Green Turtle – Round 2, Abacos, Bahamas

Feb 16 –23

We picked up a mooring ball with the help of another boater who was out in his dinghy.  I could not see or hook any type of  lines.  Then, we found out we were on the wrong mooring ball.  The second try at hooking a ball that day went much smoother.  We are now at the far S end of the anchorage, which is better for us.  We are out of the way, next to another catamaran, so we have similar swing patterns. And, we will not annoy too many people, hopefully, when we run the generator and have the music going.

Boats in Harbor - Notice they are all swinging a different way. No wind.
Boats in Harbor – Notice they are all swinging a different way. No wind.

Day 2 – Ferry ride to Treasure Cay to check out the hardware and grocery stores day.  We had lunch at Coco’s Bar and Grill.  It was just off the beach where we had tried to “park” the last time we were here but had gotten worked over with the swell from the Atlantic.

Treasure Cay, Coco Bar n Grill Beach
Treasure Cay, Coco’s Bar n Grill Beach
Ferry Ride
Ferry Ride

The Whale Passage was calm and you could see sailboats making their way South, maybe into Marsh Harbor. Someday we are going to have to make that trip and hopefully avoid the “Rage” of the Whale.  Dave had us over for Chili and we brought the cornbread.  Our  recipe needs some work. Dave is going to make a chocolate cake tomorrow for Andy and Carole and we are going to give him a bottle of champagne for him to leave on their boat.

Day 3 + Ob La Di Days!

Ob La Di, Dockside at Brendal's Dock
Ob La Di, Dockside at Brendal’s Dock

Andy and Carole are coming backWe have not seen them since St Augustine, and are very excited to meet up with them and Dave.  We always have a great time and they helped hook us up with our mooring ball from Brendal’s Dive Shop.

Very wet dinghy ride - our boat papers got swamped :-(
Very wet dinghy ride – our “official” boat papers got swamped 😦

It is a rainy day, which means boat work.  Generator, water maker, laundry is going.  Mark is changing the oils in the new Beta engines and saildrives.  Angie is working on the blog and organizing pictures.  It is unbelievable the amount of time it takes to get things posted to the blog and upload, resize and organize photos. When we are in more secluded areas, it may take a VERY long time to get posts and pictures from us.

Jelly fish next to the mooring chain - calm, clear water
Jelly fish next to the mooring chain – calm, clear water

We had some very good times at Green Turtle, this time around.  Beach walks along the Atlantic side as well as at Coco Bay and Mark got to go fishing and lobstering with “the boys.”  We had some  fabulous meals with friends, and also got a bout of food poisoning.  We believe we narrowed it down to some limes in drinks we had at a bar, so we had a “down” day or two as well.

The Jolly Roger Bar and Grill and the Tranquil Turtle Sundowner Deck at the Bluff House became our “go to” spot. We met Michael and Jennifer, who are owners of it, and found them to be super nice and generous.  They are cruisers too and will be heading down to the Raggeds with Andy and Carole later in the season. We also lost our dinghy oar due to some chop and the ball/nut coming loose.  We looked for it a couple of times, but it did not resurface.  We had spares, so all is aok.

The Bluff House, Off our Back Door Steps
The Bluff House, Off our Back Door Steps

You can see why people love Green Turtle. It is a beautiful, friendly, laid back island with a lot to do and stunning beaches.  There is a Golf Course and small airport just a ferry ride away at Treasure Cay,  and  there is the main airport and “Big” provisioning and larger hardware stores in Marsh Harbor (ferry ride, then car rental trip). You  can use GT as a base to explore the islands North.  Then, if weather and time permits, you can explore the islands South, once you get through the Whale Passage, something we are looking forward to.

Sunrise on a Calm Morning
Sunrise on a Calm Morning

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