Swing Set

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time


Harbour View Marina is Not a Bad Place to Wait

On Monday morning, after a quick breakfast, Rosie set to work scrubbing down the boat and I set off on my errands. My first stop was an outboard repair shop just down the road. They advertise generator repair, so it may have been possible for them to get the part I needed for our generator. I couldn't be helped there, but they suggested Marsh Harbour Boatyard, which is ultimately where I figured to wind up, but wanted to check on possible places on the way, which by my best guess, was about four miles, at least. I was to ask for Dennis...nobody but Dennis, period. NAPA auto parts was a dead end. The part number I supplied wasn't even in their system. This detail, I learned later, should not have been an indicator as to whether they could obtain the part, but I...

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"The Whale" and on to Marsh Harbor

I'd said we had two options to get from Green Turtle Cay to Marsh Harbor. They were taking the Whale Cay Cut, or taking the Don't Rock Passage. The other option I didn't mention was a shallow, twisty passage just west of Whale Cay, and that's what I thought we would try, considering we'd be going at high tide. But I wasn't ready for what we found. On Sunday morning, we got up early and had a nice breakfast of a spinach, bacon and cheese omelet with a side of toasted Bahamian bread. Don't forget a couple cups of hot coffee. A sailboat in front of us had just pulled anchor, and I called him on the VHF. He'd just come through the Whale Cut at noon on the day before, and although he said it was "bumpy," he thought it wasn't too bad. I...

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A Couple of Stops and Then Green Turtle Cay

Seven or eight miles to the southeast from Allans-Pennsecola Cay was Crab Cay, or one of them. There are at least a couple of Crab Cays on the charts for this area. We took a slow cruise to this Crab Cay and anchored in a calm spot within view of the first beach lined with palm trees that we've seen occurring naturally since we've arrived in the Bahamas. Between Crab Cay and Great Abacos Island was a small inlet leading to the Sea of Abaco. In our anchorage, we had a view through the cut, where we could watch boats travel from the Sea of Abaco into the Little Bahama Bank. We took the dinghy out to explore but were soon battling a strong outgoing tide as we were making our way into a creek system leading into the island of Little Abacos, which is adjacent to Great...

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Allans-Pennsecola Cay

We didn't leave Fox Town on Sunday like we had planned. In the morning, there were plenty of rain clouds in the area and more were heading in our direction. Monday was looking better as far as the forecast went, so we decided to stay put. Even though we were only going to travel eight miles to the east, there's no sense on leaving an anchorage when you have a good hook set if you don't have to. By mid-afternoon the sun stuck its head out briefly. We put on our rain gear for insurance (it won't rain if you put on the raincoat), gathered our week's worth of trash, put Holly in her Sunday best and motored the nearly one mile across to Da Valley in Fox Town. The dock at Fox Town Shell, where the bar/restaurant Da Valley is located, sits on tall pilings that are...

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A Milestone

Today is April 20 and marks one year to the day that we have been living full time aboard Swing Set, and it's the one year anniversary of Rosie's retirement. When we reflect back on all that has transpired in the last year, we cannot hardly believe it. We've been at anchor here just across from Fox Town in the Little Abacos since last Wednesday. We had intentions of going into shore on Thursday, but didn't see any activity at the local restaurant, Da Valley, at all. We didn't see any point in sitting in a bar or restaurant by ourselves, so we figured we'd wait until the weekend, as the weather forecast has dictated that we'll be here at least until Sunday afternoon. The trouble with having windy conditions that warrant staying put is that those...

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