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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.

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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 Monday, September 17, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Berry Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

First Shower In 3 Months At Great Harbour Marina

Watch Video 64 here!

In this post, Tambi enjoys the first REAL shower she’s had in 3 months of cruising the Bahamas by sailboat.

Nothing makes you appreciate the little things in life more than doing without them for a while.

Take showers for instance. The overwhelming majority of people enjoy a nice hot shower each and every day.

The shower we enjoyed at Great Harbour Marina, after going without REAL showers for over 90 days, was probably the best shower we’ve ever had.

Alright, that’s enough about showers. What else is in this post…

Oh there’s a plane wreck that we snorkel around for a while. Really cool plane. I think this one had the engines mounted on the wings. Must have been a pretty good sized plane back in the day.

Let’s see – there’s also a good bit of sailing as well.

-Ben

6.15.17 Today we sailed over to Great Harbour on the west side. N 25*44.935 W 77*51.766

We took a side trip and anchored by the airplane (N 25*45.892 W 77*53.139). We dove on the airplane and it was super cool.

After diving the airplane, we picked up anchor and went into the Great Harbour Basin to anchor.

After anchoring, we met a French Canadian family on their way back to Florida. They have an 8 year old boy named Leo, and a 6 year old girl named Charlotte. The mom’s name is Melissa and the dad’s name is Alex. They are a super sweet family and we can’t wait to spend some more time with them.

We had yummy enchiladas for dinner. Tomorrow, is showers and laundry day!! I am so excited, we haven’t had a real shower since March!

Ben and I watched Harry Potter #2 tonight.

6.16.17 Today we got up and had eggs and muffins for breakfast. Yum! Yum! We went over to the marina and did two loads of laundry. While we were doing laundry, Molly made friends with the ladies that work in the office. One of them shared her lunch with her while the other one set up her laptop so she could watch the new Beauty and the Beast. Haha!

After laundry, we came back to the boat. Leo and Charlotte invited Molly over to play with legos on their boat. While she did that, I did the dishes and made a delicious dinner of sweet potato and butternut squash soup for dinner. We picked Molly up and had dinner. Then we went over to the marina for showers.

The showers were wonderful! Amazing! Outstanding! Ok, I think you get the point. After the showers, we went to the store and got some cold drinks and snacks.

We came back to the boat, and Ben and I watched the rest of HP#2 and Molly watched a movie on the kindle.

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Posted by on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Berry Islands, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Royal Caribbean’s Coco Cay All To Ourselves

Watch Video 63 here!

Also known as Coco Cay, Little Stirrup is Royal Caribbean’s private cruise ship island. Today we have it all to ourselves.

I suppose this particular destination is the least authentic of all the islands we’ve been to thus far. I say that because, in this video, we spend a couple days anchored off the beaches of Little Stirrup Cap – or as Royal Caribbean calls it – Coco Cay.

Yes, things are a little less authentic here, but it’s still pretty to look at. Just try not to think about the fact that all the perfectly aligned palm trees were shipped in and planted there – or that the underwater snorkeling features are made of concrete. If you can get past that stuff, then Little Stirrup is a pretty cool place to stop.

I will say that it is pretty neat to be able to pick out a beach chair from among the thousands that line the beaches and sit there in absolute solitude.

-Ben

6.13.17 Made it to Little Stirrup Cay today. It was another bumpy ride. N 25*49.234 W 77*55.606

After getting anchored and settled, we decided to stay on the boat and not go ashore until tomorrow. There is a cruise ship anchored by the island.

6.14.17 Today we went over to little Stirrup Cay  to swim. There was another cruise ship here again today. We snorkeled inside of the roped off area looking at the “shipwreck” and the “plane wreck” put there by the cruise line. After swimming, we went back to the boat and got cleaned up.

After the cruise ship left at 5, we went over to the island and beached the dinghy. We looked around the island. It was deserted. It’s pretty weird to be on “Coco Cay”, Royal Caribbean’s Private Island. Especially since we’ve been here twice before on a cruise. We took some photos and hung out in the chairs a bit.

After that we went back to the boat; Ben did some video editing and I made a delicious creamy spaghetti dinner.

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Posted by on Sunday, September 16, 2018 in Bahamas Anchorages, Berry Islands, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

A Downwind Sail To The Berry Islands

Watch Video 62 here!

We weigh anchor and sail 52 miles dead downwind from Egg Island all the way to Hoffmans Cay in the Berry Islands.

This may be the shortest video we’ve ever made, but I hope the effort that went into it is apparent. Basically all the footage ended up being really windy and splashy which hurt the audio… so I made a music video out of it. 🙂

In this video you’ll see our 52ish mile crossing from Egg Island to Hoffmann’s Cay – or from Eleuthera to the Berry Islands. Not a bad trip. Dead downwind all the way. It’s times like these that I kinda wish we hadn’t ditched our whisker pole, but at the same time, I still don’t think it would have been worth hauling it around for the 2-3 times it would have come in handy.

Yes Sir – headed back to the States now. Bitter sweet and mixed emotions – especially for yours truly, Skipper Ben.

6.12.17 Headed to the Berry Islands today. We got up at 6:30 this morning and left Egg at 7. We made it to Hoffmans/Fowl Cay at 3:00. Molly and I took small amounts of motion sickness pills all day. It was a bumpy ride, but no one got sick! N 25*36.829 W 77*44.221

Ben and Molly went swimming, and I took a nap.

Also, on the way to the Berry Islands, Molly threw out her message in a bottle. Somewhere around

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Posted by on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Beach, Berry Islands, Living Aboard, YouTube Videos | 2 comments

Cruising Hoffmans Cay in the Berry Islands

Watch Video 35 here!

This post is about us leaving Great Harbour, and heading to Hoffman’s Cay – both in the Berry Islands.

This was a great little stop at a laid back, and fairly remote anchorage.
We do some snorkeling, some blue hole exploration, and some general beach stuff.

1.27.17 Moved to Hoffmans Cay today with Claudie and her family today. Molly, Claudie and Aymeric went swimming next to the boat, and they invited us to their boat for dinner.  N 25*36.581 W 77*43.917

1.28.17 Moved closer to shore today after the other boats left. There is a wind coming in and we wanted to get out of the open and snuggle up to the shore to hide so we don’t get blown around and don’t have too much swell. N 25*36.982 W 77*44.024 Today we hiked to the Ocean Hole and then played at the beach with Claudies family. We played with the frisbee, Molly and Aymeric played in the sand and we had a great time. It’s such a beautiful secluded beach!

1.29.17 There was a lot of wind and rain today so we stayed on the boat. We did some school, I read some, and Molly played on the Kindle. It was a nice lazy day hanging out on the boat.

1.30.17 We did two days of school today since we will be traveling tomorrow. We also went to the beach to play with Claudie and Aymeric today. We had a great time exploring and playing at the beach.

1.31.17 Woke up to the most gorgeous sunrise! Today we traveled to Rose Island with Dorenavent, it’s a little island a mile East of Nassau. We did not want to stop at Nassau because of the crime, bad anchoring, and current. We stayed on the boat and there was a beautiful sunset tonight. N 25*05.049 W 77*12.760

Beautiful Sunrise in Hoffmans Cay.

Went past Nassau today, we could see Atlantas from the boat.

Sunset from Rose Island.

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Posted by on Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Bahamas Anchorages, Berry Islands, Living Aboard, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Winter Norther & Spiny Lobster At Great Harbour

Watch Video 34 here!

We’ve arrived at Great Harbour in the Berry Islands just in time for a serious cold front to bear down on us.

The fun part is that even though we have an excellent spot for wind protection as the weather clocks around from the West to the North – we’re wide open to a very rough, roll-inducing ocean swell that rocks the boat for days.

So that, and also the fact that Tambi has been struggling with seasickness, makes for an arrival in the Bahamas that is a lot more stressful that we had anticipated.

All is not lost though, because once the weather subsides, we are able to stretch out and begin enjoying this wonderful place that we’ve been dreaming about for months.

1.22.17 Today, we had french toast for breakfast, and then we went to the beach with Sarah & Andrew from Honeymooner. Molly found some neat shells, and she played in the water. Sarah gave Ben a fish fillet they caught while sailing to Great Harbour and he cooked it up for dinner. I’ve been feeling sick and uneasy about this sailing adventure. I keep praying that it gets better and that I start enjoying myself. Today, I felt a little better, and the light is shining a little brighter for me. There is hope that this will get better and that I will start to enjoy this family adventure. There is a lot of strong wind coming in tomorrow and we will be stuck on the boat for a few days so, it felt really good to get off the boat for a few hours today and stretch our legs. Hopefully the next few days won’t be unbearable.

1.23.17 The strong wind came in last night and lasted all day today. It was so strong, and so uncomfortable trying to sleep in all that wind. I am feeling pretty crappy today, we just hung out on the boat and didn’t do much.

1.24.17 The strong wind lasted all night last night as well as all day today again. The swell is so bad and the boat was rolling all over the place. We didn’t get much sleep again last night. I am still feeling bad and it’s getting worse. At one point I began to think, what have I done? Why did we do this? We were crazy to think this would work, I’m not made for this! I get car sick just going to town.

Molly did an art project today while we were stuck on the boat. Hopefully there won’t be too many more days like this one. I don’t know how much more I can take.

1.25.17 The strong wind and swell lasted all night again and it has began to die down today. Thank goodness! We got in the diggy and went over to a little island across the cove from us with Claudie, Laurent and Aymeric from Dorenavent (we spent New Years with them). Molly had such a great time playing in the water and sand. I really enjoyed talking with Claudie and getting to know her better. It felt so good to finally get off the boat today. I’ve been feeling stuck and sick for three days now.  While we were chatting and playing on the beach, Ben went spearfishing with Laurent, Andrew and Sarah (from Honeymooner). He caught a HUGE lobster! The Bohemians call them spiny lobsters or crawfish. It was so big! He cooked it up for dinner but I don’t think we cooked it long enough because it wasn’t completely cooked inside and was super tough. He was so disappointed, but now we know for next time. We also cleaned the composting toilet today.

1.26.17 It felt so good to get a good night sleep last night! Today we did some school, then we went over to the island. We had lunch at the Beach Bar. It was pretty good, but also pretty expensive ($40 for two burgers with fries and 1 bottle of water!) After lunch, we walked over to the marina where Claudie and her family are staying. We hung out with them for a bit, and then took showers! I really needed it! Not just to get clean, but it really helped me feel better and things are starting to look up! I feel so much better, after a shower, even if it was a cold one!

We stopped by Gamma Gamma on our way back to our boat. We met them in Lake Boca very briefly and then met them again at the Beach Bar. We hung out with them for a little bit and then came back to the boat for bed.

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