Rescue on the Bahama Banks
21 March 2015 | Ft Pierce, FL
Arrived in Old Bahama Bay Marina around 6 pm and tied up to the fuel dock. The dock master arrived with four custom forms to fill out, plus one for the vessel. It took time to tie up and fill out forms. Once everything was done, Chris and I went for a walk. It is a very different place from that of 20 years ago when we first arrived on Lady H. Now, there are at least a dozen touristy buildings lodging guests as well as several restaurants. There were some incredibly huge power boats sharing the marina with us. We walked around the building to the ocean...small beach but very inviting shallow waters on the banks. In walking around we found lots of wildlife bugs that kept biting us. Sort of like the Floridian no-see-ums. Back onboard, the guys prepared SG&T's which we all enjoyed. Then we had a quick bite to eat and everyone seemed wiped from the sun and the crossing. We had to be off the fuel dock by 8:30, so we were up early. The water hose did not reach to our boat, so Mark & Robert carried buckets onboard. Mark made sure the five solar panels were free from the pollen from Jacksonville and the sea air. We also scrubbed the deck with the fresh water and some soap. We departed by 8ish and headed into the shallow waters of the Bahama Banks. We were only a few miles from West End, when Mark spotted a small fishing boat with two Bahamians waving. They were out of fuel. We tried to radio someone for Peter and Bobby but no one answered our calls. We only had a small amount of gasoline from our dinghy tank, but we got close enough to their boat and handed it over. They only took a little and paid us in lobster tails...dinner!! We are motoring in the Banks with almost no wind and only ripples on the water in some places. It's overcast and very humid. The sun is scorching. We have a course charted to Great Sail Cay, which is around 40 miles from West End, but not sure if we will select another island to anchor off. The water is under 10 feet deep and it is so clear we can see every detail on the bottom. Mark spotted star fish in the water and we saw many of them as we motored by. So for now with no winds, we are motoring. There is a slight haze and we are missing the cool breezes of the ocean side.