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 December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve walking the beach at Iguana Cay.

Rocks along the Iguana beach.

 

The edge of the sea.

 

Sunset over the hill

The beauty here speaks for itself.

December 28, 2010

Before heading out of Hope Town we dinghied into shore to attend the fund raiser for the Abaco Rage sloop. The Hope Town Yacht Club sponsors the Rage in the Georgetown Regatta.Hermit crabs in a cage.

That's where we ran into crab racing! Players place $2 bets on each crab. The first crab to climb out of the cage and cross the circle around the cage wins. The player with the winning crab wins $10 and the rest of the money goes to the fundraiser. 

Crabs climbing the cage.

The crowd was going wild as the crabs were making their escape.

Crab climbing over the top of the cage.

It was so exciting that we stayed for another race! This guy had a whole cheering section going for him as he topped the fence ahead of the rest.

December 26, 2010

Today is Boxing Day in the Bahamas. We took a walk on the beach and then visited the Lighthouse.

Signage for the Abaco Dinghy

Abaco Dinghy

Abaco, in the old days (before motors) was linked by sailing dinghies like the one on display near the Elbow Cay Lighthouse. There were hundreds of these and they were used like we would use our family car. To run to the store (the reef for fish) or to visit another island.

Inside of the Abaco Dinghy.

Notice the ribs, they are made from branches that grow in the proper curves need for that part of the boat. This gives a stronger boat and lets them build it lighter.

The bow of the dinghy.

This is a very sweet looking sail boat and would have been built by "eye" out of Pine found on the islands.

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Hope Town, Abaco Bahamas, Love to all Rich and Anna.

Snow Goose in front of Hope Town's Lighthouse.

Our neighbor Louise on SV Graynorth took this picture of Snow Goose. Just Beautiful.


Merry Christmas to all. This is Will(Rich's Son in Law). I have taken over the site to share a nice little video of Rich's Grand Daughter opening a present from his son James.

December 24, 2010

Just as we were getting ready to go to the book store, we had unexpected company.One of the BASRA officers.

Rich had watched as these BASRA officers boarded our friends boat "Song of Pogo". At first we thought maybe there was a medical emergency, but the visit didn't seem to urgent. Then they turned their dinghy toward our boat and Rich called me to the cockpit.

Officer filling out the courtesy inspection paperwork.

It turned out they were going around the harbor performing courtesy checks to ensure that each boat had it's paperwork in order.

The three officers leaving our boat.

Once the checklist was completed, the three officers left for another boat.

BASRA PT boat leaving Marsh Harbor

A short while later we heard a distress call come across the VHF radio concerning a boat that had run out of gas. We watched at the BASRA PT boat with the same three officers left the harbor in response to the distress call. We headed to the book store.

The local book store.

A Buck a Book is the local used book store; all the money goes to support care of the Wild Horses of Abaco. These horses are direct descendents from the Spanish horses brought in the 16th century from Spain.

The local used book store.

A you can see the inside is lined with books ceiling to floor. They also rent DVDs that have been donated.

December 22, 2010

Picture of the full moon the next morning.

When I woke up this morning the moon was still up and nearly full. Beautiful isn't it.

December 21, 2010

I got up at 2:00 am to watch the eclipse of the full moon on the winter solstice. The last time this event occurred it was 372 years ago.  The next it will occur is December 21, 2094 - don't think we'll be around.

My first attempt to photograph the eclipse.

 

The second attempt to photograph the eclipse.

 

My third attempt.

How's this for special effects. 

December 20, 2010

Terry and Rich talking.

 

December 19, 2010

Our days here are spent pretty much like our days back home.

Dinghy locked to the "Union Jack" government dinghy dock.

First you fire up the car IE: dinghy, and head off from home to go to the store. Home is that green boat way off in the distance. We have tied up to the floating dock at the "union" wharf. How it got that name we don't know.

The restaurant where we ate lunch.

On the way to the store we stopped at a local spot for lunch.

Walking up to Maxwell's grocery store.

Then it's off to the store. At Marsh Harbor, the main store is Maxwell's and it is just like a Winn-Dixie or a Meijer's. Lots of food and the prices were not too bad for most items.

Ray and Rich consulting the map.

Afterwards, while waiting for the rain to end Ray and I tried to figure out the best way to get back to the dinghy.

Rich and Ray reading in the cockpit.

After the food is put away we guys spend a little time bonding.

Rainbow after the rain.

Anna caught this great rainbow.

Another beautiful sunset.

Then another beautiful sunset in the Bahamas ends the day.

December 18, 2010

We sailed from Green Turtle Cay to Marsh Harbor today.

Ray steering the boat.

Ray steering across the Sea of Abaco. (note the tee shirt and shorts)

December 17, 2010

Early dawn.

Dawn on the banks. Were about 20 mile from our destination

Sunrise on the Bahama Banks.

A beautiful morning in the Bahamas. It's about 60 degrees compared to 40 yesterday in Lake Worth.

Rich heading to the Customs office.

The captain heading in to check in.

New Plymouth from the boat.

This is New Plymouth the main town on Green Turtle Cay and where I had to check in.

One of the streets in New Plymouth.

Just an idea of what the regular houses look like on the island.

Rich sitting on the cannon by the bay.

A pair of these guns were pointing out toward the harbor.

Very narrow streets.

This is a typical street on the island. I've been in narrow alleyways that are wider than this but notice all that warm sunshine!!!

Another street.

Here's the combined Post Office and customs office all in a nice pink trimmed building.

Laura's Kitchen, a local restaurant.

I didn't stop at Laura's Kitchen but they had the cheapest lunch special on the island, $6.00.

The local grocery store.

They have 3 grocery stores within 2 blocks of each other. They carry a different selection of stuff so you have to shop at all 3 and watch your prices to get everything at a good price.

Anna in stocks.

The crew became a bit rebellious so I had her put into the stocks!

Snow Goose from the shore.

Checked in and ready to go. Notice the color of the water, you can tell the depth just by the color of the water.

December 16, 2010

Cruise ship coming in Lake Worth Channel.

We were up at 5:00 AM and by 6:00 we had the anchor up and headed for the channel only to be stopped by this cruise ship coming into Lake Worth as we were leaving. We decided to wait until it passed us before heading into the channel. 

Commercial ship on the horizon.

The Gulf Stream was surprisingly calm and as we left the USA the sun started coming up.

Leaving Lake Worth Inlet and West Palm Beach behind.

Here's the last shot of Lake Worth as we headed out to the east.

Rich at the wheel of Snow Goose.

Notice the multi-layered coats and hat? it was cold!

Ray and Edie

Even Edie had to wear her sweater.

Sunrise on the ocean, heading toward the Gulf Stream.

Sunrise over the ocean.

Ray sitting in the cockpit, enjoying the sail.

Ray was a lot of help during the crossing and we were very fortunate to have his company.

A large tanker that crossed our path.

We meet up with several large ships in the short 50 mile crossing. As you can see the waves are not that bad.

Ray putting out a fishing line.

Ray promised us fish but the only fish that we caught snapped the line.

Ray on the front deck after the winds began to die down.

Mid-stream.

Crossing on to the Bahama banks.

This is the start of the Bahamas banks. The little thing on the ocean to the left of the sailboat is the "Memory Rock" marker showing where the "deep" water channel is. Deep being 12 feet!

Sailboat Voila

As we got onto the banks this boat slowly pulled away from us also headed to Green Turtle.

Voila preparing to anchor for the night.

The Banks were as calm as a pond as the night came on.

December 15, 2010

We cleared the St. Lucie channel breakwater at 8:40 this morning and started heading south for the final leg of the Florida journey before we head over to the Bahamas. We were sailing wing and wing at 6.5 kts. Nice easy sail, but very chilly. 

Our friend Ray

Our friend Ray came along for the sail south and is going to the Bahamas' with us.

Container ship in Lake Worth Inlet

At the Lake Worth inlet we followed this container ship in. There were about 12 other boats anchored waiting to cross to the Bahamas. Most are going tonight or in the wee hours of the morning. We are thinking of pulling up the anchor about 5 AM and heading to sea. If all goes well we will be in the Bahamas waters a little after noon and anchored, checked in at our destination by the next afternoon. We won't have any cell phones or internet connection while in the Bahamas unless we find a Wi-Fi hot spot to hook up to so, the updates to this website will be a bit more infrequent but each one should be a bit larger. I hope that you enjoy the Bahamas! 

December 14, 2010

Today is our last day in Manatee Pockets. Tomorrow we are heading for Lake Worth and hopefully on Thursday we will head for the Bahamas.

Side view of the scow Lily.

Today we had the honor to run across Fred and his boat Lily a scow schooner.

A view of the front of the scow Lily

A scow is a different type of sailboat. The bow isn't sharp and pointy as most are, in fact, it looks a lot like a barge they put masts on. It's designed to carry cargo in shallow waters.

Richard standing on the deck of Lily.

Lily was built in 1978 to carry cargo in the north eastern US. (remember the energy shocks of the late 70's?) She was the last sailing scow to ever sail carrying cargo for profit in the US (or so the skipper/owner says). The boat is rigged with gaff sails and must be quite a sight to see. Check out his website at: treasurecoastsailingadventures.com

Rich turn the wheel of Lily.

The rudder is controlled by a wheel that turns ropes which pull the end of the rudder back and forth!

A view of the deck of Lily facing the stern of the boat.

She is presently being used as a day-sailor taking tourists for afternoon or evening sails.

Fred the owner of the scow Lily.

Here's the captain

December 12, 2010

The weather has become windy and cold so I started a project I'd been putting off for awhile. The speed sensor had quit working. We ordered in another one and now I have to run a new wire for the new sensor.

Inside the instrument panel.

First the instrument panels had to be opened up and the wheel removed.

Inside forward steering station.

Then the kick panel was removed and the engine compartment opened up.

Taking down the inside stairway.

Now, the kitchen had to be torn apart, stairway, draws, and floors.

Removing the salon floor.

Then the main floor along with the stateroom bed had to be opened up. All to run one wire.

Drilling a hole through the bulkhead for the wire.

A new wire run had to be drilled thru the floors.

Running the wire for the new speed sensor.

Then finally, the actual wire was pulled. About 4 hours of work for one wire. Now I have to go diving so that I can cover up the opening where the broken speed sensor sticks thru the hull, then Anna can remove the old and insert the new one without flooding the boat in the process. It should be fun!

 December 10, 2010

We biked for hours. The area here is known as Treasure Coast. The name "Treasure Coast" is derived from a number of ships of Spanish galleons (especially those of the 1715 Spanish treasure fleet) that wrecked off the coast during the 17th and 18th centuries. Artifacts from these ships have been recovered in the past fifty years, both by amateur and professional treasure-hunters. As recently as August 2010, a man diving in shallow water near Jupiter found a gold coin that was minted in Mexico in the mid 1650's.

Fancy fire hydrant.

Pretty fancy paint job on the "Treasure Coast" fire hydrants.

Sign for the market.

In our wanderings we came across this produce market.

The produce market.

All ready for Christmas. The market was good sized, selling fruits and vegetables as well as plants. We bought a pineapple for 99 cents.

Tomatoes for sale.

And some beautiful tomatoes .

We missed the weather window to go across to the Bahamas. The next one won't be for at least another week, so we're off to explore Stuart, Florida on our bikes. 

December 9, 2010 

As we were leaving to go to our friends house for dinner, we noticed the remnants of a rainbow.

Rainbow

This picture doesn't do the rainbow service. It was brilliant with four distinct colors. Notice the hint of a second rainbow to the right. I wish we had seen the full rainbow. 

December 8, 2010

Motoring ICW once again and it's cold.

Sailboats behind us on the ICW.

At the moment we're leading the parade. We just passed the Ft. Pierce inlet and one of the sailboats decided to jump outside. Who knows maybe they'll head straight to the Bahamas.

December 7, 2010

There are many interesting boats in the harbor. We were invited to visit the Song of Pogo; a Freedom 40.

The cat ketch Song of Pogo.

Song of Pogo is the cream colored cat ketch with the free standing rigging. The owners, Otis and Marti purchased a hull with the deck and motor, then finished her inside and out themselves. The boat is beautiful inside and out.

December 6, 2010

We're at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina rafted up to Slow Dancin.

Snow Goose and Slow Dancin side by side.

Both are 40' boats but Slow Dancin sure has a much taller mast. I think Rich has mast envy. 

December 3, 2010

We left Titusville around 11 a.m.  sailing down the Indian River. As we often do, we looked at other boats we passed and discussed possibilities for our next boat.

Large boat along the side of river.

Rich thought this boat would be great.

Tugboat that passed us.

But I really liked the shape of this tug. Look at the sweep of it's bow and the rounded stern. I really like it! 

Ragged looking sailboat.

With the way the economy is going, this just might be our next boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



   

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