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Swing Set: Cruising Full Time


We Wrap Up Our Bahamas Trip in Luxury

When we entered the anchorage at Big Majors Spot, there was a good number of boats at anchor there, and the Staniel Cay Yacht Club was turning customers away. One week later, we were alone at anchor and the yacht club was nearly empty. School has evidently started. On one of our shopping trips into Staniel Cay, we took our books with us. We inquired at the “bakery” about getting the key to the library, went over to unlock the door to what looked to be the oldest building in Staniel Cay, and found a treasure of books inside. There was no electricity, but the light from the open door revealed shelf after shelf of paperbacks and hardcovers, all in alphabetical order according to author. We brought in seven books and placed them in a conspicuous spot with a tag attached...

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Finding It Hard to Leave Staniel Cay

We had a good time snorkeling in the Thunderball Grotto just off of Staniel Cay. Some may remember the James Bond movie from the 1960s, “Thunderball.” Some of the scenes were filmed in the grotto. In the picture above, Rosie had a hard time getting down from the roof of the cave to pose for the picture, and I was helping her get further down beneath the surface. I swear. That evening, we had dinner at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club, or rather, we ate something at the bar after a few Bud Lights at happy hour. That night, I got sick as a dog, and we decided it had to be the hamburger I ate, as it was the only thing that no one else had. (Who passes around their hamburger for others to take bites out of?) The whole experience left me a little peevish, and in the...

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Some Mechanical Issues and a Staniel Cay Redux

We left the sanctuary of Elizabeth Harbour a week ago yesterday, but before we left we had a mission to find two bilge blowers to replace the two on the boat that had begun to act up. It proved to be yet another one of our minor adventures. First we went to Top II Bottom, the hardware/miscellaneous store in the heart of Georgetown. I could have sworn I saw a box with the word “blower” on it during one of our visits. (One thing we always do, when we visit a new town or settlement, is to browse through stores' inventories and make mental notes of what they have to offer.) One of the girls in Top II Bottom, as is usually her custom, asked us what it was we were looking for. When I told her that we needed one or two blowers for our engine room, she was perplexed. She...

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Murphy's Law and a Couple Other Things We Can Do Without

It never fails. Murphy’s Law is supreme when you live on a boat. We had planned to leave today and head back up the Exuma island chain, but yesterday, on Sunday morning, I discovered that the blowers for our engine room have both failed. Of course, the one or two places that may have blowers in stock are closed on Sundays. Get ‘em early on Monday and be on our way? No. Today is Emancipation Day here in the Bahamas, and it’s a national holiday. Everyone is closed. Everyone except Chat ‘N’ Chill. After spending the whole weekend anchored just off the beach at Chat ‘N’ Chill, we motored back over to our favorite anchorage just off of Hamburger Beach a week ago. We didn’t do much all week except visit the grocery store and the...

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Some Equipment Essentials

Swing Set Laying In Elizabeth Harbour From Stocking Island, Across From Georgetown, Great Exuma   As we go steaming into the second quarter of our second year as full-time cruisers, I thought I’d forgo the philosophy of my last post and focus on the nuts and bolts of our liveaboard existence and pass judgement of some of the operating and equipment systems on Swing Set, and what I think are essential, or perhaps, not so essential, items that are good  to have on a boat if you embark on an endeavor similar to ours. In no particular order, more likely as they come to mind: The Air-X wind generators are getting a thumbs up. Certainly, if coastal cruising will be a large part of your cruising ground, where ocean breezes abound, a wind generator or...

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