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post #8 of Old 03-29-2010
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I would skip Little Harbor to the south. It was far and away our least favorite sport a few weeks ago when we went down. There is a pretty beach . But the resturant bar was not good and the only other thing was an art gallery. Additionally as it requires a bunch of navigation and narrow areas you almost are required to motor rather then sail it.

We also did moorings on a boat called Crookshanks.
The boat was in so-so to bad condition in my opion compaired to other boats we have chartered over the last 4 years. In partiocular the auto helm would not hold or navigate. Additionally the VHF was awful and we used our handhelds we brought from home the whole time.
One great thing down the Abacos is the local cruisers net they give weather, whats interesting different places, conditions at the whale and other passes. This is a must to listen to during your morning coffee. Plus there are some amusing bits like someone rescuing a catamaran that has drifted out to sea when it had its anchor not hold and the crew was on land. Someone in a dingy got to it and saved the boat. Weather wise it was too chilly but only rained one day.

We started in Marsh Harbor. Went to great guana cay. Nippers there was fun. It was spring break week so full of drunk college kids with girls dancing on the tables. The beach there was pretty. Their frozen nipper drink was tasty. We moored at Great Guana
Then we went thru whale pass to green turtle cay. This mooring was nice. We dingyed around and walked around on shore a while which was great.
Then back through whale to spoil island for lunch and some shell hunting. For the evening we docked at Treasure Cay Harbor. If you stop here the beach across the way looks like a corona ad. Lovely Additionally in the morning before leaving the bakery does daily fresh cinnamon buns that are absolutely not to be missed.
Then we went from Treasure down to little harbor. It was a lot of specific headings as to not run aground. Little harbor we moored again and went in. The art gallery is ok. There is a cool boat that has gone aground that someone built a party deck on. The beach bar/resturant was not great. Basically this was the worst stop of the trip but still fun.
From little harbor we headed to Man of War Cay. This was a really nice place and one of the most pretty. On the way our starboard engine died due to the bilge pump failing and it flooding. Moorings did come fix it. We went into town and had a nice time walking around.
Then we went up to hopetown. Do walk up to the top of the lighthouse. The view is lovely and it is a neat thing to see. We rented a golf cart which please my fellow crew to explore the island but I would have prefered to spend more time walking around downtown area instead. Captain Jacks for dinner martini night 3/$12 was fun the rain was less fun.
Then sadly we had to head back to marsh harbor and return the boat.
Oh well sailing season on the Chesapeake bay is getting started.

Last edited by RaptorAT; 03-29-2010 at 04:50 PM.
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