Cay de Cay

01 January 2018 | Man-O-War Cay, Abaco
25 December 2017 | Man-O-War Cay, Abaco
22 December 2017 | Little Harbour, Abaco
19 December 2017 | Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, Abaco
15 December 2017 | Marsh Harbour Boat Yard, Abaco
02 December 2017 | Aunt Pats Bay, Elbow Cay, Abaco
17 April 2017 | Stuart, FL (Sunset Bay Marina)
10 April 2017 | Key Biscayne, FL
05 April 2017 | Garrison Bight, Key West
29 March 2017 | Bahia Honda State Park
23 March 2017 | Boot Key Harbor, Marathon
19 March 2017 | Islamarado, Upper Matecumbe Key
11 March 2017 | Key Biscayne, Florida
09 March 2017 | Bahia Mar Marina, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
28 February 2017 | Bimini Blue Water Marina, Bimini, Bahamas
20 February 2017 | Aunt Pats Bay, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
29 January 2017 | Aunt Pats Bay, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
08 December 2016 | Great Guana Cay and Fowl Cay Reef, Abaco
02 December 2016 | Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
26 November 2016 | Man-O-War Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

New Years 2018

01 January 2018 | Man-O-War Cay, Abaco
Following our amazing Christmas Day we made a quick trip to Marsh Harbour to restock on fresh veggies, lunch meat, bread (including a loaf of freshly baked Bahamian bread…um yum!), and a propane refill. Exciting stuff (ha ha)! Then onto Aunt Pat’s Bay where we broke out the stand-up paddle board for more practice.

On New Years Eve we returned to Man-O-War, attended church service and a New Years Eve party at the Costa Lotta, a second home owner’s house (everyone on MOW names their homes) on the Atlantic Ocean beach side of MOW. Being “mature”, we expected to leave well before midnight, but we were having such a good time that we stayed until almost 11pm. By the time we got back to our boat (walk to the dinghy dock, slow dinghy ride in the dark…but with a romantic full moon…to the boat) it was nearly 12pm. So we decided to hang in and wait for midnight to usher in the New Year with a blast of the boat horn! Several islands in the distance were shooting off fireworks.

On New Years Day we watched a lot of college football and had a traditional southern dinner of fried chicken, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes & gravy, green onions, and sliced tomatoes.


25 December 2017 | Man-O-War Cay, Abaco
Our celebratory Christmas dinner was on Dec 23rd because most restaurants are normally closed on Sunday (which was Christmas Eve) and also on Christmas day. We sailed from Little Harbour to Hope Town on Elbow Cay and anchored just outside the harbor off Eagle Rock.

As the sun set, the decorations of streaming lights on the red and white candy cane striped Lighthouse came on and church bells in town played Christmas carols. It was a magical moment.

We took the dinghy into the harbor in the dark for our "Christmas" dinner at the Wine Down Sip Sip restaurant. There were two other parties seated. One couple and their young daughter, who took a liking to Karrie. And a large group of young adults, who did a present exchange. After our dinner, Karrie met one of the young ladies (Allie) from the large group. They were shooting a TV show in the Bahamas. She was interested in how the local Bahamians spend Christmas and when Karrie invited her to the Man-O-War Christmas celebration she promised to come.

Christmas Eve morning we moved the boat a few miles from Elbow Cay to Man-O-War to attend church services. The normal minister, Pastor Randy, was visiting family for Christmas and the lay minister, Rich, decide to sing Christmas carols before the sermon. But not just one or two carols, we opened our hymnals and sang EVERY carol in the book (except for a few that "we don't know")...19 carols (the first verse only) in all! No one could say that we didn't sing their favorite! What a great idea.

That evening we attended a Christmas Eve party hosted by Jim and Nancy Clements. Many of the second home owners and boaters attended. Lots of fun with an interesting mix of people.

On Christmas morning, Man-O-War has a town celebration. The whole island gathers, sings carols, tells the Christmas story, and welcomes the arrival of Mr and Mrs Santa Claus. The children all join in calling (screaming) for Santa. Santa and Mrs Claus hand out gifts to all the town children. And then there is a huge pot luck buffet for the entire island.
Santa and Mrs. Claus

Christmas Buffet
Christmas brunch pot luck buffet

As we lined up for the buffet, Allie and her boyfriend (OG) walked up, having just arrived on the ferry from Marsh Harbour. They could hear the children yelling for Santa from the ferry dock, so they knew where to head to find the celebration, they just followed the noise!

We spent the rest of the day with Allie and OG, since their return ferry was not until 5pm. Two very interesting young people. Karrie commented that it was like spending time with one of our daughters. She is a sound engineer for TV production and met OG while filming "Alaska Bush People" on the island OG is from. He was the "local guide" for the show having been born on the island. The small island near Juneau has more brown bears than people! We toured the island and then took them to our boat. Following their visit, I dropped them off at the Low Place beach so they could walk back into town and see more of the island.

It turned out to be a wonderful and unexpected Christmas day!

Almost Christmas

22 December 2017 | Little Harbour, Abaco
The days before Christmas we headed to Little Harbour where they were having an arts and craft show the Saturday before Christmas.

On the way to an anchorage at Lynyard Cay, outside of Little Harbour, we passed the Sandy Cay reef and noticed how calm it was, so we decided to return the next day to snorkel. On the way back to Sandy Cay, we caught a yellowtail snapper. We had a great snorkel tour of the reef in calm seas. This was Karrie’s first snorkel trip in a long while. She was impressed with the abundance of life, the purple sea fans and the beautiful large coral formations.

After lunch we headed south to Little Harbour, caught a mutton snapper and small grouper (which we released) on the way, and picked up the last available mooring ball in the small harbor. The next day we took the dinghy into the dock, wandered through the small arts and craft show, checked out the bronze sculptures in Pete’s Gallery, and had lunch at the “world famous” Pete’s Pub (where the elite meet in their bare feet).

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

19 December 2017 | Tahiti Beach, Elbow Cay, Abaco
Following our week on the hard, we returned to Tahiti Beach, our happy place! At low tide on Saturday we dropped the kayaks in the water and paddled to the beach. Our kayaks have a “peek-a-boo” window in the bottom so we can see underwater beneath the kayak as we paddle. But the water on this day was so calm and clear, we really didn’t need the window to see the starfish and other sea creatures below us. We beached the kayaks and took a nice walk out to the end of the sandbar, looking for shells along the beach and small conchs in the water (this area seems to be a nursery for them).

On Sunday we attended church on Man-O-War, then we were back to Marsh Harbour Boat Yard on Monday and Tuesday for Marlin to finish polishing the topsides of Cay de Cay. We were able to stay in the water along a dock for the topside polish job. Then we headed back to Aunt Pat’s Bay just north of Tahiti Beach.

The weather remained “Chamber of Commerce” beautiful and the next day we pulled out the inflatable stand-up paddleboard (SUP) that Karrie received as a Mother’s Day gift last May. It was the first time we took it out of its bag since the purchase! We pumped it up and launched it.
Launching SUP
Launching the new SUP

Obviously, since the SUP was Karrie’s gift, she had to be the first to use it. And she did great, paddling all around the boat. But being cautious (and remaining dry) she stayed on her knees this first time out!
Karrie on SUP
Karrie on her SUP

Then it was Doug’s turn to give it a try and after some egging on, I gingerly stood up for a few moments. It was not a totally relaxing experience….you can probably see how tense my leg muscles are! The wakes from passing boats did not help my confidence!
Doug on SUP
Doug in vertical mode

But the SUP was fun to use. It moves along easily with little effort. The board is very light and surprisingly rigid for an inflatable. We both just need more practice to get comfortable on it.
Vessel Name: Cay de Cay
Vessel Make/Model: Leopard 40
Hailing Port: North Palm Beach, FL
Crew: Doug & Karrie
About: Doug and Karrie are enjoying retirement by cruising the Bahamas. Karrie was a Middle and High School English Teacher. Doug was a Design Engineer.
Our first "Retirement" cruise was a life long dream. We spent our first winter in the upper Bahamas and Abacos. During our second winter we left Ft Lauderdale and headed for the Exumas, but continued on to Long Island, Cat Island, and Eleuthera (as well as other locations). For our third [...]
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Photos highlighting our fourth winter cruise.
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Photos from our walkabout in Spanish Wells
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Base of the Exumas Land and Sea Park
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Our first stop in the Exumas Land and Sea Park
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We anchored here for two days. There are white sand beaches almost the entire length of the cay.
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Our first retirement winter cruise to Abacos, Bahamas
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Who: Doug & Karrie
Port: North Palm Beach, FL

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