24 32.02'N:76 47.95'W
11/25/2009, Norman's Cay, Exumas
November 22nd, 2009 Norman's Cay
11/25/2009, Norman's Cay, Exumas
We spent the day here cooking and cleaning. Kathy went through the cabin scrubbing the walls and floors ... we are using Bruce hardwood floor cleaner this year and so far we like it. I worked on patching the dinghy where it has rubbed on our davits in two different spots. It wasn't leaking but reinforcement was called for.
I also worked on checking out our old Water Witch. I found a wiring diagram in our notebook left by Doug, the previous owner, and it made things much easier. It tested out fine and when we have the opportunity I will go below to change out the one that isn't working. It's a big job because all of our storage areas have to be emptied.
We had a turkey breast in the bottom of our freezer that has slowly thawed and needed to be eaten, so we invited Steve and Kim over for a Sunday afternoon dinner.
I baked an acorn squash with maple syrup and butter... and got it out of the oven before the turkey went in. I baked some potatoes and decided to make them twice baked.... Spooning out the potato and adding some cream cheese, sour cream and bacon before sending them back to the oven.
I cleaned some Brussels sprouts and cut them in half. Then I melted some butter with an equal amount of olive oil and added some garlic. After heating up the oil and toasting the garlic, I removed the garlic and added the Brussels sprouts, cut side down. After sautéing them until they were browned, I added grated Parmesan on the top
It ended up being a fine meal.
Afterward we headed for shore to clean the conch that Kim had found during the afternoon... when finished, we sat in the water watching the sunset...
November 21st, 2009 Rose Island to Norman's Cay, Exumas
We left about 7 a.m. and motored due south to avoid the Yellow Banks to our southeast. The Yellow Banks is an area where there are lots of shallow coral heads. You can make it through but need a good eye and good sun. In our case the five-mile detour to the west seemed a small price to pay for safety.
After a couple of hours we were clear and sailed to the southeast into Norman's Cay, about 25 miles away.
Our shower sump hadn't been working correctly so during the trip I removed it and with Kathy's help tore it apart to find hair forcing the valves open. After a good cleaning I replaced it. It is now working properly.
We wove our way into the shallows to the anchorage in the lea of Normans Cay at about 2 p.m.. We picked up the boat...lowered the dinghy and listened to the first half of the MSU Penn St. game which was tolerable, then we dinghied to shore to have a burger at Mc Duff's.
On the way our outboard overheated and we had to idle our way in. It appears that there isn't much water coming out... which means that we probably need to find and replace our impeller.
Although my cheeseburger was excellent, at $18 it was a little pricy. It may, however, have been easier to take than the second half of the football game, which we watched at the bar.
We returned shortly after dark, watched some video and went to bed. Kathy slept in the cockpit and was quite comfortable.
Atlantis, Paradise Island
11/25/2009, Rose Island
November 20th, 2009 Adlers Cay, Berry's to Rose Island
We left the anchorage at 7 a.m. and powered our way out the cut against the current. Our course was set for Nassau Harbor and we hoisted the main and rolled out the jib. Winds were light but we were able to get some help heading up about as far as "Sapphire" heads up.
After about 5 miles we made deep water and got our fishing lines in the water. We've been fishing with one hand line in the middle of the stern and two rods angled outboard to get as much spread as we can.
The trip was about 35 miles and uneventful. We called Nassau Harbor Control for permission to enter and followed a huge cruise liner in...
The Harbor here consists of a wide channel between Paradise Island and New Providence. It is easy to deal with even though the shipping traffic is heavy. "Fine Lion" stopped for fuel but we continued through and out the other end ... a distance of about 4 miles, then snaked our way through some rocks and headed north a couple of miles to Rose Island where we joined 4 or 5 other boats in the anchorage.
Our dinghy was lowered and Steve and I went snorkeling on some coral that we could see from our boats. There were lots of fish. I saw a couple on nice grouper but they hid under the rocks and wouldn't come out.
Later we had a nice dinner of left-over tuna... and listened to the Spartans slop their way to a win against Toledo.