adventures of 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 through 01/15/09 have been published on
the website. We continue with the
2009 #04 01/16/09 thru 01/31/09
last update, we were aboard AMARSE at the Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
Marina in the Bahamas.
FRIDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Every so often, an enterprising young Bahamian fellow will wander the
boat docks ambitiously selling spiny lobster tails.
Who can resist the allure of a lobster dinner?
The lobsters were a perfect idea to entertain our dear friends, Robert
and Patti Mitchell (ORINOCO). We
had the good fortune to first meet them back in 2006.
AMARSE and ORINOCO shared a downstream lockage on the Tenn-Tom Waterway.
Our first conversations were by VHF radio as we transited south.
In Mobile, Alabama, we had the beginnings of a face-to-face friendship
that has been a wonderful addition to our lives.
SATURDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Our dinner guest aboard AMARSE this night was Sherry from CHIPKA FIRE
III. Judy and I always enjoy
visiting with this New York City gal. Tonight’s
menu highlighted an Italian theme night featuring jumbo cheese ravioli and my
homemade meatballs covered with a homemade, special recipe marinara sauce that
had been simmering for many hours. Of
course, the salad preceded the main course and artisan style bread accompanied. Sherry brought us a delightful Yellow Tail sparkling wine and
cookie fixin’s to be freshly baked after dinner. All of it was yummy. AMARSE
was transformed to “theatre configuration” for the evening entertainment.
We watched a DVD concert in Hi-Def entitled “Live From Vegas; HAREM”
starring the wonderfully melodic voice of Sarah Brightman performing on a
spectacularly arranged set at the MGM Hotel.
Tonight was another great evening for us.
Once again, it’s our friends that make our life together so much more
SUNDAY BOAT HARBOUR
The sunny, warm, and nearly windless morning beckoned us out for a dinghy
day of exploration. In the company
of Wink and Wilma (JOHN HENRY), with their neighbor, Sherry, we departed the
harbor heading south. Wilma took
the bow-watch view.
We turned westward into the shallows and passages behind Snake Cay.
Fred and Judy (AMARSE)…
Wink and his crew decided to explore in the upper basin areas due to the
shallow nature of some of the passages. Judy
and I opted to meander southward to zigzag around the coral outcroppings
throughout the several miles of backwater passages.
At times, the water shallows to only a foot or so requiring us to tilt up
the outboard and proceed very slowly. On
several occasions, we made an about-face to seek out a deeper route for passage.
The area is being petitioned to become a National Park or Wildlife
Preserve of some kind so that the area can be protected for future generations.
The entire area is a myriad of maze-like coves, streams, basins, and
This single clump of mangrove may become the origins for a newly formed
island that may build here in years to come.
Several miles south, we located the passageway leading eastward for our
return to the Sea of Abaco.
Heading east across the main body of the Sea of Abaco, we rounded the
southern tip of Lubbers’ Quarters Cay and into the Tilloo Cut leading to the
The often turbulent, narrow passage to the ocean divides Elbow Cay to the
north and Tilloo Cay to the south. As
we slowly motored out approaching the pass, the waves began to build to a level
uncomfortable in the dinghy. It
would have been imprudent for us to continue outward even in these relatively
low-level sea conditions.
Our little dinghy cruise continued to the White Sound channel leading
into Sea Spray Resort on Elbow Cay.
The harbor view office and restaurant facility at Sea Spray Resort and
Judy Law (AMARSE)…
Fred Reed (AMARSE)…
From the protected marina, it is only a very short walk over the sand
dunes to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean side.
… that cute beach babe from AMARSE…
…that beach boy from AMARSE…
The rugged coral shoreline attests to the constant pounding action of the
Tiny, crystal clear pools form in the cracks and crevices of the coral
Shore birds flick and flitter about at the water’s edge in search of
some tender morsels…
The short, steep climb over the dunes path will lead to the protection of
the leeward bay. One must be careful not to trip on the surface vines…
Tough economic times have had a significant impact on this resort and
marina. These empty slips are
evidence of the real value that our RMHYC group of cruisers brings to our marina
on the other side of the bay.
How’s this for a tranquil, tropical paradise spot?
Next week, Bob and Judy Williams (SHADE MOR) will help things here by
filling many of these empty slips with a flotilla of RMHYC boats planning to
come here to Sea Spray Resort and Marina for a weekend rendezvous.
In contrast to the Atlantic Ocean side, the White Sound channel is
I don’t know what kind of plant this is but it surely flowers
After leaving the Sea Spray marina, we motored over to the private dock
at the Abaco Inn.
The view of the ocean from the restaurant and bar is quite impressively
The magnificent weather made our continuing trip up to Hope Town harbour
and its large mooring field in the protected bay an enjoyable experience.
One of the smaller boats of the Albury’s Ferry Service provides the
link between Marsh Harbour and Elbow Cay.
The maritime museum at Hope Town preserves the rich historical past of
this island and the surrounding area.
The active Hope Town Sailing Club hosts weekly races in various classes
from sailing dinghies to cruising class boats.
The Hope Town Fire and Rescue group is a volunteer organization.
All the support funds come from fundraiser events and private donations.
Poinsettias thrive in the tropical climate…
A large variety of tropical flora and fauna accent the beauty of this
Butterflies with rapidly flittering wings move between the blossoms
serving as effective pollen carriers.
This little model of the “Lizard Lodge” fascinated me…
Now there is an innovative and creative decoration idea…
Judy Law (AMARSE) relaxes on the wooden deck and chairs of the Hope Town
The Hope Town Lighthouse on Elbow Cay dominates the skyline and provides
a prominent backdrop for the mooring field in the harbor.
Lots of folks enjoy relaxing at the waterfront dining area of the Harbor
Lots of us gathered for the evening cocktail hour and snack session at
sunset. Sue Graham sounded the
tradition Conch Horn tones from the foredeck of ODYSSEY.
You can see folks from ODYSSEY, TOURELOU, SILVER FOXES, PROPINQUITY, OUR
TIME, SALTY DAWG, AMARSE, M/V TALLY HO, S/V TALLY HO, CHRISTINE, TAR HEEL,
PUFFIN, LO QUE SE A, and JOHN HENRY.
MONDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Boudreaux LeBlanc made another special announcement from his boat, ZYDECO,
located in the Bayou swamps of Louisiana. The
character is becoming quite popular around the dock circles of the Royal Marsh
Harbour Yacht Club.
Judy and Sue hosted a display and preview of their jewelry collections
that will be available for sale at the upcoming flea market on Man-O-War Cay
during the middle of next month. Both
the gals have been busy creating works of art that will grace the lovely ladies
of the wintering community. They
have generated considerable interest in this type of jewelry style.
These lovely sand dollar creations are the work of Sue Graham (ODYSSEY).
While the gals did their jewelry things, I made a wonderfully flavorful
pot of Chicken Soup with rice and vegetables. Another chore was to repair one of
our favorite deck chairs. Using
steel bracing strap bars, I drilled and bolted the reclining seat that had
inadvertently been cracked. The
repair should provide improved strength and durability.
Paul and Sue were our guests aboard AMARSE for soup, salad, biscuits, and
cookies. AMARSE was converted to
‘theatre configuration’ to watch the DVD movie, “August Rush” starring
Robin Williams. In spite of some
reluctance from an unwarranted preconception, we all enjoyed the movie very
TUESDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Today was Inauguration Day for the new president of the United States,
Barack Obama. We watched the events
unfold throughout the day on AMARSE’s TV. Whatever
each person has for a personal opinion, we are sincerely hoping that the people
of the USA, and the world, will come together and that positive results will
emerge from this new president and administration.
In these, we wish all to be well.
The gals continued their jewelry crafts for much of the
day. The focus was on wire-wrapping
technique on pieces of natural “sea glass” that the girls have found along
the beaches. Working aboard AMARSE,
Judy looks on as Wilma attaches a clasp on a necklace for Sherry.
WEDNESDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Another cool and windy day was in store for us today.
Judy and I biked to the Price-Right Grocery store and then to Bristol’s
Liquor store. We selected four
bottles of Chilean and Argentinean red wines to serve to our dinner guests.
At 6pm, Dave and Bette Bauereis (TAR HEEL) climbed aboard AMARSE for an
evening of Dinner and a Concert at the AMARSE Theatre Complex.
Starting with cocktails and cheese appetizers, a salad followed with
Iceberg Lettuce wedges, tomatoes, and blue cheese dressing.
The entrée was Bahamian Lobster, Crabmeat, and sautéed veggies in a
creamy sauce atop a bed of Linguine. I must say that it was a delicious
combination especially when accompanied by a delightful glass of Chilean wine
compliments of our guests. Following
dinner, the salon was converted to ‘theatre configuration’ to view the DVD
concert by Rod Stewart. His later
work of singing timeless classics has brought him new fame and fortune
especially with his more relaxed, present-day group of fans.
Of course, no evening would be complete without a scrumptious dessert.
Judy served coffee along with her homemade, chocolate pie topped with a
mound of whipped cream. Another great night was shared with our wonderful friends.
We sure do love them…
Our Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club is very fortunate to have a Doctor of
Psychology right here in our marina. Dr.
Frank Gavin (SEA SMOKE) hosted a Personality Assessment Session in the
conference room of the resort. It
was really fun to learn more about how we interact with our fellow cruisers and
others. To Frank: our sincere
thanks for such a thoroughly enjoyable and introspective afternoon: From a
couple of extraverts.
FRIDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Boudreaux called in again to the morning meeting of the RMHYC on VHF
channel 78 at 8am. From the
comments we’ve been hearing, people really seem to be enjoying his Cajun style
of humor and manner. Ticket sales
for the Commodore’s Ball and Mardi Gras Theme Party have been brisk.
The event was an early sellout.
It was another beautiful day here in the Abacos even though the
temperatures would remain in the high 60’s.
At 10am, our Commodore, Robert Wilson, met with a small group of club
members to discuss ways and ideas for even more events, as well as, ways to
improve the economic profitability for the resort.
Many solidly good ideas were presented to provide even more variety to
our lifestyle enhancement.
Judy enjoys using her hair styling talents to the benefit of
her friends. Having trained as a
hairstylist some years ago, she still has that special flare to bring even more
loveliness to the gals at her dockside salon.
Judy has clipped and snipped the curly locks for many of the guys and
gals just because it’s another way to extend her loving friendship.
Pat (LIBATIONS) is looking real pretty for the evening cocktail hour and
manager’s party at the Angler’s Restaurant.
The 2-for-1 special on cocktails and snacks of piping hot conch fritters
brought out a fun-loving group of RMHYC resident cruisers from Boat Harbour
Marina to line up at the bar.
Carolyn Wilson (SEA ISLAND GIRL) provided a huge bowl of her fantastic
Pasta Salad. She had really
prepared it for her husband’s Rotary Club meeting.
Fortunate for us, Robert had mistaken the meeting date thinking it was
tonight. That meeting was actually
scheduled for next week. Oh well,
unfortunately, Robert was in the doghouse but we were in our glory with the
addition of the pasta salad.
Patty Mitchell (ORINOCO) was the lucky winner of the raffle.
General Manager, Bob Cram, presented Patty with a gift certificate for a
Valentine’s Day Celebration Dinner and Dance event, a $150 value. Congratz, Patty. Our
very friendly and attentive dock-master, Chris Higgs, looks on with his
ever-present smile. Everyone here
is so appreciative of all he does for the cruiser residents.
Our dear friends, Barb and Dave Bluto (CHABLIS)… We just love these
More dear friends, Patty and Robert Mitchell (ORINOCO)…
and we sure love these guys too…
SATURDAY BOAT HARBOUR
to LITTLE HARBOUR
BIRTHDAY, PETE JOHNSTON…
Today marks the big event in Little Harbour.
Pete’s 15th Annual 50th Birthday Bash and Benefit
would entertain hundreds at his famous pub location.
The day’s weather and forecast were perfect for another dinghy run
south to Little Harbour. Dave and
Bette Bauereis (TAR HEEL) fired up their rigid inflatable for our day trip
After a great ride of about an hour, we entered the harbor with Dave and
Bette following us through the channel marker balls.
Judy and I tied up at Pete’s dock…
The bay is a lovely and picturesque area that has lots of very shallow
spots at low tide.
Pete’s museum and art gallery features some of his magnificent works in
Are you ready to party? Judy
The main celebrant of the event is Pete Johnston… Pete came here to
live on this island with his parents over 50 years ago.
Dave and Bette added their dinghy to numerous others choosing a beach
landing on the sandy patch…
Just over the sand hills from the tranquil bay, the Atlantic Ocean is a
thing of natural beauty.
This huge chunk of iron has endured only to continuously rust away at the
ravages of time, salt, and surf.
How beautiful is this?
The soft coral sand feels so good between the toes…
Another of Pete’s fabulous sculptures adorn the area…
Hey, Judy, What do you see? Oh
yes, she sees the sea…
A wooden staircase and boardwalk leads back to the bay side while acting
to protect the dunes integrity.
The menu specialty for the bash was pit-roasted wild boar…
Mooring field at Little Harbour… a $15 bill will rent you a spot for
While the rock band played for entertainment, the silent auction for
artworks was raising benefit money of for the J.A. Pinder Primary School of
Sandy Point and Every Child Counts of the Abacos.
Wild boar is a delicacy treat in this island paradise…
The eclectic beach bar at Pete’s Pub…
Nancy Solomon, Bette Bauereis (TAR HEEL), and Bob Solomon (MERGANSER)…
SHADE MOR departed her slip at Boat Harbour Marina at 10:30am loaded up
with 40 people. We were fortunate to be invited again to join this fun cruise
to Guana Cay and Nipper’s Bar and Restaurant.
Sundays are always the busiest of times at the really cool, beachfront
location. We brought a jug of mixed
Bloody Mary cocktails for the group to enjoy enroute. Others brought a variety of snacking items.
Unfortunately and regretfully, I forgot to bring my camera.
Judy and I shared a fabulous, seared Ahi tuna dish, as well as, several
yummy drinks. One of my favorite treats at Nipper’s is a choice Cuban cigar.
The weather was absolutely perfect and the seas were a flat calm.
Thanks again, Bob and Judy Williams (SHADE MOR) for your continuing love
Bette Bauereis (TAR HEEL) hosted another session of the water aerobics
classes in the pool at the Abaco Beach Resort.
During the deep-water portion of the session, the participants us a foam
noodle to provide buoyancy and stability.
Bette (right in red cap) always offers her wonderful style of coaching,
encouragement, and enthusiasm.
Judy worked her way around the hull of AMARSE from the dinghy as she
washed away the remaining tarnishes with the miracle of lemon juice.
We rode our bikes to Skagg’s Grocery to pick up some Ahi Tuna pieces.
The scrumptious and tender fish portions have tantalized our taste buds.
I cooked them on the outdoor grill on the stern of AMARSE.
Just a mere two minutes per side was too much and they came out medium.
Next time, those morsels will only get a minute per side; zip-zap-off…
TUESDAY BOAT HARBOUR
Messed around all day with music programs on iTunes.
I didn’t like the quality of the normal 128kbps renditions of the music
file. Although the tonal quality may be all right for the small
devices, the compression losses become very evident on the more sophisticated
audio component systems like we enjoy on AMARSE.
I have been experimenting with the Apple Lossless format and the quality
is equal to the original CD. The
disadvantage is the enormous size of the music file taking up an average of over
600 MB per album, which is more than 11 times larger than the other format.
There was a big party on Dock 4 for the RMHYC marina group tonight.
The weather forecast was filled with doom and gloom for the upcoming
weekend and well into next week. With
the threat of very strong, gale-force winds, we reluctantly and regretfully
walked over to SHADE MOR to inform them that we were uncomfortable bringing our
beloved AMARSE to Sea Spray Resort for the annual rendezvous event.
Numerous other boaters found themselves in the same cautious position of
protectionism for both crew and vessel. Many
of the larger boats were undaunted by the forecast and were better equipped to
handle the more adverse conditions. Although
a crew should never be hesitant to cancel any trip in the face of inclement
weather, I must admit that Judy and I were very, very disappointed to miss out
on this event that we love to attend. Bob
and Judy Williams have done so much arranging and planning for this special
event. I appreciate their
understanding of our regrettable decision.
Thanks, Bob and Judy!
Gene and Judy Koetitz (LO QUE SE A) decided to provide a pleasant evening
for some of the cancellers. While
Gene and Judy, Carl and Lois (PUFFIN), and Shirley and Ed (M/V TALLY HO) grilled
some thick, juicy beef steaks, Judy and I seared a couple of tuna steaks.
We all dined together in the salon of LO QUE SE A, a 37’ Great Harbor
trawler. Of course, we all wished
we could be with the other RMHYC gathering at Sea Spray, however, we certainly
did have a wonderful time together in this much smaller group.
At 7pm, we made our way up to the Angler’s Restaurant here at Boat
Harbour Marina of the Abaco Beach Resort. The
talent night event features some wonderful musical renditions from Robert and
Carolyn Wilson, Della, and Simone along with Steven Coalberg on the keyboards
and Bob Cram on percussion. Everyone
did a wonderful job of entertaining.
FRIDAY BOAT HARBOUR
BIRTHDAY to PAUL SHIDLOWSKI (PROPINQUITY)
Perhaps as a matter of routine, or perhaps because of the forecasted,
severe winds, the resort was undertaking the trimming of huge, coconut palms
around the property. It would be a very unfortunate occurrence for one of those
heavy coconuts to come crashing down on someone’s head in all the wind.
Their hoist bucket was interestingly crafted from several wooden pallets
lashed together and lifted by a big forklift device.
It was a heyday and an easy-picking bonanza for the coconut scavengers.
With all the inclement weather still dominating the forecast, Gail (OUR
TIME) and Wilma (JOHN HENRY) utilized the resort pool for some fun water
aerobics. It may be several days
before anyone will be comfortable in the chillier conditions.
After enjoying a nice dinner of Italian style meatballs and spaghetti, we
accepted an invitation to JOHN HENRY for an evening of the fun game,
Apples-To-Apples. Wink won one game
and Mrs. Pat (SALTY DAWG) won the second round.
Once again, the game was full of laughter and questionable innuendo.
Overnight, the winds picked up significantly and it gave us comfort to be
securely attached to the sturdy docks of Boat Harbour Marina.
SATURDAY BOAT HARBOUR
In addition to some moderately heavy rains, the winds had been
significantly forceful overnight. We
were somewhat surprised to learn that one of the pilings on dock #6 had been
snapped like a twig with the forces imposed by a bigger boat’s tugging lines.
A second piling was pulled up and out on dock #1 by similar pressures and
forces. Fortunately, we were quite
securely snug in our slip on dock #4. We
were pleased to hear that everyone was safe and secure at the rendezvous event
at the Sea Spray Resort. Although
relatively protected there, at least one cruiser reported a rather restless
night of constantly readjusting lines and fenders at those docks.
I managed to get some preventative maintenance chores accomplished aboard
AMARSE including topping off the batteries with distilled water and checking all
the vessel’s fluid levels. Hopefully,
our ounces of prevention will replace pounds of problems…
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