Sunday, 11 March 2018

Feb 9 - 11, 2018

Modaki and SandysWay left early the next morning to head north … and we always motor by our friends boats to say .. good bye and see you later …  Helen 

Frank on Altair ..  (Ottawa Valley, and we meet in the Bahamas)

Sandy and I always have our fishing lines out .. well most of the times .. but our Captains think it could be a hazard ..and it can be an issue  ..  .. but this time Sandy caught a 20 inch  red snapper
… just as we passed Firefly Resort .. 
thanks for having us enjoy our dinner

the real thing .. from the ocean to the pan to the plate
.. after a great dinner at Matt Lowe Cay 

what could be better than this .. a sail to Great Guana Cay and Fishers Bay
…   okay SandysWay is a faster boat .. and yes she left us in her wake  ..  
also we are towing a 10 ft double bottomed dinghy … 
nice sail SandysWay  ... 

so much fun … you can rent these for $180 a cruise  . 
its like a motor cycle  and you go forward .. you are attached to the main ship …

you are lowered into the maximum 25 ft .. ocean floor  … banks of Bahamas 

the famous Nippers

SANDY found her air plants … and so much bigger than mine .. lol 
read back on the blog to get an connection to air plants …
Ann and Bob  ….  so happy for you, Sandy  !!

the colours of the sea 

im glad this did not get caught any any ones prop

beach combing with Sandy and John

Nipper's Bar

i love this view

we saw these guys every where .. models and professional photographer .. 

its hard to leave with a resident cat sitting on your back pack

good night at Fishers Cay 

February 8 - 9, 2018 Tahiti to Tilloo Cay

SandysWay and Modaki had a great sail from Tahiti Beach to Tilloo Pond on Tilloo Cay ..

sailing into anchorage

well this is what happens in the boating cruising world .. we all get invited to join up for drinks
etc.  you bring your own drinks and bring a snack to share  … some times these get togethers last all night and some times only for a few hours

we are all on Ain't Miss Behaven,…...( Nova Scotia .. Pictou )... .. we have known Helen for a few years now, she keeps her boat at Abaco Yacht Services  .. Helen started sailing a few years back ..with her husband and then he died ..
unexpectedly …  Helen is a grandma, mother, and one of a kind woman.. she sails alone and with friends .. Helen is the life of the party and her boat is witness to this …
in past posts I have posted what the underwater pictures and words are written on her haul .. 

but today I got an invitation to see the inside of her boat …

table is mosaic tiles … Sailor Joe, Sandy and Helen

pillars painted and sailing friend Gayle

the head sink … all painted up, with fish and frogs

heading back to Modaki … the turquoise dinghy is Helens .. every year it is a different colour
love our Sailing friends 

good night on Modaki

breakfast coffee with  SandysWay 
now off exploring Tilloo Cay

guess what all of the fleet from other boats at anchor showed up .. except a few and they are out 
spearing lobster .. 

so many beach finds …  the bumper of a car ??????? in the ocean side of this Cay 

remember the racing boat we found 3 years ago ... a few days after it came to shore on Tilloo Cay Abaco .. well not much of it is left ..  John, SandysWay .. took some good videos and shared them on FB ..

and what are we looking for … mostly sea glass …
and a great time with our friends  .. ocean side

heading back down to the Sea of Abaco .. away from the fierce ocean

Joe and I told Sandy and John about Tilloo Pond … they have already been here but it was too rough ... but today it was calm, calm
time to go snorkelling

a live Helmet  Conch .. that we delivered back to the ocean floor

I love these full face snorkelling masks .. the first time I have used one … so much easier than the
goggles, mouth piece  … thanks for the loan 

1/2 of Nova Scotia is lined up here at Tilloo Cay …
Modaki only Ontario boat 

to be continued ...

February 8 - 9, 2018 Hope Town and Tahiti Beach

the one hour motor crossing to Elbow Cay felt like an eternity …
every slap of water on the haul had us both jumping … well okay it was just me ..
but Joe did good and checked the prop shaft every 5 minutes to ensure ME that we are
still floating …and we did float and nothing bad happened …. 

 finally we got to meet up again with SandysWay, we both anchored just off the
Lighthouse at Elbow Cay ….  its so nice to be on the water again … 

we picked up Sandy and John in our dinghy and headed into Hope Town Inn and Marina
for some good music … free to listen, but some expensive drinks did flow .. it was a fundraiser for
a project to restore an Abaco  boat that was found in bad shape in Jamaica … Dave  Wright has sailed it back to the Abacoes and needs funds and volunteers to help restore her.  All her rigging and sails have been donated from the Kingston area and Nova Scotia … go Canada go !!!!

our friends from the MH boat yard, Robin and John (that fed us) … I should note that these two fabulous 
people, just got married November 2017 … for sure they know the meaning
of living your life to the fullest ….  it was great to see them again .. and our lives crossed paths
in the next two weeks .. we are leaving an anchorage and they arrive … big waves from both of us

some of our friends that we have met in the last 4 years in the Bahamas

Helen  and Joe

John and Sandy

our friend Dave Wright .. aka Barefoot Dave

this young lad, that lives on a boat with his parents entertained
us for at least an hour

aka Anne Geddes models .. I wonder who put him in the flower pot in
the first place ???  the best hiding spot for this young sailor  lol

Dave performing .. I have a video .. but don't think it works on this blog

our little entertainer dancing

now back on the boat .. one of my favourite anchorages (weather permitting) is under the
Elbow Cay Lighthouse

early the next morning we headed to Tahiti Beach with SandysWay…
this is Ain't Miss Behaven sailing past us at anchor .. Helen has a 3 ft draft so she can go thru any time
.. we have to wait until higher tide .. so we anchored for a few hours and walked the beaches

at low tide this is completely dry

Sandy watching the waves pound on the iron stone rocks

the tide is rising and we need to go now …
back to our boats and off to the next anchorage

Thursday, 8 March 2018

February 2 - 8, 2018 Taking on water

Ground Hog day morning was beautiful in the Bahamas … no wind and flat calm
water ….. we knew it was going to be a motor day

motoring around Matt Lowe Cay and Sugar Loaf Cay, with my fishing line out .. everything was
perfect … we met a barge around Boat Harbour … Joe was below and all of a sudden
we heard an alarm going off .. I checked and it wasn't the engine oil alarm …
we decided to turn off the engine and drift for a bit, to have time to figure out what was
happening now
Joe started to remove stuff from our quarter berth to get to the engine compartment,
the next thing I heard was "we are taking on water"
I started the engine again, but this made it worse, with water flying everywhere
with the engine off again, Joe told me to start pumping on the manual bilge pump in
the cockpit
SandysWay was wondering what was going on .. and came along side, so we could talk
We called and called on the VHF to Marsh Harbour Boat Yard, but they didn't answer us.
Then Joe phoned them, he explained our immediate danger and they said they would get back to us.
We barely managed to keep the water at the floorboards level.
SandysWay towed us closer to the Boat Yard, about one mile.  We made another call to Boat Yard and asked for a skiff to come out and tow us in, they said they don't have any boats available.  We explained that we are taking on water and barely keeping up.
Finally a guy from a tug boat company heard of our distress and came from the Boat Yard and
side tied us and took us to the travel lift, all this time we are still manually pumping. (the automatic bilge pump was also working)
By the time we got into the travel lift the salt water was about 1 1/2 above the floor boards.. on land now the salt water poured for about 3/4 hour out of the prop shaft and the automatic bilge pump.

We asked the Boat Yard to send us a mechanic …. and they did about 3 hours later and he refused
to crawl into the area to check out what was our problem.  He said there was another mechanic but he was too busy to come and have a look.  Now this is Friday and they are closed Saturday and Sunday.
So Joe started to take the stuffing box apart, and he noticed that a clamp holding on the stuffing box
hose was broken.  This added to the slump in the alignment of the shaft.

some of the water still leaking out of Modaki

we had all weekend to take this all apart and clean up everything

one part Joe took 6 hours to remove it, without breaking any pieces

some workmen on Saturday and Sunday fixing boats, they start at 7am here

the boat yard charged us $50/day on the hard and $10/day for hydro
there was only one washroom here and no other facilities available

the ground is very silty here and the next morning both of the stern jack stands were not
even holding the boat .. the front stands had sunk into the silt

after a short walk around the boat yard, we realized that this place is a disaster waiting to
happen … this beautiful sail boat is on a great lean and some of the port jack stands are not
holding the boat

the same boat 

not too sure why this is here a NOAA Tsueami weather beacon

we got invited to supper on a 48 ft Leopard Cat … along with this couple that are on a 61.5 
Cat, from the UK

Robin and John took pity on Joe and I and supplied supper

the next day Pippa and Andy had us over to their Cat for a tour and coffee

I think it was called England Rose … the beam is 30 ft … as long as Modaki is

we tested the manual bilge pump and found out it didn't work, even after we filled the bilge with fresh water …. it turned out that the hose down beside the prop shaft  had about 5 slits in it .. there fore taking on air and not water

everything got a good cleaning

Joe still working on the shaft … starting to put it back together
we found out that the stuffing box hose was not the correct hose, and it was on the boat before we bought it ..
we called all over the Abacoes and no one had the correct size …
but a miracle happened .. MOW found a cut off piece in their scrap pile .
we had the ferry deliver it to Marsh Harbour and then got it delivered to the boat yard

the old wrong hose on the right
and the 6 walled correct hose on the left …. we only needed 3 3/4 inches of hose
$25 … better than waiting and ordering one from the states

Monday and Tuesday came and went with us still waiting on a mechanic .. Joe continued to
take a part, clean and put back together our shaft and stuffing box…
my patience with the boat yard finally had me in the office, to speak my mind … after this encounter
I told Joe I would not talk to them  ever again ….. 
the next afternoon Wednesday the mechanic came to our boat … he inspected Joes work and
tweaked the alignment on the engine

We got launched later on Wednesday

we tied to the dock for the night and in the morning the mechanic
came by and checked out all systems
I did have to go into the office and settle up our bill and to double check on
the water depth in the channel .. we had to wait on mid tide to exit
We found out the guys name that towed us in here and we made up a
thank you card and enclosed $50.

finally by 11am we exited Marsh Harbour Boat Yard and hope we
never have to visit them again

Motoring to Elbow Cay for a few days and looking forward to seeing SandysWay again !!!