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

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Dolphin House

Posted by Sahara on Friday, April 4, 2014, In : Bahamas 

When we arrived at Bimini, we decided to go exploring. Bimini is 8 miles long, and 200 yards wide, so it wasn’t exactly a long exploration. But there were some pretty interesting things to see. Like the all-green house. In case you haven’t noticed, I am easily entertained by house colors. Anyway, there was the beach on the western side, where we took lots of pictures of the blue water. We need to imprint it in our mind and cameras, because we aren’t going to be seeing it for a very long...

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Dads Amazing Celebration

Posted by Sahara on Thursday, April 3, 2014, In : Bahamas 

Dads birthday


As some of you may know, Wednesday, April 2 was dads birthday. A big 41. So we celebrated this by making a double layered cake. For those of you who want to know how we went about this, here are the steps:

1.     1.  Find cake mix boxes.

2.      2. Mix them

3.      3. Oh my gosh Word automatically puts in the list numbers

4.     4.  Test batter to ensure safety of crew

5.       5.Overfill cake pans. Put in oven

6.      6. Have cake batter overfill and spill everywhere ...

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An Update: Because We Have Been Very Neglectful

Posted by Sahara on Thursday, April 3, 2014, In : Bahamas 

So on March 31 we finally left the Abacos, and after a 9 hour voyage which was completely dull but had good sandwiches, reached White Cay of the Berry islands. Of course, since there were some very nice beaches at White Cay, we decided to visit them. They also had very interesting rocks. We weren’t even there for 5 minutes before I became enraptured in a glass bottle (to be fair, it was very interesting, it had been melted together, and so looked very cool) and was holding it a bit too h...

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Cousins at Great Guana Cay

Posted by Devon on Saturday, March 29, 2014, In : Bahamas 

On Wednesday, the 19, mom left to Canada. She left to go see her mom who was having cancer treatment in Peterborough for a week. It was ok though, because we other peoples were going to see our cousins!! Yaaaaa!  They were getting to great guana cay later this afternoon so, we were going to prepare the house and stuff. We left as soon as we got to the boat to get to the other island, which was about 1½ hour ride. When we got there we got moored, ate lunch, and rented a golf cart to the house...

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Marsh Harbour

Posted by Bryan on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : Bahamas 
We have spent 2 lazy days in Marsh Harbour at a marina.  We have been getting caught up on preventative maitenance, something that never ends on a boat.  Better to fix something before there is a problem.  The trip across scared us a little and we don't want to have that happen again.  So we cleaned all filters, cleaned the bilges, tightened things, filled tanks, etc... 

now, for something more exciting from Devon:

  National Pi day


Yesterday was national pi day, pi is an endless decimal s...

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Lobster Hotel and Ribs ?

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : Bahamas 
We left Nassau this morning bright and early to head up to Spanish Wells.  A neat place, but we are only planning on a one night anchor and leaving again early the next day.  We are taking advantage of some good weather to get to the Abacoes early for the arrival of Haas clan next week.

We had a very pleasent day sailing in the ocean.  7-12 knot winds...sometimes at least.  Sometimes only 4 or 5.  We stayed along the drop off.  Where the water depth goes from 125 feet to 1,250 feet very fast h...
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The Short Straw

Posted by Bryan on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, In : Bahamas 
March 10th
In a two day trip we have gone from Staniel Cay to Wardrick wells, then all the way back up to  Nassau.  Coolest part, we saw 5 Whitby 42’s in one day!!!  A white Brewer, a Blue Brewer (didn’t see names), Duchess, Tribute, and Wind Song.  If we had stayed one more day we could have had an impromptu rendezvous. 

Last night our arrival into Nassau with a great firework display right in the harbour.  Right over our boat!!!  It started around 10:30 with a boom that was felt before ...

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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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