Stars, Sails - the Parallax View

A family of astronomers at sea... coming soon to a galaxy near you...

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Thursday to Exumas

27 March 2012 | Coral Harbour, New Providence, Bahamas
Heather/ sunny and 77 F/ NE 15 kts
Hi, everyone, we got internet connectivity by walking over to the Sand Bar "Coral Room" and having food and using their wireless.

Derek installed the transmission on the port side and we tested it, and he's measured the alignment, so everything looks good:
Derek happy about transmission

The hydraulic cylinder also installed well and is nicely aligned with the tie rod, and the two connectors appear to be doing well:
starboard side connector to hydraulic steering cylinder
both connectors

Walt and Meryl on Flying Cloud left yesterday, and arrived safely at the anchorage at Norman Cay.
Flying Cloud taking off

Derek and Nick helped with the dock lines:
Derek and nick and dock lines

And Heather blew the conch horn to send them on their voyage in good air with nature :-)
Flying Cloud flying

Back at the Wardle house, the hummingbirds were feeding:
Bahama Woodstar hummingbird feeding
closeup Bahama Woodstar
and another

For some reason, the guys are less likely to perch, preferring to keep the engine running:
eating on the fly

split tail
Notice the tail on this one? That's characteristic of the Bahama Woodstar.

Remember to ask us about this partly-burned boat that has been sitting on the canal for some time:

For contrast, the boat passing it:
flying cloud

Finally, it is really beautiful on land here. Everything grows in such profusion!
flowery wall

We expect to leave for the Exumas Thursday. It will be a few days between blog posts as we have to get internet connectivity to do them. Fair Winds!
Vessel Name: Parallax
Vessel Make/Model: 37' Prout Snowgoose (1982)
Hailing Port: Pensacola
Crew: Derek, Heather and Grant
Two astronomers, looking for variable stars and adventure. After cruising the Caribbean aboard S/V Paradox for 18 months in the early 90s, the crew swallowed the anchor and had a child, always planning their next Great Adventure: cruising under sail with Grant, showing him the world. [...]
We knew that if we ever got a catamaran, we'd want a name to celebrate her twin-hulledness. Parallax is seeing the same thing from two slightly different points of view, which with our two eyes is what gives humans our depth perception. It's also a good metaphor for one of the benefits of marriage. [...]
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