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The Boat is at Bert Jabin's Boat Yard in Annapolis Maryland.

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

Browsing Archive: January, 2014

Shroud cay Snorkle

Posted by Devon on Thursday, January 30, 2014, In : Exumas 
The other day we all went to a reef and it was a quick ride because dad gave us a tow with our dinghy. We all hung on to a tow line to do it. On the way there, we also saw a whole bunch of coral and sand dollars.
 At first, when we got off the dinghy, Sahara started yelling Lion fish! Lion fish!
At this point we all knew that lion fish were red, white and black with a whole bunch of spines. But lion fish are invasive species and they are bad for the reef because they crowd out the o...
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Shroud Cay

Posted by Sahara on Thursday, January 30, 2014, In : Exumas 
Jan 27, 28, 29

Today we headed down to a larger cay, Shroud Cay. The water was so 
clear heading over, that at 18 feet you could count the blades of grass at the bottom. Of course, the whole of the Bahamas are like this, but we still are getting used to the fact. It's a bit discomforting when it looks like it is only 5 feet, even if the depth sounder is reading higher than 15.
So, anyway, Shroud Cay. It's the largest Cay we've gone to, however most of it is swampy mangroves.


 Today was very...

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Normans Cay

Posted by Bryan on Thursday, January 30, 2014, In : Exumas 
Normans Cay Jan 25 and 26
Day 1

We anchored off the west coast of the southern tip of Normans cay with a few other Canadian boats.  Amazing the percentage of Canadian boats we see.At LEAST 25% of all the boats we see are Canadian.  They understand getting away from winter!

Although hard to see in the pictures, all the islands are different.Not huge differences, but each unique.  This place had a rocky (old coral) like beach.  The rocks for fun to climb around.  NOT slippery at all.  There is no ...
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Highborne Cay

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, January 25, 2014, In : Exumas 

For the past 2 days we have been staying in a lovely marina at Highbourne Cay. Highbourne was considerably larger than Allan’s Cay, meaning that you couldn’t see the other side of the island at any given time. Well, you probably could if the hills were not in the way. Yes, Highbourne is mostly just a bunch of hills, hence the name. The
first day we were here we saw some sharks. Not just any one shark, swimming by fast enough that it’s hard to really distinguish what it is. More like a...

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Allens Cay

Posted by Sahara on Thursday, January 23, 2014, In : Exumas 
Jan 20
Today we arrived at Allan’s Cay, one of the first islands that you can get to safely by boat that make up the exumas! It was a short trip; only 4 hours or so. We had to spend the first two keeping watch for coral heads, where there was a possibility of grounding the boat. However, what we couldn’t get over was it was 20 feet deep, and we could see the ripples on the sand. No fish though.
When we anchored, it was decided that we had to go swimming because it was really really hot ...

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Coral Island

Posted by Devon on Sunday, January 19, 2014, In : Bahamas 
         Jan 18th
By Devon
On Saturday, January 18 we arrived at Rose Island and my mom and I set out on our dinghy to a rocky long island. We found out that it wasn’t rock, it was actually old and dead coral, we found this out by chopping of chunks and seeing small shells, big cone-like shells, and this weird centipede like creature only a lot bigger and weird tentacles growing out the bottom.

 Most of the island was like this until I spotted a small clearing in the trees which led a beach ...

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Rose Island

Posted by Sahara on Sunday, January 19, 2014, In : Bahamas 

Jan. 18

Today we realized two things: One, the marina was getting very expensive to stay at and we needed to get out, and two… or maybe just one thing. So we undocked, and drove over to a small nearby island, Rose Island. The water was very clear (and very blue, I might add) and it was a nice day out, so we decided to go snorkeling by the small rock islands and the rock cliff and just around. I don’t think it is grammatically correct to have 4 ands in one sentence, but then again, my Engl...

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The Bahamas!!!!!!!

Posted by Sahara on Friday, January 17, 2014, In : Bahamas 
Jan 13-16

Yesterday we arrived- officially, or legally, that is- in Nassau, Bahamas!!  It was a two day trip, and it was long, tiring, and otherwise uneventful. The first day we traveled all through the night, taking shifts. Oh, and I should probably say that we had a stowaway on the voyage as well; ex- navy captain Gerry. He also owns- and is currently rebuilding- a Whitby 42, and has crossed to the Bahamas at least 10 times, 7 which were on Whitby’s.  
Anyway, the night traveling, aside f...

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We are off! Official Float Plan

Posted by Bryan on Monday, January 13, 2014, In : Bahamas 
Jan 13th, 2014. We are poised to cross over to the Bahamas tonight.

Things we did to get ready:

1.  1 months worth of food.  2 months worth of chocolate (really only last a week)
2.  Filled up water tanks, 280 gallons.
3.  Filled up fuel tanks (180 gallons)
4.  Tied everything down on the boat.
5.  Fixed everything we knew about and feel the boat is ready.
6.  Have "expert Gerry" on board for the trip.

Weather conditions prediction:
 Winds out of the East to South east, just right 10-12 knots.

Sea Cond...
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Posted by Sahara on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : On the beach 
Jan 2- Jan 7th
New Smyrna Beach Fl.

For the past week we have been up near Orlando, visiting family. They had a soccer tournament, so we went to see that
 and then continued on to the house that they had rented, and which we were going to stay at for the week.

The first night we went out to a Japanese Steakhouse, which was pretty awesome. You would sit at a U-shaped table, and in the middle was a large metal sheet which they did all the cooking on. These guys are skilled; it’s hard to describe ...

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Visiting the cousins

Posted by Devon on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : On the beach 
January 2 to January 7th

New Smyrna Beach FL.

While we were at the cat place, we also were packing up to go to a beach house that the cousins (Meridian, Acadia, Sawyer) rented because of Meridian’s soccer game in Orlando. We rented a car and drove to their house with some presents and beach things. It took around 3 hours to get there because the traffic was so bad we didn’t even get to the hotel, we had to go straight to the soccer field. When we got there, we had a lot of fun and Sawyer a...

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