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ADDITIONS TO THE BLOG as of January 2017 (BSET): Shamal and her Crew being Mum and Dad are in Bahamas * Should you want to contact us, you can do so by clicking on the Contact Us tab below. * PLEASE subscribe to the Blog, so that new posts are emailed to your inbox.



30 January 2017

The Abacos and Beyond


Hello Once Again

 
Lynyard Cay


Beach Combing Lynyard Cay

Tuesday 15th December.  Marks new crew member, Sally, arrived yesterday.  We have done the laundry and stocked up at the supermarket.  Our phone has been topped up so we can down load weather reports and keep in contact with the family, and, for Alec - the news of the world, so we are ready to leave Marsh Harbour.  It has been nice to have a break, but we are ready to move on.  We up anchor and head for the fuel dock as that is our last job.  By mid-day we are sailing out of the harbour in light winds of 10kts.  It is warm and sunny with a temperature of 28 deg.c.  By 1600 we have sailed 23nm in a southerly direction and dropped anchor mid-way down Lynyard Cay on its western shore.  There are private homes here, but one can go ashore and walk to the Atlantic coast.  The following day we explore the area in our tenders and go ashore and walk to the Atlantic coast side and do some beach combing.  Mark catches crayfish, so we are invited to his boat for dinner – yummy.  Next day we up anchor and motor the 2nm down to Little Harbour.  This is the southernmost  point where one stays inside the reef and cays before heading out through the cut and into the Atlantic to continue heading down Great Abaco Island.

09 January 2017

Southern Abacos - Bahamas


Hello Again

 

Tender Dock, Marsh Harbour

Atlantic Side Elbow Cay
I finished our last posting with us arriving into Marsh Harbour on Great Abaco Island.  We are now in the area known as the Southern Abacos.  This is a nice easy harbour to enter, with plenty of room to anchor, and one is protected in all directions if the wind should be blowing strongly.  Also it is GREAT fishing in here.  We have not seen any one else fishing from the back of their boats, but the locals assure us that it is quite safe to eat fish from this harbour. So, we have our lines out each evening.  I have caught four mutton snapper, my biggest being 30 inches in length and weighing 10lbs. (see photo of Alec holding it)  The next was only slightly smaller, then a couple of lovely fat smaller ones.  Mark has also caught three which have been a good size.  I gave my second one to the local conch man who gave us a lovely conch salad.  Good trade.
Mutton Snapper
 

Christmas Festival
Marsh Harbour is the third largest town in the Bahamas with a population of around 6,000 residents.  The town has most of what one needs, apart from boating spares which the boys have been looking for.  Our starboard instrument panel has died on us, but at least we can still start the engine.  The trouble is, now that the boat is coming up for ten years old, (yes we have been going that long now, and how time has flown by, and, what an Adventure we are having) new models of these panels are out and we think it will be quite difficult to find a replacement.  Why do companies do this – discontinue an item that works well ?  Anyway, Alec is on-line doing some research as to where he may find one.  A job every Captain/Engineer has to do in some port somewhere.  At least it will not stop us from continuing on.

 

05 December 2016

U.S.A. To The Bahamas - The Abacos


Hello Again and Seasons Greetings.

Christmas Festival - Bahamas
 
Entrance To Manatee Pocket

Our last week in Stuart, Florida was spent checking and re-checking everything to make sure we were ready for the next cruising season.  We picked up our new sun shades for the back deck – which were not quite the correct fitting, but we had waited so long for them and I could make the necessary adjustments. On our last day we moved SHAMAL over to the fuel dock at Sailfish Marina for a final pump out, to fill up the diesel tanks plus the ten jerry cans, fill the four petrol cans for the outboard motor, and fill up the water tank as we have not been making water in Manatee Pocket as the water is filthy.  Then it was off to the markets for the fresh fruit and vegetables.  As for the tins and dry stores, once again I have stocked up with enough to go around the world again!!!  We have been told that we will find it more expensive out in the Bahamas, and, in Cuba most items will be impossible to find, so stocked up we are. Alec is now a little concerned how low we are sitting in the water!!