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The Artful Dodger II

Friday, April 22, 2011

Heading for the Abacos

After our guests left we headed for the Abacos. We left Nassau,  had one of our best sailing experiences yet, everything was just perfect and headed for Royal Harbour for the night which is just at the Northern tip of the Elutheras.

Next day went to visit Spanish Wells where the sand is actually a pinkish colour.  This island is one of the richest islands in the Bahamas due to lobster fishing.  A rather different place from the Exumas, more white people than black, lots of very blond haired children, very religious and just about everybody's last name is Pinder.

A lot of people we talked to along the way didn't really seem to have too many good things to say about the's too cold, too windy, too commercialized, too many Americans etc.  So we were a little wary about going, but the weather was great, the people very friendly and the towns and beaches quite beautiful.  At Treasure Cay for $10 a day you could get free showers, free internet, grocery store and laundry near by and a one of most beautiful beaches around to walk on and swim at.

Sailing from Nassau to Royal Harbour

Homes along the way

Hope Town Lighthouse

One of amazing trees in the Abacos

The beach at Treasure Cay (So beautiful and hardly anybody there)

I wonder who these guys are.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Visitors from Canada

Finally left Georgetown after a rather extended stay and headed back up to Nassau to meet up with my mom and daughter for the first week of March.  We were looking forward to seeing them since we haven't seen them for quite a while.  We decided to stay at a Marina for the time that they were here just so it would be easier for everybody, come and go as you please plus showers etc.  We had some nice sailing weather coming up from Georgetown, fairly high winds and following seas and pretty much surfed right into Nassau Harbour.
Arriving Guests
Pat having one of those fruity drinks.
More eating and drinking.

And still more eating and drinking.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Great News

Great News

Well its been a while since I've made a post here, but then its been a busy time for me. I guess you could say I've been busy fixing out board motors diesel engines and Pactors with Karin's help. With this we've met a lot of great people and made some long lasting friends. When we weren't helping sailors we were enjoying the sun and sand. We also have found our sailing skills and understanding getting better. With the great sailing here, its been like going to school on how to live and sail aboard our home. You find you are always very cautious, as this is our home.

With another note we find we will be putting our trip on hold for a couple of years as we will be heading home to spend some quality time with our families. While returning to Canada we plan on heading back to Ontario and staying at the Port Credit Marina, as that is a live aboard marina. Both Karin and I have come to enjoy living aboard and so wish to still be permitted to do that. I might also suggest that with this first trip we've come with some ideas that we hope to apply before we head on again. A few of them are moving of the helm back, steps on the mast, a bow sprit,and a freezer just a few, although there are some other small ones.

At this time I've come to a point in this post to pass along some very interesting and exciting news. While in Georgetown I called Karin, on about me asking her to marry me, and her reply had been when I get her some where warm. So being it was warm, I again asked and her not knowing I had already been making the plans, she said that we couldn't as who could perform the ceremony, a surprise to her was that there was someone.

coming ashore

and Minister


Patric and Vic (Newfoundlander)

begining of ceremony

mixing of sand (our lives)


Paul, Caroline, Katherine, Patric and Karin

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In the Bahamas

Well it is hard to believe that the last time we did a post was on December 14th. The time has just flown by.  We have now been in the Bahamas since about the middle of December, spending Christmas in Nassau and New Year's Eve in Staniel Cay.  Staniel Cay is apparently where Johnny Depp appears for Pirate Days and where they made the James Bond movie Thunderball.

We have made it as far south as Georgetown, where our travelling companion Firecrest pulled out his boat to do some repairs to the bottom of his boat.  The damage was worse than we thought and he will be leaving on Monday to Toronto to get needed parts for the boat.  This seems to be the cheaper and quicker solution than to order parts and wait for them to get through the mail and customs. So we will hang around Georgetown for now, waiting for Dave to come back and then Pat can help with the repairs.

I had some good news last week, my mother and daughter have decided to come to Nassau for a week in the beginning of March to visit us so we will head up there once Dave's boat is repaired.


Nassau Harbour
The marina on Paradise Island at Atlantis

Atlantis - I think maybe this marina is a little out of our budget.

The beach at Norman's Cay -  not a soul there.

Anchored off Norman's Cay - here you can get an $18 hamburger in Paradise.

These guys sure were hungry.