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Musings from Abacos Charter - March 6
Thanks for all the advice before our charter. The Abacos Charter was great! This was our 4th charter - 2 BVI, 1 St. Martin, and 1 Abacos. We got to Marsh Harbour Airport around 6 p.m. Saturday. 2 took a taxi to the supermarket and the other 2 went to Moorings and started checking out the Cat. We had a sleep aboard, which I would highly recommend. My brother is our captain, although we all have quite a bit of boating experience. He is one of those methodical guys that thinks everything through. It sure made a big difference on this charter. The navigation was quite a bit trickier than in the BVI - much shallower. Our methodical captain/brother had put every single weigh point from the cruising guide into his handheld GPS. It sure made a big difference and each day was quite a big easier. You cannot navigate by sight as you can in the BVI. The weather was much colder than we expected and it often blew 25-30. Most days were partly cloudy. We had heavy rain one night only.
Sunday - after the Mooring briefing (which was NOT brief) we departed Marsh Harbour and headed for Settlement Harbour on Great Guana Cay. The navigation was farly easy. The only thing to note is Footes Cay - easy jog to the east of Footes Cay. We got a mooring ball and then dingied in. There is a path to Nippers - lots of college kids on spring break in pink Nippers T-shirts - somewhat amusing!
Monday - headed north through Whale Cay Channel. Make sure you have at least 2 days of good weather if heading through the Whale. It was considered an easy day for passage, yet we did a bit of "surfing" through the Whale. Picked up a morring at Donnie's in Black Sound. This Settlement Harbour is too shallow. We wlaked around New Plymouth - nice town. We later dingied to Pineapples for dinner. It was about 60 degrees. We froze at this outdoor restaurant. If you go when weather is warmer, it is a great spot with good food and beautiful sunsets.
Tuesday - Back through Whale Cay Channel - great weather for this passage to Treasure Cay. We got a slip at the marina. What a gorgeous beach! National Geographic lists it as one of the 10 prettiest beaches in the world. Make sure you get cinnamon buns early in the morning - open at 7 am at the breakfast spot near the Marina. It is worth the walk to the beach to see the sunrise.
Wednesday - Early departure because of tide to Man-O-War Cay. The Harbour entrance is very narrow. The north mooring field is better than the south - much shorter dingy ride. The Sail Shop has famous canvas bags that are only sold in th island - no phone or internet orders, no shipping. Great restaurant - Dock and Dine.
Friday - headed to Hope Town. This is the most built up place we vistied. The light house is pretty cool. We rented a golf cart and tour the island. Tahiti beach is very nice. While at dinner at Capt. Jaacks, the rain came pouring down. We got drenched dingying back to the boat, but felt pleased that this was the only rain all week.
Saturday - back to Marsh Harbour and then home to realilty.
Overall - better than or equal to the BVI in all respects.