16 February 2009 | Bimini Blue Water Marina
Sunny upper 70s
Monday, February 16, 2009
What a beautifully delicious sunrise. We're already starting off quite warm with our coffee in the cockpit. We walked over to the marina office to check in and I saw needle nose fish in the water, some damsels, small conch and a few other fish I'm not sure what type... The water here is a marine aqua color - more green than blue - but clear and lovely.
After that we dinghied over to Bimini Bay Resort/Marina to properly checkout (they had our credit card data, etc., so it wasn't needed) and explain why we left after saying that we were going to be staying. Peter was very apologetic and said we should have called, he'd have helped out and I had to bite my tongue about how rude and vile those people were. I think I said they were mean and nasty and that when we asked them to turn it down a bit, they decided to blow out our eardrums for the next three songs. So we thought it easier and more prudent to leave before they or we started some stuff. Our reasoning was that the BB people wouldn't help. We'd already asked for power and almost an hour and a half later there was nobody there to assist with that. They'd stopped responding to our hails on the radio even though they probably couldn't hear me - just music. We didn't want to stay in that racket, so why stay and pay for an evening of misery when we could have that anywhere for free if we wanted it. I repeated that they were rude, mean, nasty people and the girl at the counter gave one of those huh! kind of grins, like so what else it new around here? Then Peter told us that their mate said - they'd gotten into a terrible fight and he'd kicked the cabin door in and broke it. It figures. I really liked this place and the people that work here and felt bad that we had to leave. The place is really empty & Peter said, "It's Monday". He asked if we were anchoring out and we told him we were over at the Blue Water Resort and asked if he knew that place - yes (of course he does - what were we thinking?). Anyhow I felt bad all around and told him if we come back by on the way home we'd stop back here which seemed to bring a smile from him. I keep thinking about The Big Game Club/Marina. That was a rather large compound that closed down - they've been trying to cater to the upper levels of society but there aren't enough to keep frequenting them to keep them all open. I think that they're losing their niche by shutting out all the middle class cruisers by pricing everything so high (like the $300 fee to even cruise through the Bahamas).
After we dinghied back to the boat we decided to walk through Alice Town and ran into Brigid (oops I spelled her name wrong earlier) and Denny Vitton (Aurora) and chatted with them a bit first. Prices sound expensive here - bread $5 a loaf, milk $8 or $10 a gallon (yikes) I couldn't remember which - either is bad... He lamented that they both drink a lot of milk so this would be hard. I can see what we were told is true - bring as much as you can with you because everything has to be shipped in, then marked up so the merchants can make a living too.