Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Back on the Boat

Hello all you blog readers,

Posting a short note at the request of some family members.

We are back on High Spirits and moving her north to Deale, MD for winter storage.  Today we are in beautiful Elizabeth City, NC where it has been raining all day.  Joy is off getting a massage and a pedicure. Kind of a present from me.

We hope to leave tomorrow for the Dismal Swamp passage which takes two days to get to the northern end, either Portsmouth or Norfolk, VA.

From then we keep moving north until we get to Deale, MD.  On Friday Nov 1 we are going to take our granddaughter, Erin, to Mt. Vernon if everything comes together. Mt Vernon is still open as it is a private foundation, not a Federal park site.

November we find us either in NH for a couple of days or just driving around the East Coast visiting our kids until we head out to Ohio for Thanksgiving.  The weekend before Joyce is taking us to the Ohio State football game.

Finally back to NH by Dec 1 to collapse and enjoy the snow

Joe

ps  Will put up some pictures later

Saturday, April 20, 2013

to Family and Friends

Hi Everybody,

I was thinking this morning and I have decided to write one more blog about our travels on High Spirits.  We have been either working, sailing, and living on High Spirits for about 29 months of the last three years.  This final month represents a closing of one part of our sailing life and we are going to move to  another sailing situation.

NEW PLANS

So here is the plan for at least the next year or so.  We are going to take advantage of our family house in New Hampshire for summers and winters.  Joy still loves to snow ski in the winter and we want to be able to use the  lake with our children, grandchildren and friends.  I enjoy working with the New London  IRS/AARP Tax Volunteer group.  We do about 500 tax returns a year for low to moderate income families with emphasis on seniors.

We will still sail on High Spirits in the fall and spring for now, just not for such a long time period. We plan on keeping the options open to return to the Bahamas in the winter, perhaps every other year.

FAMILY NEWS

Not sure everybody knows that Jill and Matt ( she is our middle child) are having their first baby around the third week of May.  So we are making arrangements to see them more over the next year or so, including Joy visiting them before the baby is born.

Jill's other news is that she accepted an admission offer to Harvard University starting in July 2014, one year delay.  She and Matt will be moving to Cambridge/Boston area for her one year program.  After that, who knows.  Not sure how this affects Matt's position at Columbia, but we will find out when we see them.

HATS OFF TO FRIENDS and FAMILY

I wanted to list some of the people we have met through sailing over the past year, or friends and family that came and stayed with us on High Spirits.  So not in any order, mostly by their boat cards if we got one.

FAMILY

Jen, Mark, Erin and Adam - came to Hopetown, Abacos, Bahamas for a week of living with us on the boat and staying at the hotel.  We had a room and a dock at Hopetown Inn and Marina and it worked out perfectly.

 Erin (6) slept on the boat for the first three nights and then we think she discovered that her parents room had cable TV with, rumor has it,  400 channels from England and the USA.  She learned to swim a little without any water aids, plus loved to fish with Nanni(Joy's name).  She had a blast riding in the front seat of the golf cart we rented to go to Tahiti Beach one day.

Adam (3) also loved the water, exploring for shells on the beach and just doing everything everybody wanted to do. He is a very good swimmer for his age.  Talks a mile a minute.

OLD FRIENDS

Four sets of old friends came to stay with us on High Spirits.

Dell and Jean - from Cleveland, Ohio.  Church friends for over 20 years.  Stayed with us in Marathon, Fl

Nick and Sue - oldest friends since the late 1970's.  Our two daughters are turning 40 this year and  were in nursery school together. They stayed with us in Green Turtle Cay.

Madonna - spent two weeks with us up in Maine and in Canada ( our car trip)

Steven - college friend sailed Maine with us to Bremen, Maine

 SAILING FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY THIS PAST YEAR

Steve and Linda on Yesterday's Dream ( old dock mates from E55th Street Marina in Cleveland)
Peggy and David on Wanderin' Star
Debbie and Butch on Swee' Pea
John and Helen on Aqua Mirus
Dick and Margaret on Alize
Corky and Anna on Kabria
Larry and Annette on Island Breeze
Gary and Janet on Lee-Ann
Mike and Chris on Missing Link
Jeff and Marilyn on Still Crazy
Bob and Barbara on Rob Ra Anne
Jim and Joey on My Pleasure
Phil and Sara on Spartina
Bob and Carol on Southern Cross
Dan and Ame on Mad'Em Cait
Mike, Michelle, Joshua and Bradleigh on Bay Tripper
Pam and Skip on CU@C
Johnny and Doris on 'Bout Town



I am sure I missed some people but we want to thank everybody who crossed our path and travelled with us, played dominoes or cards with us, and just enjoyed being with us.

Going to close with two pictures




Sunset at Peck Lake, April 18,2013



The beach looks great and the water inviting, but we going to take a blog break for a couple of months while we enjoy the summer up in New London, NH.  Stop by and see us.

Fair winds and following seas

Love

Joe and Joy


Thursday, April 18, 2013

In Florida

Hello Everybody,

Arrived in Lake Worth, Florida, also known as the West Palm Beach, Singer Island, and Peanut Island towns.  Lots of big power boats and expensive houses to look at.

Trip over took 9.5 hours from West End, Grand Bahama Island.  West End is the very end of the Island, about a 70 dollar cab ride from Freeport.  There is nothing here due to the last couple of hurricanes. There are some large houses with private canals and docks but the West End Settlement has been better days.  Still recovering from hurricane damage.

The   crossing was okay, there were 2-4 foot waves hitting on the aft starboard quarter so we were kind of riding the waves at an angle. The wind was 10-15 knots mostly 120 degrees so we were able to keep both sails filled and run the engine to be able to do 6 plus knots and almost 8 knots while in the Gulf Stream.

The only worthy note about the trip was that I was down below and got knocked down by a large wave hitting the side of the boat.  Fortunately as Joy puts it, the stairs broke by movement across the cabin and luckily for me the stairs knocked me on my left hip rather than me hitting my head or neck on the navigation table.  That would have been a more severe injury. So that only hurts are to my ego, my left butt and the back on the ride side.  Sitting on an ice pack as I write this part of the blog.

We travelled back with Dick and Margaret Dragonnette of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. They have been living on their boat since the Fall and keep  "Alize" at Harbortown Marina in Fort Pierce.  That is where we will tie up for 10 days and fly out to Boston and NYC next weekend after visiting Sally and Manny.


Joe, Joy, Margaret, and Dick celebrating our arrivals at Old Bahama Bay Marina in the West End.

Our last stop before heading over to Florida the next morning.


Joe

Friday, April 12, 2013

Getting ready to head NORTH

We have completed all the task needed to get High Spirits ready to head back to Florida.  Checked the coolant, oil, filled boat with water, added diesel, and filled up the greaser.

Leaving tomorrow with Alize, Dick and Margaret Dragonnette from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  They keep their boat in Ft. Pierce at Whitaker Boat Yard. The plan is to leave Marsh Harbor tomorrow , cross Whale Channel and end up in Munjack Cay.  Then possible stay there a day and then work our way north and west to Great Sale Cay and then into West End. Not sure what day we will be crossing the Gulf Stream.  Could be as early as Wed, April 17 or as late as Tuesday, April 23. All depends on what people want to do, and what the weather for crossing is going to be later in next week.

Hope to do some snorkeling and fishing along the way.  Perhaps we will even catch something we can eat!

We will not have any Internet or phone service once we leave Marsh Harbor tomorrow as we will be anchoring out in remote locations.  Have our VHF radio so we can talk to each other, but the range is only about 20 miles

So most likely no blog until we get to Ft. Pierce.

Joe


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dominoes at the Jib Room

Well another fast and furious action packed game of dominoes today,  Joy came in third and I came in fifth out of five players.  Played with Gary, Janet, and Mike.  The regulars from two years ago.

Not much going on today.  Filled up the greaser that delivers grease to the cutlass bearing.  Boat is filled with diesel and water. Just have to check the coolant level, oil level, and pull up the dinghy and we are ready to go either Friday or Saturday.  Waiting to hear from Dick and Margaret, think we will be travelling with them back to Ft. Pierce which is their home port.

Here are some pictures of Joy's birthday which is April 5

Joe



Erin, Joy and Adam on Joy's birthday.  The cake came from Vernon's Bakery in Hopetown, Abacos, Bahamas.

Erin contemplating her blue drink umbrella.



Erin and Joy did a lot of fishing off the boat in Hopetown.



Adam in the pool at the Hopetown Inn and Marina, a great place for us as the room was right at the pool and the dock was very close to the pool.

Joe

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tuesday at the Jib Room

Jen and family left yesterday and so we are back at the Jib Room playing dominoes with our friends, Joy did some snorkeling with Jeff and Marilyn this morning. We meet them at West End, and they are now back at Marsh Harbor after having to go back to the States for Jeff to work. He job shares his job with another doctor. This time he is here for 6 weeks or so and then back to work for a while

Joy won the dominoes today, and we ended up having pizza for supper.

Going to try and load some pictures of her birthday party, her birthday is APRIL 5.

no luck on loading pictures. will try tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow is boat chore day, have to load the greaser with fresh grease, check the oil and coolant levels so we can be ready to leave on Friday or Saturday to get back through the Whale Channel and head north to get ready to get to Florida.

Going on airplanes on April 25, Joy to NYC to visit Jill and Matt for the weekend, I am going to a PBE mini reunion about our total house renovation project.

Joe


Monday, April 8, 2013

Joy's Birthday

Today is Joy's birthday.  Spent the day staying out of the rain as a big storm rolled in during the morning hours and then again tonight. Jen and family are all staying in the hotel room.

We took the shuttle over to the other side of the harbor where most of the buildings, stores, and restaurants are located.  Mailed some post cards to Erin and Adam's friends.

Had lunch at Captain Jacks, then came back to the boat for more rain.

After dinner we had a cake from Vernon's Bakery.  It was a banana, guava, and pineapple cake, kind of like a carrot cake but no carrots.  He ran out of his coconut mixture so no coconut cake.  That is his special item.

Anyway, here are some pictures from today.  Tomorrow we are off on a fast boat to Man O War Cay for their Family Heritage Day.  Should be fun. Back by 3 pm to enjoy the pool.  Leaving early Sunday to ride the tide out of Hopetown back to Marsh Harbour. Hope to get some sailing in.

NOTE:  IT IS NOW MONDAY, APRIL 8

Jen and family left today for Florida and tomorrow for Hyattsville, had a great time with them

Howver, Internet has not been user friendly, eps in Hopetown where I was unable to load pictures.  Will try now in Marsh  Harbour

PICTURES ARE NOT WORKING, WILL TRY TOMORROW

JOE




Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Beach Day in Hopetown

Spent the morning and early afternoon at the ocean beach off of the Hopetown Lodge.
Took our shuttle boat over to the Lodge, walked down to the beach.  Snorklers included mark, Joy and Jen.  Adam and Erin played on the sand and in the water.

After a couple of hours, Erin and I retired to the pool, bar and restaurant.  The rest joined us for lunch. The pool was really nice.  Adam seems to like the water more than Erin.  Guess she had some issues taking swimming lessons, but she is working through them.

Tomorrow we are taking High Spirits out to Tahiti Beach and taking the dinghy into shore for some shelling and water activities. Probably have to take 2 trips in the dinghy so it is not overloaded.  Depends on how close we can get to the beach and how the water is breaking on the beach.

Supposed to be a calm day tomorrow and winds increasing for Thursday and Friday.

Some pictures. 

 
 
 

Of course we had to have ice cream at the Sugar Shack after a tough day in the pool

Looks like on Friday we are going to take a special boat over to Man O War Cay for the Heritage Festival Day.  Works out better for us because of tide times and have to get in and out of both places at high tide times plus may have no place to anchor or mooring to pick up.

Joe

Monday, April 1, 2013

Hopetown Inn & Marina

Jen, Mark, Erin and Adam arrived yesterday afternoon about 1:30 pm at Marsh Harbor Airport.  No problems on the flight over from Florida. We spent the afternoon at Mermaid Reef which is just a short 10 minute walk from the Jib Room.  It used to be closer but one of the owners on the water side of the street put up a fence to keep people from crossing over his land to get to the beach.

In the Bahamas there are no private beaches but people can own the land up to the beach/water line and prevent people from trespassing.  Fortunately there is another small beach just 100 yards past the old one we used.   Mark got to do some snorkeling and the kids collected shells.

Today after breakfast we fired up the engine and pulled out of the Jib Room in a stiff cross wind. We got pretty close to the other side but managed to back High Spirits out of the fairway into the harbor without hitting anybody.  We had to try to get her straight a couple of times. She does not back well to the port especially when the wind is blowing.

Got to do some sailing this afternoon on the way over to Hopetown.  Mark did most of the sailing. Seems to really like it.  He grew up sailing as a kid in the summers.

The Inn and Marina here is only a year old and very nice and not too expensive.  The room is costing $130 a night and the dock is only $.75/ft per night, they raised the rate to $1.50 this week but we had an old reservation and get the old rate.

Here are some pictures from today's sailing adventure.




Mark and Erin at the helm


Joy and Adam



Joe and Jennifer.  She is our oldest child and will be 40 this December.  Looks like I am almost getting to be considered an older person.  NOT!

Tonight Erin is sleeping in the V berth or as she calls it  ERIN'S ROOM.

Jen, Mark and Adam are in the hotel room with two queen size beds so they should get a decent nights sleep. Last night Jen was in the V Berth with Erin and Adam. She says she is going to write a guest blog about that situation.

Tomorrow we are off to explore and do some shopping on the town side of the Harbor, visit the light house and figure out when to rent a golf cart so we can drive down to Tahiti Beach.

Joe

Friday, March 29, 2013

Life at the Jib Room

We are on anchor in Marsh Harbor, the main city of the Abacos. In fact, Marsh Harbor is the third
largest city in the Bahamas. It is now Friday, March 30, Good Friday, and we finally are getting decent Internet service here in the Bahamas.  Only decent, as I am trying to download a library book from Cuyahoga County Public Library and it is not happening.

We arrived her last Saturday, spent 4 nights anchored out in the harbor. Was pretty blowy the first couple of nights.  The battery was getting low so we moved onto our dock on Wednesday. Have the shore power on and batteries took 24 hours to recharge back to full.  One of the drawbacks living on the anchor is that our single solar panel does not put out enough power to fulfill our needs, especially with the CPAP machine. Then if it is cloudy, we hardly get any charge at all.


The Jib Room is a really fun place to be. Today we had three tables playing dominoes, a very popular pastime here in Marsh Harbor.

Tomorrow is some boat fixing time. Working on some rust spots on the engine from salt water spray leak that we fixed.  Sunday is Easter and after 9 am church we are going out for brunch. Then Jen and family arrive in the afternoon.  Off to Hopetown on Monday.

Will try to more updates but all depends on Internet situation at the Hopetown Inn and Marina.


Joey from My Pleasure, Barbara from Bob Ra Ann, and Joy from High Spirits at the Steak Fry last Saturday, March 23.


Joe

ps  will try to post a video of the Limbo demonstration later when the Net is running faster


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sitting in Marn O War Cay

We have been here in Man O War Cay for the past two nights. Just signed up for Internet for a week so we can go back to reading our email, listening to Chris Parker weather forecasts, and doing the blog.

Looks like we will be here for a couple of more days as two friends, My Pleasure with Jim and Joey , and Bar Ra Ann,  Bob and Barbara may be arriving tomorrow afternoon.  It will be good to see them as we have not seen them since Marathon, Fl.

So on our trip over the last couple of days, we ended up in Great Guyana Cay for the Barefoot Man concert last weekend. Check him out at  www.barefootman.com

The music is great and the lyrics are a riot.  We stayed a couple of nights on a mooring for only $20/night.  That seems to be the universal price for moorings in the Abacos.

At one of the restaurants, Pirates Cove in Great Guyana Cay we got to watch the movie, Identity Theft with Jason Batemen.  The sub titles were in Japanese as it was a pirate copy out of Japan.  The only problem was next to us were a bunch of loud taking locals.  So the movie was a little hard to hear but pretty funny.

So here are some pictures from the last couple of days of places and people:



Pigs off of No Name Cay, nobody but the pigs live there. This baby pig is very small.  The pigs came down to us after we went a shore. We threw them bannas and cabbage to eat. The bananas were tasty, not so the cabbage.  The lucky pig that got the banana took it and ran off, no sharing in his mind.


At the Barefoot Man concert, they had this travelling magician entertaining everybody before the show. He was really good, especially on his card tricks. 




Annette and Larry Carter, they have been sailing with us for the past week or so.  Going to their bot, Island Pleasure for dinner tonight.



Barefoot Man and one of his back up singers. By the way, he does not wear shoes.


Joe



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Music on Green Turtle Cay

Wednesday was doo wop night at Sundowner's Bar in the Settlement of New Providence, the name of the town on Green Turtle Cay.

We had met six people from Ohio, four of them went to Muskingham College and two went to Wittenberg.  The guy from Wittenberg, Keith, was in the same fraternity as Nick Buehler, although 3 years apart.  Keith knew Nick's brother Trevor who also went to Wittenberg and was a Beta.

The six decided to have a doo wop sing along at Sundowners and invited us to come.  Had a great time, I have included some photos and will attempt to load a video of the singers.

Later that night we went back to Green Turtle Club and listened and danced to the Gulley Roosters, a great Bahamian band that plays at the Club every Wed.

Heading across the Whale on Sat onto the Marsh Harbor portion of the Abacos to position ourselves for Jen and family arriving on March 31.


Bob(worked with Linda Franko), Keith (school with Nick Buehler), Joan ( Gus's wife), Karen(Keith's wife and Wittenberg person), Linde ( Bob's wife), and Gus( was CFO of Wittenberg for 20+ years)


Yes, it is what it looks like. Stripper pole at Sundowners.


Sunset at Sundowner's Bar and Grill

video


Here is a short video of the Ohio gang signing at Sundowners


Joe






Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sue and Nick's Last Day

Sue and Nick took off on Monday about 11 am to take the ferry back to Treasure Cay and their afternoon flight to Florida and then on to Washington, DC

Had a great time with them. Here are a couple of photos taken with them.


Sue and Nick siting outside of the bakery where we stopped for a light snack.

 
Inside the Wrecking Tree CafĂ©.  The tree outside is where the wreckers would meet to divide, sell,  and trade stuff they got from wrecks.
 
 
After they  left, we took the dinghy into the Settlement ( that what they call small towns here in the Bahamas). Took about 15 minutes to get there, the ride over was into the wind so it took a little longer.
 
We will be here at Green Turtle most likely until Saturday morning due to the wind and wave conditions in the Whale Passage.
 
Joe


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day at the Beach - Manjack Cay

On Thursday we decided to cut the dock lines and head over to Manjack Cay, a small cay about 6 miles from Green Turtle. We got there in the evening.  Friday morning after breakfast we took the dinghy to shore and walked 30 minutes to the beach.

There are six private homes on Manjack.  We met one of the owners, Lisa. She has lived there 21 years with her family.  She has been coming to the Bahamas for 45 years or so, and finally built a house.  They raise vegetables, chickens, and other items. They collect rain water for drinking and irrigation.

The beach was long and white. Joy and Sue went on a long walk.

After walking back to the dinghy we took advantage of the chairs and hammock that Lisa has put out for boaters to use.  This is a very friendly place.

Some pictures of Friday's activities.



 The place has all these signs telling you which way is the Beach.

At the beach at Manjack
Cay.  Nick, Sue, Joy and Joe


Nice place to rest


View from the hammock




Sue at the helm, two sails, no engines, focused on course 240 degrees.



Our Friday dinner being prepared by one of the local fisherman.


Joe

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Dancing Under the Stars

Wednesday night is music night at Green Turtle Cay Club.  They have a great 4 piece band, keyboard, lead guitar, bass guitar and drums. The tempo is Bahamian/Island music so it is very fast.  Even the "slow" numbers are faster than most US dance music.  Anyway, some pictures below.

It has been great having Nick and Sue here with us. They fit into the boat life with no problems, except they forgot a few items back in their car.  Plus Sue keeps forgetting the store closes at 5 pm, so no  cookies tonight.

Joy, Sue and Nick took a walk and ended up at the Bluff House marina, across from White Sound from Green Turtle.  They had no money so they called the Green Turtle office and talked the guy into giving them my VISA card number so they could buy beers.  So much for security of financial information.

I stayed behind to work on some boat maintenance issues:  water refill and oil change.  The water here is reverse osmosis and cost $.25.gallon.  Not that bad, since we have seen $.60/gallon in other places. Got my jobs finished just when they got back.

We are thinking today of sailing over to Manjack Cay and anchor for the night. All depends on the wind levels this afternoon after the beach cookout.  It is tough being on a boat.

Here today's photos.

 
Nick on dish washing duty
 
 
 
 
Sue and Nick on the deck listening to the music
 
 

Si here is the story about the guy in the white shirt and hat. He is playing a washboard, the style of music here in the Bahamas is called:  "rake and scrape"  Sometimes the player just holds the wash board but he is wearing it, leaving two hands to play. He is actually holder old metal beer bottle openers.  His name is Brendal and he owns the dive shop here at Green Turtle Club. He just sat in for a few numbers.  The band started at 9 pm and played till midnight.



Joe

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

At the Ocean Beach, Green Turtle

Another great day with the Buehlers. We have known each other since 1976 when our daughter, Jennifer, was in nursery school with Lorien, their daughter at the old age of 3 years old.
Plus Nick is from Dover, Ohio and is a big Cleveland Browns fan.  We were living in Andover, MA then.  I was working for James Huggins and Son, Joy's family business, and Nick was a professor at Merrimack College in North Andover and Sue worked in special ed for pre school children.

We hiked to the Ocean Beach carrying beach chairs, lunch, books, towels and body suites that we rented from Brindal's shop at Green Turtle Club. He only charges $10/day for a body suit.  It does not cover the legs.

The water was a little rough and there was not much to see.  Later in the day, Joy tried another spot and had some success.

We took a lot of pictures at the beach




Here is a good way to spend the afternoon.





Joe

Sue & Nick are here

Sue and Nick arrived this afternoon at Green Turtle Cay and are staying for a week with us on High Spirits.

They took the ferry from the Treasure Cay airport to the club. Cost was $13/person.

Before they got here Joy and I rented a golf cart and drove around New Plymouth, the name of the main settlement here on Green Turtle Cay.  Checked out the local beaches and had lunch at Harvey's Grill.  Tomorrow is going to be beach day for part of the day.

Several boats are leaving tomorrow for the Marsh Harbor area.



Joy's flowering plant, purple orchid sitting on the dining room table.




Sue on her first day this time on High Spirits


Nick on his first day on High Spirits, this trip.

We will exploring the Ocean Beach here at Green Turtle Cay on Tuesday,  More later


Joe

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Spanish Cay

Arrived in Green Turtle Cay yesterday, but first a little about our stay in Spanish Cay.
Spanish Cay is a good stopping spot between Great Sale Cay and Green Turtle Cay when the tide is not high enough to get into Green Turtle. We can come in only on half rising tide or higher.

Spanish Cay is a private island and at one time was owned by Clint Murchison, former owner of the
Dallas Texas NFL football team.  There are only 6 private house on the island along with 12 hotel rooms and two house to rent along with 81 docks.

However it was totally vacant when we got there.  Their big season starts in May through Oct for
sport fisherman. In fact during the season the restaurant is open all day every day, along with the bar, pool and hot tub.  For us it was all closed.

After we arrived, another sail boat and power boat came in and that made three of us.  The staff is super friendly and hard working.

Here are some pictures of Spanish Cay.  Note the tennis courts filled with sand from Hurricane Sandy.



This was sunset at Great Sale Cay the night before we arrived in Spanish Cay




The empty marina at Spanish Cay






The sand filled tennis courts.

So now we are in Green Turtle Club's main dinning room.  Nick and Sue Buehler arrive tomorrow afternoon for a week on High Spirits

Joe

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Repairs still ongoing

Today is Wed, Feb 27, and Jack is still working on High Spirits.

After the oil pump problem was solved, we noticed that the raw water pump was leaking. So they installed our spare pump but then noticed that the pipe carrying the water from the block to the pump was leaking.

It appears that in the past somebody noticed the leak and repaired it with some sticky stuff.
SO Jack took it back to his shop last night to clean it up and coat is with fiberglass.  Should be installed this morning.

The other job is to install a mechanical oil pump gauge. That will also be done today.

I have been watching House of Cards on Netflix. It is a 13 episode staring Kevin Stacy and Robin Wright. They play a big power couple in DC. 

So Joy took a picture of me.  Called it: WHAT JOE LIKES TO DO IN THE BAHAMAS.




Today we will have lunch at the Straw Hut, Tiki bar and just hang out this afternoon.

Have to fill the boat up with water and away we go tomorrow.

Joe


Monday, February 25, 2013

Boat Repairs

Jack and his helper, Damien, showed up at 9:45 am and started examining High Spirits.

After several tests, it was determined that our oil pump was not working and not providing any oil pressure.  They ended up taking off the fly wheel to get to the oil pump. Took it off, cleaned it out of some dirt, and put it back together.  They also used compressed air to shoot into the oil pan to blow out any stuff that was hung up in the strainer.

Put it back together fired it up and no problems.

They are coming back tomorrow to install our spare raw water pump, the current one has a leak, not where the gasket goes but at the back of the pump.  That should cut down on salt water dripping on the transmission system.

Also going to install a mechanic oil pressure gauge and check for diesel fuel leaks

Was a good day.  The biggest things we have to do next is when High Spirits is out the hard is to have the engine lifted, the oil pan taken down and it and the strainer cleaned.  That is a job for the yard to do since the engine will have to come up, and then realigned when put back on the motor mounts.


Damien, on the left, and Jack taking off our fly wheel. Damien is his nephew and learning the marine trade,  Jack has bad knees so he supplies the brain power and Damien the muscle power.


Blowing compressed air into the oil pan.  Seemed to work.

Joe

Fun in West End

Today is Monday, 2/25/13 and we are waiting for Jack the mechanic to come to High Spirits and fix our problem.  Two of our warning systems do not shut off after they run through test mode when you first turn on the engine. They are the oil pressure warning light and the horn on the coolant temperature alarm system.  We replaced the oil pressure sensor and checked to make sure they were not loose wires but still no solution. I can disconnect the temperature alarm system, but then it would not tell us if we overhead.

Our engine burns oil and we really need to know if we have pressure or a bad electrical issue.

Jack is bringing a mechanic pressure tester along with a oil pressure gauge to install.  Hopefully he will be here soon and not cost a fortune.

Having a good time here at Old Bahamas Bay resort on the West End of Grand Bahama Island.

At breakfast Joy meet Linda and Stephanie, two doctors on vacation, and we ended getting a ride from Stephanie to the "Catholic" church. Linda wanted to go and we tagged along.  When we got there we found out that it was the ":Anglican" church but we stayed for a 2 hour and 20 minute service.  As Doris told us last week in Bimini, the Anglican/Epis, church is "Catholic Lite"
"All the ritual, none of the guilt".

Joy, Stephanie, and Linda went out kayaking in the afternoon, then we had them over for dinner.
They are flying back to Florida today. They worked together for 5 years as Pediatric. Rehab Docs, and go on vacation together once a year or so.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.


On Saturday we used the resort bike's and rode down into the West End Settlement.  There we met Barry at his two stool street side bar and had a nice drink and spent time talking to him about life in West End. 

West End Settlement was  damaged by several hurricanes over the past 10 years including major flooding from Superstorm Sandy. Water was three feet deep in his building. They are a lot of buildings that are abandoned.  Currently there are two small grocery stores, one was almost totaling empty of products.



Conch salad stand across the street from Barry's bar, open on the weekend.



Some of the fellow boaters heading to the Abacos on Saturday night at the 5 pm party.



Joy, Stephanie, and Linda on High Spirits for dinner on Sunday, March 24, 2013.


Joe

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Old Bahama Bay

What a wonderful day here at Old Bahama Bay resort on the West End of Grand Bahama Island.

This was a day to relax as you can tell by the pictures.  After breakfast we cleaned the boat inside and out.  You have to pay $15/day for water so we decided to fill up the water tank and use the hose to wash off the salt from yesterday's crossing.

Then off to the Tiki Bar for a nice lunch and Gombay Smash for Joy. Next relaxing on the beach, reading some good books and then relaxing at the pool as it started to cool down.

Check out the last picture.  It shows the size difference from our 39 ft sail boat and a 90 foot motor cruiser. This boat came from Sicily, I meet the older couple who own it. They had the boat shipped cross the Atlantic on a freighter.  Must have tons of bucks.  Wonder what he did for a living in Sicily?

 
 
 
 
 








Here is little High Spirits on the right and the large 90 Falcon on the left. What a difference.

By the way, tomorrow we are headed up to the Abacos and several small cays where there is no WIFI or ability to post a blog.  Will return when we get to Green Turtle Cay Club in a couple of days

Joe