Feb 2-5, 2015
Civilization and a hidey hole to ride out a southern wind that most anchorages so far do not have protection from the waves. Oh, and a storm is brewing with lightening (A VERY BAD THING for a boat with a 55 ft metal mast). We picked up a mooring ball in Black Sound at Donny’s Marina at the end of the bay. Super nice guy, and $15 per nite to hang out on his ball and wifi! First time for us to pick up a mooring ball. It went well. Nothing major, but we need a larger shackle because the line coming off the ball was REALLY large, compared to what we are normally working with. Also, inadvertently, Angie strung an extra 5/8 line through the eye of the mooring ball loop, but that turned out to be a back up, incase our anchor bridle had problems, so it really did end up being a good first time at doing something while others boaters were watching, always unnerving for Angie.
New Plymouth is a quaint little island town with 4 small markets in it and a few restaurants, as well as a Ferry that takes people over to Treasure Cay, a couple of museums, a Post Office that is not manned daily, and a telephone/internet store that is open on Thursdays, as well as 2 hardware stores(not open Wednesday).
There was a nice hill for the 10 minute walk to town to get the heart rate up a bit. We found that the food pricing was higher than we had expected, so good thing we have three years worth of canned goods for our possible 5 month trip. Also, we found paper towels to be $5-6 per roll and we have 3 left…Angie is trying to wean off the paper towels and go with kitchen cloth towels that we can wash, but that has been a very hard thing to do. Toilet paper is $13 for a 6 pack. Hope we have stored up enough of the strong and sturdy stuff!
This also was the place we started pricing out a new 15 hp 2 stroke outboard as our main tender engine. The Honda which came with the boat has had too much $ thrown at it to keep it running, and Mark thinks the water pumps is gone. It is unreliable. Time to cut the losses. A friend told us to buy a new one in the Bahamas. It would be much cheaper. Well, not really. Bahamas have recently added a 7+% VAT tax on everything. The people have not learned yet how to circumvent this with doing cash transactions. It is unfortunate because the VAT tax is on EVERYTHING and the locals are getting hit HARD without having additional income coming in. It really is a sad thing to see. Everyone expects crime to rise rapidly. Some of the islands’ only income is from supplying lobsters and fish to local restaurants. The good thing is though that they still have 15 hp 2 stroke engines here. They are typically 4 stroke in the USA, which weigh much more. So, we are now proud parents of a new Yamaha 15 hp, 2 stroke engine. Of course, we had to “ugly up” the cover to it immediately, because new outboards are hot items for people to steal. We didn’t ugly it up, but spray painted it purple with a yellow flame, of course. So, if it gets stolen, it will be obvious, until they find a new can of spray paint.
Mark finished up the watermaker install after MANY trips to town (one hardware store is closed on Wednesdays) and Angie worked on trying to type up blog posts and download and organize photos. Well, the computer crashed, HARD. For a while, all was lost. Wifi has limits on it and Facebook is blocked. We tried to get Angie’s phone converted to a Bahamian phone with data with a new Sim Card. Except, the unlock code from ATT did not work. A new one MIGHT be provided within 5 days from ATT. We would be gone by then. Also, our main credit card had some major global security breach from a large department store, even though we have not used it in 3 weeks, and guess what??? No transactions can be processed now. THAT was embarrassing to find out while we were trying to pay for the new engine. So, Angie is trying to work through getting all of the auto pays for all of our stuff back in Colorado converted. Oh, and our new card could not be shipped out, because the postal service here, once it goes to Nassau, stops. No one knows when anything will arrive, even Fed Ex. So, we are having the new card sent to Colorado and Mark will pick it up when he is back in….March or April?
We never made it to the beautiful shelling Atlantic beach, which was on the road to town. We just had to go left instead of right, but that never happened. All in all, we like Green Turtle Cay. We have friends from the St Augustine boatyard that stay here all season, and I can see why. Quaint little island and town. Everyone gets around by golf cart. The people are friendly and you can go to Marsh Harbor by multiple ferries or ferry and rental car. It is definitely a place worth coming back to.