Nautical miles: lots
Docked at: Old Bahama Bay, West End, Grand Bahama
|Wide open spaces and nothing in sight|
|Looking over the port side|
|No wind, no waves, no other boats!|
I had read about the currents in the area and the books warned you to always throw something in the water first before you jump in order to judge how fast the current is moving. It was swift, moving out to the open ocean, but doable. We talked about tying a line around Garth and securing it to a cleat .....could have gone really bad. I remember when we were at this anchorage last week a women said that she had seen sharks. Even though it was around the other side of this uninhabited island we decided to go with option C and wait. When we left this morning and placed a fender under the rope so that it would not rub against the boat. When we pulled into the marina tonight the dock hand asked, "Do you know you have something attached to your port side"? I said yes and my husband is going to jump in later and get it off. Oh, he said you need to watch out for sharks - but this is a shark free marina I said.
Nop, was his reply. Rule one of boating is to always get local knowledge. So, we decide that the crab pot float and rope would continue the journey with us to Florida. As we were walking to the marina office a dive boat came in. Garth asked if anyone would like to make a few bucks and cut the line off our stabilizer - the answer was sure. Sixty dollars and ten minutes later the deed was done!
We honestly believe that this crab pot was dropped in front of us at the last minute by Neptune just to ad to our day!
Just when we thought our troubles for the day had been taken care of the front head decided not to flush. The pump works but the water will not go down. Draino - NO. After pulling all that he could apart, and searching the Hatteras forums for answers, we decided to wait until we get into Florida and have someone look at it. If it's not one thing it's another on an old boat!
The good news of the day is that Zeke, after a year, finally decided that it was OK to poop on the pet grass!! When the dingy didn't go down last night or this morning he was left with no option.
Tomorrow is another day.
We are looking at Friday to make a crossing to Florida. It should take about eight hours and we have to time the tides because entering the inlet is a little sketchy due to constant shoaling.We then need to rent a car and present ourselves to Customs in West Palm Beach within 24hrs. On Monday we need to go back again and see a CBP Marine officer to obtain a new cruising licence. OH VEY!
|Great Sale Anchorage - our neighbors|
|Zeke on the outside looking in|
|Another stunning sunset|
|For something to do we put on the lights and watched for sharks!!|
|Good night all|