Adventures aboard Soul Purpose

03 April 2013 | Mouchoir Bank (Atlantic Ocean) and South Caicos, Turks & Caicos Islands
28 March 2013 | Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
27 March 2013 | Georgetown, Great Exuma
03 March 2013 | Rudder Cut Cay, Exumas
22 February 2013 | Allans Cay to Staniel Cay, Exumas
15 February 2013 | Paradise Island - Atlantis Resort
14 February 2013 | Nassau, Bahamas
06 February 2013 | Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera
02 February 2013 | Pineapple Cays, Eleuthera
19 January 2013 | Great Harbour Cay, Berry Islands, Bahamas
08 November 2012
29 May 2012 | Dickies Cay to John Cash Point (near Marsh Harbor)
28 May 2012 | Fisher’s Bay to Cistern to Man-O-War Cay / Dickies Cay (back and forth across the Sea of Abaco)
27 May 2012 | Green Turtle Cay to Fishers Bay, Great Guana Cay
23 May 2012 | Crab Cay to Bluff House Marina, Green Turtle Cay
22 May 2012 | Crab Cay, Little Abaco Island to Crab Cay off Manjack Cay
21 May 2012 | Great Sale Cay to Green Turtle Cay, umm, nope, how about Crab Cay on Little Abaco Island instead?
19 May 2012 | Lake Worth, FL to West End (Settlement Point), Grand Bahama Island
18 May 2012 | Stuart, FL to Lake Worth (West Palm Beach), FL

Day 17: Team Nauti visits

02 February 2013 | Pineapple Cays, Eleuthera
82F, Partly Cloudy w/ a 15 Kt Breeze
Today we had to say goodbye Team Nauti, Capt. Ben of Miss Nauti, a tournament center console fishing boat and his crew Robert and Chuck. Ben, Robert and Chuck joined us 2 days ago while we were still in Rock Sound. They were headed home from Cat Island after the 8th Annual Wahoo Championship and opted to turn north to Eleuthera rather than fight some heavy seas back to Nassau. Luckily we were anchored at Rock Sound with cold beers and a few warm beds.

After readying Soul Purpose for another round of visitors, the boys arrived and so did the party! We jumped on Miss Nauti (the center console) and anchored off Coco Plum's restaurant. A quick dinghy ride in and before we knew it we were sitting atop the upper deck overlooking the harbor with a cold Kalik, awesome wings (Derek has already asked for the recipe), puffy conch fritters and even some cracked conch! We were fortunate to get a lesson from Coco on how to open a conch - see he only serves fresh conch, meaning you watch him pull it right out of the water after you've ordered. After which he proceed to hammer it three times, stick a knife in the shell to cut the muscle and quicker than you realize he's skinning it to make sure it's not chewy. Fresh conch is the only way to eat it!

Coco's feast

Several rounds of drinks later and in true Loggerhead style we partied...Coco even called in some friends to round out the crowd. There was even some dancing in Junkanoo garb, where Chuck stole the show with his dance moves!
After plowing through a few more drinks (BTW Coco makes good ones) the boys were getting rowdy so we headed out for a responsible boat ride back the mother ship. Of course Derek decided to race Ben's 600 horsepower boat with his 6 hp was close but after nearly throwing me overboard and crashing into Soul Purpose (nice work Ben) the center console inched out the skilled dinghy driver. We had our nightcaps and headed to bed for some much needed sleep.

Day 2 with Team Nauti brought more fun and bad decisions... We decided to head North to the Pineapple Cays, but the wind kicked up to 28 knots. This might not have been a problem but the wind was right on the nose and we were towing the 35 foot center console with the catamaran. About half way there we called it quits and decided to cut the umbilical cord. Harder than it sounds...we had to bring two big boats rocking about in a 5 foot chop close enough together to drop Ben off on the center console. A vast display of seamanship as Chuck called it, we were successful! Ben blasted off ahead and the remaining crew on Soul Purpose hoisted the sails and got underway. Robert, a devote power boater even got behind the wheel to try his hand. He did great except for running away from the helm every time spray came over the bow...power boaters...nothing more needs to be said. Shortly after some fun and wet sailing we met Ben and dropped the anchor in a beautiful bay (South Palmetto Point, Eleuthera). We took the dinghy ashore and walked 15 minutes or so to "the" famous pizza place, Mate and Jenny's. Two excellent $30 dollar pizza's and of course plenty of drinks later we headed back. We were all pretty beat but we managed to shoot a few rounds off with a 9mm, attempted to use a taser on Robert and emptied a bunch of clips with a high powered BB gun! Fortunately this would be considered a nice and tamed evening for this group, compared to some of our past adventures.

We loved having our friends hang out for a couple days, but today they powered off to Atlantis. I am sure they will have a blast tonight and manage to get into some trouble. D managed to hotwire and steal a golf cart last time he was there and nearly fall off the boat. Fortunately he and Ben will not be there at the same time...fortunate for Atlantis and its guests anyway! We will miss you guys and hope to see you soon!

The Crew
Vessel Name: Soul Purpose
Vessel Make/Model: Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, RI
Crew: Derek & Rachel
Soul Purpose is a Fountaine Pajot Lavezzi 40 catamaran. She is 40' in length with a 21'6" beam and was manufactured in France. [...]
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The first of our adventures aboard Soul Purpose
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Port: Portsmouth, RI

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