Blog posts from our adventures sailing and cruising the islands of the Bahamas

Passage from the Bahamas to the Turks and Caicos Islands (Part One)

We have sailed south this year down the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas. These beautiful islands offer a glimpse of a time gone by. The local residents are happy and content with island life. Unlike the metropolitan areas of the USA and Europe, there is not very much to spend money on here on these […]

Categories: Bahamas, Caribbean, Sailing Adventures, Sailing Blog, Turks and Caicos

Trash Day

We have not been in a place to drop off trash since we left Bimini. The Exuma Land and Sea Park’s rule is what you take in you must take out. We had a month’s worth of trash. Two contractor size bags full of smaller trash bags. We  double bagged the larger bags to keep […]

Categories: Bahamas, Funny Stuff, Questions Women Ask, Sailing Blog, Shorts and Musings

Hunkering Down for a Blow

The cruising life is not all grins and giggles. We are currently working our way southward down the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas. In previous posts, I have mentioned we have held for weather or moved to a safer area. We received a few questions about what this really means. I thought a couple of […]

Categories: Bahamas, Nautical Stuff, Questions Women Ask, Sailing Blog

Seeking a Safe Harbor at Cambridge Cay

To quote my favorite author, “It was a dark and stormy night…” Well, it isn’t stormy, yet. But, is sure as heck is dark. We have been blessed with really clear skies the past couple of days. This is good for three reasons. First, it’s not raining. Second, our solar panels work better without clouds. […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Blog

A Tale of Two Snorkelers

We had a little bumpy start to our cruising season this year.  We were stuck for weather. Then, stuck again for weather. Stuck for engine troubles. On our way again. Hop. Hop. Hop. Then Ahhhhh….we arrived at our long awaited destination. The beautiful Exuma Land and Sea Park, (ELSP). Last season we rushed through the […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Blog

Close Encounters of the ELSP Kind

Every now and then we have a day that puts a bounce in our step and wind in the sails. Last year I posted an encounter with some dolphins generating a memory I will cherish forever. I didn’t think that could be topped. I was wrong. We are on a mooring buoy at Warderick Wells […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Blog

Communication on a Boat-Part One

It has been an exciting couple of years cruising. We have really learned a lot and we have so much more to learn. One of the many things on the learning curve is how to communicate with friends and family back home and with other cruisers. It can take a bit of patience and planning sometimes. […]

Categories: Bahamas, Questions Women Ask, Sailing Blog

Shroud Cay

A friend in Canada sent us this picture today: We sent this picture back to him:   We departed Highborne Cay knowing we were in for some strong north winds for one night so we tucked in behind a small island called Elbow Cay just a little west of Shroud Cay and set the anchor. […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Blog

Highborne Cay – Exuma Islands

Yey! We are in the Exuma Islands of the Bahamas! Our route here was a little unconventional. We departed Bimini and sailed (meaning we motored) for a full day across an area called the Great Bahama Bank. For miles and miles, the water is only about 20 feet deep with no land in sight. At […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Blog

We’re In The Bahamas – Just Barely

We are in the Bahama Islands, just barely. We sailed (meaning we motored) from Ft. Lauderdale across the Gulfstream. We departed Ft. Lauderdale about 3:30 am to ensure we made a daylight landing in the Bahamas. The Bahamian government is pretty lax about maintaining navigational aids such as buoys and channel markers so it is […]

Categories: Bahamas, Caribbean, Sailing Blog

A Quick Stop in Key West

I have never met a person who has been banned from a restroom/shower facility before. Here is how the conversation went: Marina official: Next please Live-aboard boater lady: I need to get a new key for the bathroom (Weekly and monthly rate for use of facility which includes showers. Often purchased by boaters who are […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Adventures, USA

We Made It – Back in the USA

It took us 7 days of sailing to cover the 850 miles from the southern Bahamas to Tampa Bay. Our trip was uneventful. Uneventful is a very good thing. We really really like uneventful. We made one stop unplanned stop in Key West. When we started out, we knew the winds would be moderate. We […]

Categories: Bahamas, Sailing Adventures

Time for a U-turn

It is that time of year again, Hurricane season. We need to clear out of here and hang someplace safe until November. We have toyed with the big question of where we want to sit in hot humid weather and wait until November or when it is safe to venture out again. Last summer, we […]

Categories: Bahamas

Getting to Musha Cay

We are heading back to George Town on Great Exuma to get food. We are running out of all sorts of things since we have been in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP) for so long. We made a stop in Staniel Cay for some basics: bread, potatoes, tomatoes, more Cuban cigars, rum […]

Categories: Bahamas

Cambridge Cay

Still inside the boundaries of the Exuma Land and Sea Park we sailed from Warderick Wells Cay to Cambridge Cay (aka Little Bells Cay). Some other cruisers told us the diving and snorkeling at Cambridge Cay was better than Warderick Wells Cay. We were really impressed with Warrick Wells Cay so, we had to go […]

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