Saturday, 28 February 2015

February 24-27, 2015 pictures

a unfinished hideaway

all cement block, and in the round

looking inside

it would of had a great view

curly tail

not too sure what this was but it was right beside the unfinished house

MODAKI safe in 7 ft of water

2 rays swimming in the shallows

Joe practicing the conch blowing 

MODAKI being side towed into Marsh Harbour, by FELIX the cat dinghy

our starter out ready to go to get tested

the defected push button ignition in the out position

and now stuck in the in position

a very vicious looking crab

taking a shore hike with Paper Bird, Greg and Lyn

another curly tail in a cannon

conch blowing at the Mango dock, at sun set

everyone makes their own personal horn

Joe will be joining them soon

Friday, 27 February 2015

February 20 - 23, 2015 Marsh Harbour

back to Marsh Harbour to stock up on food

and a couple loads of laundry

February 20 - 23, 2015

Joe's birthday 

and his favourite cherry cheese cake

off the dock and one mile around to Fishers Bay and anchoring

then to shore  to walk to Nippers

the road to the beach

the gang at Nippers

back to the dinghies at low low tide

we had to walk them quite a way out to get the motors down

February 20 - 23, 2015 Great Guana Cay

Terry on Clarity blowing the conch
at sun set

a very colourful loader

Joe still looking for the best conch 

on a hike with Snow Bird and Clarity

not too sure what bird this is .. 

February 20 to 23, 2015

We did a last minute run to shore with garbage and mail postcards.

We got the anchor up at 10 am and motoring out the channel. We had full sails up all the way to Great Guana Cay.  It was a bit too much, we should of reefed the main. Two hours later we are at the dock at Orchid Bay for 50 cents/foot, or $15/night for us.  Water and hydro extra, (we didn't use either).

Snowbird, Clarity and Modaki all  went for a few walks on the beach, looking for sea glass, and sea beans. Kim (CLARITY) found a sea pearl, now that's something new to look for … I did manage to find one heart shape sea bean.

We finally got to met Jerry Taylor, PIPER, he was the sailor that offered to stay back with us, while we changed fuel filters when we made our first crossing, but we turned back to Florida instead.

Saturday night was rib night at Orchid Bay Restaurant. One pound for $10 dollars, with side dishes $5 dollars.  Clarity, Snow Bird and us all enjoyed this dinner.

Sunday morning we all got together to celebrate Joe's Birthday with coffee, cheese cake, rum cake and chocolate.

We motored with Snow Bird around to Fisher Bay, about one mile away and anchored for the night.  Within 2 hours an empty anchorage, had 19 boats, and mostly Canadian.

This was the first warm day to jump in the water and do some snorkelling. Dave went over to a reef and saw a turtle, angel fish and another out board engine.

We went to shore and visited the Famous Nippers. Sunday they serve a port BBQ meal … but we just hard a few drinks.

By nightfall the no-see ums where out in full force, and once again they had a feast.

Monday, we waved good bye to Snow Bird as they left to go around the WHALE and head back to Florida, to put the boat away. We have become good friends and promised to visit each other this summer.

Modaki motored to Marsh Harbour, where we did 2 loads of laundry, shopped at 2 grocery stores and topped up our internet packages, for the phone and I-PAD.

tomorrow is Joe's birthday  !!!!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

February 19, 2015 gale force winds and everything happened so fast

red sky at night .. a sailors delight

water intake screen

they where all alive … we returned them to the sea

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gale force winds and everything happened so fast

Over night the wind picked up and the sun shone by morning, we had planned on staying on board all day, doing odd chores.

Somewhere around 11am, Modaki dragged in a matter of minutes.

A large gust hit the anchorage and Modaki shook and travelled sideways, (as with all the other gusts), but this time, it was not like the others.
We jumped into the cockpit and we where dragging, so quickly it was like we had no anchor at all.  Now we where 10 feet beside the boat that was before 100 ft behind us. I started Modaki and motored ahead as Joe worked his way to the bow, releasing the snubber line.  Another gust hit and we passed in front of the same boat to stay out of its way as it swung on the hook. I thought we had snagged their anchor chain, as I saw it tightening (stretching out).
Joe is still struggling to raise the 75 ft of chain and anchor.
Now we are clear of most boats and the shallows.  It took us close to 5 minutes to get the anchor to the surface. The Rocna was completely covered in clay, even 10 inches up the arm.  The clay was about 1 1/2 feet square.  The ground gave way, not the anchor.
It took a while to get the clay dislodged and find another place to anchor. We are in a full moon and have extreme high and extreme low tides, so the space here is not as big as it was a few weeks ago.

This is the first time we have dragged at record speed, another 30 seconds and we would of …………… I don't want to finish this sentence.

The rest of the day was spent watching our land markers to make sure we 
stayed put.

And, me, cleaning the bilge, reorganizing (bathroom) head cabinet, finding our underwater Go-Pro …. Joe checked the engine, fuel, oil and water intake to engine … see pictures to what we found living in there

Boy of Boy, it is nerve a dull moment on this boat

The winds are to quiet a bit tonight.  Tomorrow, Friday, we are off to Great Guana Cay and Orchid Bay Marina, to wait out the next gale passing thru.

to be continued ….

Feb 13 - 18 part B

Joe checking out the conch that are for sale … he will be finding his own to blow

there is a lot of history here

Dave, holding on for dear life as we return to Hope Town on the ferry

canned food for supper tonight

the lettuce salad finished off the setting .. it is really good

Hope Town crossing back to Marsh Harbour, about 2 hours

Marsh Harbour to Treasure Cay, about 3 hours sailing

Joe with his machete, opening our latest find

this is one of the 3 boats that dragged anchor in two days .. Modaki being one of them

making butternut squash soup to warm us up

sorting the canned food bins