The Best Cockpit Seats – In Our Opinion

The weather in the Bahamas has finally turned favorable for us, and it’s time to begin retracing our steps back to Florida.

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Traveling up the Sea of Abaco we tackle one small project that has been bugging us for awhile, and it’s switching the covers on our favorite cockpit seats from Pacific Blue to Cadet Gray to match the rest of the boat. One of the few items we brought over from Serendipity to Elements, we love that these seats can go anywhere with you and give you so many options while using them in the cockpit.
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We decided that of all the spots north of the Whale Cay Cut we could land for the night and spend a day or two, we really wanted to be back at Powell Cay. Once there we took in all the sights and didn’t do the activities we wanted the first time around, like snorkeling the outer rocks and climbing to the top of the bluff.

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida

Where we’re going in 2018: Bahamas – St. Martin – Azores – Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s

 

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I Made An Ooopsie While Underway

Monthly Expense Report at the end of the episode.

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We start out with great sailing conditions as we leave Tahiti Beach to make our way once again to Marsh Harbour. We had favorable winds at our back for most of the run, but once we close in on Marsh Harbour they were right on our nose, and I cause a little bit of an accident on the way.

After waiting out the northern, which turned out to be no big deal at all, Matt and I set out for the perfect meal to celebrate our 18 year dating anniversary. In the mood for something local and fried, we walk to the opposite end of the settlement to find a place called Back 2 Da Island to enjoy our meal and spectacular views of the island.

Just before we leave Marsh Harbour to keep making our way north, our friend Jamel from Indiantown Marina shows up with a group of friends that were visiting him from Alaska, where he works in the summer. We have a great night of gin and tonics on his boat, Gravina, before settling on a pleasure cruise the next day.

Having their boat raft right next to ours to pick us up, we sail up the Sea of Abaco to the northern tip of Great Guana Cay before turning around and heading back. A wonderful day on the water with friends, just enjoying the sport of sailing.

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida

Where we’re going in 2018: Bahamas – St. Martin – Azores – Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s

 

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Strongs Winds & A Sail to Tahiti Beach

Our fun in Lynyard Cay continues! Before the strong winds hit us we spend one more day exploring the island by dinghy, heading out to the south side to see if there is any good snorkeling for us. We don’t find that, but what we do find is a landscape that is just a little bit alien to us.
When the strong easterly winds do fill in we make the short walk across the island to check out the waves as they crash in from the Atlantic side. While being in the protection of the island, it’s great to be able to appreciate the ferocity mother nature can throw your way.

When the winds settle down enough for us to travel, we up anchor and make our way north again. Passing by the North Bar Channel, we experience a little bit of swell caused by the days of easterly winds. Elements handled the waves like a champ, and soon we were back to the protection of the island and perfect sailing.

Because so many people have been questioning our traveler set-up, we jump just a little bit ahead to explain how we have our mainsail set up, and Matt shows the pros and cons of what we’re currently working with.

The end of the day, though, brings us to stunning Tahiti Beach and a great spot to spend an afternoon relaxing.

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida

Where we’re going in 2018: Bahamas – St. Martin – Azores – Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s

 

Music:
00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)
01:16 – I’m a Volcano – Martin Hall (ES)
05:25 – We All Fall Down – Chris Coral (ES)
08:28 – Fire at Will – Martin Hall (ES)

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Seeking Seclusion At Lynyard Cay

The cold fronts have passed, and we are experiencing perfect weather in the Bahamas!

With a 2-3 day break between overcast skies and high winds blowing through, we decide to take the boat somewhere new, sailing about 13 miles south from Elbow Cay (Hope Town), and Little Harbor. Conditions were perfect and it felt great to be flying all our sails.

On our way to Little Harbour though, we were distracted by the secluded beaches of the island just north of it, Lynyard Cay. Looking to escape everything for a few days, it looked like the perfect place to drop anchor and be all by ourselves.

With the nice weather we did get the chance to get in the water, but came up with no coral for viewing and no fish or lobster for dinner. Exploring the next day at the southern end of the island, we found it was much more cruiser friendly with public beaches and a trail over to the Atlantic side.

Loading Georgie up in the dinghy and checking the place out, we decided it was the perfect spot to sit and wait out the easterly blow that was about to hit us for the next few days.

 

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Our boat: 1983 Trisalu 37 (custom aluminum, built in Quebec)

Where we’ve been: 2.5 year refit in Indiantown, Florida

Where we’re going in 2018: Bahamas – St. Martin – Azores – Ireland – UK

Our Previous Boat: 1989 Sabre 34 Targa (Serendipity)

Where We Sailed Her: U.S. – Bahamas – Jamaica – Cuba – Cayman Islands – Honduras – Guatemala – Belize – Mexico – Bermuda – Azores – Madeira – Canary Islands – Sint Maarten – BVI’s – USVI’s

 

Music:
00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)
01:16 – I’m a Volcano – Martin Hall (ES)
05:25 – We All Fall Down – Chris Coral (ES)
08:28 – Fire at Will – Martin Hall (ES)

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Getting Back to Boat Work

MONTHLY EXPENSE REPORT at the end of the episode.

With more rainy and overcast skies, coupled with fronts moving in, we leave our spot in picturesque Hope Town to hunker down in Marsh Harbour once more. We figure it’s a great time to tackle a few projects on the boat that we’ve been ignoring for awhile, but need to be handled.

Jessica goes to work patching our blown out headsail, which we noticed a tear in while sailing from Powell Cay to Green Turtle. The rip is in the leech of the sail just past where the new sacrificial cover was added, and needs to be repaired with some stitching and dacron tape.

Matt inspects the rigging and adds some tension to areas that need to be addressed. Once our projects are done and the weather lets back up, it’s off to Hope Town again, but this time under sail!!

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00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)

01:08 – Indian Summer – Otto Wallgren (ES)

02:16 – Cloudy Afternoon – Magnus Ringblom (ES)

05:51 – Silver Skyline 3 – Thomas Skyldeberg (ES)

11:02 – Streets of Paris 2 – Thomas Skyldeberg (ES)

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The Wreck of sv Ellipsis at Elbow Cay

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We leave Marsh Harbor for the picturesque settlement of Hope Town, and have a whirlwind adventure while we’re there. Heading into town one night to play trivia with friends, we find there is a shipwreck on the north end of the island, and stroll up the beach to take a look.

Lodged in the sand is a Westsail 32 named Ellipsis that had ended up there the night before after encountering some heavy weather between Puerto Rico and St. Augustine. We only had a few details at the time, but knew it was two men and two dogs on board, and although the boat was now meant to be salvaged, everyone on board was ok.

The next day the two of us do a little more wandering around town and take a look at the world famous Elbow Reef Lighthouse; the last kerosene burning lighthouse in the world. We also walk through the grounds of Harbour Lodge resort to take in stunning views from their Atlantic coast beach.

Strolling back out to the beach, we found the owner there removing personal belongings and were able to talk to him to get the full story of what happened.

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Music:

00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)

00:59 – Breathe – Johan Borjesson (ES)

04:47 – Dreamers Escape 2 – Magnus Ringblom (ES)

07:34 – Head Under Water – Lvly (ES)

11:31 – Chain of Events 3 – John Ahlin (ES)

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Whale Cay Cut & The Cold Front

Our first cold front approaches us in the Bahamas, and we get hit with it HARD!

Leaving No Name Cay, we want to get ourselves further south in the Abacos, but this means taking the Whale Cay Cut. To avoid shoals in front of Treasure Cay, we need to make our way into the Atlantic through a strip of reefs and round a small island before cutting back into the Sea of Abaco. With east winds that are constantly pushing swells and a rage into here though, timing your trip through is everything.

Once we’re safely through our number one priority is finding shelter from a strong cold front about to blow through, and we hunker down in Marsh Harbour to try and find cover. When the storm hits us on the second day we are greeted with winds gusting near 50 and boats dragging around us through the harbor.

Never a dull moment for our trip through the Abacos.

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Music:

00:18 – I Met You in the Summer – Loving Caliber (ES)

03:26 – It’s Almost Winter – Andrew Appliepie

08:15 – It is What it is – Chris Coral (ES)

11:27 – Drop World 4 – Niklas Ahlstrom (ES)

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Hanging Around the Abacos

Only a few days into the Abacos, we realize there is still so much more to see there!

We spend one more great afternoon in Powell Cay where we take the dinghy to check out the beaches on the south side, and then head over to our new friends Brian and Shari’s boat for a lesson in silk swinging (and this girl has some talent!).

From there we head down to Green Turtle Cay in some crappy weather conditions, which are made only crappier when we found out our headsail had a tear.

Not letting that get us down though, we spend a few enjoyable days in GTC before going just a little further south to play with the pigs in No Name Cay. Abacos, you keep surprising us every day we’re here!

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Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Music: 00:18 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma

00:39 – Relax – Jebase

06:43 – 50 Ways to Applepie – Andrew Applepie

09:48 – Dreams – Joakim Karud

10:42 – Flix & Chill – Joakim Karud

16:21 – Fast Forward – Ukiyo

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CRYSTAL CLEAR Bahamian Waters

Our first days in the Bahamas led us to the clearest water in the world, where it is like looking at an aquarium from our deck.

After entering the Little Bahama Bank, we spend a full day motoring through light winds only to get half way through. Dropping anchor in the middle of nowhere for the night, we wake us to glass calm water and a pod of dolphins coming to say hello.

Making our way to Powell Cay that night, we spend a few days exploring this beautiful and uninhabited island, hiking through jungle like trails and even taking Georgie for walks on the beach while enjoying beautiful sunsets.

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Music:

00:00 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma

00:22 – Bahamas 02:22 – Skinny Love – Bon Iver – Instrumental – Eldamianos

05:47 – Your Heart Beats Like Mine – Crimson Mourn

13:02 – Loose – Andrew Applepie

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Bahamas Bound

We didn’t know how long we’d be stuck on the coast of Florida, but it turns out we were given a window to get to the Bahamas!

Getting to the Palm Beach Inlet took a full day of motoring from Stuart, full of the bascule bridges we would love to try and avoid if only we trusted the two inlets north of Palm Beach. And the weather window we had been rushing to get of course changed course on it.

A few extra days hanging around Palm Beach, and we were given the weather window we were looking for to get to the Bahamas. With nice 15 knot winds out of the south, we thought the crossing would be everything we’d planned for it to be, except the Gulf Stream had other plans in mind for us.

Cheers from the Bahamas!

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Music:
00:00 – Years – Alesso ft Matthew Koma
00:40 – Moth’s Wings – Passion Pit
03:15 – Back In The Day – Andreas Jamsheree (ES)
04:02 – Kick Push – Lupe Fiasco
07:44 – Hide With Me – Sebastian Forslund (ES)

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