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Posted by on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Berry Islands, Frustrations, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Manatees And Beaches In The Berry Islands

Watch Episode 65 here!

We go to the beach, we see manatees, we ride in the dinghy, and we eat dinner at The Brown’s Garden, with a French Canadian family. I run around with a couple of boat kids. We fill our water tank with bad water. Tambi does some laundry at one point.

We have a great few days in Great Harbour basin!

-Ben

6.17.17 Today we had breakfast then went to the beach around 11 or 12ish with the French Canadian family on Zenroots. We had a great time. We also saw two manatees at the marina! We got to pet them! Later on Molly went back to Leo and Charlottes boat to play legos. Ben and I washed dishes then went over ourselves. We had rum and cokes with lime. We all had a great time. Molly and the kids played and the adults talked. They are going to buddy boat with us for the crossings back to Florida.

We came back to the boat right before dark. Molly and I read some of the BFG then we went to bed.

6.18.17 Today is Fathers Day! Molly and I made Ben cards. We went ashore and washed one more load of towels, since I forgot to do them the first time.

After that we let Molly go over to Zenroots to play again. We came back to the boat and realized that we had bad water in our tanks. So very frustrating. The only think we can think that happened, is that we picked up some bad water in Spanish Wells.  We had to drain the entire 50 gallon tank (which we thought was 65, so we learned something new about our boat today!) While the water emptied down the drain, I figured this would be a good time to wash the dishes. After we emptied out, cleaned, and refilled the tank, we went to dinner with Zenroots at a place called The Brown’s Garden. It was very good! There was a really cool sea glass pile in front of the restaurant that we got down in and explored.

6.19.17 Today we hung out on the boat, then we went to the marina for showers and ice cream.

We had ice cream to celebrate Molly’s birthday because we’re not sure where we’ll be on her actual birthday.

Ben and I watched Harry Potter 3.

6.20.17 Moved to the outside of the basin today. N 25*46.019 W 77*53.322

Zenroots is here. Molly and Ben went swimming and Molly got stung by a jellyfish in the left knee pit.

We hung out on Zenroots tonight for some popcorn and fun.

6.21.17 Today we moved to Little Stirrup Cay to prepare for our crossing to Bimini tomorrow.

N 25*49.201 W 77*55.529

I spent the afternoon baking things to get ready for tomorrow. We had birthday pancakes for lunch for Molly.

We went swimming with Zenroots. Then they came over for brownies and popcorn.

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Posted by on Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Eleuthera, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Sailing Engineless Through Current Cut

Watch Video 60 here!

Without using our diesel engine, we sail through Current Cut and anchor at Meeks Patch, an island with swimming pigs.

Buckle up – this post has it all…

Seasickness, sailing, protected anchorages, uninhabited islands, swimming pigs, snorkeling, and a bright red bikini. 😉

We start off by leaving Hatchet Bay with the wind and seas blowing directly into the cut. It was a bumpy ride getting out of the cut, but once we were out, there was definitely no going back.

From there, we nurse 2 sick crew members as we make our way to and through Current Cut – we actually sail all the way through the cut against a stiff current! So proud of Tambi for steering our way through as I worked the sails. Pretty cool experience.

Then onwards to Royal Island where we wait out a short low coming through. Not too much to do here, but it’s a wonderfully protected anchorage – I’d probably rank it as the best overall anchorage for all-round protection in Eleuthera.

Finally, we stop at Meek’s Patch and play with the pigs for a while. We also do a bit of snorkeling while there. Great little island, but don’t tell anybody! We don’t want this to become the next Big Majors uber-touristy “swimming” pig attraction.

-Ben

6.6.17 Today we moved to Royal Island, Eleuthera. N 25*30.759 W 76*51.008

Molly and I both got sick today. The waves were 3-5 feet. It was a bumpy ride, and not fun.

We went to the grocery store this morning before we left Hatchet Bay and got some needed food items and some fresh produce. I made broccoli alfredo for dinner and we watched a family movie. Molly is finally old enough to be introduced to the first Harry Potter movie! She likes it!

6.7.17 Ben took Molly swimming today. I love when they go off on their own for a few hours for several reasons, 1) I love how they go off and have daddy/daughter time exploring. 2) I get some quiet time alone. 3) They always bring back something cool.

Tonight we will watch the 2nd half of the first Harry Potter. The photo below, is Molly’s face at the end of the movie. After the movie, we called Ben’s Mom, and Dad and his sister Kathy.

6.8.17 Today we hung out on the boat, read, and did the dishes. That afternoon we went swimming for a little bit. We found a super cool large red starfish.

When we got back to the boat, we took showers and then had dinner. After Molly went to bed, Ben and I watched a movie.

6.9.17 Today we moved to Meeks Patch. N 25*31.005 W 76*46.750

We went ashore and found the PIGS! They are so cute and they swim! We fed them popcorn and crackers. We also went snorkeling around. Then when we got back to the boat, our neighbor boat brought us some coronas and some coconut water cans they didn’t want. It turned out to be a great day!

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Posted by on Thursday, August 9, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Eleuthera, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Ten Bay Beach, Eleuthera

In the last post, I shared video 54, where it begins in Rock Sound and ends with us pulling up the anchor and heading to Ten Bay Beach. In this post I’ll tell you about that sail, and our time spent at Ten Bay Beach. You can watch video 55 here, where we hang out at Ten Bay Beach, and then make our way to Governors Harbour.

5.16.17 In the latter half of episode 54, it shows how we go about weighing anchor and sailing away without the assistance of the engine. It’s not all that hard to do, but requires a bit of forethought, and good communication between the anchor-upper (thats Ben), and the helms-woman (that’d be me). Also, Molly, “The Swabby” takes the helm. Yep – our little Molly can steer the Sandflea, with a little supervision, of course. Ah – they grow up so fast!

We anchor under-sail in Ten Bay Beach after a lovely sail. N 25*07.136 W 76*09.292

Ten Bay Beach is a beautiful secluded beach. There were so many little tiny shells. The only downside, is the time of they day we were there, there were also SO many biting no-see-ums.

Oh the many funny faces of Molly!

I found hundreds of little tiny shells on Ten Bay Beach. They were beautiful!

Keith gave me a lovely box of chocolates for Mother’s Day. Thanks Keith! They were yummy!

Also, there were so many cute starfish!

Another beautiful Eleuthera sunset!

5.17.17 Today we left Ten Bay beach for Governors Harbour. It was another beautiful sail, until the last 30ish minutes, where it began to rain on us. It wasn’t so bad and it kept us cool. We anchored in the harbor (in the rain) and get settled in. We went ashore to see if the immigration office is open because we only have 2 days until our visa’s run out.

We’ve been in touch with Keith’s sister in the immigration office via text and they have been really busy with the boats of Haitians that have landed on the island. She told us that another boat landed in South Eleuthera this morning, so the offices were closed today. She said not to worry if we’re a few days late, that it wouldn’t be a big deal.

There was a mama and baby dolphin that tagged along with us for much of the sail from Ten Bay to Governors Harbour.

We went ashore and took a quick look around Cupids Cay looking for the immigration office.

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Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands | 0 comments

Northern Exumas with friends

4.12.17 Rain today… and we cleaned out the composting toilet.

Moved to Normans Cay today. N 24*36.271 W 76*49.237

After we got to Normans, guess who showed up!? Honeymooner! We thought they’ed be in Cuba by now! After they got settled and had dinner they came over to catch up. They decided not to go to Cuba. They left Black Point today, heard us on the radio with Bali Ha’i and followed us here! There was a beautiful rainbow in the sky when we anchored.

Ben and I watched Star Wars episode 6 tonight.

4.13.17 Today we went to Lobster Cay with Bali Ha’i and Honeymooner. N 24*40.287 W 76*49.339

We did some school and then went snorkeling/fishing. After that we went back to the boat and prepared rice and the yellow snapper Ben caught. Sarah made the lobster and also cooked Jeff’s catch, and a lion fish. We all met on Honeymooner and had a great dinner. We really enjoyed hanging out together!

4.14.17 Moved to Highborne Cay today. N 24*42.572 W 76*49.567 We stayed on the boat tonight, there is another cold front coming in tonight.

4.15.17 Today we stayed on the boat. We made bread, did a load of dishes, read the Easter story in Molly’s Bible. It was a nice lazy Saturday! We had a delicious dinner too!

4.16.17 Today is Easter Sunday, and we went to shore. We got diesel fuel, then we went to the grocery store. After the grocery store we went to lunch at the Xuma restaurant with Jeff and Katina from Bali Ha’i. There are some beautiful flowers by the marina. After lunch we got ICE CREAM and took it back to the boat!! Ben and I watched Star Wars Episode 7.

4.17.17 We had a delicious breakfast this morning then we moved the boat a few hundred feet North.

N 24*43.119 W 76*49.818

This afternoon we went snorkeling with Honeymooner. Tonight we all got together on Bali Ha’i and had an amazing dinner! I made red beans and rice, Katina made chicken bites and bread, Sarah made sushi and potatoes. It was all so YUMMY! We really enjoyed spending time with all of them. We will miss them a lot when we all have to separate.

4.18.17 Today Andrew and Sarah on Honeymooner left for Nassau to start the trip back to the states. We cleaned up the boat and Jeff and Katina came over after dinner to hang out before they leave tomorrow. We will miss them and Honeymooner a lot!

4.19.17 Today Jeff and Katina left for Nassau to start their journey back to the states. After lunch Ben, Molly and I went to the beach. It was a nice relaxing afternoon. We came back to the boat and had tacos for dinner. We watched Brave and had a family movie night.

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Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Exuma Islands, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

The Most Beautiful Beach in the Bahamas

Check out video 49 here!

We’ve discovered the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas. It’s on the East side of Shroud Cay in the Exumas. GORGEOUS!

Go there, then take the dinghy through the northern-most mangrove creek until to you reach the Atlantic side of the island, then BOOM!

It’s hard to describe the colors, the contrast, the raw beauty of this place. The water is absolutely outstanding, the tall rocky cliffs frame the view, and the silky soft sand underfoot solidifies the notion that you’ve just arrived at the most beautiful beach in the Bahamas.

What an outstanding place to be. We also saw sea turtles and an entire NEST of lobsters (crawfish). I guess they mature to such great size and numbers here because they are protected by the rules of The Land & Sea Park, but WOW – those lobsters still look mighty tasty!

If you ever have the chance to see this beach, take the chance. It’s entirely well worth it. OH! Also, go at low tide if you can… that’s when the beach turns into a maze of small winding “rivers” that flow into the island… just amazing. 🙂

4.9.17 Moved to Shroud Cay today with Bali Ha’i. N 24*32.823 W 76*47.429

Molly dressed as a pirate as she ate breakfast. We watched a family movie tonight. “Where the Wild Things Are”

4.10.17 Today we did school and then we went over to the mangrove creek. We went through the beautiful creek all the way to the other side of the island. We saw a lot of sea turtles. When we got over to the beach we were blown away! It’s the most beautiful beach we’ve experienced so far!

After a busy day Ben and Molly snuggled in the V-berth.  There was also a beautiful full moon tonight.

4.11.17 Today we went back to the mangrove creek. It was a lot of fun! I swam a bit of the way back. I was chasing the turtles, but they were way too fast for me, I couldn’t catch any of them. They could see me and swam away before I ever got sight of them.

Tonight we went over to Bali Ha’i. The guys on another boat named Trident went over too. We had brownies and popcorn. Ben and I had a rum punch. We enjoyed hanging out and chatting with everyone. Trident is going South tomorrow and we are going North with Bali Ha’i.

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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.

N 24*23.178 W 76*37.938

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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