23 April 2018 | Old Bahama Bay Marina, Grand Bahama
It was an interesting moment when we both pretty much said in unison: time to head for home. This whole trip has been an absolute blast and we have just loved the last few weeks in the Bahamas. We could keep doing more Bahamas, but we are now thinking of coming back here for next winter. We still have the US East Coast to cover and the Chesapeake Bay to see (if time allows), as well as friends and family to catch up with, before we catch a flight across the pond. So rather than staying longer in the Bahamas we jointly decided it was time to head north and to start our homeward journey.
Our three nights in Palm Cay Marina, New Providence, were a good rest after the total highs of the Exumas. We fuelled up and watered up and bought more food, showered a lot and did the laundry – all the stuff our readers don’t really get excited about but for us it is the bread and butter of comfortable life aboard. We had started to develop a wee community of very friendly boaters in the marina. All in all it was a good stop.
Yesterday we left as the outbound security chain went down, and headed round through strong winds and bumpy seas east of New Providence. Onward, threading our way through the last of the Bahamas reefs that we will negotiate, and then out once again into the deep blue sea. We decided to head straight up for Grand Bahama, where we can complete our check out formalities, and do the 150 miles non-stop. The overnight passage was busy, as we discovered that all the cruise ships and cargo ships in the area use the route we had chosen, so we dodged some of the ships and called a few of the others up, and generally kept out of their way until we arrived in Old Bahamas Bay Marina today. Just for the record – and prices have increased dramatically as we head north - this is the most expensive marina we have visited, with the least useful docking staff – just saying. On top of a punitive docking rate we have had to pay a $15 mandatory water charge whether we use it or not - so Barracuda (and Guppy) will enjoy a good wash just for the hell of it!! (You can take the boy out of Scotland but you can’t take Scotland out of the boy.)
Our weather world is changing too as we head north. G had a lot of rain this morning (while K was asleep) and though we are still full-time in shorts, the fleeces are out for night-time passages. We are starting to realise that our warm winter travels may soon be over as we head up the cooler north east US. We’re looking forward to getting home, but not so keen on having to get back to a world of heavy clothes, eating indoors and even – heaven forbid – oilskins – after ten months of sunshine. Tomorrow – fingers crossed - we will enter the Gulf Stream for the first time – we will tell you how that goes in our next blog.
No good photos from the last few days so we have included our best fish pic from the Exumas.