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April 10, 2006

Marsh Harbor and the Abacos

We are now in Marsh Harbor in the Abacos and arrived here a week ago. We stopped in Spanish Wells Eleuthera on our way here and got a mooring courtesy of Tom and Jean Goldson on “Amadon Light”. They have a home here and a summer place in East Greenwich, RI. We met them there two years ago through other cruising friends.
For my birthday, we took the high-speed ferry from Spanish Wells to Harbor Island along the nort5h coast of Eleuthera. This route is called the “Devil’s Backbone and winds its way through very narrow passages between coral reefs. It is exciting to do at 35 knots in the ferry!
Harbor Island is billed as an upscale resort community with beautiful pink sand beaches. We think is somewhat over rated and thought the community had a lot of run down houses, etc. and the pink sand was a really light pink. We went with another boating couple and had a nice day. We ate lunch at one of the best beachfront restaurants on the island with a great view. We rented a gold cart for the day and had fun putting around the town.
Our crossing of the northeast Providence Channel was uneventful and the weather was almost perfect. A nice 10-15 knot breeze came up from the south west as the day unfolded so the sailing was nice. I tried to fish along the way but got nothing! We made good time and got to Little Harbor Abacos by mid afternoon.
For Sue’s birthday we went across the Sea of Abaco (4 miles) to Man-O-War Cay for a day. It is another quaint Bahamian village with lots of pretty flowers and brightly painted houses. For many years, it was one of the big wooden boat building centers in the Bahamas and still has several traditional boatyards which I enjoy visiting.
Marsh Harbor is filled with cruisers as always and the morning cruiser’s net has all the local news, weather, etc. Today a front came through and brought very much needed the rain to the area along with winds gusting to 30+ knots. No big deal since Marsh Harbor is well protected and the bottom provides good holding for the anchor.
We are thinking about crossing to the states in another couple of weeks but have no time set yet.

Posted by Dick at 01:34 PM