05/05/2010, Fisher's Bay, Great Guana Cay
May 2nd, 2010 Marsh Harbor to Fisher Bay
05/05/2010, Tahiti Beach, Abacos
In the morning I ran in to the Marina where "Savage Son" is slipped. I deposited some used oil and filled our water containers once more. Last night I told Jim, (Bev's brother) that he could sail over to Fisher's Bay with us. The rest of the guests were going to take the ferry over for the pig roast at Nippers.
We had a nice sail over and anchored in Fisher's Bay next to "Mad Cap" and "Solitiare."
Around noon we dinghied in to Grabbers and then walked up to Nippers. It was a beautiful day and the place was hopping. We stayed for a couple of hours and then walked back to Grabbers for a burger.
Back on the boat we both took naps and read for the remainder of the afternoon.
April 29th, 2010 Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay
05/05/2010, Marsh Harbour, Abaco
After coffee and time to finish a book I got the snorkel gear out and began the process of cleaning our hull. There were no barnacles, but quite a bit of soft hairy growth. It comes off easily with a scrub pad.
Before long a huge barracuda showed up to check things out. When it came too close I exited the water and worked on cleaning our stern from the dinghy. With that done it was back in the water for more scrubbing.
Kathy spent the morning working the stainless and got most of it done before lunch. After we ate I was back at it for a couple of hours but finally got too tired. Jim and Beth stopped by on their way to the beach from lunch at Cracker P's.
We joined them a little later, along with "Solitaire" and "Inamorata". Jeff had picked up a couple of conch on his trip over, so after hiking the beach with our friends, Kathy and I went hunting. The area is all shallow grass and there were small conch everywhere. We ended up with 5 nice ones that went in our bag and will spend some time there until I get the chance to clean them.
We returned to boat where I took a shower and then returned to the beach for cocktails around 5.
I made meat loaf for dinner which we had with a salad and mashed potatoes.
April 28th, 2010 Marsh Harbor to Tahaiti Beach
It was windy this morning so we stalled on our departure to let things calm down and finally got away about 11am. Our trip over to Hopetown and then south to Tahiti Beach was only about 8 miles so we sailed over with just our jib. The last three miles are shallow and we were approaching a full moon low tide, which made things worse. We saw one boat hard aground on this stretch and slowed even more. We saw five and ½ feet on numerous occasions and we draw 5' 4" so things were close. However, "Sapphire" never touched.
We anchored and had some lunch and then wandered over to Tahiti Beach where we wandered around most of the afternoon as the tide came in.
It's a little strange but our wifi service here is better than we've had since leaving the States months ago. We are thinking about visiting Abby and Jake in July, and Kathy spent some time checking out flights. We also finalized some changes to our boat insurance since we had the opportunity.
I made pizza for dinner to use up some crusts that were dated March 10th. They turned out just fine. We watched an episode of "CSI" and the last of "Madmen" before going to bed
April 23rd ---26th, 2010 Marsh Harbor, Abacos
There were storms forecast for Sunday and Monday we ended up staying for the weekend. We had afternoon get-togethers at the marina where "Savage Son" is slipped and did a lot of reading. Kathy cleaned and defrosted the refrigerator and I changed the oil and puttered around in the galley.
We made another trip to the grocery had lunch out a couple of times. I made a trip with Bob to pick up some motor oil and a few things from the marine store.
There was some rain in the area on Sunday but the real storm hit on Monday. Most of the boats in our area of the harbor were spaced appropriately, but on Sunday afternoon a small boat came in and anchored right next to us. When the first squall hit us on Monday morning with 45 knot winds, we swung about 5 feet in front of their bow. I started up the engine and kept "Sapphire" to the port away from them. For about 10 minutes the winds blew like crazy and we jockeyed to keep separated.
Finally when the squall passed, we hauled up the anchor and moved far enough away to be safe. It rained all day but the winds were not too bad. By evening we could see that the worst of the storm was passing to our south.
On Tuesday morning Chris Parker (the weather man we listen to on the SSB radio), was calling for a secondary front to pass us on Tuesday night so we decided to hang one more day.
We had a nice party at the marina and returned to listen to music are read.
Our new plan is to head over to Tahiti Beach on Wednesday and then return for Bev's party on Friday or Saturday.
There is a wonderful weather window this weekend for folks crossing to the US, but it's a few days too soon for us.