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Old 02-07-2017, 09:32 PM   #1
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Cruising The Exumas

We are leaving Jacksonville on the 24th.

24th - Palm Coast
25th - Titusville
26th - Vero Beach
27th - West Palm

28th if the weather is conducive we cross to Lucaya.
March 1st Lucaya to Nassau.
March 2nd Nassau to Northern Exuma. Probably Highborne.

Anyone else planning a similar itinerary?

Check in here if you will be in the area.
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Old 03-18-2017, 07:07 PM   #2
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Post # 1 - getting here!

More later.

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Old 03-18-2017, 07:17 PM   #3
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Nice! Have been in Abacos for a 2 weeks now.. Love it up here. Already scheming next trip scheming for Exumas.
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We're heading back down this fall. Your pictures are making us which we were already there! Great trip!
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Old 03-22-2017, 09:54 AM   #5
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The first ten days!

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Awesome!!!!!!! Read it in its entirety.. Thank you so much for taking the time to share that information and story.. A motivation to us for sure!!!!!! Thank you, and look forward to reading more
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Great site! Looks like a great trip!
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Old 03-27-2017, 05:46 AM   #8
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A short update from the crew on training the boat dog!

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Old 03-27-2017, 09:56 AM   #9
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Check out Shroud! And, what do U do for internet connection? boat or land based?

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Old 03-28-2017, 04:04 PM   #10
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Will do Shroud in the next couple of weeks after we drop our guests off at Georgetown.

I bought a BATELCO SIM. You top up the dollars you have on it on line, and then use a freephone *NNN# number to use your bank to buy data by the 4GB and/or use the $ on calls using the Bahamas number you now have.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:22 PM   #11
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"It was then that Paul looked around to see if we were now far enough away from the catamaran, to see our dinghy floating free! He ran through the salon peeling off his shirt, past a startled Carolyn, and dove into the water to chase down the wayward boat! He got to the dingy and then couldn’t get over the side and on board. So he abandoned the dinghy, swam to a nearby boat, climbed on board, and then they used their boat to go get the dinghy, which had been snagged by another boater in his dinghy! "



Stories like these tend to end with someone being given CPR just before their last rights.

Especially where you choose to anchor.

For those who don't know the area, there is lots of strong tidal current there. Not to mention there area zero emergency services throughout most of the Bahamas.

Sorry but that was a foolish thing to do. Especially at our age.
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Old 03-28-2017, 06:41 PM   #12
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You can't die in the Bahamas, I've tried for years.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:34 PM   #13
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What current?
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Yeah, you guys are right. Nobody's ever died or gotten seriously hurt after jumping off a boat and trying to swim down a wayward dink/tender.

Especially when they can't even get in the dink when they get to it as it is drifting away from their boat.

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What current?
So I take it you knew it was slack water as you tore your shirt off and ran through your boat to dive after the dink?
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Read the blog entry again. We had alrrady been anchored there overnight and I decided to re-anchor away from the close cat. I hadn't just arrived. In fact I had to back the boat down because there was no current. It was backing the boat down that resulted in the prop guards cutting the painter as we forgot to shorten it. The dink was bobbing about five or six freestyle strokes from my stern.

However here is the bottom line.

I was there, you were not.

You know what they say about assuming.
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Read the blog entry again. We had alrrady been anchored there overnight and I decided to re-anchor away from the close cat. I hadn't just arrived. In fact I had to back the boat down because there was no current. It was backing the boat down that resulted in the prop guards cutting the painter as we forgot to shorten it. The dink was bobbing about five or six freestyle strokes from my stern.

However here is the bottom line.

I was there, you were not.

You know what they say about assuming.
That all maybe. But I know you couldn't retrieve your own dink after swimming out to it. And I know you couldn't even get in it when you got to it and then had to swim over to another boat to get out.

So if you knew there was no current and the dink was so close, what was the rush? You could have stopped to get a line and/or put on a swim vest.

And if the dink was "five or six freestyle strokes from my stern." and there was no current, why didn't you just turn around and swim the 5 or 6 strokes back to your own boat once you found out you couldn't get in it?

Since someone else had to retrieve the dink, what exactly did you accomplished by racing to dive in after it?

Other than learning you need to add some kind of boarding ladder or straps to your dink. Because you apparently either aren't in good enough shape to get in it if it's in more than waste deep water or the design/layout of the dink makes it very hard to climb into in deep water.

Either way, if there wasn't someone else around, it sounds like you would have been hanging on to your dink till your boat pulled anchor and came to get you. If they even could.

The dominos started to fall. You were just lucky enough to have other people around to stop them from continuing to fall.
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Those gals feeding the pigs was too funny
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Great job on the blog!

Looking forward to seeing some drone footage of neat spots.
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Love the blog

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