Prepping For Weather
21 January 2019
Sometimes the best decision to make is not to do anything, and that is what we did in preparation for the the cold front that was to sweep through the area over the weekend. After much debate and reviewing of all the forecasts we figured our current anchorage offered the best protection for when the weather would be at its worst. Also as time went on the forecasters kept reducing the wind strength which favoured our anchorage.
We still had two days before the weather started to go downhill so on Saturday we checked out a new snorkelling area near Leaf Cay. The great thing about this area is the numerous small isolated coral heads that offer great snor conditions. All we do is dinghy around with our glass bottom bucket and when we see something interesting we drop the hook and go over the side. After a couple of hours of underwater exploring we all retired to a beautiful little beach to enjoy the end of another super day.
Sunday dawned cool and a little breezy and you can always feel the mood in the anchorage change as people prepare for inclement weather. The most important thing is to recheck that the anchor is properly set, especially after of few days of shifting winds. As an example yesterday our anchor was still lying at 90 degrees to the boat even though the wind was blowing 10-15 knots. It always amazes me how much our heavy anchor chain holds, it took about a minute with the boat in almost full reverse to pull it straight. Most people leave their dinghies in the water overnight since theft in the Bahamas is none existent, however, another sign of approaching weather is when dinghies are hauled up into the davits. With the boat secure it was time for a few chores.
On our last trip Bev struggled with various bread recipes but so far this year she has nailed it. So while she baked bread I tended to a few boat chores. It always pays to check things over from time to time and yesterday I found a loose bolt on the alternator bracket and tightened it before it became an issue. All that was left was to have dinner and wait for the weather to blow through, unfortunately the clouds hid the full moon.
Today's picture is of the full moon set this morning.