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Wu-Hsin Bahamas Cruise '08-'09

We took Wu-Hsin from Charleston, SC to the Abacos and back from Oct. '08 through Feb. '09. We sent trip reports to some folks along the way. I will post them here. I am posting some of the over 1,000 pictures we took in my gallery.

We left Bella Pertosa for Charleston on 10/18/08. We arrived in time for the annual Customer Appreciation day party at the Cooper River Marina. Bar-B-Que Pork with all the fixin's and beer were provided. We gave out a case of our grape wine to the marina staff and shared some of our Dandelion Wine with them. They were 'impressed' with the alcohol content and said they didn't know wine could have that much kick! There was drawing for prizes and we won a drink coozie and a certificate for a free haul out at a local boat yard. We thought we could load the remaining provisions and complete the remaining projects in time to leave Thursday 10/23/08 but wound up not getting everything done until the following week and left 10/30/08. As we left the marina and proceeded across Charleston Bay several porpoises swam across our bow, which for centuries has been considered by sailors as a good omen for the voyage. So far it has been.

It was cold the first few days out and Deb wore her thermal underwear to bed and I wore a wool sweater vest most of the time. We had offloaded our heaters because we didn't think we would need them. After we made the first pot of coffee each morning the cabin warmed and became comfortable. As the sun shone in on our enclosed cockpit it warmed very quickly so that by the second cup of coffee we were comfortable again. Because we had added some new equipment we found we had new noises to be silenced so we could sleep. We got the noises under control by the time we reached Beaufort, SC where we anchored with many other cruising boats just off the town waterfront park. As we went to bed we found there were new noises to deal with. It was Friday night and there were live bands playing in the park until early morning!
We motor/sailed with just our working head sail up as often as possible to take advantage of the following breeze to help our speed and gas mileage. Auxiliary sailboats - the original Hybrid Vehicles! Being the smallest boat on the ICW we are also the slowest and all boats passed us. Almost all were courteous not leaving a large wake but some were rude and one even told a bridge tender not to wait for us because we were 10 minutes behind them when we were actually only a few hundred yards away. The bridge tender had already seen us and made the boat wait for us to arrive before opening the bridge. The name of the vessel was 'Serenity'. Later in the trip a power boat passed between several boats going both north and south waking all as it went past. The name of that boat was 'Relax'. The Marine Police were waiting behind a bridge and gave him a ticket. There were several boats that passed us during the day that we met again at anchorages at the end of the day. We communicated via VHF radio and told them that we leave a little earlier and get in a little later but we arrive in time for the party. One boat that passed us se veral times but didn't stay in the same anchorages finally said to us, "Don't you guys ever stop? It's damaging my ego that I'm in a bigger faster boat and your in front of me every day".

As we went across several 'sounds', places where rivers meet the ocean, the wind and current made for challenging conditions. While crossing Jekyll Sound/ St. Andrews Sound our boat which has a maximum speed of 6.2mph was being carried along by wind and current to over 8 mph. To get some practice in for steering across the Gulf stream we each took the tiller for half of the crossing. The morning of 11/5/08 the batteries were not strong enough to turn over the 18 hp outboard. We shut off the freezer and other electrical devices connected to the batteries and waited for the sun to charge them via the solar panels. In a few minutes the engine turned over and started. I made a note on the never ending 'To Do List' to check the batteries for water level. Another morning a few days later the same happened again but it was cloudy so I used the pull start cord and the engine started on the second pull.
On 11/8/08 we docked in the municipal marina at Titusville, Fl where we had docked before on a previous trip. While Deb was scrubbing down the boat with just fresh water we saw 4 Manatees swim up to the boat and drink the fresh water as it ran over the side. Apparently they consider it a treat since they live in the semi-salty water in the area. While in Titusville we met some friends from Orlando and went to dinner at The Dixie Crossroads restaurant, one of our all time favorites. Their specialty is 'rock shrimp' which look like tiny lobsters. We had a feast and took 3 dozen broiled back to the boat for dinner later in the week. While we were at the marina I checked the 4 batteries and all were low on water. I topped them up and we plugged in the AC charger to help the solar panels charge them up.

We continued on south and arrived at our final ICW destination in North Palm Beach, FL. We stayed at the North Palm Beach Marina and visited with Lou's dad and had early Christmas dinner and gave him Christmas and birthday presents. He loaned us his car and Lou bought 4 new 105 amp hour NAPA batteries and swapped them out with the old ones, some of which were 7 years old! The NAPA batteries cost $109.00 each. West Marine wanted $199.00 each! That's partly why they are referred to as 'The Evil Empire'. On 11/15/08 at 0830 hrs we departed the marina and headed out the Lake Worth Inlet on a falling tide and SSW winds and crossed the Gulf Stream. We had an uneventful crossing seeing a few commercial ships and one much larger sailboat that passed close enough to shout greetings to each other.

We arrived in Bahamian waters a few miles from West End, Grand Bahama Is. about 10pm. The 2008 cruising guide we were using said the jetties at the entrance to the harbor were not lighted so we decided to just sail 'hove to', a tactic that slows the boat to one or two mph, until daylight. The wind got stronger and soon we were in 6 to 8 foot seas. Earlier we had seen lighted red and green channel markers at West End so we decided to head for them and get in out of the worsening weather. By the time we got to the channel entrance the seas were 8 to 10 ft and breaking. We have a completely enclosed cockpit but left the vinyl up on two of the windows so that just the screens were in place. Two 10' waves broke onto the enclosure and water came in the screens and got anything in that area of the cockpit wet. We came into the harbor with strong following seas and winds with jib up and engine at full throttle. Once inside the small turning basin Deb went out onto the fore deck and we dropped the sail and she got out the anchor chain and line secured it and dropped the anchor. Finally at 0200 we were in out of the bad seas, tidied up the cabin and had a couple of scotches! We toasted each other with our favorite toast since retiring, "We're here!" The next morning we came into the dock and cleared into the Bahamas. Several people said they were awake at 0200 because of the sound of the wind and saw us come in. They said they wished they could have helped us but that we came in and anchored so cleanly and quickly they figured we didn't need any help.

We'll remain here at the marina completing a few more 'To Dos' then head for the Abacos on the north east side of the Bahamas. We'll try to get to Green Turtle Cay in time to have Thanksgiving dinner at The Bluff House Restaurant and marina. We're not in a hurry though so we may have Thanksgiving at anchor at one of the cays between here and there. We'll try to keep you all updated but it may be another 4 weeks until I get inspired again.

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Trip report 12/05/08

Trip Report December 5, 2008



We are currently still anchored in White Sound, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas Islands.



On 11/24/08 we dinghyed to Black Sound to help friends pick up an outboard for their dinghy. We had lunch at Laura's Kitchen; we two couples were the only ones there. Excellent cracked conch!! Lowes grocery suggested we wait to buy veggies since the supply boat arrived the next day...no problem only a 15 min. dinghy ride. Walked the Atlantic side beach behind Green Turtle Club Marina... rough seas! 5 boats left the next day for Great Guana Cay and Marsh Harbor to the south. This involves going across a passage between cays known as The Whale Cay Passage or just The Whale. The sea state can get rough there because of the shallow water being whipped up by incoming wind and waves but during calm days it is no problem. All the boats made it through OK.



Wednesday, 11/26/08 we walked the north end of the Island and prepared to come into the dock at Bluff House. We went to bed about 8pm and were awakened about 9:20 pm by very loud music coming from the Green Turtle Club 1/4 mile away. It was good music though. Found out the next day it was Gully Roosters, best music I've heard since we got to Bahamas....stuff they play on the PA everywhere I think is too commercial sounding.



On Thursday 11/27/08 we raised the anchor and motored over to the Bluff House docks. We spent the day doing ‘housekeeping chores’ then showered and dressed for Thanksgiving dinner. We dined with another couple from a Westsail 42 named Elysium. There was only one other party in the restaurant, 4 adults and 2 children. We 2 couples were the only people having the turkey dinner. The meal was wonderful and included cranberry sauce battered in coconut and deep fried, amazing! The marina docking cost is applied to your food and beverage bill as a credit so basically the meal was free!!



We got Harbor fever and decided to stay at the BH dock another day. Went to their beach 2 days in a row and generally just hung out. Some boat chores each morning then goof off rest of the day. The staff at Bluff House have been marvelous!! The Dockmaster, Michael, has done everything to make our stay enjoyable including grabbing the garbage bag out of my hand, hooking up our water hose, seeing us walking up the hill to go to the beach he jumped into the golf cart and caught up to us to give us a ride, then said if we had brought our hand held VHF we could have called him to pick us up and on and on!!! We met Bonnie, the daughter of Laura (Laura's Kitchen), who has been our waitress, bartender and everything else needed here.



We were back on the hook by afternoon, Sunday and awaiting a 34-40kt blow that night. Three perfect days followed by three not so perfect...batting .500 would make it in the majors. A few pics.1) Sunrise White Sound, BH docks 11-28-08, 2) Sea of Abaco from BH Beach 11-28-08, 3) A shot from my Beach Chair BH Beach 11-28-08, 4) PM Rush Hour on White Sound 11-29-08. Oh, much lower tourism than usual according to staff at Green Turtle Club and Bluff House. Half a dozen boats at each marina, and fewer than a dozen at anchor. Several Moorings catamarans and monohulls came into the anchorage over the past few days though. Only 3 or 4 shoreside units rented per week at Bluff House, less at GTClub. This is likely due to the economic situation in the US. We probably won't get to New Plymouth until Thursday after the windy weather subsides.



On Wednesday, 12/03/08 after lunch we dinghyed to the Green Turtle Club dock and walked the 2 miles or so to New Plymouth just to get some exercise. We met 2 other cruising couples walking back from lunch in town. We all got together including a few more cruisers aboard Elysium last night for pot luck happy hour. Deb made Italian bread in our Magma kettle style bar-b-q grill. It was great and everyone loved it. Some folks made conch ceviche, and there were dips and other goodies. We also brought some of our dandelion wine and there was a great bottle of Italian Montepulciano.



There is a good weather report for tomorrow so we are planning to leave with 4 other boats and go to Great Guana Cay or Marsh Harbor for a while. There is a Bayfield 29’ sailboat going also but we are still the smallest cruising boat at 25’. We think we will come back to Green Turtle Cay for New Years Eve and if Andre and/or Lou’s dad come over for Christmas. Remember….all this could change in the next 2 minutes anyway!!!
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Trip report 12/17/08

Hi all! Hope you are all doing well. Haven't had wi-fi for a while. We are currently at the Orchid Bay Marina in Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas. We left Green Turtle Cay on 12/6/08 with about 5 other boats headed for Marsh Harbor on the mainland of Great Abaco. To get there we all went around a sand bank in the Sea of Abaco near Whale Cay. To do this we had to go 'outside' into the Atlantic Ocean then back in again between Whale Cay and Great Guana Cay through Whale Cay Passage or as it is commonly referred to here 'The Whale'. Any of the passages from the Sea of Abaco to the Atlantic Ocean causes a venturi effect and combined with the shallow depth of around 20' can cause 'rage seas' when the wind get strong. The Whale was calm the day we went through. It had to be or we could not have made the passage. Wu-Hsin arrived last as usual but in time to get a picture of the sunset.

Marsh Harbor is a commercial port and we anchored close to the commercial docks the first night. The sound of engines and cranes unloading container ships all night caused us to re-anchor further into the harbor where it is shallower and the shoreline Is mostly residential with a few marinas. It was also up-wind so it was a very calm and pleasant anchorage. A good thing too because the weather was very windy and mostly cloudy the whole week. Marsh harbor is an excellent place to re-provision or get marine supplies for the boat. We went ashore and made stops at a hardware store, a marine chandlery, a grocery store and of course a liquor store. As expected the best prices were at the liquor store and we stocked up with several bottles of different rums. We also attended a Christmas festival where they had great food and local entertainers. Also George makes the best conch salad from a stand outside Harbor View Marina!

We left Marsh Harbor on Monday 12/15/08 about 0700 in what promised to be a not so windy and mostly sunny day for the 2 hour trip to Great Guana Cay. By the time we reach GGC the wind had picked up considerably and we were trying to outrun a line of rain showers that was moving in over the island. We did arrive at 0930 and put the anchor down in time to button up the cockpit enclosure before the showers hit. It rained on and off all day so we just settled in and did housekeeping chores. The next day we raised the anchor and pulled into the marina. The weather had been so cloudy for the past week that our solar panels were not able to charge the batteries with as much electricity as we were using so we decided to make a marina stop to plug into their AC power and top up the batteries. We took advantage of the time to take lo-o-o-ong hot showers and do some laundry.

We met up with the crews of two boats that had been in Marsh Harbor but left the day before we did. We walked around the settlement and had lunch at the Hang Ten on the harbor side of the island. Then we walked a few hundred yards to the Atlantic side of the island. We had drinks at Nippers, a famous establishment with a terrific view of the ocean, beach and reef. It was very windy and there were a few surfers out. These same conditions kept the snorkelers and divers out of the reef. Some of the crew took a walk on the beach to a ledge sticking out into the water known as High Rocks while others stayed at Nippers enjoying the view and the drinks!

We will Celebrate Lou's 60th birthday today with a dinner of smoked pork chops from Dietrichs in PA, apples saute'd in butter, sweet and sour red cabbage with brownies for dessert. We will walk the beaches and may meet some other cruisers we met in the marina for drinks at Grabbers on Fishers Bay a few hundred yards to the north east. So far it is mostly sunny here today and looks like a fitting day in a proper place to turn 60.

We plan to stay here a few more days then head south to Man-o-war Cay, Hope Town on Elbow Cay, stop in at Pete's Pub in Little Harbor then on to Spanish Wells in Eluthra. When? Soon. How long will it take? Not sure. When will we report again? Later. In the mean time enjoy the pictures.

Deb and Lou
aboard s/v Wu-Hsin, Settlement Harbor, Great Guana Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
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Trip report 12/18/08

Deb and Lou wrote:
Hello all! I said that I wanted to spend my birthday having a swim, walk on a warm beach with Deb and sharing a scotch with her in the cockpit at sundown. The water was colder than I wanted for a swim so we waded in the Atlantic at the beach off of Nippers bar, walked the beach to High Rocks and back. We shared the walk with some new cruising friends,Fred and Sue, from "Tango", a catamaran, who we met in Marsh Harbor last week. We all went back to Nippers and they bought the birthday boy a round. Also at Nippers, lounging at the pool were Dan and Deb from "Freedom" who we met at the Orchid Bay Marina. Lou suggested that his birthday dinner aboard could wait a day so that we could have the lobster wrap special at Nippers. We got back to Wu-Hsin in time for drinks and sunset.

The next morning 0600 we awoke to the sounds of a large freighter/ferry unloading cargo at one of the docks. It was low tide and about 4' where we were anchored. Backing out required some close quarters maneuvering to avoid Tango but all turned out well.
Today, Lou's birthday celebration continues with his on-board smoked pork chop dinner. We think we will stay in GGC through Christmas. There are plenty of vacationers ashore partying, the weather is nice and the harbor is well protected. We'll just be on vacation. And of course a few pictures.

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We had a very nice Christmas here in the Orchid Bay Marina, Great Guana Cay, Abaco. There were only 4 boats in and we had the facility to ourselves. We shared Christmas Eve Ravioli with our friends on m/v Freedom and they shared fresh baked pumpkin pie with us. Deb and Lou exchanged gifts we had wrapped prior to leaving the USA and had decorated the boat with tree ornaments and lights we had also brought along. We spent Christmas Day Walking the Atlantic side beach then back at the marina with other marina boaters at the pool. Then Lou cooked up a German Sour Broten (pickled beef) dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet and sour red cabbage Deb made.

We left Orchid Bay Marina on 12/26/08 (Boxing Day) anchored in the harbor and prepared to leave for Marsh Harbor for some provisioning. We left for MH the next day, 12/27/08. The trip to MH from Great Guana Cay is about 8 miles and took about 2.5 hours. That is about the same distance we have to travel from our house in the mountains to the nearest grocery store which takes about 15 minutes. We unexpectedly met up with folks on the 29’ boat that we met in Green Turtle Cay. They were going to Man-o-war Cay next and we decided to spend New Years in Man-o-war also. So, on 12/31/2008 we departed MH after breakfast and sailed (our first sail only crossing so far!) to MOW 4 miles away in time for lunch. We rang in 2009 anchored in Eastern/American harbor among several other boats. We now have even more new cruising friends. So far, our favorite cay for anchorage and beauty of the land is MOW.

We were discussing our plans to head further south to Eluthra and the Exumas and decided that we would have to hurry from place to place in order to be back at Bella Pertosa in time for spring planting. We want to take more time in each place than we have left. So we decided MOW was as far as we go on this trip. We decided to slowly head back to West End and the USA spending more time at GGC and GTC and visiting other cays we skipped on the way in such as Allens-Pensacola and Spanish Cay.

So, on Saturday 1/10/09 we left MOW for a morning round trip final provisioning run to MH. On Monday 1/12/09 the weather was right for the trip so we headed for GGC about 8 miles North West and arrived less than 2 hours later. We intended to stay through Sunday so we could attend the Sunday Pig Roast at Nippers. The weather forecast is currently unfavorable for leaving until at least next Wednesday so we will stay here until at least then. We intend to make our next stop Green Turtle Cay again then Allens-Pensacola Cay then Spanish Cay then Great Sale again and finally West end by mid February where we will leave for Lake Worth Inlet, FL. Of course depending on the weather we may visit other Cays and/or skip all we mentioned above, we’ll see.
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Trip report 1/19/09

We woke to another beautiful sunrise in settlement harbor Great Guana Cay on Sunday 1/18/2009. We listened to the weather report on the Cruisers Net and decided that Sunday would be the last day for a week that we could head northwest to Green Turtle Cay. So we readied Wu-Hsin for departure then went for a last walk on the beach and the Sunday pig roast at Nippers. We had our final meal with the crew of The Dove who had also decided t leave during this window but were heading southwest to Marsh Harbor.
We got a passerby to take our picture in front of Jerry's Hang Ten at the Crossroads tiki bar at the entrance to nippers, then a last goodby to Milo who sells jewelry, conch and his homegrown tomatoes (some are heirlooms). We departed under beautiful cloudless skies. Our passage out into the Atlantic and back in again through Whale Passage was uneventful and we arrived 3 hours later at Green Turtle Cay. White sound is completely surrounded by land and is a better harbor therefore than GGC which is open to the west where the bad weather was going to blow in from the next few days.
In White Sound we saw some old friends and 3 new cruising boats under 30 feet. There is a couple here from Waynesville, NC which is about 25 miles from our house in Cullowhee, NC. We'll stay here up to 2 weeks just visiting the bars and restaurants in New Plymouth that we haven't been to yet and doing some fishing. Beyond that is too far to plan.

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We left Green Turtle Cay on 1/25/09 and headed for Allens-Pensacola Cay, a 30 mile leg. Once again the weather was beautiful but no wind so we motored all the way. We made very good time with tides helping and arrived 5 hours later. APC was very nice and there were several other boats of cruisers there enjoying the sunshine and beaches. The bottom of the anchorage had some sea grass on it but unlike stories we heard from other cruisers there was plenty of sandy bottom to give any anchor a good bite. The sun set into the clear horizon and at the very last second there was a 'Green Flash' where the yellow/orange of the sun appears to turn green. Lou saw it but Deb missed it. Other people on the boats saw it and sounded air horns to proclaim it. Lou tried to get a picture of the Green Flash but got the second before and after. We'll try again sometime.

We left APC the next morning 1/26/09, the first boat out, and headed for Great Sale Cay about 37 miles away to the West. We arrived before sunset but it was cloudy on the horizon of the Little Bahama Bank so there was no chance to see another green flash. There were several boats anchored there and a few came in after we did. We didn't see any of them again so we assume they are all headed for Abaco. We departed Great Sale Cay early the next morning, again the first boat ,and bound for West end, again to the west, about 40 miles away. We got a decent breeze halfway there so we raised the jib and added .5 mph to the speed. This took us to 6mph motor sailing which is very good speed since the maximum designed speed of Wu-Hsin is 6.2 mph. We arrived at Old Bahama Bay Marina at 4:10pm and tied up at a slip. This was a calm and uneventful entrance unlike our first entrance to West End 11/16/08.
We were prepared to remain in West End for a few days waiting for a 'weather window' favorable for crossing the Gulf Stream back to Lake Worth Inlet in the USA so we settled in and took advantage of the amenities such as showers with unlimited hot water, heated swimming pool and restaurant. We met some more new friends and fellow voyagers. One couple on a 40' trawler yacht was actually headed back to the USA. In fact they had followed us through a shallow channel known as Indian Rocks Channel just outside of West end when we came in. Since we were ahead of them about 1 mile we gave them readings from our depth sounder when there was less than 6' of water. Their boat had a draft of 4.5' so the appreciated the warnings and made it through ok.

We were waiting for clear weather with winds under 20 knots from the south-east. The forecast included this for Thursday 1/29/09 with winds going to the south later in the day. This sounded perfect for our vectored course that would first take us about 12 miles SW, to counteract the northward flow of the Gulf Stream, then due West across the Gulf stream ending up at Lake Worth Inlet n the USA. We departed the marina at 0001hrs on 1/29/09 on our planned route. The wind was calm and soon came up at about 10 kts but from the south to south west. We couldn't head into this so the best we could do was motor sail WNW. The Gulf Stream took us further and further north until we realized Lake Worth was out of the question. Ultimately we were able to make St. Lucie Inlet about 30 miles further north after 16 hours of 20kt winds and 4 to 6 foot seas. We called Customs and Immigration using one of our cell phones. Clearing in was uneventful unlike some horror stories we've heard from other cruisers. Lou's dad came and picked us up at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina and we stayed and visited a few days with him. After a few days of rest and reorganization we were ready to start north on the ICW (Intra Coastal Waterway) for our home port of Charleston, SC.

On Monday morning 2/2/09 we departed the HIMM and headed north. We anchored one night in Vero Beach FL, 30 miles north, then on Tuesday 2/3/09 we made another 34 miles to Melbourne, FL anchoring again on the western side of the ICW in the lee of a bridge. There were already two other boats there all of us using the land and bridge as protection from the NW winds of 10 to 15 mph. The weather forecast for the following day was for stronger winds again from the NW and 'rough on the Intracoastal Waterway' Wednesday 2/4/09 so we decided to stay put. The bridge and the land with buildings on it did protect us somewhat from the wind but we still rocked at anchor all day Wednesday and night.

Thursday 2/5/09 was forecast to be better so we left the anchorage and headed for Titusville about 35 miles north. Titusville held the promise of the very good City Marina where we had stayed on our way down in November and the prospect of a rock shrimp dinner at the Dixie Crossroads restaurant, one of our all time favorites. Consistent with our experiences so far with the weather forecasts it was a little choppier on the ICW than they predicted which slowed us down a little. Even the sea gulls didn't like the northerly wind and used our cockpit enclosure to draft on us for several miles each jockeying for better position behind us. We needed to get through the Titusville swing bridge by 3pm or we would have to wait until after 4:30 before they would open for us and the marina was on the other side of the bridge. We gave the engine a little more throttle and made our goal with 30 minutes to spare. After securing Wu-Hsin we called a taxi and went to the Dixie Crossroads for our shrimp dinner. We returned to our boat with an additional 72 rock shrimp, drawn butter, lemon and a couple dozen of their excellent corn fritters. The weather forecast called for more wind and cold weather so we bought a space heater hooked up to the electric service at the dock. We will remain here today 2/6/09 in the calm water of the marina then head north again (ugh!!!) on Saturday 2/7/09. We intend to stay in marinas the next 2 nights because there aren't many good anchorages so we will give our new heater a workout. One bit of consolation came this morning when we listened to the NOAA weather on the VHF radio. Because of the number of boats traveling to and from the northern Bahamas they give the weather in West End where we departed last week. The temperature there this morning was 59 degrees. We would be no better off there.
We may be back in Charleston, SC around 2/15/09. We'll send another update when we get wi-fi again. Stay warm!!
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Trip report 2/24/09 Home at Bella Pertosa in NC

Just a short note to let you all know that we arrived in our homeport of Charleston, SC on Feb 17,2009. We offloaded as much gear and provisions as would fit in our Explorer (Wu-Hsin now rides 3" higher in the water than when we left in October 2008) and returned to Cullowhee on Feb22, 2009. We're settling in and going nowhere for a while. We're putting together a final trip report to answer some questions we got like, "how much did it cost, how much of your provisions did you use, where are the good marinas and anchorages, what were the people you met like, will you do it again etc." According to Weather Underground it was 66 degrees in Green Turtle Cay today, not the warmest weather but here in Cullowhee it t was 19 degrees this morning! 'Throw another log in the stove Dear!!!'

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Having been home from our trip to the Bahamas for a week now we have had time to total up our expenses. We have come up with some stats on what it cost and what we consumed. We know some of you are planning a similar cruise soon so we broke this out first and are passing it along now. For those of you who are cruisers or are just interested we have a 14 page Word document that is the Ship's Stores inventory which includes the equipment and stores we loaded onto Wu-Hsin (all 3600 lbs that put her 6 inches lower in the water) including quantities loaded and quantities actually used. If you want the document just reply to this email (debandlou@verizon.net) and ask for the Ship's Stores Document and we'll send it only to those who request it.

We planned a 180 day voyage and were actually gone 121 days.
In general we consumed about 2/3 of the stores so we had plenty left if we had stayed longer.

During our 10 weeks in the Bahamas we:
Dined out for either breakfast, lunch or dinner 14 times.
Had drinks or snacks ashore 6 times.
Stayed in marinas 9 nights total. Dockage cost $1.25 per foot most places and up to $1.60 in a couple of others. Two marinas counted our dockage towards food and drink purchases at their facilities so it was like 'room and board' for the cost of the dockage. When not in marinas we anchored only and never took moorings which cost between $10 to $25 per night.
Water cost between $.20 and $.40 per gallon at the marinas.

On the way out and back on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) we:
Dined out 8 times.
Had drinks or snacks ashore 2 times.
Stayed in marinas 5 nights on the way out and 8 nights on the way back. The 3 extra nights on the return were because it was so cold we wanted to hook up to AC and run the electric heater we purchased.

The average monthly cost was $1,100.00. This total includes gasoline purchases and we motorsailed everywhere. This does not include the one time payment of $150.00 for the cruising permit since we are under 30'. This also excludes equipment purchases along the way. In addition we spent about $500.00 in provisioning before setting off. Most of our canned and dehydrated food came from . Anyone looking for backup storable food should check out this site. High quality at reasonable prices.
All of this was within our estimated budget for the trip. It is also slightly less than our monthly budget for similar costs if we had stayed in Cullowhee. We count marina stays as part of the 'entertainment' line in the budget.
We were able to use a Visa card for all transactions except at one restaurant and 2 small grocery stores in the Bahamas.

We hope you find this information helpful or at least interesting depending on your situation.

Last edited by CosmosMariner; 06-07-2009 at 09:29 PM.
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Nice report Cosmos...one of my favorite places on earth! You described it well!
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