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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

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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

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

Sailing Engineless Through Current Cut

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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 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.

N 24*16.627 W 76*31.526

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

Snorkeling the Mermaid Piano

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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!

-Ben

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, Snorkeling, YouTube Videos | 0 comments

Black Point is our Bahamian Home

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We love Black Point, Exumas so much of all the places we’ve see so far that we’ve dubbed it our official Bahamian “Home Away From Home”.

The people are wonderful, there is a grocery store, restaurants, laundry facility, and showers. Everything is laid back, and things move a bit more slowly here… even slower than most parts of the Bahamas, if you can believe it.

The anchorage is well protected from every direction except West, and the holding is as good as it gets.

Then, if all that isn’t enough, Black Point is situated between Staniel Cay and Little Farmers… 2 other settlements that likely have any resources you might need that aren’t available in Black Point.

Also – Tambi spends her birthday stuck aboard the boat with the 2 people she loves the most. Wow, lucky her! We do our best to make her birthday special despite being confined to a floating jail cell. Maybe it wasn’t all that bad… we did make her some birthday coupons!

-Ben

2.28.17 Moved to Black Point today, we anchored right next to the Government dock.

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As soon as we got settled in we went ashore and walked around town. It’s a lovely island, as we were walking the school children got out of class and crowded around us. They were in love with Ben and the camera. We explored the different restaurants and bars, we checked out the little grocery store and the laundromat and the showers. After we walked around the island a bit, we found Will at Scorpios, and had dinner and rum punches. It was a great evening. Will bought Molly her very first non-“rum punch”.

Black Point’s bay at low tide.

3.1.17 We went snorkeling today with Will. Then we went ashore to do laundry and take showers. It feels so good to have clean sheets and clothes! Ben took Molly while I showered, so I had a shower all to myself! First shower since January! They give you 8 minutes for $4.00. That was the best 8 minutes of my life! Ben and I watched Captain Ron tonight.

3.2.17 Today we hung out on the boat. Ben went ashore and filled up some water cans. They have a free water spigot here. They ask that you don’t take more than you need and give a small donation to the little box on the trash trailer. It’s the same with garbage. We met Ian from a boat named Stormy Weather. Our friends from Cream Puff got here today. They have an extra computer cord, so maybe it will work since the new one didn’t. We went to shore for Happy Hour at Scorpios again. We got drinks and burgers. Yummy!

3.3.17 Today we did school and went to shore. We went to Loraines Cafe. I brought the new computer cord from Cream Puff hoping that it would work, unfortunately, it didn’t. I’m guessing that my computer hard drive has given out. <Major SAD face!>

We got some chicken wings, french fries, and some Sands Pink Grapefruit beer. That beer, it’s not anything like you would think a beer would taste. It’s so good, I wish I could pack the whole boat with it to bring it home. After lunch we got some ice cream then went back to the boat. There is a very strong cold front coming in tonight so we’ll probably be stuck on the boat for a few days.

3.4.17 Today’s MY Birthday! For breakfast, I made pancakes, YUM! Ben and Molly gave me presents. They made me some fun coupons. I love them, they’re so cute! Also, Ben did dishes for me ALL day!

The wind came in last night, so we had to stay on the boat. We had a very lazy boat day. It’s a very persistent 35+ knot wind. For dinner I made cheesy broccoli soup with rice. Then I made an apple cobbler for dessert. We watched a family movie, Monsters Inc. tonight too.

I had such a great birthday, considering we were stuck on the boat all day.

3.5.17 Day two on the boat and another lazy boat day with persistent 35+ knot winds. Ben edited video, Molly played on the iPad and with her legos, I read my book, and organized the can cabinet. Ben and I watched the first half of the 3rd Lord of the Rings tonight.

3.6.17 Day three of persistent winds. Hopefully we can work our way off the boat today. We’re going to do some school and Ben is going to edit some more video.

I was going crazy on the boat, so I talked Ben into going to shore. We went to the East side of the island and went to see the blow hole. It was amazing! The wind was blowing the waves against the rock with such force that they were splashing high over our heads. After seeing the blow hole, we went to get pizza and beers at Deshamons. That pizza is out of this world!

3.7.17 Today we went ashore and walked to the castle. It was a very long and hot walk, but it was totally worth it! At first, we were sad when we got up to the driveway, because it said private property, and we couldn’t go up to see it. Just as we were about to walk away, the owners rode up on a golf cart. They said we could take a walk around and look at the grounds! It was so impressive. They live in this castle that they built here on the island because, well they like castles!

After our walk, we met Kim and Mack on a boat named Peace and Quite. They are a wonderful couple from Canada. We look forward to spending more time with them. They invited us over to their boat tomorrow afternoon.

3.8.17 Today we went to town and had lunch. We also got some homemade bread from one of the ladies on the island. We were told that this is some of the best coconut bread around, and I have to agree. I don’t normally like coconut, and this bread was amazing! We also go a cinnamon and raisin bread, which was also fantastic!

After that we went over to Peace and Quiet to visit with Kim and Mack. They have a TON of digital movies on a hard drive, so we swapped movies with them. We hung out on the boat chatting with them for a while. We had a great time getting to know them and really we enjoy their company! Kim and Molly played Dominos and took funny photos with her phone. She made the most delicious coffee cake as well.

3.9.17 Nothing worth noting happened today, we just hung out on the boat and did lazy boat stuff.

I.e: Ben edited video, I read, and Molly played Legos. We may have done some school too.

3.10.17 Today is Ben’s BIRTHDAY!!

This morning Molly and I got up and made Ben coffee and birthday cards. Then, we went to town to do a load of laundry and we took showers. I am absolutely in love with the showers here at Black Point. You put the little tokens into this machine and the water turns on. It gives you 8 minutes, after that, the water shuts off. That 8 minutes goes by really fast. I like to hurry through my washing so I can just stand there and enjoy the hot water for the rest of my time.I have really missed taking a real shower since we left the states. We also got 3 more loaves of bread. Man, that stuff is good. We went back to the boat for a while then went back to town for dinner and happy hour at Scorpios. We had a great time and chatted with all the other cruisers hanging out. Molly orchestrated a singing of Happy Birthday while Ben was inside getting drinks. Ben and I watched a movie before bed.

These are the showers at the laundromat.

3.11.17 Ben went spear fishing today with some guys we met last night at Happy Hour. He caught lobsters and a fish. He gave the lobsters to the guys. Somehow he lost his pole spear, it just vanished into thin air. We looked all under the boat, and went back to where they were fishing trying to see if we could find it on the bottom of the bay. No luck. He’s so sad.

Molly shows us how adorable she is.

Beautiful sunset over the water.

3.12.17 Ben went spear fishing again with the guys today, they let him borrow one of their extra spears. They went fishing on the east side of the island today on the big rocks off shore. He caught a good size fish. Molly and I hung out on the beach while they went fishing. Ben found me this beautiful shell while he was fishing. He put it in his wetsuit so he wouldn’t lose it. He said that while fishing he thought he felt something tickle his leg, but thought it was just water swishing around him. Come to find out that was not the case, there was something actually living inside of it and it came out of its shell to find itself pressed against a human leg. When Ben got it back to the boat, we left it on deck to dry and it had moved when we went back out to get it. I had no idea there was something in it. I was so sad, because it was such a beautiful shell. I didn’t want to kill the poor creature, so we threw it back.

3.13.17 Baila got here today! We were so excited to see them! Molly and Avery were so happy to see each other, we haven’t seen them since Lake Boca on the ICW. We hung out with them and the family on SV Robin. We had a great dinner and enjoyed spending time together. The kids watched a movie and played, while the adults chatted in the cockpit.

Tomorrow we will be moving South again.

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