardware store? In the Bahamas?

** and in all this incredible frustration, we are immensely grateful that all this transpired on the day we not only had our phone with us, but the volume was on so we heard it ring, AND we had a rental car, so we could get to the hardware store **

** and doubly grateful to be enjoying a great feast of cracked conch lunch at Santana's, where we perused photos of Johnny Depp enjoying the same lunch, at the same place, while filming Pirates of the Caribbean. **

And giggle factor? The reason we had a car? To load up on provisions. Except that, the side trip to the hardware store, delayed our visit to the grocery store, which when we got there, had a big red CLOSED sign on it. Door were shut, there was no shopping because the power was out.

** we are extremely grateful that we had cash in our pockets to be able to go next door to the liquor store where we could purchase some wine and rum to drown our sorrows in **

Back on Banyan, simile plugs installed on the end cap, and new membrane installed in the watermaker we excitedly push the start button. And sigh... gallon output same as before. So now we're back to the heart of the watermaker, the Clark pump. The pump we took out last year, and gave to JT to check, which he did, and said it worked just fine. Dave is ready to take the pump apart and see if it's just a case of a leaky O-ring. Except that, the little bag of expensive O-rings? That's always been in the bag of watermaker spares, that we've carried around with us for four long years? Is nowhere to be found. It's really hard to lose something in 40 feet of space, but trust me when I say we couldn't find it. Somehow, somewhere, we took thrm out, gave the, to JT when we told him to check the pump in the first place, and then forgot to put them back on the boat.

{{ SIGH }}

SSB gremlins. With his fear of heights, sending Dave up the mast is never easy, and sometimes it takes a double shot of rum in very calm conditions to talk him into it. He spent a couple of hours strung up there, way up high, reterminating the ends of the cable and cajoling the wires. End result: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

** who needs to listen to Chris Parker anyways? **

Then there's our Yamaha 8 hp outboard that has driven us up and down the Carribean chain of islands these last few years.

"If it's 6 years old in dinghy years, what does that make it in normal engine years?" I wonder??

Just one week after its warranty was up it started acting up. We had it fixed. And fixed again, and last year it started to slow down, showing signs of confusion.

But as with all things, throwing some money at it got her tuned up, and at the start of this season, she started on the first pull, purred like a kitten, and even planed with both of us in it. For awhile. And then not. And then it became a case of me staying on the boat and sending Dave out with a list of errands.

No more shopping A Deux.

We sighed at the thought of a slightly reduced zoom zoom for us, and figured we could accept Slow is Pro. And then last week, while exploring Musgrave Creek in Cat Island, she lost all power while in gear.

"We can't explore if we don't have a working dinghy!" which meant we were taking the first set of winds away form our current adventure in Cat Island, and see where they would take us: Georgetown to a repair shop, or Nassau to a new outboard shop.

Somehow the winds took us in between. To Black Point, where we could do some laundry while thinking some more about our options.

** Where we're extremely grateful that we are in a flat calm anchorage, getting our laundry done, and making water at half our usual production of our watermaker, all in paradise. And there's the Carrot Cake you can buy at the Laundromat. And the Fresh Coconut Bread. And we're now planning an adventure to Nassau, somewhere we've not yet been. **

And so here we are battling these invasive gremlins that are currently onboard, unable at the moment to evict them. We keep fixing and jerry rigging and estimating and guesstimating but they keep attacking like some insatiable frenzy of zombiefied gremlins, lunging at our proverbial bucket of Dollars.

Except that this happened the other day.

Even our bucket has a hole in it !!

** We're grateful that we had Duct Tape onboard. Although I used the last bit of it to tape up the hole ** {{ I sigh and kind of giggle as I add both items to the list of things to buy }}
Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
Welcome Aboard. I'm Alexandra, and if I'm not out Adventuring with Camera in Hand, or cheffing up a storm in my galley, I'm looking to pirate some WiFi to upload our latest tales (with way too many photos) about our most recent adventures. [...]
Extra: CHART YOUR COURSE: Our destiny is shaped by our thoughts and actions. We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
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The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.
WebPage Visits

We're on Facebook

Sailing Banyan

but we're not Tweeting or Instagramming.

Should We #HashTag?

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!