Friday, July 21, 2017

Settling In & Boat Work

After three weeks in Marsh Harbour, (though I was in Nassau for a week at a lectureship), I am finally settling in.

The culprit on the starter system was the "Slave Solenoid" or "Secondary Solenoid" as some call it. My good friend, Scott Harris, along with my new friend, Joe Canales, came over today and Scott worked on the starter system while Joe and I put the dinghy in the water.

The engine now cranks on demand, I can now dink out to the reefs and coral heads to fish, snorkel, and explore the island and nearby islands during my free time, and I am flying my Bahamas flag.

I'll move from slip to the hook at the end of the month, (can't afford to stay in a slip here... very expensive and electric is 65 cents per kilowatt hour).

Thanks Scott & Joe for your help! You guys are the BEST!

Fair seas and God bless!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas

We made it to Marsh Harbour. It took eight days with a short stop over in Marathon Key, FL. Thanks to Peter Ryan for bringing your experience to the table and sailing with me.

Fair seas and God bless!

Here's some pics...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

READY to Go!

Annie is ready to go!

We still have a couple of things to do tomorrow, but barring any major unforeseen issues, we will launch on Friday at approximately 11:00 AM. (Go ahead... I know... bad luck to launch on a Friday... sorry, I'm not superstitious and it's past time to go).

Relocated the dinghy to midship so as to allow a free forward deck and staysail usage. Better.

A small list of last things to do tomorrow and we'll be on our way.

As a side note: finally got out to Saint George's Island with my friend Peter Ryan... pretty neat.

Fair seas and God bless!

If you look close...across the river... ANNIE!

A zoom in shot... still small.

Hey Peter!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Annie is provisioned!

After a trip to Sam's and Walmart, Annie has enough provisions for the passage...actually, I may have bought too much. (Never go grocery shopping when you're hungry)!

I was going to list all the provisions individually, but that would take too long and provisioning a boat for passage is different for everyone... we all like different stuff.

Ironically, all the heavy foods, plus water, diesel jugs, extra boat parts, and tools, ended up on the starboard side of the boat and she is actually listing to starboard a couple of degrees. I don't like that but there's not too much I can do about it without a major cargo unpack and repack.

One thing is for certain... we won't starve for a while. (No pics of it, but the reefer is packed with flatbreads, veggies, and 3 dozen eggs).

Fair seas and God bless!

Tons of Can Goods.

Citrus stuffed Everywhere...

Green Bananas all over!

Donut Shop Coffee... Got to have Coffee!

Vidalia Onions... Don't leave Home without 'em!

Arrrrrhhh... No Scurvy on this Ship!

Cups of Noodles... a Staple of Life!

Snack Hammock!