16 March 2019
As advertised the strong north east winds arrived late Tuesday evening and stayed with us right through until Thursday afternoon. After all our excitement snorkeling on Tuesday, Wednesday's activities were at the other end of the scale. I hauled the generator out of the sail locker, fired up my sander and spent most of the day sanding and varnishing the the teak toe rails. Also, with the generator running, it was a good time to clean and defrost the fridge and freezer. We were tucked under a bluff close to shore so despite gusts into the high 20s the water was calm allowing us to get all our chores done.
By lunch time Thursday the winds had abated a little so it was time to move 12 miles to Marsh Harbour, which is the sailor's hub in the Abacos. Although this is not our favorite stop, all the services we need are located here and it was time for us to do a big reprovisioning. When we left Florida the freezer was full and combined with Bev's fishing prowess we have had enough food for the winter. However, the cupboards are getting bare and this is by far the best spot to shop outside of Nassau.
Our friends Jimmy and Debbie have been here all winter at Boat Harbour Marina aboard Driftaway. We last visited with them back in Charleston on our way south in October and we're looking forward to a reunion. We bumped into Jimmy while we were ashore Thursday and made plans for dinner on Friday evening. After a successful shopping trip we headed back to Dagny for a quiet evening in the crowded anchorage. This is the base for numerous charter companies so there's always a lot of action in the harbour to kept us amused.
Boat Harbour Marina is part of the Abaco Beach Resort which is complete with condos, rental cottages, pool, beach and all the amenities. Jimmy invited us over for a little afternoon R&R around the pool before the boater's 5 o'clock meet and greet. After numerous suggestions and a little debate we headed off to The Blue Hole restaurant for dinner. No better way to end a day then a great meal with good friends while overlooking the water.
Today's picture was taken in Hackett Bay, even the herons come to the Bahamas for the winter.