Our Mission: To boldly go until we are no more!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Excellent Exhumas

Yesterday we motored about a hundred miles SE to 'Big Major's Spot' one of the many Cays in the Exhumas group. Here we finally found some fellow cruisers and anchored in 11 feet of clear aquamarine water on white sand. We never got our tuna (only two barracuda) and so had some more of the leftover pizza & beer from our re-launching party.

Today we plan to try out our new inflatible pedal powered Hobie mirage i14t tandem kayak and explore the anchorage. Hopefully the infamous Big Major's hogs swimming from the beach will not capsize us in their attempt to extort food.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Providence Projects

The last few days anchored at West Bay, New Providence, Bahamas (near Nassau) have been overcast with some spectacular thunder storms. We have been doing boat projects and studying charts & weather. There is a good weather net on SSB 4045 at 0630 run by Chris Parker. Conditions are somewhat unsettled making it hard to forcast.

The water is warm (80F) and clear making for some nice swimming. We could see our anchor down 10 ft just swimming on the surface with no mask.

We are now underway to the central Exhumas via the Decca Channel - named after the defunct radio navigation system whose transmitter ruins are located there. We hope to be at Big Majors Spot/Staniel Cay by tonight.

The lure is in the water and we're trolling for tuna.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Chub Check-in

We arrived at Chub Cay Bahamas yesterday afternoon in the middle of another thunder shower. This time we welcomed the post passage boat wash although the lack of visibility made anchoring a bit more challenging.

Customs and Immigration were processed with typical colonial bureacracy but efficiently enough. We have so far managed to avoid paying the $100 'landing fee' at Chu Cay Club and talked them into allowing us to keep Interlude anchored outside the marina during the clearance procedure which involves filling out a profusion of forms and taking their shuttle bus 5 minutes to the airport.

Today we will remain anchored out and do some snorkeling on nearby Mama Rhoda rocks.

Everything aboard is working so far including the new dinghy which has a much nicer ride than the old one.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lauding Lauderdale

Here are some more photos showing Interlude's new look.

Fort Lauderdale has been a great place to do the refit. Thanks again to all those who have helped keep Interlude cruising in style:
84 Boat Works, Inc.
A1 Marine
All Points Boats, Inc.
Apollo Lighting
Aqua-holics Marine Services, Inc.
Beard Marine
Boat Owners Warehouse
Compressed Air Supplies & Equipment
Creative Canvas
DuPont Performance Coatings
Fire Ranger
Florida Rigging & Hydraulics
Garrett Leather
Gear Busters
Gillen Diesel & Marine Services
Gulf Plating
High Seas Yacht Service
In Trim Shop
JC Carpet Cleaning
Jonas Gerard Fine Art
Lauderdale Diver
Lauderdale Marine Center
Luu Marine Associates, Inc.
National Marine Suppliers
Norpro/Northeast Isuzu
Parker Merrick Company
Pino Tile & Marble
Teeto Signs
UMT International
Captain W. Lewin Usilton
Varnish by Virgil
Ward’s Marine Electric
WH Autopilots
Wood-Chuck Workshop

We look forward to cruising again and meeting old friends and new on the ocean.