Saturday, April 3, 2010
Finally Moving, Finally Bahamas
Well we finally left North Carolina!!! It's about time. We had a great weather window open for us on Tuesday, March 30, so we decided not to mess around down the coast but to cross the Gulf stream North out of Beaufort and head South once we crossed it. Winds were predicted to be light and from the right directions. Well they got the right directions part right but the wind was a little stiffer than we would have liked. We flew across the Gulf Stream with a third reef in both sails and and faces full of salt water. The first 2 days were tough and poor little Rivers got very sick. Then it finally calmed down and we started to get accustomed to our 4 hour watch schedule. We even got our fishing lines out and caught 2 Mahi Mahi on the third day! Unfortunately I lost the first one while I tried to net it, but we soon had another bite and that one we had for dinner. Delicious! Arthur sauted it with olive oil, scallions, garlic and a little lemon. We arrived in the Bahamas late last night and we had to go up and down the coast until daybreak when we could make a safe harbor entrance. We are at Marsh Harbor in the Abacos. We decided to spend tonight at the Moorings/Sunsail marina. The local customs office is closed on weekends, but they will come to you at the marina. We had to stay on the boat for a couple of hours until the three customs officers arrived. I'm not sure why it takes three but I must say they were the nicest custom officers I've delt with. It was very hard keeping the kids off the dock until we were cleared. We also needed to wash all the salt off our boat and do laundry.