4-10 08 24 00.30"N: 76 20.61 Isaac Bay
Well as happens this time if year, everyone starts to head out in various directions. For us it is time to just move about a bit. So ""S/V So Fine Tooo"" and us head for Emerald Bay for a day or two of laundry and groceries.
"S/V Don't Look Back" comes into the marina also. We met Bobbi Jo and John in Georgetown; they are a "Lagoon 380" from California. They have guests on board that managed to cook like a lobster, and a bit of sea sickness. The girls, Diane and Donna, offer up aloe and meds.
After a day at the pool and grocery shopping, we all head out for Lee Stocking Island. Then on the way up "S/V SloMocean" hail us and they are out here and decide to head for Lee Stocking also. We have no luck fishing, but "Don't Look Back" aught a nice dolphin, about 47 inches long, so this has all the makings for pot luck!!
With the four guests, and all the rest of us it is quite a crowd on "Don't Look Back". A real mix of conversations, Calgary, California, Montana, Seattle, and South Carolina! What a mix ?.
Then on Thursday we head out and up to Isaac Bay, with a plan to go up to Lorraine's Café for a "Bon Voyage" to Lou and Donna. As they need to start their trip back towards Florida. It will be sad, as we have been with them for a month and a half. It has been a fantastic time. They have become very good friends and will be missed a lot. But that is one of the downsides of cruising, when people have to go their separate ways.
4-5-08 23 21.37"N: 75 08.46"W
I know it has been a while but its island time and not much to report.
After the Jumentos we went to Thompson Bay/ Salt Pond. If you plug in the coordinates into "GoogleEarth.com" you will see that to get from the Jumentos to Salt Pond is a shallow passage. But we made it with no events to report.
The front we had run from caught us in Salt Pond. And the wind was 25-30 out of the north and east for a solid week. We tucked in the north end and were very protected, and had a nice calm week at anchor.
After a week it was time to head back to Georgetown ?! It was a nice sail over with a flotilla of boats that had been hold up in Thompson Bay. We decided rather than go straight in to Elizabeth Harbor from the south, we would fish our way up to Conch Cut at the other end. As we make the cut, the water pump on the port engine finally decides to give up!!! It makes a helluva last scream as the bearings seize up, BUMMER!! Diane yells up from the engine room that it is making a loud screaming sound that she has not heard before!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We ease on into Kidd's Cove on one engine and sails, not a big deal. Unfortunately that is the engine that powers the refridge, but we still have the generator for that. The next morning I start the genset only to have it quit after a few minutes. After trying a number of things, including a mouthful of diesel fuel, (siphoning sucks), I realize the engine is overheating. I pull the raw water impeller and it has no blades left on it!!
We borrow a "Honda Generator" from friends on "S/V Nice and Easy" and we have cold again. I get on the computer and order a water pump, (engine), and an impeller (genset) from Ft. Lauderdale. Then arrange for them to be dropped off at "Reggie Air Express" by Fred. In the mean time our GREAT FRIEND, Susie has picked up and arranged for Diane's meds to also be shipped to Reggie. So the following Thursday, (Reggie only comes to Exumas on Tues. and Thurs.), after a ride to the airport and a brief chat with the customs man, we have parts and meds!!! Nothing eventful about the repairs, just back to the definition of cruising: "Working on your boat in EXOTIC places". Luckily I still like to turn wrenches and all is well!!
A special thanks to Susie, Fred, Yoos guys are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!
3-12-08 21.18.804"N: 75.46.024"W
Double Breasted Cay
We stayed overnight at Flamingo and decided we should carry on. So we sailed the 27 miles down to Nurse Cay. The conditions could not have been any better, the seas were just ahead of the beam and the winds were about 60 degrees off the nose, so the sail was a nice ride. We were on the bank side of the islands so no fish, except while crossing one of the cuts, Diane decided to catch a Barracuda, the size of her!!!!!!! The woman loves to fish!
Well we tuck in to a nice little cove with a beach and it is home for a day or two. The reefs are right behind us so the hunting is close by and productive!!!!
The biggest surprise of Nurse Cay is that there is a rooster, on the uninhabited island, along with a few goats. To hear a rooster crowing was a bit of a shock!!!!!!!!
After a couple of days at Nurse we decide to make the 12 mile trek down to either Johnson Cay, or Double Breasted Cay. As we approach " SV Slow Mocean" hales us lets us know that there is three boats at Johnson Cay, and for the Jumentos, that is a crowd. So we move on down to Double Breasted. It is as beautiful as a post card, with the bright aqua water, that is so clear it is like anchoring in air !!!!!!!!! "SV Slow Mocean" decides to come over and join us. Donna on ""So Fine Tooo" is absolutely amazed at the clarity of the water. We can see a string of squid that have made our anchor chain their new home.
The next day we all go out to do some snorkeling/ hunting! The reefs down here are just magnificent. Full of life and very much still alive!! I get a lobster, and Blake gets two nice snapper. So dinner plans are made for the evening. Sunny makes a very nice sweet and sour fish; Diane and Donna do the veggies, while the hunter gatherers kick back and await the feast for the kings.
Life is VERY VERY GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!