We left Hope Town for Treasure Cay and had a nice trip in the Sea of Abaco with reefed sails. We stayed at a marina there for a couple of days and went to one of the nicest beaches in the entire Caribbean (according to the travel magazines) and it was truly stunning. We ended up taking a ferry from Treasure Cay across to Green Turtle Cay which is kind of ironic since we have a boat! However, there is a large, shallow sandbar on the way that we realized we couldn’t cross with our 5-foot draft. The option was to go out and around Whale Cay, but that particular day, Whale Cut was raging at 7 feet! We heard a couple of folks on the VHF saying it was just awful. We spent the day riding around the island on a golf cart, exploring, and you guessed it–eating.
Our next stop was Great Guana Cay to anchor for a couple of days and to kill some time before our reservation started at our marina in Marsh Harbour. Great Guana is a large cay famous for its beautiful beaches on the Atlantic side, and a bar called Nippers. It happened to be Memorial Day weekend so half of the population of Florida was there visiting as well! There were also a lot of chartered catamarans in our anchorage which was a new site. All of the cays we visited in Abaco are full of second homes and rental cottages. Again, after the Exumas, a lot of civilization. It’s difficult to make comparisons between the islands in the Bahamas. They are simply different from each other – apples and oranges – and we like both!
We are now in Marsh Harbour at a marina. We had planned to be here just for the month of June while Perry went back to work in Kabul, and I, just like George Town, would stay with the boat. Unfortunately, with little notice, Perry has been called back to post in Kabul for the remainder of the year. (Insert sad face emoji here!) Our plan to visit the east coast of the US and be farther north for hurricane season is no longer in the cards so we will ride out the first part of hurricane season right here in Marsh Harbour. So little notice in fact, we didn’t even have the option to cross back to the east coast of Florida. He will get R&R the month of September when we hope to take the boat down to a marina in a hurricane hole in Great Harbor Cay in the Berry Island chain of the Bahamas. An advantage of being there, too, is we will be positioned further south to head to the Caribbean at the beginning of 2020. All weather permitting, of course.
Marsh Harbour is the third largest city in the Bahamas after Nassau and Freeport so I have most everything I need right here. I will spend some time off the boat to visit family back in the States. The boat is now pretty much prepared for hurricane season (remember we went through Irma as a Category 2 back in Palmetto/Bradenton and she did just fine.) What little we have to finish because I’m living on the boat, the marina staff here has agreed to do. Other than the ease of getting to and from the boat, the Bahamas isn’t that much different than Florida when it comes to the possibility of getting hit with a hurricane and as far as our insurance, Florida is the same as the Bahamas. A named storm is a named storm no matter where it is (and our deductible simply doubles.) The airport here has flights available on Delta, American and United which is great. Great Harbor Cay has an airport as well which is an absolute “must” for us.