Wednesday, 26 April 2017

April 23 - 25, 2017 major storm

well thankfully we grabbed a mooring ball when we did, we knew it was coming
we spent Sunday morning cleaning the deck and the dinghy with salt water, so when we got the 3 inches of rain it will wash the salt off and we will have enough water collected for drinking and
washing our salty dock lines
…. the boat shuttered many times and we figured it was gusting 40 knots .. Modaki sprung a few leaks, some we knew about and thought we had fixed them (leaks on top not bottom)
the worst winds came after dark at about midnight when the wind shifted to the west

in the morning the sun shone and it was all over, but still windy, no boats where moving

… Joe put all our lines in the clean fresh water in the dinghy for a soaking

we washed our snorkelling gear and life jackets and hung them to dry

the wind pulled apart some seams in the bimini and the dodger, so we fixed them also

we got a surprise visit from the US Coast Guard, they are here to help the Bahamian Government,  they did not board us, but they did board a few US boats on mooring balls

…they where anchored outside and registered 41 knots around midnight and a few Cays north of us
registered 61 knots, and in Eleuthra 100 knots with a water spout

as I said I'm glad we are on a secure mooring ball, Donny told us that every November he changes the chains and tackle on his MB's

I don't know what this vine is but it is beautiful

boat chores done and off to Gillam Bay

we where here 6 months ago and this is new since then
lots of corrosion

back to fixing the water leaks, stanchion base in the v-berth,
drinking water intake opening, companionway hatch, again etc.

well we are getting down to the last of our canned goods, I love these and saved them for 
the last two weeks on the boat

Green Turtle Cay Restaurant and Marina, the bar is lined with
one dollar bills with cruisers names on them

unfortunately our Canadian dollar bill is missing, but we did bring a loonie with a hole in it to
hang onto our Bahamian dollar, we added 2016 and 2017 to the bill

every wall and ceiling is covered with bills

this is where I do my blogging on the north side of the Whale, the wifi is fast and I get to enjoy all the orchids and flowers in bloom, and some times I have the Bahamian Hummingbird come for a visit

Well it looks like I'm finally up to date with the blog, we are spending the night at anchor in
White Sound and then heading to Munjack Cay for a few night

before May 1, we will be back in Black Sound, Green Turtle Cay to get Modaki
ready for hauling May 8

 … we are coming home  ...

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