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Posted by on Monday, February 12, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 3 comments

Snorkeling and Dinghy Boarding

4.5.17 After going to Rachaels Bubble Bath today, we moved over to Bell Island. N 24*18.518 W 76*33.072

4.6.17 We went back to the Coral Gardens by Little Halls Pond today again. The swell was really rough, but it was still beautiful. I could spend hours here. After swimming for as long as we could, then we went back to the boat and washed up.

4.7.17 Moved to Warderick Wells today and just hung out on the boat. Ben and I watched Gran Torino tonight.

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4.8.17 We had a lazy morning today. Then we went to the little sand bar by the boat for Molly to play around in the water. It didn’t take her long to get cold and want to go back to the boat. After lunch we went over to Butterfly Beach and we had a great afternoon playing at the beach. We went with Jeff and Katina on SV Bali Ha’i, and Cheryl, Kevin and their nephew Jay on SV Kracken. They brought paddle boards and surf boards and went surfing behind the dinghy. It was awesome and OH so much fun! You can watch that video here, Dinghy Boarding!

Afterwards, we went back to the boat and cleaned up and had a quick dinner. After dinner we went back over to Kracken to hang out. We had such a great time. We really enjoyed getting to know the Bali Ha’i and Kracken crew. Kracken is going South and Bali Ha’i is moving North with us tomorrow.

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Posted by on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

A Relaxing Bubblebath At Racheal’s

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Racheal’s Bubblebath is a hidden gem in the Bahamas. It’s located at the NE end of Compass Cay in the Exumas.

Racheal’s Bubblebath is a somewhat hidden treasure on Compass Cay – the same island where we swam with the nurse sharks. The Bubblebath is located on the North East tip of the island, and is accessible by hiking about 1/2 mile up a very shallow creek that lets out on the North West corner of the island.

It’s an amazing place. Beautiful, raw, enchanting. If you’re in the area, this is one of the places that you can’t pass by without seeing for yourself.

While in the area, we stay a night at Fowl Cay, just South of Rocky Dundas, so of course, we have to stop by the Dundi one more time as well.

This area of the Exumas is one of our favorite. There are plenty of areas to hide if the weather turns, there are plenty of interesting things to see, and of course, the water clarity is simply breathtaking.

4.3.17 Moved to Fowl Cay today, by the North end of Compass Cay.

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Molly swam out and checked the anchor set. We took boat showers and Ben and I watched  the next Star Wars.

4.4.17 Today Bali Ha’i, Kracken, and Cereulum got here. We went over to Rocky Dundas again. It was a lot of fun. When we got back to the boat, Molly and I showered off and Ben went out to spearfish. He came back with a HUGE yellow tail snapper. Bali Ha’i invited us over for dinner. We took the fish and some yellow rice. Katina made yummy tacos.

4.5.17 Today, we moved the boats over to Compass Cay to go to Rachels Bubble Bath.

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We went to Rachels Bubble Bath, it was so cool. This place has got to be in the top 5 places in the Bahamas for me. We really loved it. Molly was learning to swim without floaties in the pool of water.

We didn’t want to stay here at this anchorage long since it’s kinda exposed. So, we decided to move over to Bell Island. But that’s in the next post. 😉

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Posted by on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands | 0 comments

Good Friends in Staniel Cay

We’re back in Staniel Cay for a second time on our way back North, so we can head to Eleuthera. There is no video for this post. Why you ask? Well…

First, we’ve already been here, and we really didn’t do anything you haven’t seen before. And second, in the words of Ross Geller, “We were on a break!” We used this time to recharge our batteries. While filming is great, it is also a lot of work. We just didn’t worry about having a camera on us all the time, and just spent time together as a family and making new friends.

3.27.17 Moved to Staniel Cay today. We anchored in the same place as last time by Thunderball Grotto. Great sail today. Molly likes to take many photos of herself making weird faces while under sail. What a great kid.

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3.28.17 We did school this morning. Molly had a really great school day! Molly lounged in her bed and played on the kindle. We had lunch on the boat, and after lunch we went to town to the grocery stores. We found this really cute swing outside near the pink store. Molly really enjoyed playing on it.

3.29.17 We did some more school today, we have quite a bit of catching up to do since we slacked off while in Black Point. Then, this afternoon, we went snorkeling with Jeff and Katina on Bali Ha’i. Ben caught a big eye fish and a huge lobster! We invited them over to our boat for dinner. We had a great evening getting to know them. Molly and Katina painted nails. They are a really great couple, and I can’t wait to spend more time with them.

3.30.17 Today, we did some more school, then we went over to the General Store to drop off the propane tank. After that we went by Bali Ha’i to exchange movies and see their boat. We had a good time visiting with them. Molly really enjoyed swinging in the hammock they have on deck, and Katina has a really cool Polaroid camera, so we took some photos. I took photos of the photos. Ha! Tonight Ben and I watched the next Star Wars.

Like father like daughter?

Incase you haven’t noticed, there isn’t a shortage of beautiful sunsets here in the Bahamas. That’s one of my most favorite things to take photos of.

3.31.17 Today we went to the pink grocery store to get some fresh produce and tortillas that came in on the mailboat yesterday. Then we went snorkeling around the reefs by the boat.

I am just so proud of Molly. She is becoming more and more independent in the water everyday. She swims around with her mask and fins like a little fish. Now, if we could just get those floaties off her.

We had a yummy taco dinner tonight with all the delicious fresh goods we bought today at the grocery store.

Ben and Molly like to blow the conch horn at sunset most nights now. I’m not very good at it, but I try. I’d rather take photos of them blowing the conch horn.

4.1.17 Molly thought it would be fun to lounge and maybe nap on the boom. She claims, it’s now her favorite place on the boat. Today we were invited to the boat Kracken with Katina to make mermaid crowns while Ben and Jeff fixed the engine on Bali Ha’i. We had a great time! Molly made great friends with Cheryl’s dog Mr. Toast. We hung out for a while after the boys got back.

4.2.17 Today Molly swam around the boat all by herself and even swam to check out the anchor set! She also dressed up like the mermaid princess that she is and paraded around the boat in her new mermaid gear.

Then we went to lunch at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. After that we came back to the boat. I read my book, molly played, and Ben did some video editing. After dinner we went over to Kracken again. We had drinks and snacks and we met two new cruiser boats. We had a good time.

We didn’t get back to the boat until around 10. WAY past miss Molly Moo’s bed time. We plan on leaving to go to Compass Cay to see Rachels Bubble Bath with Bali Ha’i tomorrow.

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Posted by on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Boat Kids Doing Boat Kid Stuff in Black Point

Watch Video 47 Here!

Boat kids are a unique breed. They swim, snorkel, home school, sail, explore, hike, fish, and live exciting young lives.

So we went as far South as Rudder Cut Cay. While we were there, we decided that instead of going further South to Long Island, that we would rather turn around and head back North to spend more time in Eleuthera instead of having to rush. So that puts us in Black Point, again. YAY!

This video is sort of a mix of clips from a short period while we were back in Black Point. Might as well stop there again right? I mean, were headed right by the place on our way back North, plus, they have Happy Hour. Plus there’s another cold front that’s breathing down our necks… might as well right?

So, while at Black Point, again, we hung out with several other boat families. It was really cool to see such a large and diverse group of kids (and adults) hanging out, having fun, and getting along so well despite our many differences. Isn’t that the way the world is supposed to be?

It’s funny how boat kids will amuse themselves. The simple fact is that there’s often a higher degree of creativity required to stay amused when you aren’t surrounded by toys and video games. What do boats kids do? Well, do art projects, chase each other with sticks, or have impromptu sword fights with 3′ bean pods. You’ll see.

It’s quite the adventure!


3.22.17 After we left Rudder Cut Cay, we had a beautiful sail to Black Point. There is another cold front coming in and where else is a better place to sit it out then in Black Point with other cruisers with kids? Everyone was tired from their sails to Black Point, so we all just stayed on our boats tonight to recharge. Ben and I watched the next Star Wars tonight.

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3.23.17 Today the guys; Ben, Brad (Baila), Joe (Robin), and Laurent (dorénavent) all went spear fishing together. All the ladies and the kids went to the beach. The kids made a sand zoo and swam in the water. The ladies, we just enjoyed each others company and watched the kids play.

Later that evening, we went to happy hour with SV Robin and SV dorénavent. We had such a great day today. It was so nice to have so many of our new boat friends together in the same anchorage!

On a side note: A friend of mine from our hometown was in Black Point for the day. He and his family are vacationing in the Bahamas this week. They were riding through the anchorage and spotted our boat with our hometown name on it, and recognized it, so they stopped to say hi.

Beautiful Molly at dinner.

3.24.17 Today we stayed on the boat because a cold front came in last night. We did some school work, made bread, and had a yummy dinner. We also watched a family movie. Molly chose Shrek Forever.

Ben tries to scare Molly and she gives him a swift kick.

3.25.17 Today after lunch we went to shore. We met with Baila, Robin, and dorénavent at the laundromat. We did laundry while the kids hung out and did arts and crafts. After that we went to the grocery store for popsicles. Molly dropped hers on the ground while we were walking down the street. It was such a sad sight. She was so sad. We went to Scorpios to hang out and met a Sailboat Story fan. Another great day had by all.

Boat kids are the best. Look at the smile on Molly’s face, before she dropped her popsicle. She was so happy.

3.26.17 Molly went to play with Avery and Finn on SV Robin this morning. They had a great time playing together.

After lunch we went ashore for a hike to the blow hole with Baila, Robin, and our new friends on Bali Ha’i. After the hike, we went back to our boats to gather our shower stuff. Then we went over to take a shower. Katie and her son Finn (from SV Robin) felt so bad about Molly dropping her popsicle yesterday, that they bought her a new one. She was so happy, and it was so sweet of them. After we were all cleaned up, we went over to Deshamans for beer’s (pink sands!) and pizza. It was fun and that pizza is delicious. We had a really great time hanging out with everyone. The kids had fun playing together.

After dinner we all went back to our boats, Ben and I watched the next Star Wars. We decided to watch them in Machete Order, which is where you watch them in a different order from how they were created. The order is number 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, 6, and lastly 7.

Robin and Baila are headed out tomorrow for Warderick Wells and we’ll move to Staniel Cay with Bali Ha’i.

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Posted by on Friday, February 9, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Exuma Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Snorkeling the Mermaid Piano

Watch Video 46 Here!

We anchor our sailboat at Rudder Cut Cay so that we can go snorkeling at the famous mermaid piano. It’s AWESOME! Lovely place! (I bet you’ve heard that before). The primary and ONLY attractions are “The Mermaid Piano OR Copperfield’s Piano”, and also an interesting water-side cave.

Now, the islands around Rudder Cut and Musha are private. You can’t go exploring at all on land. In fact, we’ve heard that other cruisers report that they have seen guard dogs roaming the islands, so it might be best to just stick to the water around here.

Some people call the piano “Copperfield’s Piano” because it was put there by David Copperfield… possibly the undesirable result of a magic trick gone wrong – perhaps even caused by an event as simple as a inadvertent flick of the wrist. The world will never really know, but I can only imagine how he intended for the instrument to appear in his living room, when it instead appeared 100ft above sea level just off of Rudder Cut Cay causing the 15,000 lb mass to come crashing down with a terrific splash, forever to be adorned and cherished by all manner of sea-people who believe it was placed there intentionally.

Wow, I got carried away on that one. I digress…

The piano itself is stainless steel, and extremely heavy. The mermaid was added at a later date, and she is often adorned with beads, sunglasses, and other paraphernalia from passing cruisers.

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!


3.21.17 Today we got up and had breakfast, then we cleaned out the composting toilet. Yep, it’s that time again. Really it’s not so bad. It’s just dirt. Anyways, moving on….

After that, we left for Rudder Cut Cay to see the Mermaid Piano. I am SO excited about this stop. In fact it was number one on my list. Can you guess why? Because I’m a mermaid of course, I like to swim with my people.

Claudie and her family are joining us, they are coming from Georgetown.

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It was a pretty short sail, and we decided to swim the piano today. After Claudie and her family got there we all got ready to go. The mermaid piano was amazing! I am so glad we got to go see it! I only wish I could have held my breath long enough to spend more time down there with her!

After we the swim we went over to dorenavent for dinner. We had a great time visiting with friends, we haven’t seen them since we were in Highborn Cay.

3.22.17 We’ve decided that we don’t need to go to Georgetown, so we’re going back to Black Point today. This morning, I enjoyed my coffee out in the cockpit. It was lovely. Molly did some school, today’s journal assignment was to write about her Grandfather Rick. My dad, who passed away in 2006. Then before we left, we wanted to go explore the little cave along the waters edge.

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Posted by on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, Food, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sea Turtles and Wooden Owls on Little Farmers Cay

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So we sailed to Little Farmers Cay, a little island with sea turtles and wooden owls. Sounds GREAT!

Oh, here’s a highlight for your viewing pleasure… witness, in this video, Molly’s first attempt at blowing a conch horn. It’s just great.

This was a great little island. It’s definitely the smallest settlement that we’ve had the pleasure to visit thus far. A step down from Black Point even – and we thought that one was quite small.

While on Little Farmers Cay, we saw only 2 cars driving around on the roads. I’m not certain of the population on the island, but I’d be surprised if there were many more than 100 people living there.

Very simple, laid back, slow paced, and just plain wonderful.



3.14.17 Today we moved to Little Farmers Cay. We had to split from Baila and Robin. They went North and we went South. We were heeled over so far today during our sail that everything in the galley fell onto the floor. We anchored on the East side of the island for tonight, we think that we’ll just stay here for tonight and head South again tomorrow. Molly and Ben swam around the boat after we got anchored to check out what the bottom looked like. The holding is not very good here. But it’s enough for the night.

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3.15.17 We decided to stay in Little Farmers until we have a good weather window to go to Georgetown. We moved to the other side of the island  where there is better holding and also for better North- Northwest protection for when the wind switches.

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We went ashore to take a look around. Little Farmers does not disappoint in the beautiful sunset department.

3.16.17 We stayed on the boat today and caught up on some school work.

3.17.17 We went ashore today to look around some more. We saw some beautiful sea turtles swimming in the bay and chatted with some of the local kids. They were a lot of fun. We also, met a man named J.R who is a great man and a wonderful wood carver, we bought an owl from him and he gave us his conch horn, which he taught us how to blow. He also showed us how he does his carvings. Then, he showed us around his amazing garden of fruit trees. Ben also bought a Hawaiian sling and spear from one of the local fishermen here on the island. Ben and I had popcorn, M&M’s, wine and watched Star Wars tonight.

3.18.17 Today we went ashore and spent a few hours at the beach. We found all these tiny little jelly fish looking things floating at the waters edge. (The little brown things in the shell) I also brought in a nice collection of shells. That group of photos of Molly is one of my most favorite collages. She is such a sassy, fun, kid! It was such a fun day!

3.19.17 We made bread for the first time on the boat today. (Check out Ben’s Boat Bread Recipe here!) It was SO good!

We ended up staying on the boat, and Ben went for a swim.

3.20.17 We went ashore today to do some more exploring. We went to Ty’s Sunset Bar and Grill for lunch. We had the pizza because the mail boat hadn’t come in yet, and they didn’t have much to offer. The pizza was ok. Definitely not as good as the one in Black Point. Tomorrow we leave for Rudder Cut Cay. I am so excited about this stop!!

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