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.
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.