Swing Set

Jun 22, 201309:47 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Rudder Cay and Lee Stocking Island

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You're not missing much by not seeing pictures. Imagine sky blue water, pristine beaches and a fat guy with long hair posing in a 20-year-old shirt. Oh, and Rosie in a bikini. OK, now stop.

To move any further towards the southern Exumas now required us to travel "outside," or on the Sound side of the Exumas. Rudder Cay Cut is rough when the wind is from the east, and the tide is going the opposite way going out, so we waited until a rising tide before hauling anchor and heading out.

The cut was ripping with current, but smooth, a piece of cake. I wish I could say the same for the eight-mile run outside to Adderly Cut. It was a bell ringer.

I pointed the bow of Swing Set into the cut to enter it on the incoming tide. The cut is narrow and lined with reef. I powered up and surfed in at 25 miles per hour, so we could steer. In no time at all, we were in the harbor and heading around the tip of Lee Stocking Island.

We passed the abandoned research center on the island, which is also the home of the highest elevation in the Exuma chain, Perry's Peak. I found the anchorage I was looking for, and the whole rough ride from Rudder's Cay was worth it. We are in six feet of clear water over a pure white sand bottom. Two beaches line the small cove we are in, and a small bluff splits the two. This part of the island is not private, so we can hike and explore by land if we want, but the first thing we did was go snorkeling again. Twice in one day, a record.

Rosie and I saw rays, lion fish, snapper and a small barracuda, too. The snapper are big enough to eat, but we didn't see that many. I'd almost rather leave them to look at, at least until I get hungry.

We might stay here a few days. The wind will be up for the next week, but we might take a chance on an outside run to Georgetown on Tuesday. It's a three-hour run outside, not getting around it, not even with our shallow draft.

We have good Internet service here from a tower in Rolleville, so we can get our weather reports and email. The next blog will be short, so I can post it from the iPad. If you don't hear from us via this blog, we'll still issue "OK reports" from our SPOT device.

For now, we're just "living in the Bahamas". Nothing spectacular. Life in Georgetown will get more interesting, but we'll most likely have to do without privacy and solitude, but we get plenty of that.

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