Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bahamas, always better in the islands!

Well, another minor delay, after waiting for customs to open Tuesday for an outbound clearance, we find out it's not required to go to the Bahamas (Canadian Flagged Vessel).  So we missed crossing with Puffin. We departed Sylvia Lake just after 9 am, headed to North Bimini and with the SW winds we decided to go on the Bank at North Rock, easy, lots of water.  Keeping North Rock Light to starboard then turn south and then back west to anchor in the lee in about 12', sand, good holding.  Looking at the charts and reading the guide book we decided to go to Great Harbour Cay to clear customs.  A straight shot across the banks, again easy, lots of water.  We got to Bullock's harbour and found Grand Adventure there at anchor!  We talked on the radio, played with the SSB, no luck but I did listen in on Chris Parker in the am so maybe there is hope yet.

This morning we got into Great Harbour Cay Marina, nice!  Cleared customs, friendly and professional, no issues. Staff are very friendly, nice protected slips with lots of room, best part is $1.20 per foot (power & water extra).  Airport is close by and has flights to Nassau, WPB & Lauderdale. Great place to drop off or pick up guests.  The beach on the east side is world class!  We meet up with Mark, Emily and their guest Dan from Grand Adventure, Sylvianne & I walk the beach, I take a swim we have lunch, just a great day!  Take a bike ride and now back at the boat. We are tied to a dock today and Grand Adventue is at anchor off one of the best beaches around!  Tomorrow we're leaving the dock and doing the same!

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