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post #6 of Old 04-09-2005
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Dreams of Sunsets, Rum & Island Life

A trip around the Gulf to Belize is NOT a shakedown cruise.

The opportunities for a cruiser to acquire ‘casual’ work abroad are spotty at best. As one of the best sources of income might be other cruisers, boat-related skills are among the most useful.

An auto-pilot is more useful for short-haul or inshore work (Bahamas), whereas a wind-vane is more often used on longer passages.

Fresh water may cost anywhere from $0.25 to $1.00 per gallon in the Bahamas, and is readily available at any marina.

Fresh meat is harder to come by, in the Bahamas, and is often of lower quality than North America. Frozen meat is readily available throughout the Abaco’s, in Nassau, Staniel Cay, and Georgtown (Exumas).

Good rum (all spirits) is cheap in Nassau (Luden’s Liquor’s will deliver your pre-purchased order to the dinghy dock).

Computer parts, Charts, Soda, Dogg Food will be harder to find outside of Nassau (etc) and very expensive.

A 12V Ice-maker is NOT a practical accessory on 30 Ft class sailboat.
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