Category Archives: Bahamas 2020

Now For the Rest of the Story – Bahamas 2020: Part 2 – Another “Learning Experience” or “The Spoils of Anchoring in Florida”

One of the terms which a cruiser might note on Florida nautical charts is the term “Spoil Area”. After the episode which I will describe below, this term became a puzzle to me (Carleen). Logically it would seem to mean … Continue reading

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Now For the Rest of the Story – Bahamas 2020: Part I – Hard Against an Island…at Night…in a Storm

This is the first story about some of the “learning experiences” which Jim and I had when we cruised the Bahamas in the winter of 2020. This crazy year being what it is, we shouldn’t have been surprised that some … Continue reading

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Will They Let Us In?

It was a beautiful day for our Gulf Stream crossing to Florida. If there were bags under our eyes, it was from trying to sleep in a pretty rolly anchorage. Our day dawned with a southeast wind, forecast to build … Continue reading

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One Loooong Sail to Bimini

We left our anchorage at Chub Cay around 5:30 am in the full dark. The night was clear and we could easily see the the other anchored boats, the small islands and the markers that led to the main shipping … Continue reading

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Trying to go with the flow but home we go

These are pretty crazy times. The Coronavirus has locked down the globe and that’s a good thing. We do not want to contribute to any issues which the Bahamians may have so we are heading home. We had a lovely … Continue reading

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Good-bye Berrys, hello Exuma Islands!

Yesterday we took a weather window and left our lovely anchorage at Hoffman’s Cay and set off for Rose Island, 45 nautical miles away to the south east. We had returned to Hoffman’s Cay to spend a few days there … Continue reading

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Hoffman’s Cay… Thanks for the shelter!

Last Thursday we left the shelter of a perfectly fine marina knowing full well that a strong blow was coming…why? Was it because we’re frugal? Maybe. Was it for the adventure? Oh hell no. Was it because we knew of … Continue reading

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Trying to hide from wind at Hoffman Cay

High winds had us looking for good holding at Hoffman Cay… In vain four times we anchored with no set. Hard scoured rock under a thin layer of sand or clay. I dove on the anchor and only the tip … Continue reading

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Ruins and a huge empty beach

(Edit: This should have been posted 6 days ago but had trouble uploading) Yesterday afternoon’s adventure: Don, Carl, Jim and I took a walk to the beach on the east side of the island. Just up a hill from the … Continue reading

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Up Shark Creek’s…with a broken motor!

Yesterday’s morning adventure: to dinghy a mile or two around the corner to Shark Creek, a very shallow mangrove-lined Creek which bisects the island west to East. Mike from S/V Dark N Stormy suggested we gather our snorkel gear and … Continue reading

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