The Seamier Side of Nassau Harbor
12 February 2011 | Yacht Haven Marina, Nassau, Bahams
We went for a walk today to Potter’s Cay. It’s a small island on the south side of Nassau Harbor. The marina we are in is just past the east end of Potter’s Cay, and in fact our slip is tucked a bit behind the end of the island.
We were actually going in search of a pump out facility. I asked at the marina here and he could only suggest either the very upscale Atlantis Marina, associated with the casino on Paradise Island, or perhaps Potter’s Cay. There is nothing natural left about this little island. The causeway going out to it is lined with little restaurants and bars that all back onto the water (see photo gallery for picture). The island itself is completely surrounded by commercial docks. The inter-island mail boats are based here as well as a lot of big and small fishing boats. We got out to the island, but the end where the dockmaster was supposed to be was all very commercial and very rough. Bud decided he did not want to use their pump out even if we could find it.
Since we were out, we walked a bit further. We went towards downtown and the cruise ship docks. It is a nice day for walking because the cold front did come through. It’s cloudy and cool; you almost need a sweater (I bet I’m getting a lot of sympathy from those of you up north). We came up to the other anchorage. We saw LoCo and it looks like they are still holding fine. The wind only got up to about 18 knots here in the harbor. Miguel and Sarah were more worried about other boats dragging anchor and hitting them, but at least by the time we got there no other boats were close to them.
We passed a cemetery, the street along it was lined with unusual old trees and I took a photo of one for the gallery. On the way back we walked right along the water’s edge. The area east of the causeway to Potter’s Cay and just west of this marina is full of derelict boats. Some of them that look close to sinking obviously have folks living on them. The photo above is a group of them in various stages of decay. Behind them you can see the boats in the marina, Earendil is right in there, you can see our mast, but not the boat.