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A new dinghy anchor!
80F and sunny!
03/13/2009, Hope Town Abacos

Having spent a lovely time in Little Harbour and meeting several new friends, we started back north to explore some of the small remote Cays which litter the southern Abacos.

Lots of sea glass and remote, quiet spots.... Louise found a new anchor for our dinghy!

Lots of fun!

glen

Little Harbour
Great!
03/12/2009

So much has happened over the past three weeks.... new places, new friends, new adventures.... all wonderful!

With the boat back in the water, we sail south into some of the remote Abacos Cays to be alone..... far from the maddening crowd.

Deserted beaches, wonderful sunsets, lots of sea glass, quiet evenings, great dinners, wonderful stars, no news, no internet, no noise.

We decide to visit Little Harbour, an excellent completely protected harbour with a sand bar across the entrance which leaves only 3.5' of water to enter the harbour.

At 7am at a high tide we ride into the harbour without problems and spend a wonderful week meeting the locals, cycling 20km for a dozen eggs, exploring the backroads, and most importantly... relaxing!

The harbour has no services except a restaurant/bar (Pete's Pub) and a wonderful 50 year old bronze foundry. Heaven!

I now know enough about casting bronze to be dangerous! Another project for the lake!

Miles of beautiful beaches, great independent people..... Louise is very happy being away from things!

We'll be back next year to further our bronze casting knowledge!

glen


03/12/2009 | Keith
Glad to have you back in Cyberland with boat and family intact. We look forward to hearing of your bronze casting experiences... I can see one of Louise's frogs in Bronze already.

Best wishes .... Keith
The boat gets fixed!
rather cool
03/12/2009, Marsh Harbour Boat Yard

The failure of the gear shift cable resulted in the boat stuck in reverse as we tried (unsuccessfully) to accelerate out of a rather crowded harbour.

We spent six days "on the hard" while the boat was repaired thanks to the excellent work of Shaun, the fibreglass expert from Eleuthera.

A perfect repair was completed in 13.5 hours, with the boat back in the water within 5 working days, and we immediately sailed south into the remote Cays of the southern Abacos.

It was wonderful to be back on the water.

Living on board while the boat was being repaired was less than perfect, due to the lack of water, bathrooms, friends, and being in a very dirty environment. Boatyards are not the cleanest places in the planet with lots of toxic chemicals all over the ground.

Weird event....

There was another couple living on their 38' catamaran in the boatyard (for six weeks) who we invited for dinner.

After a lovely evening sharing stories of life, children, adventures, etc. I realize that Louise and I had sailed through the Red Sea and across the Med to Cyprus with two of their sons in 2007. Who knows?





03/12/2009 | Judy McIntyre
So glad to hear you're back on the water and safe and sound! Life is here is good, but it is tax season which comes with its own demands.... But we are flying out May 1 to Belize diving so that certainly gives us something to look forward to. When are you home? Cheers, J & J

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