Moving On…From Georgetown Bahamas to Rum Cay, Mayaguana, Turks and Caicos then on to Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico

Some say the trip from the Turks and Caicos to D.R. and then across the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico is some of the toughest sailing/crossing on earth!  “Yikes”  says Marie – “what did I get myself into?”.

a great view of where we are and where we are headed.

When I look at this map, I realize just how little we have traveled in the 6 weeks or so since we left the confines of the US.  There is still a long way to go to our final destination for the year of Grenada!

It’s on we go though – at a snails pace – making sure to enjoy each stop as a destination of it’s own.

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Life on the water

How different IS living on a boat, floating on the water, anyway?????

There are so many ways that living on a boat, at anchor, constantly floating on the water is completely different from living on land. Of course, the degree to how different it is depends a lot on the type of boat/vessel you are on. Aboard the Molly Bloom we are very comfortable, probably middle of the road as far as comfort goes – we are NOT on a huge yacht – and there are tons of them out there – but we are not the most basic vessel in the harbor either.

For a start, we generate our own electricity in various ways :

1. We have a WIND generator that here in the windy Bahamas is going night and day

2. We have 2 SOLAR panels that generate electricity during daylight/sunny hours and in the Bahamas that is almost all the time.

3. We have a diesel powered generator (Genset) built into the boat that uses very little fuel to generate electricity

4. We have a 3 stage alternator on one of our engines that charges our bank of 4 batteries very quickly indeed

We generate our own water – from the sea- for drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, washing etc.

We have our own R/O water maker that makes very clean drinking water out of sea water. R/O stands for reverse osmosis by the way

We also DO have many of the comforts and conveniences of land type homes:

3 bedrooms, 2 baths (with showers)

Microwave/convection oven built in

Propane 3 burner stove and oven – even if I can’t SET the temperature – oh well, I’ll figure it out J

We have 2 TV’s, a built in stereo, 2 computers, a Wii, many movies, books, games, magazines…. Just because we have TV’s doesn’t mean we watch ‘television’ per se. We don’t actually get TV service unless we happen to be at a marina where that is provided – and that hasn’t happened since we left Florida…OR…we had satellite TV (which at the moment we do NOT)

Satellite phone – even if it only works about once an hour – and we only know the time by using a schedule – but it’s free for us to call home after the monthly service charge

Full pantry – with everything we need

Full Bar – again with everything we need

Beautiful covered porch (we call it a cockpit) with seating for 10 or so

Fabulous sunsets

We DON’T have:

Cars, garage, grass to cut, snow to shovel, bills to pay, jobs, income

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Favorite meals onboard Molly Bloom

I thought it might be interesting to give you a little idea of what our meals are like on, and off Molly Bloom.   Marie does like to cook and has supplied her pantry with most everything she will need to cook any style that suits her, so we can still have the ethnic foods like lasagne, or chicken stir fry,  we both enjoy.  Don’t ask Marie to make homemade yeast bread in an oven that doesn’t stay lit, and burns either the top or the bottom though.  After that fiasco, she did make a wonderful loaf of banana bread – that will be a new favorite for sure.

Mostly, we find that we eat similar to what we did on land….with a couple of major exceptions….

pizza – not too frequently found and when it is, it’s not too close to home….oh, we did find Dominos pizza in Nassau – tastes the same and only costs about 2.5 times the price in the US.

chicken wings – oooops….a favorite staple of Marie’s – not too available (though you can buy chicken feet in the stores).  she did have chicken wings once here – they were ok….but being an expert – it was disappointing.

steaks – Ron says he has missed them, Marie is happy with seafood…..

salad bars – again, this is a Ron thing – but they are non existent here – and if you order a side salad for $10 you get a very simple salad.

Ethnic Food (other than Bahamian) – just about non existent in the Bahamas – especially away from Nassau….that includes Italian, Chinese, Greek.

fast food – now this is one Marie didn’t even think to mention….somehow McDonalds and Wendys food never impressed me THAT much – it doesn’t exist here!

What do we eat? drink??

Burgers – for some reason the Bahamas has a plethura of burger joints (and they are really very good).

Conch – we LOVE it….. well Ron loves is cooked….Marie will eat it either cooked or raw.  Marie loves to saute it in a little olive oil and spices (no breading), or marinated in lime juice then mixed with orange juice, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, garlic in something like a ceviche called conch salad….mmmm mmm mmm.  Oh, Ron is the conch sheller, cleaner, pounder, and horn blower – Marie is the cook. 

Mango salsa – The Bahamas is not a place that has a lot of fresh produce (other than onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots), but once in a while good Mangos are available and when that happens, Marie mixes chopped mangos, onions, tomatoes, green peppers, garlic, lemon juice and makes some great mango salsa.  If fresh coconut is available, that goes in there too – oh, you can intermingle these two dishes – just add marinated conch to make ceviche.

Conch Fritters – a bahamian classic – goes without saying   mmm mmm good  (and inexpensive too – all conch is fairly inexpensive).

Coconut- as often as we can find it….makes a great snack too

Fish- Ron needs to catch some – we eat it when he does.

Rum Punch – a staple in the Islands – Rum and any kind of juice – coconut water, pineapple juice, orange juice, etc.

Kalik – It’s a bahamian ting man!   once in a while a cold beer (even though neither of us are beer drinkers) is really great!

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Bahamas – Georgetown, Great Exuma Island

 

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April 30, 2010 – Georgetown, Bahamas update:

Family Island Regatta, in it’s 58th year – where all the bahamian sailboats get together to represent their island communities and see who has the best team and boat.  It’s a lot of fun to watch.  The crew goes out on 2 x 8″ boards off the side of the sailboat to ‘weigh it down’ – quite a site for sure!  What goes along with Regatta is a lot of partying – drinking, music, great Bahamian food – more drinking, more music, etc. etc.   Georgetown turns into party town during Regatta week.

lots of excitement

We arrived here just before Regatta started, so we couldn’t leave before the biggest event in the Bahamas, now could we?  And besides, Georgetown cruising community has so much for us to do, see, experience right here – there is no getting  bored in Georgetown.  At 8am sharp every morning, we are all greeted by the Georgetown Cruisers net on channel 68 where volunteer radio announcers and weather men direct the net, welcome new boats, give  vital information about local businesses and even more important information about what time to be at Texas Hold Em Poker, or volleyball on the beach…..just to name a couple of activities. 

We were fortunate enough to meet and get to know one of the Bahamas premiere sports reporters, Julian Gibson, who invited several of us to join him at the Family Island Regatta private skippers parties where we got to meet with the Chairman/Commodore, Danny Strachan.  Several of the ladies in our group had their picture taken (below) with Mr. Strachan

We met some wonderful new friends – I started to name them all by name – but there are too many – I hope that one day we will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy their company again.

Cruisers meet the Family Island Regatta Director

We have also reconnected with several friends from earlier in our trip and look forward to getting to know them better.

Looks like we have a few more unplanned days here in Georgetown as we wait for the weather to change in our direction and the seas to calm to give us FAIRWINDS AND FAIR SEAS  for our passage further south.

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