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          Below:  Anchored behind Allen Cay facing north.  Boat is 3rd from left.

Browsing Archive: February, 2014

Lion fish hunt

Posted by Devon on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Exumas 
February 20th 

The other day when I went swimming with the spear gun, and I saw some lionfish. I knew that lion fish were bad to the reef and you are supposed to kill any lionfish you see. So I had started shooting it, this had been the first time I used it so I wasn’t too good at it. After a while I had this score- [hits- 5] [misses- a very large number]. I hit it twice in the body, twice in the head, and once on the fin, and it was still swimming! The first time I hit it I held it out of t...

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Arggg engine ooops

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, February 27, 2014, In : Repairs 
We knew the day would come when something would go wrong and cause us to stop.  It was unrealistic to think it would never happen.  One of the definitions of "Cruising" is " Going to exotic places and fixing your boat." 

It all started with an innocent fuel transfer.  We have 4 different fuel tanks.  Which is a great thing!!.  Each fuel tank has enough fuel to run the boat for over 24 hours non stop.  We only pull fuel out of the starboard tank, which when full, can run the boat for 48 hours n...
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Staniel Cay Pigs

Posted by Sahara on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Exumas 
Feb. 17


So, we’ve finally got around to visiting the pigs. And now that I’ve seen them, I have no idea why they were trying to save the pig in Charlotte’s Web. They were big, hairy, smelly (I don’t know this for sure, but judging by their appearances that is what I conclude) and made very loud grunting noises that I have no idea how anyone gets “oink” out of. However, giving credit where credit is due, I must admit it was slightly entertaining to throw carrots at them.

So, t...

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thunder ball

Posted by Devon on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Exumas 
February 16

 Thunder ball grotto, named after the cave that was in James bond thunder ball, is a large cave that is at water level. It was very fun on the trip on the way over because Makai and C-Spirit got into the same small dinghy except for mom and dad.
 At first when I got in I thought it was just going to be a slit in the sandy rock, but it was huge. You have to go in this narrow opening that is close to the water at first but then it opens up into a huge chamber. I thought the cave was ...
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Between the majors

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Exumas 
We anchored between the majors, Little Major and Big Major.  two islands near Stanial Cay,  Good wind and wave protection.

We did a little snorkeling and Sahara drove the outboard!

The little black things are all sea urchins that are living in this pool that only gets water from splashing waves.

Cool Stag horn coral.
Sea star belly                                                                  Upside down Jelly fish
 Sea Flowers

There was a valentines day fundraiser on the weekend that we atte...

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Valentines Day

Posted by Sahara on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Exumas 

So, for Valentines Day we decided to make a dessert. After much arguing and discussions we finally decided on a Christening Cake, whose recipe has been passed down through the ages, all the way back from Grunt, the caveman. For those who haven't heard of it before, a Christening cake is a multi-layered cake. Starting with a layer of merangue, followed by vanilla cake, whip cream in the middle, and topped with another layer of cake and merangue. Needless to say, its very rich, and very good. O...

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Staniel Cay

Posted by Sahara on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Exumas 

Feb 11 and 12

Staniel is an interesting Cay, more like how I expected Bahamian civilization to be like. The community is completely dependent on tourism of course, and even has its own airport- if it can be called that. The stores and shops seem barely large enough to support the island. And, like all Bahamian places, they bought out the paint isle when building the houses. You could find pretty much every color house, from blue to yellow to orange to purple.



               Apparently, box...

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The Sea Aquarium

Posted by Devon on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Exumas 
Feb 9th

By Devon
The other day at O’Brien’s Cay, we decided to go snorkelling at the sea aquarium. We anchored near the place and looked around, in the water were several barracudas and they were swimming around our boat, odds were that this was their territory. Soon after we examined them we got ready and jumped in the water, the water was cold (78 degrees) and it took a while to get to the reef because of the light current. 


Though when we got there, there were about 150 fish consist...

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Warerick wells to Pasture Cay

Posted by Sahara on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Exumas 

Feb 8

 Yesterday we unanchored (apparently this is a word as its not coming up with a red squiggle like so many of my others [actually this isn’t true; you are more likely to see blue lines than anything due to my extreme dislike of the apostrophe key]) and headed down to the southern tip of Warderick Wells, where we re-anchored among the company of some other sailboats and a trimaran- basically a catamaran with 3 hulls.

Since this part of the island is still part of the park, it had trai...

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Warderick Wells Nostrals and fishes

Posted by Sahara and Devon on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Exumas 

By Sahara
Feb 6

We arrived at Warderick Wells, coming from Hawksbill Cay. Warderwick Wells is known for having some of the best snorkeling in the world; and the best in the Bahamas. So today we are going to check out some of the reefs. Warderick Wells is also the main island in the nature park- another reason for the great reefs- so it has trails all throughout the island. One of them leads up to a large hill, Boo Boo Hill.
The name- which I think sucks, and they should come up with a new on...

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Highborne Cay with Friends

Posted by Sahara on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Exumas 

On Feb 2,
By Sahara
  we headed back up to Highborne Cay, where we had planned to visit with our friends the Morrison’s.

 And, since almost the entire eastern side of the island is beach… to go and claim it. And it was awesome, because no one was on this amazingly soft-sanded beach. The water was a warm 76 degrees F (which is roughly some number above 0 in Celsius), which made us think of how everyone back home must be freezing what with all the snow and ice. I’m kidding; actually, no t...

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