01/28/2010, Thompson Bay, Long Island
January 25th, 2010 Thompson's Bay, Long Island
01/28/2010, Thompson Bay
After breakfast we heated water for showers and at some point around 10:30 loaded up the dinghy with an empty propane tank and two bags of garbage and headed for shore. We carried everything through the trail to the road and left it there. Then we hiked south to Fox Auto and picked up our car. We returned to collect or tank and trash before heading ten miles south to Greys where the closest bank is located. From there we continued south a few miles to "Everything Under the Sun" to check about a new outboard.
The price we were quoted was about $400 more than we expected so we hesitated and drove to Max's Conch Bar for a beer to talk it over. The result was that we had no choice but to return and order the engine. We just can't be here with an engine that in undependable. So it was back to the Yamaha dealer to handover the money. I told the girl that was waiting on me that we were surprised about the price but really needed a new outboard. She excused herself and went into the office where the boss was on the phone and retuned a couple of minutes later with a new price which was in line with what we had expected.
The new motor will be on the Mail Boat which arrives Wednesday from Nassau.
We continued south to Clarence Town and had a good salad at Rowdy Boys before making the trip back north up the Island. We stopped at both grocery stores and continued north to Sims to see if there was a bank there .... There was not.
With dusk approaching we parked the car and returned to the beach where the dinghy was located and then back to the boat.
I cracked some conch for dinner which we had with fresh green beans that really tasted good. We eat enough canned vegetables that when we find something fresh... it's a treat.
January 24th, 2010 Thompson Bay, Long Island
01/28/2010, Water Cay, Jumentos
It was quite windy in the morning so after coffee we got the Windbugger going and it ran all day between 5 and 10 amps/hour. I started the engine and ran it for about 30 minutes to warm it up and then changed the oil, which is a project.
Kathy made pizza for lunch and then we joined "Far Niente, First Edition, and Savage Son" for a three hour beach walk. We hike down the road for a mile and then across the Island to the Ocean and then north to a nice beach.
On our return we listened to Iowa beat Indiana and cooked some pork chops for dinner.
January 23rd 2010 Water Cay to Thompson's Bay
We had a good night anchored at Water Cay. The wind was forecast to clock from south to west to north but not with enough strength to make very large waves. At 4:30 it did pick up a little from the north but we had a little protection from that area. Anyway we took off at about 7:30 heading north to Comer West, which is the waypoint that marks the entrance to the Comer Channel. It's about a 10 mile east to west run where the deepest water at low tide is about 6.5'. The shallowest is 5.5'.
Jay and I had discussed hitting the channel at a half rising tide to give us a little more water to play with. The last time we traversed this area... on the way south, I followed the coordinates and watched the water... never once looking at the sounder. This time I watched the depths.
The Spartans played at noon in Minnesota, so we tuned the game in and had a pleasant motor sail. (winds were about non-existant) We did sail the last hour or so to insure that the game would end before we found ourselves anchoring.
There were about 20 boats in the anchorage when we arrived, but there is lots of room and we ended up anchoring in almost the same spot as we did on our last stay here.
The remainder of our afternoon was spent listening to basketball and reading. We were invited to go into town to have dinner with some friends but had some fish that really needed to be eaten so we passed.