Out of Georgetown!
18 January 2012 | Hog Cay, Long Island, Bahamas
We put the outboard motor on the stern pulpit and then raised the dinghy with the spinnaker halyard upon the front deck. Charlie wanted to do some patching on the bottom. It has a leak, letting water into the dinghy when it sits in the water. In addition, it still has slow air leaks. He thought it would have time to dry on deck, then they could do their patching. After listening to the morning net, we dropped the mooring and headed our the south/east entrance of Elizabeth Harbor toward Long Island. Several other boats were ahead and behind us, all I assume agreed with our decision that the winds were favorable, or at least not adverse to traveling east and south. Once we got out of the harbor, we had nice rolling swells of about 2 feet. We ended up motorsailing the whole 18 nm because the wind was just a bit too much on the nose, but better than crashing into the wind and waves. It was a nice comfortable ride. I went below and read, then napped. Cindy read in the cockpit and the guys did the steering and navigating. Charlie and Mike did patch the bottom of the dinghy, and then plastered fast set 5200 over some of the really worn spots. This dinghy is on its last season. Its getting so old, that once you fix one spot another crops up. Hopefully, we can keep it going for a few more months. We arrived and threaded our way through the reef and shallows to the anchorage about 1:30. We were the only boat coming into Hog Cay. The others headed farther east. The anchorage is half moon shaped with a beach on one side. We can see a few houses on the main island to the north. Maybe one sailboat and a power boat in another anchorage just north. To the south is another island lying just off the main island. It has a nice 3 story octagonal house with three outbuildings. Looked like two locals were repairing the roof on one of the out buildings. The north anchorage looks more protected, but has a very narrow entrance. This anchorage has a bit of swell coming in over the reef, so we do have a little side to side rocking, but not too uncomfortable. Charlie and Mike worked on the outboard. They put the new choke knob on. For the last month or so, since the old one broke, Charlie has been using needle nose pliers to pull the choke out. With their work done, Charlie and Mike snorkeled to shore. They didn't find much on shore, but Charlie found a nice pretty shell in about 7 feet of water. Then when they came back to the boat, they found a treasure trove of sand dollars on the bottom just below the boat. Mike collected about a dozen for Cindy. We may collect a few more tomorrow. Mike made a meatloaf for dinner and we are going to have baked potatoes and corn with it. Hog Cay is known, per the cruising guide, for its whistling ducks. Cindy had seen some birds on shore when we arrived, through the binoculars. Then at dusk this evening several of the ducks flew by. Guess their bird call could be called a whistle. A pretty day. Sunny, warm and a light breeze. This evening is right at perfect. Clear. Still fairly warm. Barely a breeze. Just a slight sway to the boat. Secluded anchorage. What more could you ask for?