S/V Sunbeam

Vessel Name: Sunbeam
Vessel Make/Model: Whitby Ketch
Hailing Port: Agana, Guam
Crew: Margaret and Thomas Krym
15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock
15 June 2019 | Underway
13 June 2019 | Bimini, Bahamas
12 June 2019 | Cat Cay
11 June 2019 | Entrance to the North Channel
08 June 2019 | Nassau Harbor
06 June 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
03 June 2019 | Highbourne Cay North Cove, Exumas
28 May 2019 | Long Cay, Exumas
19 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
14 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
12 May 2019 | Allen Cay, Exumas
11 May 2019 | Nassau Harbor
07 May 2019 | Nassau Harbor
05 May 2019 | North West Channel
04 May 2019 | Middle Great Bahamas Bank
16 April 2019
11 April 2019
21 February 2019 | Fort Myers Beach, Florida
Recent Blog Posts
15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock

All dressed up and no where to go

Weather blessings given and then taken away. We are poised at Riding Rock, ready to depart for Florida in the morning BUT... a message just now from the Weather God said that predicted minimal squalls were now likely to be frequent and much stronger... wind gust to 35-40 knots and bigger seas. Not [...]

15 June 2019 | Underway

Bimini to Riding Rocks

We are underway and headed to S. Riding Rocks where we plan to anchor for the night. In the morning we will journey out to cross the gulf stream headed for the Florida Keys. Chris Parker, our weather God has given us a blessing to go tomorrow. Expectation is there will be East South East wind (thankgoodness) [...]

13 June 2019 | Bimini, Bahamas

Waiting on weather

The weather Gods have advised that weather this weekend may be unsettled and we should perhaps wait until next week. So we moved into Bimini Harbor. We're actually going to go into town tonight and see if we can eat restaurant food. Make this cook happy.

12 June 2019 | Cat Cay

The long road back

We traveled from the North Channel to Cat Cay today. Long journey, no wind, no sails, motor all the way. The winds are from the south and they are hot and running the motor all day for 50 miles makes for a hot boat. Tonight we anchored and immediately went into the water. Ahhhhhhh.... cool.

11 June 2019 | Entrance to the North Channel

Been here before

When we arrived in Nassau we didn't know it was a national holiday for them. Both Friday AND Monday were holidays and EVERYTHING was closed. So we had to wait until today to try to get the Propane... only to find out that the gas truck who sells the propane decided not to work today. Rats!!! Nassau [...]

08 June 2019 | Nassau Harbor

On our way back

We spent our last night anchored in a lovely little cove at Allen Cay. Amazingly there was not another single boat there. We had it all to ourselves and it was a magnificent evening. We soaked in the water until almost 7:30 PM when we got out for a quiet dinner. This trip has been so great for [...]

All dressed up and no where to go

15 June 2019 | S. Riding Rock
Margaret
Weather blessings given and then taken away. We are poised at Riding Rock, ready to depart for Florida in the morning BUT... a message just now from the Weather God said that predicted minimal squalls were now likely to be frequent and much stronger... wind gust to 35-40 knots and bigger seas. Not ideal for a sail or a motor crossing either. So as good sailors do... we change plans/course and will delay departure until Wed or Thursday when things are predicted to be more settled. Shrug!!!

We will stay here tonight but unfortunately, we cannot stay here until Wed.. There are no protected anchorages at S Riding Rocks and at the moment we are rolling quite a bit. So in the morning we will retrace our steps back to Cat Cay and hunker down for 3 days of squalls.

If I were inclined to be whiny... this could be an occasion for it. But, instead, I am so grateful that Chris Parker is watching out for us and we heard about the weather BEFORE we left and we have been spared an unpleasant crossing. AND... 3 more days in blue water.

Bimini to Riding Rocks

15 June 2019 | Underway
Margaret
We are underway and headed to S. Riding Rocks where we plan to anchor for the night. In the morning we will journey out to cross the gulf stream headed for the Florida Keys. Chris Parker, our weather God has given us a blessing to go tomorrow. Expectation is there will be East South East wind (thankgoodness) so we can sail but also there may be some squalls. We will travel with care and be safe... not to worry.

We were so happy to leave Bimini. We had expectations of enjoying ourselves there but were so disappointed. The charts show an anchorage area near Alice Town but turns out it is really tiny. There were two boats already there and no room for a third. Plus it is right beside their island power plant and very noisy. The harbor is a long and narrow channel that runs the length of the island and it also serves as a sea plane runway... so no anchoring there. There are many marinas including a state of the art brand new resort marina Hilton complex. Very upscale. But the harbor basically doesn't accommodate those who wish to anchor out. They want to force you to go into a marina and spend the docking fees. We went all the way to the end of the channel and found a small basin where we dropped the hook just off the Hilton docks... but we didn't feel welcome there.

Secondly, there are no dinghy docks and no place to tie up and go ashore. The chart shows a spot in Alice Town but it is not a good spot. No cleats, no dock, just a seawall. We had to put out a dinghy anchor and back in. Then tie off to a tree. The climb out was a bit treacherous. We had this same problem in Nassau. No dinghy docks and the whole waterfront was marinas or fenced off gated areas.

As a boater who doesn't want to stay in a marina (hot and confining) we didn't feel welcome in these places.

The guide books talk about a bakery and restaurants and laundry mats etc. in Bimini, but we found the only restaurants to be at the Big Game Club and or the ritzy Hilton. No local flavor. The town is VERY rundown. The named bakery was not there but we happened upon Stephanie who was selling homemade cookies which were a treat.

There were lots of accommodations where you could stay in waterfront condos with dockage and marinas and there were a lot of boaters. An event called Crossing for a Cure was in progress and the place was busy in preparation. This morning at 12:30 A.M. a whole lot of young people left the beach in Bimini on paddle boards headed for Ft. Lauderdale. They expected to paddle across in 20 hours and arrive tonight. Amazing. Each was accompanied by a chase boat.... so there were a lot of boats.

Waiting on weather

13 June 2019 | Bimini, Bahamas
Margaret
The weather Gods have advised that weather this weekend may be unsettled and we should perhaps wait until next week. So we moved into Bimini Harbor. We're actually going to go into town tonight and see if we can eat restaurant food. Make this cook happy.

The long road back

12 June 2019 | Cat Cay
Margaret
We traveled from the North Channel to Cat Cay today. Long journey, no wind, no sails, motor all the way. The winds are from the south and they are hot and running the motor all day for 50 miles makes for a hot boat. Tonight we anchored and immediately went into the water. Ahhhhhhh.... cool.

Been here before

11 June 2019 | Entrance to the North Channel
Margaret
When we arrived in Nassau we didn't know it was a national holiday for them. Both Friday AND Monday were holidays and EVERYTHING was closed. So we had to wait until today to try to get the Propane... only to find out that the gas truck who sells the propane decided not to work today. Rats!!! Nassau harbor is not our favorite place so we decided to split. Pulled up the anchor at 10:30 AM and headed out.

Also, Chris Parker has been telling us that the weather could give us problems starting on Saturday and Sunday so we wanted to make as much distance as we could before then. Today we made it just onto the bank at the North Channel entrance between Chubb Cay and Andros. We found a little spot here on our way out that is between two sand bars which offer a little protection. It will probably be a bit bouncy tonight but we are too tired to care. Sleep will be wonderful,

Tomorrow, cross the bank and then see what comes next.

On our way back

08 June 2019 | Nassau Harbor
Margaret
We spent our last night anchored in a lovely little cove at Allen Cay. Amazingly there was not another single boat there. We had it all to ourselves and it was a magnificent evening. We soaked in the water until almost 7:30 PM when we got out for a quiet dinner. This trip has been so great for us and we both agreed we are not the same people who left Florida just 2 months ago.

Today we made the journey back to Nassau and the noise of civilization. So many people here, so many boats, so much traffic. We plan to meet up with one of our fisherman friends here and also to get some propane gas. Then work our way back to Florida.
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