Today is Valentine's Day, Feb 14 and our second day in North Bimini.
We left Marathon at 3 pm on Tuesday, Feb 12. Three boats left together, High Spirits, Southern Cross and Bout Time. All are roughly the same length so have the almost same boat speed so we travelled in a tight group for 19.5 hours
Southern Cross ( Bob and Carol) have an AIS transmitter and receiver units while High Spirits and Bout Time just have AIS receivers. This way the large freighters could see Southern Cross while all of us could see the large freighters. Worked out well, when there was a possible collision issue. Southern Cross would call the freighters and tell them that there were three boats travelling in a tight group.
The freighters would change course and everything worked out. Supposed to be two other boats with us but we do not know if they left Marathon and where they were finally headed.
Yesterday was recovery day on North Bimini. We are staying at Bimini Blue Water Marina. It is a nice place, not too fancy and not too expensive. Cost is $1/ft and metered electricity. Metered electricity usually works in our favor on sail boats as we do not have AC or high power products. Water is expensive, reverse osmosis at $.60/gallon but it tastes much better than water in Nassau so we will fill up before we leave.
Went to Batelco, Bahamas phone company, to get anew number and time purchase for our old Bahamas phone.
Went out to dinner at a local fast food restaurant and Joy had conch fritters and fried conch for dinner. The six of us had a great time. Stopped afterwards at the reopend Bar at the End of the World. Was closed the last time we were here but now open.
Today is work on the boat day for fuel and walk around town this afternoon.
Our camera chip device broke down, but one of our fellow sailors told me how to load the camera chip directly into the computer.
So here are some pictures of North Bimini
Joy, Tammy and Carol and two other ladies that I did not meet. We had a pool/cocktail party on Valentine's Day, Feb 14. Pool had just opened up
Joe, Joy, Tammy, Jerrell, Barbara and George all at the government waiting for the high speed cruise boat to come in.
More later, looks like we will be here until Wed, Feb 20. Squalls and high winds tomorrow, Sunday, Feb 17