The First Mate's Journal

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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
05 November 2009 | Deltaville, VA
16 October 2009 | Deltaville, VA
26 May 2009 | Deltaville
25 May 2009 | Deltaville
24 May 2009 | Fishing Bay (N37*32.418 W76*20.203) to Deltaville
23 May 2009 | Great Bridge VA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508) to Fishing Bay VA (N37*32.418 W76*20.203)
22 May 2009 | Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520) to Great BridgeVA (N36*43.285 W76*14.508)
21 May 2009 | The Alligator River Bridge, NC (N35*53.847 W76*02.024) to Buck Island, NC (N36*16.034 W75*57.520)
20 May 2009 | Alligator River Bridge, NC
19 May 2009 | Alligator River Swing Bridge, NC
17 May 2009 | The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557) to Alligator Swing Bridge, NC (N35*53.874 W76*02.024)
16 May 2009 | Eastham Creek Anchorage NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514) to The Pungo River, NC (N35*33.715 W76*28.557)
15 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort NC (N34*43.519 W76*39.898) to Eastham Creek, NC (N35*17.680 W76*36.514)
14 May 2009 | Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
13 May 2009 | Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831) to Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC
12 May 2009 | Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5 to Taylor Creek, Beaufort, NC (34*42.860 76*39.831)
11 May 2009 | Wrightsville Beach NC (N34*12.441 W77*47.965) SM#283.2 to Mile Hammock Bay (N34*33.163 W77*19.528) SM#244.5
10 May 2009 | Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)SM330 to Wrightsville Beach Anchorage (N34*12.447 W77*47.953)
09 May 2009 | Bull Creek, SC (N33 36.667 W79 06.228) to Shallottes Inlet, NC (N33*54.913)

Still in Bimini Part 2

18 February 2009 | Bimini Islands
Later in the day Joan & Brigid & I walked into Alice Town to get some bread from the bread man. I think his name was Charles. He bakes it and sells it out of his house & as we got there he was just taking it out of the oven - what timing! As we walked into his house the aroma was incredible!!! I carried my hot loaf through town and managed to not rip into it! Joan said his was better than the bread ladies and after tasting it (I waited until I got it back to the boat) - I had to agree. At $4/loaf I wished that I'd bought two. It wasn't as sweet as the bread ladies but still had a slight sweetness to it. It made an excellent BLT for dinner! Hmmm - I got a little ahead of myself...

Along the way we saw a man by the water-cleaning conch so I had to stop by and chat with him to see what he was doing and how he was doing it. He showed me how to punch a hole in the shell to loosen the critter from the shell. He'd already done quite a crop of them and was in the process of cutting the conch up to package for the restaurants and locals. It looked like he pretty much cut everything away except for a section of white muscle. I asked if I could touch it - yes. It felt really firm. He said in order to eat it you had to bruise it first. I didn't quite understand what he was saying (his Bahamian accent) but he made this pounding motion with his hand and said something about a hammer with teeth and I got it (tenderizing it by beating it). He said it makes a fine salad, or fritters and something else... I couldn't believe the pile of conch shells that he had but he had a 5 gallon bucket already packed with conch on ice and was working on another 2 buckets.
Vessel Name: Kolibrie
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Jackson
Crew: Wayne & Pat
About: Back in Michigan for Hurricane Season 2009...
Extra: Our boat is a Bayfield 36. Not the fastest little thing, but a nice little cruiser that we like to call home.
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Great Lakes to The Bahamas

Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson