Category: Cruising

Preparing Your Boat For Summer

Preparing Your Boat For Summer

Our summer plans include leaving the sailboat in the Berry Islands, Bahamas, at Great Harbour Cay Marina.  I thought I would share how I prepared S/V Mahi for our absence during the tropical hurricane season. When you leave your boat for an extended time, there […]

Back to The Berry Islands!

Back to The Berry Islands!

We had a nice motor sail across from Nassau to the Berry Islands.  We knew that bad weather was approaching, so we needed a place to hole up for a couple of days-  one with both a south and westerly protection. Only hitch in the […]

Highbourne to Rose Island

Highbourne to Rose Island

From Shroud Cay, we stopped at Highbourne for the night.  Our plan was to head out in the morning to sail up towards Nassau across the bank.  There is a section that requires coral navigation, so you ideally want to hit it around noon time […]

Shroud Cay

Shroud Cay

Heading north, we stopped for a couple of nights at Shroud’s Cay.  This turned out to be an excellent anchorage with lots of interesting things to do. First stop- a dinghy ride to Hawksbill Cay to find the Russell Ruins, a Loyalist settlement from just […]

Cambridge and Compass Cays

Cambridge and Compass Cays

We headed north and decided to stop at one of our favorite places in the Exumas- the anchorage at Cambridge Cay.  This gave us an opportunity to revisit the Sea Aquarium one last time, then visit the Bubbly Pool on Compass Cay, and finally snorkel […]

Black Point, Exumas

Black Point, Exumas

By this time in our cruising life, Joe, Ethan and I had been gone from home almost 9 months total.  It was time to make a decision about turning around and making the slow trek back to the US.  We missed our family and friends.  […]

Bitter Guana Cay

Bitter Guana Cay

Thankful to be away from Staniel Cay, Bitter Guana Cay was a breath of fresh air!  We went ashore with our friends, Lynn and Ken, aboard Tryst Two, to see the marine iguanas.  They were interesting creatures and very docile for the most part. These […]

Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs

Staniel Cay Swimming Pigs

Everyone had been talking about the swimming pigs at Staniel Cay for as long as I can remember.  For many, it was the highlight of their trip.  With excitement building, we sailed to Staniel Cay and anchored off of the famed Pigs Beach.  We jumped […]

Sea Aquarium

Sea Aquarium

Heading to our next anchoring spot at Cambridge Cay, we had a lovely beam reach along the Exuma Bank, where you become used to sailing in 8-20 feet of water.  That is just how the Exumas are.  You quickly overcome your fear of running aground, […]

Arrived to the Exumas!

Arrived to the Exumas!

Dawn found us leaving Rock Sound, Eleuthra, and heading across the deep blue Exuma Sound for the Exumas.  Wind was up, which is a good thing for a sailboat.  Only issue was the wind direction was not favorable for our plan to head towards Highbourne […]