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Abaco Adventure
Man O War Cay
windy , warm , cold front arrival
03/01/2011

spent a lovely afternoon at this quaint settlement that still practices the art of boat building as it has for many decades .

Albury Boats are manufactured the old fashioned way , by hand , hand layed fiberglass construction , 18 to 23' .

They produce 8 to 12 per year , a 23 footer , ctr console all trimed out with the anodized aluminum superstructure , 300 merq outboard , etc....
80k , whoa .........


there is also a sail shop used to be the sail loft when these folks were constructing sailboats .

That building was taken by Hurricane Floyd in '99

now there is a waterfront sailshop where 3 women sew various sized bags out of sailcloth , sunbrella, denim and such .. and only sold right there , no where else in the world .

wanted to pick up a bag or 2 , got er done .

The island Is Albury sailshop , boatbuilders , ferry service , realtors , and more .

of course they have a beautiful beach that was deserted ...

wonderful old homes with Yards and gardens and colorful flowers ,, more golf carts and little tiny trucks ..

a kitten tagged along with us for some time as well as an old woman who finally sold us some homemade cinnamon roles , mmmmm good .

There is no booz sold on the Cay so bring your own , and rumor has it more churches p/ capita than anywhere else in world , ( what about Salt Lake City ) Haha ...

and also no black people allowed to live on island ... what ???
I asked a fine young Bahamian man at our last location who thought that was mostly myth ....

Anyway we slept well , the wind was howling and the rig was singin and lovely windy voices were whispering soft tones through the cracked ports .. I just love that about this life we are living , the wind , it talks to me .. and I had forgotten to some extent till then , I had become so used to the nightly howl from all the norther's

So it is March 1 and once again we are underway to Marsh Harbour through a very narrow cut with 20+ SE in our face , 100 feet wide with rocks on either side and about 8' under us at mid tide , hey this entrance would be pretty dicey in 30 knts.


On our way to Marsh Harbor and the Marsh Harbor Marina , Jib Room .

we have had reservations for weeks and so glad to be goin over , pool beach , reef for snorklin ,

showers, laundry , restaurant with fine food at reasonable prices , be there for weeks enjoying anything a cruiser could want , this is it ........ gonna rent a car and sight see Abaco , the mainland ... gonna cruise .........

Talk to ya

Dave







Hope Town Happenings
Dave
02/27/2011

Oh we sure are enjoying this Rock in the Abaco Sea ..

we attended a fundraiser for the fire department and BASRA ( Bahamian AIR Sea Rescue Assoc. )yesterday and bought some T's and hotdogs and Lobster rolls , Mmmm gooddddddddd !!! They had crab races , the call Nascrab @ Abaco Speedway or Racetrack , very funny ,you bet 2 bucks ... the crabs are #ed and you pick one and if your crab crosses the finish line first you win half the pot ..
They had a demonstration fire that was in the area of our boat , I did not know about a demo , so a brief moment of anxiety
anyway they roared out there in a big green inflatable and blew that flame away with one powerful pump and hose ..................

Talked to some other bosters as they make up many of the people you would encounter downtown ...



Had an ice cream , first 1 in months at a place called the Sugar Shack , wonderfullllllll

Took my Gal over to the Abaco Inn , a couple miles down the road East and South , A lovely old place with a big time view off the Atlantic Ocean Breaking over coral , a favorite spot for the local surf crowd ..

we had seared tuna as a starter and it was to die for , yea !!!!!!

then we both had big thick slices of RARE Prime rib with a spud , snow peas and a ceasar salad ,,, great food at a fair price , excellent service .

The Restaurant picked us up at the dinghy dock and after dinner gave us a nightime tour of the other end of the island , some very pretty properties out there and a very pretty beach , Tahiti Beach ....
inside on the Sea. of Abaco.

BTW , several months ago we were informed by some very good friends of ours that the Abaco Inn was a destination , Thanks Jeff and Laurie ..
1 of the ladies there in the gift shop remembered your visit ,

Today.......... we are going to the beach , a short dinghy ride and then an even shorter walk to the ocean side ..

Hope Town Harbour
david
02/23/2011, Elbow Cay - Bahamas

2/22/2011

So when we are sailing along from point A to B and C,D and on .....we adapt to movement , checking course , wind speed and direction , depth, GPS coordinates, double check paper charts ,check the rig , the bilge , and engine gauges if applicable ,the 360 degrees of horizon surrounding us , the weather present and near future ....... check cmpartments below , keep an eye on Jack .

Then a Destination presents itself and we land .......

STOP, STOPPP .............turn off the Popeye the sailorman switch..
and become an explorer of a new Rock ..
The first couple days is a process of familiarizing ourselves with the people and places that will effect us directly or not , trying to learn the angles from those that have walked the path before us , and I have no problem talking to people , I rather do enjoy the process .
The Location may be temporary , but it will be home for who knows how many days over...........

Today my wife and I shared each other over 2 cups of coffee in the cockpit while listening to the Abaco cruisers net on channel 68 that gives the local weather , gulfstream conditions whale passage report, and local happenings.

Along came Scott in his dink , come aboard mate , enjoy some joe with us .

We talked for awhile sharing our adventures . Scott has been crossing our path since we entered the Little Bahama Bank, He is Captain of a lovely Schooner called Shantee.

He needed to get busy and I had to get on to my hike out of town to the hardware store.

Leaving Hopetown turns rural quickly , the road widens and with the breeze blowing in my face and the well established palms all about I was reminded of Hawaii. I took some pictures (by the way, we have both taken nearly 1800 pictures!! WHOA!!)

The golf carts were cruising by and soon a lovely young lady named Juliette asked if I would like a ride, nice......she drove and talked about the Island and I listened as I took in the lovely landscape. God, this Island soothes my spirit. She dropped me at my destination, thanks! I found just what I needed and then back out on the path to town. I came upon a place that the locals call the "Big Hill" About an 1/8 of a mile long and a couple hundred feet of fall on the altimeter. In November, they run a soap box derby. Adults with full-sized derby carts racing for a charitable cause....sign me up!!!

So just as I am back on track, here comes Juliette again!!! Absolutely, I said, jumped in and we were off....she grew up here, educated in the US and Europe, and is trying to make a go of it in the property management biz. This young lady will be successful and anything she tries, no doubt!! We parked the cart and walked the waterfront to her office. She gave me a pamphlet describing all the homes for rent. Good God!! Some of the tags were higher that the space station orbit!! Which by the way, went right over us at 6:42 p.m. A local astronomer alerted us on Ch 16....so cool, it was roaring across the sky, clearly visible.

Anyway, homes for rent from $1200 to $20,000 per week!! HA HA We would do a month in one of these sugar shacks for the right price. Juliette said she could take care of us!!

See ya around, and off I strolled down to Vernon's Grocery Store. Vernon is a minister and a baker too! Called my gal on the walky-talky, she said I'd better get some good food for dinner. I'm on it!! I bought 3 tender loin steaks and 4 Idaho spuds and some granola bars and some ginger snaps. Went to the bank which is only open Wednesdays from 10 until 2. Waited a 1/2 hour in line only to find out that the cash mashine was broken, oh well!! Stopped by Aubrey's fish market and talked with Allen, the owner, he showed me the crawfish, grouper, wahoo, stone crab, snapper.....all fresh......oh, yeah!! See you soon!!

Back to the dink and zip on back to the Brave....picked up Jack and took him into the marina, which is under construction. Lots of space for him to run with the ball. After which, a drink of water and is washed off with a bucket of cool fresh water. Back to the boat, fire of the Q and grilled those bad boys....um, um real good.

My gal is reading, the harbor is quiet, I am writing, Jack is sleeping, Brian McKnight is singing love songs, Orion is overhead, and I am likely the most fortunate man on the planet. Oh, and it gets better, there's another day coming!! Wish you could be here, we would surely go walk the beach....

David


02/25/2011 | Sis Meringo
I am in absolute awe for the beauty and unbelievable voyage you are on. Lobster and conch!! I am so jealous. It's cold here and its supposed to SNOW tonight. Praying that you will continue to have a safe trip. Love U
02/25/2011 | Sward
Wherer are you headed next? When do you think you'll be back?
02/25/2011 | Kathy
Awesome! Thanks for the updates! And, for posting a picture of the lighthouse....;) Fresh fish is the best, and Jack is one lucky dog! Oh and, you two are two lucky people to be on such a wonderous journey! Snow storms here in the Sierras, and Great Basin Desert today. They are saying it may snow in San Fran the first time since 1976! :O Enjoy your tropics! :}
02/25/2011 | George
A very nice verbal painting you brushed from a palette of well placed words. Curiosity asks what was the purchase at the distant hardware store?
02/26/2011 | Diana Ruelens
Wonderful to hear you are still enjoying your long awaited trip. Pretty soon this will have to be an annual trip. Hugs all around, George and Diana
Hope Town
Sunny 79 and breezy
02/21/2011, Elbow Cay - Bahamas

Hiya everyone - Hello from Hope Town, Elbow Cay where the weather is wonderful. We grabbed a mooring ball in the Harbor, and dinked in to the little town to check things out!! All the pastel homes, mostly old but some are being built as we speak!! Big price tags as well, some in the zillions!!! We walked the beach today, oh, did I mention that it had pink sand???? Well, sure enough, pink sand (more like regular sand with a lot of tiny bits of pink coral in it. I had to bring some home so I collected some, just for those of you who might not believe that there is such a thing!!

We took scads of pictures and will post them soon. They have an incredible light house here that still works on kerosene and is manned by some keepers that allow you to go up the spiral stair case and on to an observation deck. What a view from up there!!

So far, this is the best place we have visited. Other boats feel the same way and the harbor is full!! We plan on staying here for a week or longer to get a feel of it. There is a settlement here and more to see than where we have been, although Green Turtle Cay had alot to see and do as well. We will get the hang of things around here before we move on to Marsh Harbor (the big kahuna) where we will do some serious shopping and get the supplies that we need. I also want to look at some local artistry and maybe pick up something unique.

Anyway, for now we are here and will let you know what we plan to do. We are thinking about going snorkeling out to the reef, it's supposedly the third largest in the world. The beaches here are so beautiful and the sand is like powder!! I still find it hard to believe that we are truly here in paradise, eating lobster once a week, conch once a week, fresh fish once a week.....now if I could figure out a way to where I wouldn't have to cook....hummmmmmm!!

More later race fans....hey, who won Daytona??? It's been so long since we have watched any tv, wow!! Are the Celtics doing well??? Please leave comments, we'd love to hear from all of you...we hope you are all doing well, staying healthy and enjoying life......more later....

Lynda, David and Devil Dog!!!!!

02/21/2011 | Cup guy
Trevor Bayne. Ever heard of him? Thought so. Woods Bros. win the big one, again.
02/21/2011 | Kathy
Wow lots of seafood eating sounds great to me!! And pink sand...WOW! That is really cool! I love lighthouses too, hope you got a pic of it! Yeah, Michael Waltrip caused a big pile up in the 29th lap of the race wiping out #24, and #48 our favs. Total bummer there! Your trip sounds great, thanks for sharing! TTYL Kathy
02/21/2011 | Tom Morba
Did you say 79 degrees? We hit 29 degrees today with 6" of snow...hmmm...I think somebody's in the wrong place.

Enjoy!
02/22/2011 | tammy
I love clicking the "current postion" button and checking out where the heck you are!! eat some lobsta' for me!!
02/22/2011 | Juhrie Sizelove
Hi Mom and Dad...missing u soooo much...everything is good here.. Buddy misses you...I am soo glad everything is so beautiful.. I am glad you are having a great time!!
02/22/2011 | Juhrie Sizelove
By the way some twenty year old won Daytona....second time ever racing!!! LOL
02/22/2011 | Jose Cadena
Dave good to see you full of life, you are the Beacon of the Lighthouse and Hope Town is perfectly named for all good comes from Hope. I can see that you are truely traveling with your best friend. It warms my heart to see the love you have for each other and Devil Dog. Have some fresh catch for me, my prayers of joy will be echoing through the waves for you guys. I 'll bee sending you some sporting updates . Pink Sand, huh....Think you been in the sun to long Lol...Jose'
02/23/2011 | Steve and Sharon
Hey

just got bacl from daytona. speed week is better than old age sex. glad you see choctaw brave still bobbing around out there
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Great Guana Cay
warm real sweet / david
02/18/2011

Arrive Great Guana Cay Saturday the 19th.
Let go of our mooring at Black Sound , GTC,
and waived goodbye to Kevin - more like see you later , should be able to visit on the ride home.

Drove out on a incoming tide , a gorgeous day for a boatride .
7 to 8 kts , NE .

Only 15 -16 mile trip , Just below Green Turtle Cay is whale Passage , a trip out into the Atlantic around Whale Cay , about 6 miles in and out .

The passage can be dangerous and impassable with strong Northern winds , not today though , just a gentle 4-5' swell with a lil bit of chop ... nice......

Some of this channel , Loggerhead Channel , was dredged years ago for a cruise ship ...

They no longer come due to the frequent closure of the pass due to weather .

We arrived Great Guana Cay Harbour and hooked the boat up and so glad we move to deeper water as 1/2 of the harbor emptied out on an ebb tide due to the moon.
We all dinked in and went to world Famous Nipperws Bar and Grill overlooking what I would say is 1 of the top 10 beaches in the worls that I have seen.

Not much here really , a grocery store and a Marina with 5 slips out of 65 filled , very nice though .

The Island is an enclave for those with the ability to have vacation homes , or small hotels ( that Big ), they are sprinkled about the Cay .

So we walked the beach and took several photos , spent a little coin at the market , picked up some pork chops for dinner dinked back to te Brave and Grilled our dinner off the stern .The Full moon came up illuminating the Harbour , the town rolled the carpet up and it was a oh so peaceful sleepy night .

We shall be off in the morning to Hopetown , made arrangements days ago with Aaron at Hope Town Marina to take a mooring inside the Harbour , looking forward to spending a week or 2 there


Peace

David






02/21/2011 | Kathy
Wow...awesom shot of the pretty water...LUCKY!!!
Green Turtle Cay
02/16/2011

We have arrived in the Abacos with our arrival to Black Sound , not White Sound where the Americanized marinas are and far from the settlement

We were lucky to get on a mooring inside a well protected bay right next to New Plymouth , the settlement of about 450 people .

I did not like our location and the fact we were unable to access land thru the property.

Sooo, the next morning I ventured down to the Other Shore Marina and talked to the dockmaster Kevin who happens to be the lead guitar in a band called Gully Roosters , we toured the property and he showed me all the amenities , for a sawbuck a night , oh yea .........

This is a beautiful location , we toured the settlement , a pastel painting come alive and found some wonderful folks , this is it...... we are in Paradise and we are so grateful to find it , we shall stay here for some time so we can meet the folks explore the beaches , emmerse ourselves in the local flavor once again and enjoy ourselves ,

Talk to ya all soon

Dave

We met an old gentleman by the name of Vertrum Lowe, one of the original families of Green Turtle Cay who is a master model ship builder, he has a shop here and it was so facinating!! Took a lot of pictures and also learned that his brother is a famous artist and has his works of art in the local museum, we will be going there soon as well as visiting the local beaches. Dave is right, this place is beautiful and truly a bit of paradise. We'll write more later as well as add some terrific pictures of this Island. Enjoy!!

02/16/2011 | Sward
Sounds like great stuff. Glad your having an amazing time. So great to read about your adventures.

Weather is great here this week-80's
02/17/2011 | George
Thanks for sharing your "pastel paintings that come alive". All the best as you continue to add to your Bahamian art gallery.

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