Adventures - Aboard the Lady J

31 May 2023 | Treasure Cay
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The Real Treasure of Treasure Cay

31 May 2023 | Treasure Cay
Richard Seaman
May 28, 2023

Carrie, Ken, Jessi, and Kylie arrived as scheduled on Saturday and were at the boat by 2:30. We had so many topics to discuss with this family. Kylie has just returned from her semester abroad – Florence, Italy! Jessi has new plans for the next phase of her life – a move from Richmond to Denver, submitting applications for Physician Assistant School and then, awaiting acceptance.

After settling in on the “Lady J”, we dined at Wally’s and discussed the upcoming week’s itinerary.

Sunday morning greeted us with an early morning thunderstorm but then the skies cleared. We departed Harbour View Marina around 11:00 and cruised to Treasure Cay – not knowing exactly what to expect.

We had not been into the Treasure Cay Marina for 15 years when we were on our “Lady J” Gozzard 41 sailing vessel in 2008. At that time, the Treasure Cay Marina was the finest in the Abacos. However, the 2019 Hurricane Dorian totally destroyed the marina property. We had heard many varied stories about its recovery – or lack thereof.

As we navigated through the Treasure Cay channel, we could not help but recall our challenging arrival 38 years ago on our first bareboat charter when Carrie and Kim were young teenagers. We approached through a foggy storm with only a compass heading to guide our way – no GPS or chart plotters back in those days. When we suddenly spotted land through the mist, we saw tall pine trees only a few hundred yards away. We had to decide whether to turn right or left to look for wooden stakes that marked the channel entrance. Fortunately, we guessed correctly and found our way into this beautiful marina. But not so beautiful today . . .

The marina docks were completely destroyed by Dorian along with the condominiums that lined the harbor. This marina property is owned by a German company that has apparently decided to leave the destruction remain as is. Because of the complexity of the ownership arrangement of all of the property assets, it has impeded the start of any reconstruction or redevelopment. The local rumor is that this marina property is for sale.

This Treasure Cay development is certainly one of the saddest remnants of Hurricane Dorian that we have seen – due to its total neglect. The marina restaurant, marina bar, and beach bar no longer exist. These were the places where we created so many fond memories on previous visits. The beach bar was the site of so many delectable delights – the very best grouper sandwiches, grouper bites, and fries with Goombay Smashes or ice cold Khaliks. The unique retail shops remain as dilapidated shells of blue block buildings.

We passed through most of this remaining storm destruction on our way to the true treasure of Treasure Cay – three miles of one of the world’s most beautiful white sand beaches with shimmering turquoise water! This striking picturesque scene remains as I first saw it 41 years ago – despite several devastating hurricanes over the decades. Truly a sign that Mother Nature is far more sustainable than man made structures.

We felt very blessed to be able to enjoy this three mile beach all to ourselves – rare in today’s world. We basked in the sunshine, splashed in the turquoise waters, and soaked in Mother Nature’s amazing creation.

Following our afternoon on this incredibly beautiful beach, we returned to the “Lady J” for a relaxing “happy hour” evening, grilled steaks, and intriguing conversations.

Monday morning – Memorial Day in the States – we took the dinghy and motored through the various canals that spawned from our mooring basin. What a surprise and sharp contrast! There were several nicely reconstructed residences combined with newly constructed properties, complete with docks and a wide variety of cruising and fishing vessels. These mini-residential communities belie the lack of reconstruction investment in the marina and its surrounding property.

May 29, 2023

We departed Treasure Cay to cruise over to Great Guana Cay with plans to have a late lunch at Nippers. On the cruise, we spotted several thunderstorms emerging at various locations on the horizon, including one that spawned a water spout. These Bahama storm cells appeared to be off in the distance and of no significant concern. Then as we approached our Guana anchorage, Ken pointed to our stern where we saw approaching dark clouds. We decided to delay our anchoring until the storm passed. The passing mild storm was accompanied by winds that were blowing directly into our proposed anchorage – foretelling a rolling anchorage with its challenging dinghy maneuvering.

So we made a midcourse correction – deciding a Nipper’s experience was not worth the anchorage aggravation – and set course for Tahiti Beach, where we knew we would be well protected from the prevailing wind.

As we approached Elbow Cay, we could see another passing Bahamian storm over the island but it moved east before we arrived and proved to be no issue. After anchoring around 2:30, we joined the afternoon crowd at Tahiti at high tide, making an interesting journey through waist deep beautiful blue water to get our “Thirsty Cuda” libations.

Beach time was followed by refreshing showers back aboard the “Lady J”. Sunset Happy Hour and delicious red snapper on the grill completed our day, while watching the stars with a hopeful sighting of the space station, that did not emerge. More memorable times with the Alts on the Sea of Abaco.

May 30, 2023

Ken dove into the water and took an early morning swim to the beach a quarter mile away. After a short jog on the beach, he swam back across to the boat to complete his morning exercise – oh, to be young and physically ambitious!

The Alts enjoyed spending some solo time exploring Tahiti Beach at low tide, in sharp contrast to the previous afternoon with a high tide and crowded beach. Following brunch, we hoisted anchor and returned to Hopetown Marina just prior to the arrival of the afternoon thunderstorms.

A van picked us up at 6:30 PM for our highly anticipated revisit to the Abaco Inn for dinner – where our families have created many memorable moments during past visits to the Abacos. We were seated on the covered outside patio in anticipation of viewing another beautiful sunset over the Sea of Abaco. Another thunderstorm suddenly appeared and while we thought we could outlast it by remaining on the patio, Mother Nature prevailed and we were finally moved inside at a table with a perfect setting overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Once again – expect the unexpected!

Wednesday morning we awakened to more thunderstorms. The day’s forecast showed no signs of improving. Jessica departed by ferry at 11:30 to catch her plane back to Miami and then Richmond. Although our plans were to return to our Tahiti Beach anchorage, the pending storm forecast kept us at our dock for another day.

Thursday we plan to depart the dock in the morning, drop anchor off the Firefly Resort and enjoy a waterside lunch before returning to Marsh Harbour. Friday we will return to Naples for the Seaman Corporation June board meeting. Our return to Marsh Harbor will be June 11 to share “Lady J” Abaco time with Kim and her family.

Return to the Abacos

25 May 2023 | Marsh Harbour
Richard Seaman
May 18, 2023

We left the "Lady J" on May 2 for two weeks to return to Wooster and tend to some personal and business events. One included a trip to Omaha for a "Woodstock for Capitalists" experience - Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway's Annual Shareholders Meeting. Just imagine Warren at 91 and his sidekick, Charlie Munger at 99, sitting on the stage fielding questions from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM - inspiring to say the least! We were just a few among the 40,000 other loyal Buffet shareholders that attend this annual event.

We also joined some of our closest friends for a week in Costa Rica that one of the couples had planned months earlier - another memorable adventure!

But now we are happy to be back aboard the "Lady J" in our own remote island paradise. We invited Amy and Scott Allen to join us and share in this unique Bahama experience for a few days. Upon arrival, we decided to remain at the dock overnight - a good decision given the passing storm. Dinner was enjoyed at The Jib Room across the bay.

May 19, 2023

We enjoyed a morning cruise to Great Guana Cay planning to have lunch at Nippers, one of our favorite Abaco Island beach bars. However, after dropping anchor, a thunderstorm approached us. So, as often happens in the world of cruising, we quickly adjusted our plans and the ladies prepared lunch on board.

By mid afternoon, the weather cleared. We took the tender to shore and walked to our favorite bar for some Nipper Juice. We shared many stories with the Allen's about past visits to this landmark beach. But mostly we admired the incredible views of the colorful Atlantic waves as they came rolling onto the white sand beach.

We made an obligatory stop at the Nipper's gift shop, complete with its beach sand floor, to purchase some t-shirt memorability. By chance, we discovered that the young boy behind the cash register was the son of the owner of Nipper's - Little Nipper himself! Imagine, another multigenerational family business here in the Abaco Islands . . . .

May 20, 2023

Our morning began with an enjoyable slow cruise to Tahiti Beach on Elbow Cay towing our tender. After we dropped our anchor and prepared lunch, we watched the "Thirsty Cuda" pass by on its way to serve food and drink to the daily beach crowd. We spent the afternoon enjoying the unique and colorful white sand Tahiti Beach sipping several "Thirsty Cuda" libations.

We returned to the tender and gave the Allen's a tour of Lubber's Cay, home of the former Cracker P's (rumored to have been purchased by Pit Bull following its destruction by Hurricane Dorian). Upon returning to "Lady J", it was time to refresh and prepare for our dinghy trip to Firefly for our sunset dinner.

The Abaco Inn was our first choice for dinner but when we called for reservations, we were told they were closed for a private wedding event. We later learned that it was a wedding for 160 on this remote small island.

Firefly has a varied and delicious choice of menu items. Its location provides one of the best sunset views on the island. The four of us enjoyed a memorable evening - made even more memorable by our dinghy ride home.

The "Lady J" was anchored about a mile away. We did not realize that tonight was a waxing moon - so no moonlight to help illuminate the way. The anchorage was populated with many more boats than we had been accustomed to in the past - all with their tall white anchor lights beaming. Our attempt to find the "Lady J" was a navigational challenge through a constellation of bright stars! As Amy held our dim flashlight, we mis-selected the "Lady J" several times before ultimately discovering her in the darkness and breathing four collective sighs of relief.

Sunday morning, over coffee and breakfast, we decided not to spend another day on Tahiti Beach. So I called Hopetown Marina and was able to secure a dock. Not so fortunate when I called for a golf cart - no availability because of the very large wedding being hosted on the island!

By noon, we were securely tied to our Hopetown Marina dock. It took very little time to immerse ourselves in the pool, claiming a few submerged bar stools and enjoying a tasty lunch.
During our afternoon swim time, Amy met a couple and quickly learned that he was the pastor for the island wedding.

The bride and groom were from Orlando. The bride's mother grew up on Man O' War Cay - likely a descendant of the Loyalists that first settled these islands in the late 1700's to escape the discrimination for their loyalty to the Crown during the Revolutionary War. The family of the groom owned Regal Boats. This was the second daughter's wedding the pastor and his wife had officiated in this remote island paradise.

On Sunday evening we called for the Abaco Inn van to shuttle us to the resort for another delicious sunset dinner in one of the islands most beautiful settings.

Fortunately, by noon on Monday, we were able to secure a golf cart. We explored Hopetown with the Allen's, enjoyed a cooling drink at Capt Jack's, where we met a group of Sea Scouts. Then we took our cart to On Da Beach for lunch - perhaps our final one there since they are limited to grilled food only - no fryer - healthy but not nearly as tasty.

On Tuesday morning, the Allen's took the 7:45 AM ferry from Hopetown to Marsh Harbour to catch their flight home - the culmination of a great visit with dear friends.

We spent the balance of the day catching up on tasks - boat tasks, business tasks (two Zoom meetings and several phone calls). We decided to take the golf cart to Firefly for dinner. Since it was sushi night, no reservations were available. However, we were able to sit at the bar, order dinner and watch the sunset again - though it was more subdued with the layers of clouds. Not being regular "bar flies", we did learn a lesson - do not select your bar stools next to the bar blender! It was not the quiet dining experience we both anticipated - but the hamburger we split was delicious.

Wed, May 24, 2023

With an 80% chance of thunderstorms forecast for the next several days, we decided to take advantage of a calm morning and return to Harbour View Marina in Marsh Harbour. Carrie and her family are arriving on Saturday and we have some re-provisioning to do beforehand. The next few days will also be a chance to address some boat chores that have been awaiting attention.

Expect the Unexpected

01 May 2023 | Hopetown Marina
Richard Seaman
Our son Jason, Adele, and six-year old Jett arrived on Wednesday, April 26. We remained at Harbour View for the afternoon and prepared for a morning departure to Little Harbor on Thursday.

Our plans were to anchor just outside the channel that leads into Little Harbor. The cruise down was smooth -- until we reached the openings to the Atlantic, where 2-3 foot swells were rolling in. Our problem occurred at the small beach anchorage that unfortunately was not protected from the rolling swells. In fact, one of the swells caused enough rocking that both the refrigerator and freezer doors swung open – causing Adele to call for help as items started falling from the shelves. It quickly became apparent that this would not be a suitable anchorage location – small wonder we did not see any other boats at anchor – and the more protected area on the west side of the channel was too shallow for the “Lady J”.

Consequently, we decided to reverse course and head back to Tahiti Beach, arriving late afternoon but soon enough to have a swim off the boat and a couple of hours exploring this beautiful beach.

Friday afternoon we relocated a mile north for an anchorage adjacent to the channel into Abaco Inn. That evening we reenacted one of our fondest Abaco Island memories – dinghy to dinner! We were able to see the mesmerizing waves of the Atlantic during our cocktail hour and then watch the sunset over the serene Sea of Abaco during dinner. What a unique and amazing property, which we have learned is for sale for $16 million – if anyone is looking for an investment opportunity!

Because of the wind forecasts for the next few days – 15-20 kts Saturday, 20-30 kts Sunday – we decided to go into Hopetown Marina, rent a cart and have a few more options to enjoy on a windy day.

Hopetown Marina with its pool, bar, and dining, offers a great place to hang out while the weather calms a bit. The marina shuttle provides easy access to the main part of town as well as to the lighthouse to further explore some history of the community.

Late Saturday afternoon, we took the golf cart and returned to On Da Beach Bar – no shoes, no shirt, no problem . . . . Another great Atlantic Ocean view and late lunch.

Six year old Jett continues his seamanship courses: knot tying, dinghy steering, compass reading, early navigation, and even engine room checks this windy Sunday morning. He is an eager learner and quick study. Fun to pass on some Seaman nautical knowledge!

A day of 25-30 knot winds was capped off with the most awesome sight in the sky I have ever seen in my lifetime. Around 8:30 PM, I asked Jett to accompany me to the flybridge so we could see if the Hopetown Lighthouse was lit and operating. Just as we arrived topside and looked over at the lighthouse, we saw a very bright white contrail with a huge V-shaped object at its leading edge moving rapidly across the night sky! My mind could not immediately comprehend what my eyes were seeing – a huge meteor?? An alien??

Then within about 30 seconds, the V disappeared, and the bright contrail ended. Aha! Perhaps a rocket launch from Cape Kennedy??

Sure enough, when I queried Google, I quickly learned that Space X had just launched a Falcon Heavy rocket to propel a Viasat satellite into orbit. When the V shaped object disappeared, it was the launch rocket separating from the satellite module, which we could faintly see as it continued to propel through the night sky.

What an amazing moment! An unexpected sighting of a rocket launch soaring over the Hopetown Lighthouse in the night sky! And to be able to share it with my six year old grandson Jett, – I do hope he will retain that image in his mind for the rest of his life.

The Charm of Guana Cay . . . . . OR NOT!

25 April 2023 | Guana Cay Harbor
Richard Seaman

We have such fond memories of our past anchorages at this little harbor on Guana Cay. It has been one of our favorite destinations over the 40 years of cruising in these serene tropical islands.

On our first bareboat sailing adventure with our then young teenage daughters, Carrie and Kim, we were preparing for an early morning swim. We heard this large splash, turned and saw a huge stingray soar 10 feet out of the water right next to our sailboat. Carrie and Kim were NOT jumping into these waters for a morning swim!

Then there was the time three couples of us chartered a boat (named "Bailiwick", which for obvious reasons we later renamed "Bail Me Quick"). The first afternoon we decided to sail to Guana for our first night anchorage, long before the days of GPS and electronic charts. As we arrived early evening and searched for our anchorage location, amongst several other anchored sailboats, we promptly ran aground on an unmarked white coral head in the middle of the harbor - which was incorrectly marked on the hand drawn chart in the guidebook???

Many an afternoon and evening, we would dinghy to the little beach, enjoy an afternoon "Guana Grabber" (the local tropical rum drink) . . . or two 😊, and oftentimes stay for a grouper or lobster dinner in the quaint little beachside restaurant. In this remote harbor, we were normally one of about a dozen monohull sailboats, all enjoying the serene setting of Guana Beach.

But alas, today I count 30 boats at anchor, mostly catamarans, a few power boats, AND a 145-foot mega yacht with a crew of nine, that charters for $140,000 a week! The little quaint restaurant on the beach fell victim to the latest hurricane. It has been replaced with a new beach bar complete with modern dispensers for frozen "Guana Grabbers", loud rock music, and four large TV screens so the beachcombers (??) can watch any of the current playoff basketball or hockey games. A former remote tropical serene beach transformed into a modern day sports bar!

As one long time cruiser in these waters expressed - Guana Cay has lost its charm ☹. My words are a bit more emotioanal -- PARADISE LOST . . . .

Following a very short visit to the beach bar, Judy and I retreated to the "Lady J" where we enjoyed an undisturbed sunset (well only disturbed by the shadow of a 145-foot mega yacht).

Sunday we chose to stay aboard and enjoy the serene waters and comfort of the "Lady J" at anchorage. Although Sunday is the highlight of the week at Nippers, another Guana bar and restaurant on the Atlantic, we decided to forego our visit until we had guests aboard to join in the frivolity.

Our Week in Hopetown

23 April 2023 | Hopetown
Richard Seaman
Because high winds (15-25 kts) were once again forecast for the next few days, we decided to move to the Hopetown Inn and Marina. Although it was only a short 5-mile cruise, the water along the route was very “skinny” so we cruised cautiously, particularly since we were entering near low tide. Several times I saw “0” on the depth sounder so fortunately I apparently have about a 6 inch offset.

The guidebook gives some explicit instructions on how to enter the Hopetown Harbor – line up two triangular range markers, look for a cement walkway, and set a course as though you were going to cruise up the walkway, then make a starboard turn into the center of the harbor! Although we have done this many times in the past – more than a decade ago – never with a boat our size so we proceeded very slowly.

Once in the harbor, we had to locate the Hopetown Marina where the dockmaster, Robert Williams, was directing us to our dock. The last time we were in Hopetown, this marina and resort did not exist so it was a new adventure for Judy and me. We did successfully navigate past several boats and maneuver in a very tight area to successfully execute a stern in docking – but not without its anxious moments!

The Hopetown Inn and Marina is another example of the significant investments that have been made in these islands since our last visit. It is located next to the famous Elbow Cay Lighthouse and is comprised of cottages, docks, swimming pool, restaurant, and, of course, Bridget’s Rum Bar. The property was closed for only one year following the hurricane, which seems to be a miracle, particularly with the additional impact of the pandemic. The resort offers complimentary shuttle service to the main part of the Hopetown community.

Tuesday was spent exploring the Hopetown community. Most of it seems to have recovered from Hurricane Dorian but there are a few exceptions. One of my fondest memories from the many visits we have made in the past is the grouper sandwich at the Hopetown Harbor Lodge, perched on the hill above the town, with the most incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean breaking over the offshore reefs. You can imagine my disappointment upon learning that the Lodge was completely destroyed by Hurricane Dorian and no longer exists ☹.

We took an enjoyable walking tour of the community. We particularly enjoyed visiting the lighthouse gift store in town. Kent, the proprietor, gave us a detailed history of the Elbow Cay Lighthouse – which is of historic significance.

This operating lighthouse consists of a Fresnel lens that rotates every 15 seconds. The lens weighs over two tons and floats in a circular tub that contains 1200 pounds of mercury. This “quicksilver” bed allows the lens to rotate with a minimum amount of friction. The turning mechanism is similar to that of a grandfather clock. Weights on long cables are wound to the top of the tower with a hand winch every two hours. The light source is a 325,000 candle power kerosene burner. The lighthouse keeper climbs 101 stairs to hand carry the kerosene fuel in five-gallon containers to the top. Then every two hours the keeper climbs the stairs to make the 426 hand cranks that raises the weights to the top of the tower. As it rotates, it beams 5 white flashes over 15 seconds followed by a long pause. That light pattern signals to a ship’s captain the location of this lighthouse and the Elbow Cay reefs to be avoided. The beams can be seen for 15 nautical miles from this 120 foot tower.

The burner is lit at dusk and the light beams until dawn. Two keepers split the night duty. At daylight, a drape is pulled around the windows to keep the sunlight from damaging the Fresnel lens. As you can tell, the Hopetown community is very proud of retaining the original authenticity of this lighthouse.

Wednesday was a day for exploring. Although we were told that it is nearly impossible to rent a golf cart this time of year, we were able to get one for two days. So off we went to explore all of Elbow Cay south of the Hopetown community. We discovered some new establishments since last here.

The Firefly Sunset Resort is located just north of the Abaco Inn. It has several cottages and a very scenic open air bar and restaurant. Next we came upon the renovated Abaco Inn – again one of our favorite restaurants that we frequented in this area. Although it was damaged from Dorian it has been well renovated. We will plan to return for lunch before we depart Hopetown.

We then traveled to the very south end of the island where Tahiti Beach is located. While we have seen this area many times from the water, it looks quite different from a golf cart. Most of the homes have been repaired or renovated from the hurricane damage. There also appears to be a significant amount of new construction. The numerous real estate signs indicate there are several buying opportunities – either existing homes or lots “with a view” to design and build your own island retreat.

On our return to Hopetown, we stopped at another new establishment, On Da Beach Bar and Grill – Dis Way. It truly is On Da Beach, with an amazing view of the Atlantic Ocean. The waters are so colorful, with the waves breaking over the offshore reefs and then rolling across the shallow sandy beach. We enjoyed an afternoon drink and chicken wings as we watched the beautiful ocean scenery.

It was time to return to the “Lady J” and enjoy a wonderful evening dockside. Much to our surprise, two Flemings arrived: “Sharon Ann” – Vince and Sharon Burkhardt, the original owners of our boat; and “Waypoint” – Ray and Pat Currey, one of the Burr partners.

Thursday afternoon we rode our golf cart back to the Abaco Inn for a late lunch. We discovered an amazing fact when we asked our Bahamian waitress how long the Inn had been closed after Hurricane Dorian. She said they reopened on November 14 – we thought she meant November 14 this past year. She quickly clarified that they reopened November 14 -- just two months following the devastating September 9, 2019 hurricane! That seems like a miracle, particularly since Sea Spray, a marina property right below them has not yet fully reopened. Once again – Abaco Strong!

The photos show what an amazing property the Abaco Inn has always been. To the east, you see the incredible colors of the Atlantic Ocean, with white waves breaking over the offshore reefs and many shades of blue as the waves continue to the shallow sand beach. Each wave seems different and captures your mesmerizing attention. You feel like you can sit for hours watching this continuous changing waterscape. Then you look to the west and see the narrow passageway between Elbow Cay and Lubbers Cay, with the wide variation of depth. As the tide retreats, the placid waters continue to change in color, again a wide palette of blues, greens, and sand bar tans. Judy and I enjoyed our leisurely lunch in this colorful paradise.

On Thursday morning, we had an emergency – after Judy brewed her morning coffee in our ever reliable Keurig, it quit working! No morning coffee on the “Lady J”?? At dock, we will be able to get a cup at the marina restaurant. But at anchorage????

So I examined the unit and could not get it to power on, regardless of outlet. My next approach was to address the solution for every “fix-it mystery” – YouTube! After reviewing fix-it solutions for several possible Keurig problems, I focused on the one that seemed most likely – an overheated unit from a lack of water tripped the thermostat control located deep inside the unit. The next morning, carefully following the YouTube handyman’s instructions, I was able to take the Keurig apart and find the location of the very small thermostat deep inside. With that universal tool – the end of a paper clip – I found the tiny hole in which to insert the paper clip to reset the thermoset – I hoped. Struggling a bit to reassemble the Keurig, I then plugged it in, hoping the power button would light up. Voila! IT DID! So Judy and I celebrated with a Bailey’s cup of coffee – relieved that our future morning cups of coffee at anchorage were no longer at risk 😊

The weather forecast for the weekend was Abacos perfect. We left Hopetown Saturday morning and cruised slowly to our anchorage on Guana Cay, where we planned to stay for two nights. On Monday, we will return to Marsh Harbour to reprovision and prepare the “Lady J” for Jason and his family who are planning to arrive on Wednesday.

Tahiti Beach

20 April 2023
Richard Seaman
We arrived at Tahiti Beach late afternoon and dropped the hook in one of our favorite locations. Even though we were arriving at high tide, I watched the depth sounder closely, not knowing if Hurricane Dorian had affected the water depth in this area. With most of the boats at anchor now being shallow draft catamarans, I was not able to rely on the sizes of other boats for some empirical depth information.

Tahiti Beach is perhaps one of our all-time favorite anchorages. We have enjoyed this special location for the 40 years we have been sailing and chartering in the Abacos. It is well protected and has remained relatively remote. Oftentimes we anchored off the homesite location of Burl Ives. Our last visit was 10 years ago with our daughter Carrie and her family on a chartered Moorings catamaran. When we explored and enjoyed the beach with our dinghy back then, we saw at most a dozen other beachgoers.

What a difference 10 years makes – even with a devastating hurricane! On Sunday, from mid-morning on, Tahiti Beach filled with beach goers – including the “Thirsty Cuda”, a food boat that cruised by our anchorage and anchored on the beach to serve everything from grouper sandwiches, hamburgers, conch burgers and, of course, a full menu of specialty drinks.

We dinghied over to the beach and enjoyed an afternoon amongst the beach crowd – marveling how much had changed and somewhat regretting that this treasure had been discovered! On the other hand, it continues to make us feel good that the economy of these islands appears to be very vibrant.

We did partake in the offerings of the “Thirsty Cuda” for our beach lunch – burgers, Goombay Smash, Skinny Beach.

When we returned to our dinghy, we continued to explore the area. We cruised over to Lubber’s Cay, where we have spent memorable times at Cracker P’s. This dining establishment always sponsored the “Howling at the Moon” party every full moon. Unfortunately, it has not recovered from the hurricane damage and remains closed. However, the rumor is that it has been purchased by the rapper Pit Bull and there may be plans in the works. Next to it, Lubber’s Landing has opened – but seems a bit modest by comparison??

Next explored White Sound and the recently re-opened Abaco Inn. The renovations and upgrades looked great from the water and we are looking forward to visiting it soon. Firefly is a new resort that opened nearby and we have heard good comments about it – yet again a positive sign for the local economy and ABACO STRONG!
Vessel Name: Lady J
Vessel Make/Model: Flemming 55
Hailing Port: Herrington Harbour South
Crew: Judy and Richard Seaman
About: After owning Gozzard sailing vessels for over 20 years, we decided to transition to the Fleming motor yacht for our future our cruising adventures - primarily because of its ease of operating and the additional room to share our adventures with family and friends.
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