10 November 2017 | Majuro, The Marshall Islands
25 October 2017 | Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati
22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
07 October 2017 | Port Denarau, Fiji
05 October 2017 | Denerau, Fiji
23 September 2017 | Musket Cove, Fiji
23 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
15 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
08 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
06 April 2017 | Port Antonio, Jamaica
01 April 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
31 March 2017 | Georgetown, Bahamas
26 March 2017 | Lee Stocking Cay, Exumas
20 March 2017 | White Point, Exumas
17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
02 March 2017 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
24 February 2017 | Little Harbour, Abacos
16 February 2017 | Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas
14 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas
11 February 2017 | West End, Bahamas

A Hitchhikers Guide to the Bahamas

17 March 2017 | Staniel Cay
We are in Staniel Cay in the Exumas filling our stores in advance of our push further south. After having spent the last 10 days in the remote Exumas Park, swimming, kayaking and hiking, this tiny place feels both exciting and overwhelming with its megayachts, private jets and the endless wakes from oversized tenders that only know one speed. Amidst the din, there labored Tammy and I in our nine-foot inflatable dinghy, ferrying water in two, pitiful jerry cans back and forth from the anchorage to the fuel dock. Eight times.

In Eleuthera, we enjoyed a wonderful cruise with its friendly, open people, beaches, hiking and even a cave. We rediscovered the art of hitchhiking, which is how everyone gets around. I had read about this in a cruising guide, but until we threw out our thumbs on the road, I didn't quite believe it would be a part of our journey. The first car that came by was full. They slowed down to apologize! The third car picked us up. On our return, a pickup truck offered us a ride before we could even ask.

After riding out a storm in Rock Sound we weighed anchor and set sail to the Exumas. We have spent the last 10 days marveling at these magical waters, which even circumnavigators will tell you are the most beautiful in the world. We have enjoyed excellent weather. Wind has been moderate and northerly, which has allowed us to sail SE against the prevailing winds. My fuel tank remains filled with diesel we took on in Florida.

Water, however, has been another story. It has not rained in three weeks, and we rely upon rain to fill our 100-gallon water tank. If we conserve, Tammy and I can survive 4 weeks on a tank. Three weeks is more comfortable. Hence our long afternoon ferrying water here at Staniel Cay.

Right now, a weak front is moving through bringing NE winds at 25 kts through the weekend. Our anchor is well set, Tammy is sleeping and I will be soon. Our plan is to push south tomorrow despite what will surely be messy conditions on the Exumas Bank.
Hailing Port: Myrtle Beach, SC
Crew: The Hetzers: Tammy & Michael
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Home Page: http://www.sothishappened.me
Album: Main | So This Happened
Oct-Nov 2017 aboard Moon Dancer
54 Photos
Created 10 November 2017
33 Photos
Created 22 April 2016
65 Photos
Created 30 June 2015
Continued, beginning with Christmas Eve on Hawksbill Cay through Staniel Cay and beyond
73 Photos
Created 27 December 2013
This album covers a lot of sailing. First we sailed Aria from Little River to Nassau with Tom Leonard and Gary Miller. Later, while I remained aboard Aria, the family plus my old college pal, Larry Knipp, joined me at various times throughout the winter.
53 Photos
Created 21 November 2013
Conrad and I hiked 8 days through Bavaria beginning in Oy-Mittleberg and ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
28 Photos
Created 30 July 2013
June 2013: St. Helena Sound, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Bluffton
33 Photos
Created 25 June 2013
Tammy and I, sans kids, visit Beaufort, Morehead City, Bald Head Island and Southport
26 Photos
Created 1 April 2013
Instead of a bushing, I used two custom-made steel plates to repair an elongated hole that supports the alternator.
9 Photos
Created 15 February 2013
Photo essay of my project to replace heat exchanger, and make several other upgrades to the fresh water and sea water loops.
18 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
25 Photos
Created 6 September 2012
Tammy and I sailed to Cape Lookout Bight, then returned via Wrightsville Beach to Bald Head Island, where the kids and dog joined us. Lovely family vacation!
27 Photos
Created 12 August 2012
Michael's voyage from the BVI to Bermuda, May 7, 2012
25 Photos
Created 6 May 2012
Pictures sailing in our home waters, a stretch of the coastal Atlantic called, Long Bay.
5 Photos
Created 28 April 2012
Scott Jackson, James "JD" Dodd and myself sailing from Marsh Harbour, Abacos to Little River, SC, clearing in at Charleston, SC
21 Photos
Created 24 April 2012
Hetzers, Plus Sarah Martin!
32 Photos
Created 8 April 2012
Trying out the new mainsail, a mylar/taffeta laminate sail from Neil Pryde.
9 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
17 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Six guys, two identical Beneteau 40s, a dozen islands and ample stores of rum - how I spent spring break, 2010.
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Summer 2010
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
Christmas 2009
20 Photos
Created 3 April 2012
The boat was in Milford, CT when I bought it. We sailed it home... well, motored mostly, as there was no wind, and we got the mainsail jammed in the mast on the first day. We came ashore in Atlantic City to take on more fuel.
26 Photos
Created 2 April 2012