In the Bahamas
09 February 2019 | Allen's Cay
Our buddy boat Vagabond entering the banks at the Gun Cay Light
We finally escaped Boot Key Harbor and are in the Bahamas. We left Marathon on Saturday Feb 2 and anchored overnight at Rodriguez Key before leaving to cross the gulf stream on Sunday. We were accompanied by M/V Vagabond. The weather was nice and the gulf stream was calm. We made it onto the Bahamas banks at Gun/Cat Cay cut at 4 pm and motored on glassy calm water until late. We anchored overnight on the banks about 10 miles from NW Channel. In the morning we headed on to Morgan's Bluff Andros to clear customs. Our buddies on Godspeed were several hours behind us on the crossing but didn't stop on the banks and were at Morgan's Bluff waiting for us when we arrived. By 2 pm we were all cleared in. We went to shore and walked around on the beach and had a few beers at the local bar but headed back to the boat early because we were all tired from the long crossing.
Us and Vagabond left early the next morning heading for Nassau. The calm weather was gone by this time and we rolled quite a bit. We had the anchor down in Nassau Harbor about 2:30 and headed into the Green Parrot to celebrate a successful crossing, the first time to the Bahamas on their boat for Brian and Kellie. We went to bed early again and slept soundly until about 4:30 am. We were awakened by sirens and flashing lights on shore near where we were anchored. We got up to see what was happening. A building on shore close to us was on fire. We sat up watching it go up in flames with the firemen trying to keep it from spreading to other buildings, even pumping water out of the harbor onto the fire. After about an hour we had enough excitement and went back to bed. The next day we wandered around town a bit. Went to the BTC (telephone co.) store, grocery store, a few marine stores, etc. Then we headed to the local Chinese restaurant for lunch followed by drinks at the Poop Deck restaurant.
On Thursday we left for the Exumas and headed to Allen's Cay. Another bumpy day but made good time getting here. In the afternoon, we went to the beach for a walk, said hi to the iguanas that live here, and had a few drinks. On Friday we did a bit of snorkeling, then had Brian and Kellie over for happy hour. It is now Saturday morning and the weather was rainy and windy so we are just hanging out at the boat doing boat chores, etc. Hopefully tomorrow it is on to Norman's Cay