Por Dos

Family cruising in a Catamaran

16 December 2017 | Brisbane
04 November 2015 | Brisbane, Australia
30 October 2015 | Isle de Pines, Noumea, New Caledonia
08 October 2015 | Tanna, Vanuatu
01 October 2015 | Viti Levu, Mololo, Fiji
21 September 2015 | Namena, Musket Cove Malolo, Vuda Point Viti Levu, Fiji
12 September 2015 | Vanua Levu and Taveuni, Fiji
02 September 2015 | Tonga
13 August 2015 | Suwarrow, Cook Islands
25 July 2015 | Tahaa, Bora Bora and Maupiti French Polynesia
17 June 2015 | Tahiti & Moorea, French Polynesia
16 June 2015 | Fakarava, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
06 June 2015 | Tahanea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
01 June 2015 | Raiatea, Tuamotu Islands, French Polynesia
28 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
12 May 2015 | Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
26 April 2015 | Academy Bay, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Islas Galapagos, Ecuador
13 April 2015 | Panama to Galapagos
07 April 2015 | Balboa, Panama
31 March 2015 | Colon, Panama

Royal Island Harbor

11 January 2013 | Royal Island, Eleuthera Islands, Bahamas
Marta Portoles
We were in Nassau for fewer than 48 hours. This was just enough time to re-provision, do laundry, and watch The Hobbit on the big screen and then escape to some beautiful and secluded harbor. We managed to get dock space in one of the coveted (and least expensive) Nassau marinas. We have been wanting to charge our battery bank fully (which I have been told by handy hubby extends the life of our golf cart batteries). We took advantage of being at a dock and cleaned Por Dos inside and out - she was sparkling for the first time in months.

Batteries charged, boat and crew cleaned and ready, we left early Tuesday, January 8 for Royal Island near Eleuthera Island. We had Easterly winds at 15 to 20 knots. We put a reef on the main and had the full jib. Alec and Roan had intended to fish but with speeds around 8 to 9 knots, it proved unsuccessful even with Roan's new, specially for fast speeds, lure. We covered the 40 miles in about 5 hours. Of course, true to form, we had a scare as we put the reefed main down at the harbor entrance and the topping lift (a bit loose because of the reef) managed to get tangled on our radar tower. It took some stressful playing around with the traveller and the main sheet but finally we got it under control. By 2 pm we were happily anchored in 8 feet of water in Royal Island Harbour.

This is my type of place: an all-around well-protected harbor with great anchor holding in shallow waters, not a soul to be found (or just a couple of souls :-), some ruins from a 1950's elegant private villa to explore and some unpaved trails to roam the length of the island. It is missing beach and snorkeling sites but the peace and quiet sort of pays for the lack of them (at least for few days). Alec and Roan found some wood sticks that were quickly converted to weapons, and on our return to Por Dos, they proceeded to attack each other all around the deck in their best "knight" fashion - so far, no major cuts, lacerations or bruises .... fingers crossed. After three nights here, we decided to move East 6 miles to Spanish Wells and civilization (aka, wifi) again.

Vessel Name: S/V Por Dos
Vessel Make/Model: Catana 48
Hailing Port: Salem, MA
Crew: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
S/V Por Dos's Photos - Main
5 Photos
Created 11 October 2012
26 Photos
Created 3 July 2012


Who: Mark, Marta, Alec & Roan
Port: Salem, MA
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