What makes cruising so much fun? For us, it’s the adventure of exploring new places, making new friends, as well as introducing old friends to familiar, favorite island spots. We love sharing with guests the many joys of simply being aboard, giving them a taste of typical days on the water. True, there are the occasional trials and tribulations in boating, but for the most part we have a unique lifestyle that offers greater appreciation for the little things in life, things that most take for granted when living on land. Water seems to make everything more immediate, interesting and intimate, somehow!
|Vicky at the helm of Equinox en route to Great Guana Cay|
While Jim, Vicky and Jay were aboard, we gave them a taste of trawler speed voyaging -- albeit very briefly -- when we moved from Green Turtle Cay to Great Guana Cay via Whale Cay Cut on Saturday morning. They couldn't get over the comfort and the ease of a full displacement hull, even in the swells outside on the Atlantic, but it really was a lovely day for a cruise. (Although, we may have created a monster, since Jim now says his Intrepid is for sale!) We easily anchored off Great Guana Cay in Fisher’s Bay, and spent the weekend visiting familiar places and faces: Nipper’s, Grabber’s and Orchid Bay. It was the usual party central at Nipper’s on Sunday afternoon, but Grabber’s had their own party vibe going on each afternoon and evening with many of the Abacos Regatta boats anchored off their beach and many of the sailors in and around the pool. Fun indeed!
|The party never stops on Sundays at Nippers!|
|The pool at Grabber's, filled with Regatta participants and followers|
|Gorgeous summer sunset over Orchid Bay Marina.|
We also had fun exploring new spots: Baker’s Bay Marina Village, which is now welcoming public boaters to their facilities along with their members and guests. They have an exceptionally welcoming staff and it’s delightful that the whole place has a great positive vibe. We had lunch in their fun Bakery and General Store, and enjoyed a drink at their “Conch Shack” on the pier, and chatted with some boaters who were in the Abacos for the Regatta. There is lots to do here as a member from golfing to beach-combing, but it's fabulous to have Baker's Bay be so accommodating to the casual cruiser who happens to stop by in his dinghy! Love it!
Sunday was a full day of exploration, as we meandered down the Sea of Abaco in Lucy. We went sight-seeing at Man-o-War Cay, viewing their charming harbor from the boat, stopped for lunch at the Abaco Inn, then went lounging on Tahiti Beach. Before lunch, on Lubber's Quarters we discovered another new place for fun, too! Lubber’s Landing is a great new eco-resort with a fun island bar/lounge right next door to Cracker P’s, the original restaurant on island there. It's a great addition to the island!
|Heading out in Lucy, with Jay at the helm|
|Funky and fresh decor adorn the lounge walls at Lubber's Landing|
|Lyrics to "Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley adorn cute |
interior shutters atLubber's Landing
|Ron at the open air bar. They have fun decoupage bar stools|
with old Bahamian photos and fun articles!
|Love this frog door knocker!|
|Vicky showing off her lemonade: fresh squeezed lemon juice and lemon pieces|
muddled with blue agave nectar for just the right amount of sweetness!