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The Voyage Continues!

Back on the Water!

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Sunday, January 21st to Friday, February 9th, 2017

Well, its been a challenging few weeks since we arrived, but we are back on the boat and happy to be here. Nothing serious, just viruses and weather to contend with as well as things on the boat to be repaired.

Lee is sick with the flu before we even leave for the Bahamas and within hours of arriving, Randy comes down with a bad cold too. Nonetheless, we manage to get the boat prepped and into the water. While we are working on the boat we stay in a cute cottage on the ocean called ‘The House on the Point’. Very rustic, but very nice.

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Our rental cottage called ‘The House on the Point’ where we are staying while prepping the boat in Green Turtle Cay

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View from ‘The House on the Point’

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Our wheels while in Green Turtle. Golf carts are the main mode of transportation here.

We spend three days cleaning and putting things together to launch on the Monday, but unfortunately, the weather turns bad and a storm front moves through the Green Turtle area just as we are scheduled to launch. Our Launch is moved to Tuesday and even then, the winds are pretty high. Once Silver Maple is in the water, Randy tries to fire-up the engine. Nothing. Dead battery. The bow-thruster battery is dead too so both are replaced. And, the winds are so high that we don’t move beyond the wall where they put us in the water. We just tie Silver Maple on and spend the night right there.

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Silver Maple being moving to the launch area

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Lowering her in

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Back in the water! Woohoo!

The next day, the winds are calmer so we head over to the Green Turtle Club in White Sound, the next sound over. We spend the day doing final prep and putting sails up.

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Captain is under the weather but glad to be back on the water

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Silver Maple safe and sound at the Green Turtle Club

In the morning, we are up early and on the water to do the short ocean crossing through the Whale Cay passage and into the Sea of Abaco. It is a beautiful morning and we have a great sail over to Marsh Harbour where we spend the rest of the day provisioning and stocking the boat with essentials like wine and groceries.

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Heading out towards the Whale Cay passage on a beautiful morning

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The captain at the helm

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Good to be sailing again

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Waves hitting Whale Cay as we pass by

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Making great time and doing well over 7 knots most of the way to Marsh Harbour

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Gorgeous day!

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Sunset over Marsh Harbour

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Out for dinner at Curly Tails in Marsh Harbour

In the morning, we are off to Hope Town. Randy is still sick so we lie low once we arrive until he gets his health back on track. To make things worse, on the day we arrive, the marina has a power surge and our battery charger blows. Ugh! That was over two weeks ago and Randy has spent every day since trying to arrange to have a new one shipped to us here in the Bahamas. The good news is that it appears to be close now. Last we heard Fedex has it in Nassau. Fingers crossed we will see it next week.

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Silver Maple in her slip on the dock at the Hope Town Inn and Marina (in front of Hope)

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The beautiful Hope Town Inn and Marina

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The flowers are blooming in Hope Town

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The first day Randy is feeling up to venturing far from the boat we take the dingy over to Cracker P’s for lunch

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Securing the dingy at Tahiti beach for a beach walk after lunch.

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Beautiful Tahiti Beach

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Lovely Hope Town Harbour

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Silver Maple at sunrise at the Hope Town Inn and Marina

It seems that we have been tied to the dock in Hope Town forever, but now that Randy is feeling back to normal, we are planning to take off tomorrow and get back out on the water. Yeah!

4 thoughts on “Back on the Water!

  1. Soooo happy you are both feeling well and are underway on this year’s adventure. Gorgeous! Thank you for this blog!

  2. I giggled at your provisioning priorities.

  3. Thanks for sharing your journey! Sounds like a bit of a rough start, but hopefully from here on out, it will be “smooth sailing”😊
    Judi and Doug

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Wow, quite the adventure. Sounds like a rocky start, but hopefully smooth sailing (literally) from now on! Enjoy and thanks for the updates!

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