Move to S Manjack – Crab Cay Anchorage
Day 2.95-3 –We had calm seas until about midnight, then lightening, rain, and wind. A lot of wind. 48 kt gusts. Then, the winds shifted to out of the northwest around 3 am, which was very bad for this anchorage and which was not suppose to happen until later the next day. The cove looks like a crescent moon looking W to NE, so we were exposed to the four ft rollers until daylight, when we decided to move early to Crab Cay. There was a discussion about whether or not we had dragged anchor.
Both of us thought so, but we actually did not.
On the way down to the other side of the island, we saw a catamaran had beached in the middle of the night with all of the shifting, gusty winds going on. Hate to see this. Makes you remember that you are at the mercy of mother nature when on a boat. It can happen to anyone at any time. There were a lot of other boats in the anchorage helping them.
We were beat up by waves while motoring. The South anchorage was a bit full with five other boats already there, but we found a corner, behind Dave on Cross Seas, who we met in St. Augustine. This anchorage is not protected from the W, but the winds are suppose to shift NW-N later in the day and we will be protected from it then.
Well, we were beat up all day. 30+kt winds and rollers all day long. The one boat next to us left and another came in, but tucked in tight, making a row with all the other boats. They were a little more protected from the West waves than UNO MAS. All of them, being monohulls, had to deal with a bouncy day as well.
Mark worked on installing the code zero furler guides and blocks and also started the plumbing for catching rain water off our new hard bimini top (there will be a lot about this in a boat project write up, later) for a rinse tank and boat wash basin. Angie worked the entire day dealing with the credit card auto payments that did not automatically carry over to the new card, as we found out, once all of the delinquent notice e-mails started rolling in. We are boosting wifi from someone on the island when we received the first round of all of those lovely e-mails.
In the evening, Dave picked us up in his dinghy and we met a few of the other boaters, and local homeowners at a house being built. They were having a milestone party – They had huge posts planted for their perimeter structure, some floor joists, and a 12×12 ft deck about 8 feet off the ground. You can see the ocean through the trees. We were on/in their future dining room. All incredibility nice people. We met people from Switzerland who have been travelling for 32 years, and Phil and Lynda were there!
Angie blew out a flip flop at the beach landing. Winds had shifted to the NW during our time off, and the waves had already calmed down for the dinghy ride back, but we still got wet. However, at midnight, the winds were kicking again and we had a slight rainstorm. Angie watched the chartplotter to make sure we didn’t drag, until the winds shifted to the North and died down below 20 kts, around 3 AM.
Day 4 -The next morning we were still rocking from residual West waves, but they were only a ¼ of yesterday’s and it is a GORGEOUS day. Half of the boats in the anchorage took off and new ones came in. Today may be the day an actual blog post gets up and a few pictures as well, once more credit card fiasco stuff gets settled. The computer is still not liking our charging situation and likes to time out for indefinite periods of time.
We hiked well-maintained and marked trails to the Atlantic Beach and Coconut Beach. The beaches are beautiful! On the way back, we met up with Bill and Leslie who are landowners and got a tour of their property. Unbelievable! The gardens, the wood shop, the pet chickens, the gorgeous house. They maintain the hiking trails and you can just see the love they put into their island. They make a point of remembering everyone who passes through, which is remarkable to us. And, they did not shoot us for trespassing!
Day 5 – We kayaked the large mangrove lagoon and beach walked another Atlantic beach for 3 hours and cleaned up the inside of the boat. It needed it!! We will be having guests over, Dave from Cross Seas and Phil and Lynda of KaLani.
So excited to plan a nice meal and Angie is making Pineapple Upside Down cake for Mark for V-Day, with a little mango rum added. Did a few little boat projects as well. The fly killing continues. Not as bad as at the North anchorage, but there are still some nuisances. We have not had to deal with many bugs yet on this trip, thankfully.
Day 6 –Finally got a few blog posts AND pictures uploaded! However, not having any luck with trying to finalize health insurance for 2014 taxes. The websites do not like the foreign server we are on or the local server keeps booting us off. We then tried calling, and got put on permanent HOLD at over $1 per minute. Finally, Angie put a phone call into the CPA. A few hours later, we got it squared away, that with our circumstances, we are good for 2014’s tax returns and insurance requirement. 2015 will be a different story, but we will deal with that when we know where we will actually be living. (There might be a lengthy post about insurance under Rants and Raves, at some point.)
Mark did more boat projects as well. He built pvc holders for the dinghy wheels that always seem to be in the way and built a fishing rod rack for the poles to be mounted on the underside of the hard bimini. He also finalized the hard top rain water catch system.
We were invited to Phil and Lynda’s house for apps and drinks along with Dave from Cross Seas and Lulu and Gigi, the Swiss people who have been travelling for 32 years!
You meet such fascinating people when out cruising. It was funny to watch Mark and Lulu go back and forth on the pros and cons between having too much technology and just enough. On the dinghy ride back, it looks like our mooring light at the top of the mast is not working, so we will need to address that in the next day or two. Also, it was cool to see Ballyhoos jump when the flashlights swept across the water. We dropped Dave off and made it back to Uno Mas. Our first time picking someone else up in the dinghy. No one fell in, so that was good! However, “grace” would not be a word describing us entering and exiting .
Day 7 – Well, the laundry didn’t dry last night, so we have officially became THAT boat with the laundry hanging off the lifelines. Mean Kitty ventured outside and for the first time looked over the edge.
Nice Kitty hasn’t made it off the Lido Deck yet (where we sit in the cockpit area). We did a nice, long 3 hour hike down the main Atlantic Beach.
The noticeable wash ashore item for this walk was used up glow sticks. Divers use them during night dives. We found close to a dozen of them washed up. The last time we were in Bonaire, you were not allowed to use them anymore because they are toxic. We saw Harriet and Jason of Argo and offered to fill up their water if they need it, since we have been making it consistently now, with the watermaker. Dave showed Angie how to make bread, and we are having him over for jambalaya and that Pineapple Upside Down Mango Rum cake, along with his bread!
Day 8 –The lettuce and sprouts are looking good! Another front from the South is coming through in a couple of days, so we need to think about moving. Mark finally got to snorkel and fish off the rocks out of the lagoon cut while Angie hung out on the dinghy.
We had Phil and Lynda over to get a “Cat” fix. However, Mean Kitty and Nice Kitty were not being very sociable. It was fun to talk with people who had sailed the Caribbean for 2 years with their kids on a catamaran and all of the differences. They loved all of the projects we have done. We hope to keep in touch. Who knows, maybe they will be in a catamaran again soon! (Hint, Hint 😉
Day 9- Angie tore apart and rebuilt the freezer locker hatch. The gasket material no long was sticking or working, and the hinge was bent. While doing so, the microwave was relocated down to “storage.” We are slowly weaning ourselves off the 110v items. Paper towels now are torn into tiny 6×3 inch bits, to help cut down on the usage (there are 3 rolls left), and Angie has now turned into her mom, by washing and reusing ziplock baggies! We are still trying to figure out how to not throw away anything plastic, but THAT is going to take A LOT of diligence on the front end when purchasing things. It really hits you in the face when you walk the beaches and see everything that gets washed up and stuck on shore. Glass gets broken down and metal erodes, eventually. Paper can be burned. Plastic can be also, but it is so toxic! It is still important to Angie to try to make an effort.
The weather is coming in a day early and the expected winds have escalated to over 35 knots, so time to move on.