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S/V Eleuthera II
Recently finished a career in the Fire Service. Should be able to enjoy the water more now. Just updated my USCG license and became an ASA instructor. Brand new owner of a CSY Walkthrough. Stay Tuned, progress updates and pics to follow.
New addition
doug
03/28/2012, still in Stuart, FL

Preparing for a quick trip with my brothers and maybe my son and nephews and a better main anchor was needed. I have loathed the big CQR anchor since it dissapointed me in the Bahamas. So, I have just found a great buy on a Lewmar Delta 55 pound beast. Found a local seller on craigslist. As it happens, I called the day before he was leaving to return to Long Island (NY not Bahamas). He has a beautiful 50' Heritage cutter. So I made the deal and drug it home to Eleuthera II. The common belief is that the Delta outperforms the CQR in almost all bottoms. I found this one in a size larger than the one suggested by the company so I'll sleep soundly at night.

Wrap-Up
07/28/2011, Home in Stuart, Florida

Well it took awhile to get back here and post this wrap-up of our month long trip to the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. Wow, what a trip! A lifelong desire to sail to the Bahamas in MY boat and spend some extended time enjoying the islands was finally accomplished. Had great weather for the most part and the boat performed flawlessly. I am so impressed with the CSY, it's solid reputation is well deserved. Had no less than 17 different people join us for the experience between friends, family and crew. All were equally at ease with the boat with her comfortable motion and spacious accomodations.
Here are some thoughts on some of the equipment, the islands, and assorted other musings...
Mangos Marina in Marsh Harbour is the best; half the price of the two marinas on either side and all the amenities of the others. The staff, Ray and Lisa were the most helpful and friendly of all the nice people we met there.
The CQR anchor is useless there, go with the Bruce/Delta type, worked every time, even in some squally weather with 35 to 40 knot gusts. Loved my SPOT gps messenger and my best crew member "Ron Rico" the autopilot ("I don't really navigate boss, I just steer the boat"). He is a Raymarine Linear drive and X30 core pack integrated with the chartplotter. I'll never leave home without him.
A little disapointed in Double Breasted Cay, not enough there to get excited about. But if you ever get a chance to stop in at Foxtown, don't miss it. Ronald is great! What great service... butter and beer delivery by boat from his store.
Here is a pic of Great Sale Cay at sunset. This was our first stop after a 13 hour crossing from Lake Worth Inlet.
Until next year....

More Fun in the Abacos...
Doug
07/02/2011, Mangoes Marina, Marsh Harbor

Had fun in White Sound and Hopetown, then sailed up to Great Guana Cay for the night on a mooring from Dive GUANA. Two of the FSU girls went on a scuba trip with Troy of Dive Guana and had a good time exploring the reef. Then sailed down to Man-O-War Cay to explore that island some more. Stayed on a mooring there for the night in Eastern Harbor where the girls spent the day shopping then at the beautiful beach there. Sailed into Marsh Harbor later to get a slip at the marina. Today we say good bye to Amy, Carol, Julie and Sherrie. We'll clean the boat up and do some laundry today in expectation of our last guests; Stuart and Robin. Stu will crew with me back to Florida and the wives will fly home. Can't seem to get rid of a "swimmers ear" problem. Thought about going to see the doctor in town today, we'll see... Until Later,
Doug

Having fun in the Bahamas
clear, steady SE breeze, a little warm
06/28/2011, White Sound, Abaco

Well as usual Ilhave negleted the blog. No real excuse except to say there are better things to do I guess... and the internet can be sketchy. Had a great time with friends from Park City, UT, motored down to Pete's Pub and artist studio where we had a great dinner. Came in on a high tide and left early on the next, sailed all the way to Hopetown. A great day. Anchored outside for the night and was hit by a powerful storm of about 35 knots gusting to 45 with a ton of rain. Anchor held beautifully and it cleared up after about an hour. Made some coffee and dried myself off. Spent the day in Hopetown then sailed to Marsh Harbor for the nightwhere our friends had to catch a cab to the airport at 7:00 AM Now we have the company of Rosies' FSU gal pals in for a 4 day visit, something they do every other year. Good Times! More later...

In the Bahams
Doug, Clear and mild
06/21/2011, Man-O-War Cay

A quick update before I lose internet. Having a grand time in the Bahamas. More to follow.

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