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It was very overcast when we got up this morning. We took a walk around the complex this morning and found out what facilities were available. The large swimming pool has a water slide, a swim up bar and a Jacuzzi. Whilst walking, it was trying to rain, but was just spitting, which was quite nice with the 29 degree temperatures. We visited the beach water sports hut as we were interested in having a jet ski out sometime during the week. The sea is a bright Blue and the sand is pure white. When looking at the map, we could see that our apartment was about half a mile away from Port Lucaya market place, so we set off this morning to see if we could get there. Unfortunately, there is a large expanse of ... read more
Large pool
Pool bar
Large lizard - about foot long

Another early morning so we could get all packed up and out of the apartment by the check out time of 10am. With all the bits that we have bought in Miami, we have had to use the suitcase we bought in addition to the ones we brought with us. We had planned to replace one of them with the new case. Managed to get everything packed in well within weight limits. Stopped off at Denny’s’ for traditional breakfast rather than buying it at the airport. Got to the airport with plenty of time and proceeded through a very smooth checking. The gate at Miami Airport today is right at the very end of the satellite. This is where American Airlines launch all their small plane Island hoppers. It was such a small plane, they could ... read more
Our home for the next week
Bahamas National Flag
It's sort of America over here

YOU are invited to a virtual pot-luck. Please bring a picture of your favourite, tasty dish of food when you visit this blog. How do you do that? (It's a piece of cake if you know how to download pictures or a picnic if you get someone to help you.) Take a picture of your favourite dish the next time you make it and download it here in the message section. "What's the occasion?", you might ask. Well it is Mother's Day today, so that's good for a start. Fortunately I was up this morning to receive a beautiful surprise. Lavonnia, a terrific person from the marina office brought all the boaters a gorgeous rose for Mother's Day. As you can imagine, flowers aren't a big part of the boating scenario, so this one was really ... read more
Roddie and Lavonnia
Grand Bahama Sunny Slaw
Sprouting in a coffee pot

This is us, balancing our BLUE WATER overload with some GREEN EARTH 'get our feet on the ground' time. Step inside, hide in the shade and enjoy the deep earthy smells at the Garden of the Groves. The $15 fee, $10 for seniors, is worth it. But just for you, on the blog ... FREE! : ) Now we've started videoing a little, we're amazed at the hussle-bussle of nature. If it works, try our video of crazy hummingbirds diving into the last call of afternoon nectar. After that, check the waterfall video, complete with ducks on the edge. This park was privately owned by a couple who donated it to the public. Coincidentally, the family's name was Groves. It's located almost in the centre of Grand Bahama Island, near the Grand Lucayan Waterway that dissects ... read more
Coral -  my favourite today
Story of the Groves
Accessible walkways

Bluewater Cat is still in the Bahamas. We left the Georgetown area around the middle of March and headed north to the Abacos, the northernmost islands of the Bahamas. We flew to the Abacos about 15 years ago and spent a week there scuba diving while staying at a resort, but had never been there with the boat. I was surprised when we reached the popular cruising area of the Abacos to see so many sailboats plying these waters. The Abacos include the main islands of Little Abaco and Great Abaco and then multiple smaller cays like Man O War, Green Turtle Cay, Elbow Cay, Manjack Cay, and so on. It reminds me a little of the BVIs because you can take short day sails from island to island and yet stay within the protected Sea ... read more
Lily after her bath
Easter Sunday

Remember the old Pennsylvania Dutch expression: "The hurrier I go, the behinder I get"? Well we're working on a corollary of that, something like: "The less we do, the less we do-dee-do-dee-do". Hmmmmm? That's catchy. Maybe there's a song in that. See what I mean...? Since we've taken to indulging ourselves as dock-huggers at the Grand Bahamas Yacht Club, we have had more time to do what we do most willingly... hanging out in good company. So we find ourselves relaxing as we had hoped to do, when we started the boat project years ago. There are no worries about dragging anchor or being mowed under by a mega-yacht although we do have our big red fender balls out to prevent being shoved up against the dock by wind and wakes. Ultimately, finding company can be ... read more
Chris with Lars, Fredrick and Tomas
Cheers to Linda at Taino Beach!

Gone to heaven. No time to chat. 'Cinq a sept' is almost over. En francais...'appy 'our(s)'. Next time who knows...maybe the Lucaya Market, the canal, Tania Beach, Freeport?... read more
Our new address for April
Mermaid Power
Our private T-dock

Central America Caribbean » Bahamas » Grand Bahama » Freeport December 14th 2010

Greetings Everyone from Port Lucaya Bahamas! We're back on the boat and looking forward to another great season of warm weather, great sailing, and friends! This year we left Guelph at the end of October, visited our friends Mary and Christian in St.Marys Georgia, and arrived at the boat in Port Canaveral October 26th. We decided to keep the boat further south last summer, and tried a convenient boatyard on Merrit Island just inside the lock at Port Canaveral. The boat yard Harbortown Marina is very conveniently located, and we were very pleased with the facility, and how well our boat rested there during the summer. It took a couple of days to get our boat ready to be launched, and we stayed at a nice Best Western out on the Beach at Cocoa Beach until ... read more
Back in the Bahamas
Beach at Cocoa Beach, Florida
Pier at Cocoa Beach

Heading South -2010, part II After a quick trip to Baltimore and a long weekend in Atlanta visiting with our daughter Julie and her husband Dan, we returned to Charleston to get Double-Wide ready for an offshore trip to Florida. Monday November 8th dawned clear and cool. The weather report called for high temperatures in the 60’s and an offshore wind from the NW at 12-15 knots. It looked like an excellent chance to sail on a beam reach down the Carolina and Georgia coast. This section of the coast does not run North/South but more NE/SW until Georgia meets the Florida border. We started out motoring out of Charleston harbor then were able to raise the sails and begin a beam reach as soon as we cleared the long jetties that extend past the mouth ... read more
Gambling Boat along the ICW
Kirby the Woner Dog

I suppose most people go on vacation to the Bahamas to lounge by the beach or the pool, drinking fancy drinks with little umbrellas in them, and to go on some fantastic excursions. While all of that is well and good, and completely accomplished by us, my family probably spent most of our time hanging at the bar watching the World Cup. Come on it only comes around once every four years so we couldn't miss a single game!! My family took a vacation down to the island and stayed at the beautiful Hyatt Resort. We missed the first game in the morning so after checking in, taking a quick look around the place we found the largest T.V and got to watching the game. After two hours of screaming at the television my brothers and ... read more
Watching the Game
Family Shot!

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