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First Guest Arrives Today
Overcast at 15C, lights winds
01/15/2011, Marsh Harbour

Our first visitor arrives today from Nassau, so we've sailed to Marsh Harbour for the rendezvous.

It's been an eventful couple of weeks with a wonderful New Years in HopeTown with friends, more fishing for crayfish, a nice visit to Man-of-War Cay to explore more beaches, and relax in the sunshine.

Our new dinghy finally made it onto the freighter and arrived at Marsh Harbour with no major problems... I'll need to repair a couple of air valves, and then things should be perfect. I was lucky to be able to purchase a dinghy on Ebay sight unseen, ship it across Florida, then onto the Bahamas with all of the tracking, customs, agents, and handling which was involved.

I managed to repair the hotwater heater (Louise is happy) and we're now trying to sell the older dinghy here in the Abacos before venturing further south.

Unfortunately Louise forgot to lock her bicycle onshore before returning to the boat, so it's gone missing. We've placed an advertisement in the local newspaper offering a reward for it's return, but I fear her lovely Dahan folding bike is gone... too bad after all the money/work that spent on replacing the rear wheel last month.

Our new guest (Shaun) will be spending a week with us with the objective of teaching me how to kitesurf... should be lots of fun!

Anyone interested in a great deal on the slightly used dinghy?

All the best!

glen

Merry Christmas!
12/26/2010, Elbow cay

Christmas Day was beautiful with light winds and lots of sunshine. We joined our neighbours for a dinghy ride south on the west side of Elboy Cay to search for appetizers for Christmas dinner.

Success! we found lots of lobsters and a big crab which Louise steamed for a great (if messy) start to dinner. Magret de canard, tourtiere, baby spinach, and blueberry pie followed.

A lovely dinner shared with friends in a great place.

The Palm Beach Steamship Agency has received the new dinghy, so we should see it in Marsh Harbour on the next freighter (January 3rd, 2011).

Louise and I send our best wishes to all!

g & l

12/27/2010 | Keith
Sounds like a GREAT Christmas dinner. I trust Santa visited you all. We hosted 18 for Christmas dinner and now Olive is ready to fly South for a touch of Sun. All the best to you both ... O&K
01/07/2011 | Jim and Beth
Hello Gray North and Happy New Year. Madcap is snug in Black Sound and we are wondering if you are in Manjack Cay or vicinity. We are here until at least Jan. 14th.
Getting ready for Christmas
Cool north winds at 20knots
12/20/2010, Hopetown on Elbow Cay

Another week has drifted by filled with long walks, some snorkeling on the big reef, a complete rebuild on my favorite Mitchell 330 fishing reel, some unsuccessful fishing and lobster spearing (those big fish seem way too smart/fast to catch!) and long bicycle rides down the island to watch the surfers catch the waves.
My body is not used to all of the exercise, so I'll need to slowly work myself into top shape.

Louise is busy baking bread and experimenting with new treats ( the papaya and prosciutto is quite interesting) with lots of crab claws and lobster tails.

The boat seems to have stabilized itself in terms of repairs, so we'll keep our fingers crossed that no major problems develop. After much difficulty our new dinghy was picked up last Friday in St. Pete's Florida and will hopefully be delivered today to West Palm Beach in time to make the freighter departure (I'm not optimistic, based upon results to date).

The Christmas lights are organized, the presents are wrapped, we're ready for a festive holiday!

glen

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