Rain Dog Is For Sale!

We love our boat!! But we are moving over to a trawler( gasp). We still plan to cruise the US and Caribbean, just in a boat with two cabins for family and friends. I know for many, this is a baffling move to go from such a great vessel to a trawler, but ever since my brain surgery the wind has been knocked out of my sails and i just don’t enjoy the sailing aspect, love everything else about cruising. So, I cannot live on land( I’ll go mad), and we looked at cats(meh), so trawlers won out. We are headed to Pensacola for a while to rebuild the cruising kitty and to make the change from sail to power. Here is a run down about Rain Dog, will update as soon as I have more time. 

 

 

1989 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34 hull #142. 

Wheel steering, Monitor Windvane

reliable inboard yanmar 30hp diesel with two blade prop. 

Cutter rig. 

Draws 5’1″

Air Draft with antenna is 46. 

Coast Guard Documented

High quality build.

Specs from saildata.com

Hull Type:  Fin with rudder on skeg Rig Type:  Cutter
LOA:  34.08′ / 10.39m LWL:  26.25′ / 8.00m
Beam:  10.00′ / 3.05m Listed SA:  533 ft2 / 49.52 m2
Draft (max.)  5’1″ Draft (min.)  
Displacement:  13500 lbs./ 6124 kgs. Ballast:  4800 lbs. / 2177 kgs.
Sail Area/Disp.1:  15.10 Bal./Disp.:  35.55% Disp./Len.:  333.19
Designer:  William Crealock
Builder:  Pacific Seacraft (USA)
Construction:  FG Bal. type:  
First Built:  1985 Last Built:   # Built:  
AUXILIARY POWER (orig. equip.)
Make:  Yanmar Model:  
Type:  Diesel HP:  30
TANKS
Water:  80 gals.  Fuel:  40 gals. 
RIG AND SAIL PARTICULARS  KEY
I(IG):  40.33′ / 12.29m J:  14.50′ / 4.42m
P:  34.40′ / 10.49m E:  14.00′ / 4.27m
PY:   EY:  
ISP:   SPL/TPS:  
SA(Fore.):  292.39 ft2 / 27.16 m2 SA(Main):  240.80 ft2 / 22.37 m2
Sail Area (100% fore+main triangles):   533.19 ft2 / 49.53 m2
Sail Area/Disp.2:  15.10 Est. Forestay Length.:  42.86′ / 13.06m
BUILDERS (past & present)
More about & boats built by:   Pacific Seacraft
DESIGNER
More about & boats designed by:   William Crealock
 

Some things to note about Rain Dog

 

Underbody design allows for fantastic maneuvering and a spritely sea kindly feel. 

 

Staniel Cay, Rain Dog berthed at the Yacht club  :-)

 

She has a brand new 40gallon fuel tank( not installed), this was given to us by another PSC34. Our fuel tank is fine, no leaks, looks great. But nice to have a brand new custom tank ready to install if needed.

We bought all new chain plates ( bought from Pacific seacraft) and mast tangs/fittings( LaFiell). We bought them due to the age of the Rain Dog’s chain plates and fittings. Our rigger did a full inspection before we left to go cruising ( November 2014) and said everything looked great, so this new hardware is not installed. 

 

Sails:Spinnaker with ATN sock. She has a main sail with two reef points in good condition, hank on staysail in good condition, hank on storm stailsail in like new condition, hank on Genoa in good condition. Sail covers for Genoa and staysail need new zippers. 

 

 

All running rigging replaced in last 5 years. New topmast anchor and running light. She also has deck level running lights for close quarter navigating.

  

 

Custom sunbrella shades

 

Full no-see-um screen enclosure. Plus screens for all ports and hatches.

 

 
 

Yanmar 3HM35F all manuals, lots of engine spares, including spare alternator. Runs beautifully, use about 2/3 gallon to achieve 6 knots. PSS dripless shaft seal (2015), new engine gages ( December 2014), Rudder gland re packed (2015). Access to engine from cockpit and inside companionway.

 

We installed solid lifelines around cockpit for added security.

 

Vesper Watchmate (2015)

 

Garmin GPS 441S.

Standard Horizon matrix GX2100

Radio, Fusion MS-RA206 with two Polk speakers 

Manson Supreme, digs in and stays put🙂


45 LB Manson Supreme(2014) Rodes-150ft 3/8 BBB with 150 ft of 5/8 Sampson Super Strong double Braid(2014). 50ft 3/8 BBB with 200 ft 5/8 Yale October Plait(2014) stored in divided anchor locker forward of Vberth. Plus 15Lb Danforth stern anchor with 15 ft of 5/8 chain and 150 ft of 1/2 plait, stowed in stern anchor locker with hinged lid hawsepipe.

 

Garhauer lifting davit (2015)

 

Alpenglow LED lighting throughout (2014-2015)

 

Custom dry head( also called composting head) . The holding tank and all fittings are still installed. So to convert back to regular marine head simply requires a new head and hose. We are very happy with the dry head and plan to install this system in our next boat. We have a Hella fan and norco day night solar vent installed in the head compartment for great ventilation.

 

New multilayer foam cushions with fleece or terry cloth removable covers.


In main salon: Two big fans, Camfros with timers,  norco day night solar vent, 6 opening bronze ports( no leaks) and one big hatch.


Oil lamp

 

Vberth has3 opening bronze ports, large overhead hatch,  2 dual speed hella fans. Vberth has 5 inch 100% latex mattress

 

The fixed swim ladder on port stern quarter has an emergency quick deploy. Simply pull on lime green webbing and ladder will pop open and down. I made this for mob at anchor or any situation where a swimmer unexpectedly finds themselves in the water, they will always have a way onto the vessel. 

 

Viking rescue 6 man coastal life raft (new 2015) always stored inside boat. Never wet, damp, or in the sun.

 

Engle MT 45 fridge or freezer. If you are not familiar with this wonderful product. Engle will act as a fridge or freezer. We use it as a fridge, holds a lot, draws very little. Hot summer day in the Bahamas, most it draws 20-30amp hours per day.

  Tons more cruising gear, loads of line, 3 big fenders(2015), preventers,oil change pump, three stage water purification at galley,pressure water at galley, propane stove with oven, propane solenoid, CO2 detectors (2), fire extinguisher(2)

We just had her hull scrubbed by a diver,(2/2016) he said the hull is in fantastic condition. There have three coats of Trinidad SR from the bottom job in late 2014. The diver thought was e had just had the bottom painted🙂 . Kinda cool when a diver tells you what a lovely bottom you have🙂. 

Winter 2014 bottom job. Three coats of Trinidad SR.

Email inquiries bsbearden@gmail.com

 

Links:

Pacific Seacraft 34

http://swancruise.com/Why%20a%20PSC%2034.html

 

 

Crossing Over. Back To The States.

 
 

Sorry I’ve been remiss in my blogging! Things have been a bit crazy. We had a family emergency, but things are calmed down and stable, whew! We are back aboard Rain Dog after 9 weeks in Texas.


Here is the quick synopsis of the last few months…

 

BIMINI TO FLORIDA~~~

 

I originally routed us to Dinner Key from south Bimini  but within an hour or two after leaving port we decided to head for Ft Lauderdale( faster and better tack). As expected it was a mad house upon arrival, but more madhouse due to it being, ugh, boat show weekend. Plus, one thing we did not anticipate was that most fuel docks were out of fuel. 

After weaving and dodging mega yachts, freighters, tow boats, tug boats, run abouts, hobies, day sailors, trawlers, paddle boats, kayaks, and tour boats we found the first fuel dock, who waved us off stating they were out of diesel, dodging and weaving through the mayhem we reached fuel dock #2, they too waved us off stating they had no diesel. Fuel dock #3, we found fuel, but we could not find any attendants. Two hours go by, we tried searching the grounds, even tried to pump the fuel ourselves and leave the cash but the pumps were locked up. Finally someone came, filled tank, and we went back out into the mayhem…


Fueled up we make our way to a marina. By now, we have been up for over 24 hours and fatigue was setting in. 

 

Rested, and now have met up with Brian’s parents so we have a car! Now the wild goose chase begins, checking back into the U.S.


Nondescript “second building”. This is the second building we went to looking to check in. Both buildings are on airport property and due to construction it took two laps around the airport to get to “first building”, but the customs office was also under construction. A tiny note on bare drywall, where the door to customs should be,  told us to go to another address. Two laps around the airport later🙂 we reach “second building” Once inside we see that the first floor holds a private airline company, no customs office in sight.


Asking for customs the airline attendant pointed us towards a door marked exit…? 


Wondering if maybe we once again took a wrong turn…


Half hour later……..Checked In!! Did not want to take a picture of the office where we checked back into the country since it was a Homeland Security Office, tiny but very official looking🙂 on the way out Brian stopped by the duty free shop to buy some cigars. Cashier wouldn’t sell to us unless we had ticket in hand to show we were flying out of country. So poor brian didn’t get his cigars😦

 

Brian’s parents came aboard and helped Brian sailed Rain Dog down to Key Largo. This is Rain Dig in front of Gilbert’s restaurant, hotel, and marina.


Meanwhile, I dog sat Brian’s parents dog Piper, and rested up in a cute little cottage down near Marathon. I rejoined Rain Dog when the boat got to Key Largo. 


Key Largo. Brian’s parents headed up to Sanibel island while Brian and I sorted out some boat repairs. We had planned to sail to boat to marathon but family in Texas needed us.


As luck would have it, we found a RV for sale nearby. We named  her Gertrude. The RV allows us to stay next to my parents RV in Texas.

 

Before we headed to Texas we were blessed with a visit from friends we made while at Black Point, Bahamas. Stevie and Richard. Coincidentally, Richard was Staying in the same RV park as our new RV Gertrude.

 

Stevie and Richard checking out Rain Dog🙂

 

 

 ~~~~~~Florida to Texas, and back.~~~~~~~~~~

 Less then a week back in Florida, Rain Dog is settled in a slip,  we packed up our new RV Gertrude and headed for Texas..

 
 

Stopped in Sanibel overnight to visit with nephews and family( vacationing, they live in Austin, tx). We were supposed to spend a full week, but with my father being ill, we just stayed a day.


Fun at the beach

 

The boys enjoying the Bahamas sea shells I collected for them. I only collected dead/empty shells.

 

Hand carved crab for Eli🙂

Eli taking picture of the family.


And of uncle and auntie


Back on the road. We will get to see our nephews, Brian’s sister and brother in law, and Brian’s parents again when we meet up in Austin. Texas here we come.


Scupper enjoying the landlubber life.

 

Crossing over the might Mississippi

 

In Texas! Mom greeting us as we pull into the RV park.


Brian builds a deck for my dad so he can get in and out of the RV easier.


Mom, ever the hands on woman, helps Brian with the deck.


My dad checking out the progress

 

Finished!


We hopped over to Austin to see the nephews, family, and friends.


Fossil hunting


Fossil hunting


I love to fossil hunt, but when there is water nearby the mermaid in me must play🙂

Brian got to see Oliver! I’m so jealous!!! This is our friends Sheila and Jason’s spectacular son.


Back in Katy Texas. Took my niece Erika Lily out to see Blue Man Group

 

After the performance, everyone gathered around to get pics with, well, the blue man🙂

 

Fun with my favorite niece:-) notice the purple hair🙂 ( the lighting doesn’t do it justice, it’s purple!) see next pic…


Auntie’s hair needed upgrading…


Purple hair! My niece picked out the color for me and did most of the applying with my nephew Warren helping out.


Back at the RV park.  I installed a fantastic fan aboard Gertrude. Mom loved the fan, so mom and I installed two aboard their RV. Their RV is named after the boat they circumnavigated in. The boat, a Tartan 37 hull#2, was called Tigger, so the RV is called Tigger Too.

 

After 9 weeks in Texas, things have calmed down. My father is doing really well on his new medications. So we decide it’s time to get back home to Rain Dog. I’m glossing over the part where both Brian then I get the flu (the real flu). Sick as a dog for almost 20 days. We have been cruising aboard our little boat, very isolated, I guess our bodies were not used to all the people contact and their landlubber germs. Land is so dangerous, don’t know how the dirt dwellers do it🙂. 

 

Gertrude is a great vessel. We did have some tire issues, but the repair was $40! Then we hit a bad stretch of I-10 in Louisiana and our exhaust pipe coupler gave out. I got out my bosuns bag ( I don’t leave home without it 😀) and tied it back up with webbing and tinfoil covered dyneema. Worked beautifully.

 

Stopped near Orlando to meet up with our friends Gordo and Karen. Forgot to take picture of us at the restaurant  :-(. Lame-o. The RV park where we stayed the night was really a mobile home park, 55+ community. But they didn’t seem to mind us youngins hanging about.

 

We told Gilbert’s Marina in Key Largo that we were coming back to Rain Dog. We failed to mention that we were in a monster RV. They took it in stride and kindly allowed us to overnight in what has got to be the best RV parking spot ever.


 

Happy to be home, can’t wait to get out to anchor!

 

Scupper is sooo happy to be back home.

 

We will head north tomorrow and weather out a northern in Barnes sound.

Not sure of what’s next. We need to replenish the cruising kitty…

Vessel Adrift

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting this blog. We are back in the states to help out my parents. I have much to catch you up on but that will be in a couple weeks when we are back on the boat and I can sit and focus .

In the mean time. All my sailors friends. If you could be on the look out for a vessel adrift.

26 foot Morris Francis, flush deck. Her sails are not up but they are not stowed as the owner was just running ashore to check in.

West End, Grand Bahama. She drug anchor sometime between 5:30-6:30 on December 22nd. She may be off the coast of northern Florida, or even a little more north of that. No one is aboard, she is a vessel adrift. No lights, so she could be a hazard to navigation. If you are crossing, be sure to keep an especially sharp eye out. Please call coast guard if you see her. If you have email range please email the recovery coordinator SSCA Glenn Tuttle KPK@ssca.org and the owner of the vessel Gil at gilkeskydee.com

If you are in the area, know someone in the area, know someone who may know someone in the area, please put the word out. Coast Guard is not searching for her because there are no lives aboard.

Sailing vessel Dagny. Last seen anchored off West End, grand Bahama

 

Sailing vessel Dagny. I smudged out a red fender in the picture, this fender is not aboard so wanted to make the picture of what you may see when spotting Dagny as accurate as possible. She still had her sails stowed on deck, no covers.

 

 

Projected Drift Analysis, thanks to Chris Parker the weather router!!

 

Estimated location, sv Dagny 26 ft flush deck sailboat

 

Projected drift of sv Dagny

 

From SSCA and Chris Parker, read down for a revision of drift analysis🙂
We are gonna find her!!!
Updated drift of missing boat
Marine Weather Forecaster Chris Parker of the Marine WeatherCenter had so generously provided us with the following update on the projected drift of the unmanned S/V DAGNY which went adrift from West End, Bahamas on December 22, 2015.
Please share this information to fellow cruisers transiting the coastal waters of Northern Florida and Georgia. Please report any sighting to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) Radio Station “KPK” at KPK@ssca.org or telephone 941-456-5070.
Thank you,
Glenn Tuttle – Moderator
Cruisers Network Online
SSCA Radio Station “KPK”
Daily 8.104 @ 1145 hrs UTC
KPK@ssca.org
Here was the analysis I provided Sat26:
The vessel drifted about 25 miles in a direction of 320T in 24 hours. This makes sense, and confirms the roughly 1k speed of drift. My guess was between 1k and 1.5k speed of drift due to wind. Assuming there were no tidal currents, the speed of drift may be closer to 1k in wind of 15k, which is slightly less than I was estimating.
So the vessel started drifting from 26-40N/79W at about 5:30pm EST on Tue22.
Was sighted 27-04N/79-16W at 5:20pm on Wed23.
At 5pm on Thu24, I estimate position 28-12N/79-45W, based on drift from wind 30 miles, in direction 320T & set from current 48 miles in direction 355T.
At 5pm on Fri25, I estimate position 29-30N/80-10W, based on drift from wind 25 miles, in direction 310T & set from current 45 miles in direction 348T.
At 5pm today (Sat26), I estimate position 30N/80-30W, based on drift from wind 22 miles, in direction 320T & current about 10 miles in direction 345T.
From the current location there’s little GulfStream current (and tidal currents should cancel themselves out over a 24hr period), so drift should be due exclusively to wind, and should be about 18 miles in a direction of 330T Sat26 night-Sun27 (yielding a 5pm Sun27 location of 30-15N/80-40W)…
and 22 miles in a direction 340T Sun27 night-Mon28 (yielding a Mon28 evening location of 30-36N/80-48W).
and 25mi in a direction 360T Mon28 night-Tue29 (yielding a 5pm Tue29 position 30-51N/80-48W).
Of course, all of the above is only an educated guess, and the possible errors compound over time…cheers…Chris.
*.*
REVISION:
Let’s assume this was correct:
At 5pm on Fri25, I estimate position 29-30N/80-10W
Here’s the revision: At 5pm on Sat26, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 29-53N/80-30W, based on drift from wind of 20mi, in direction 310T & set from current about 10 miles in direction 345T.
At 5pm on Sun27, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 30-08N/80-45W, based on drift from wind of 20mi, in direction 320T
At 5pm Mon28, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 30-21N/80-56W, based on drift from wind of 16mi, in direction 325T.
At 5pm on Tue29, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 30-36N/80-59W, based on drift from wind of 15mi, in direction 350T.
At 5pm on Wed30, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 30-50N/80-56W, based on drift from wind of 15mi, in direction 010T.
At 5pm on Thu31, I now estimate Dagny might lie near 30-59N/80-50W, based on drift from wind of 10mi, in direction 030T.
I’ll reiterate: Of course, all of the above is only an educated guess, and the possible errors compound over time…cheers…Chris.
— 
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If you have access to any resources that may be able to help contact: me, oceangirlcd30@yahoo.com,  Glenn Tuttle KPK@ssca.org , gil ( owner) gil@keskydee.com or you can comment here on the blog.

 

 

Rose to Green, Green to Nassau, Nassau to Bimini

 

 

Winds are to shift to a southerly direction, so it’s time to move to the north side of Rose Island. We love to anchor at this little Cay called Green Cay. So beautiful and lots of sea life and shells to keep us happy.

 

Our route to Green Cay.

 

At green Cay. There are no pics of the ride to green cay, though I wish there was. We were caught in a rage coming up though the pass. Seas were crazy steep with breaking waves. Clearly we timed the passage badly, luckily we had the current with us so we powered on through. We did have green water all the way to the cabin top, crazy! Brian was at the helm and handle the waves magnificently:-), and the boat, so strong, took the beating with grace. So here we are, two hours latter, safe and sound at green cay thanks to a beautifully designed and built vessel and her equally beautifully designed captain🙂.


We anchored on the south west side. We do get some wrap around swells from the western point, but this is the best spot of clear sand for our draft. We don’t want to swing into the grass as the turtles rely on it for food, our anchor chain would ruin a 100 foot swath of it. For good clear sand this is best spot.

 

After we set the anchor I swam the perimeter to make sure there were no shoals or coral heads that may be in our swing radius. Lots of live shells scattered about.


This sand dollar is clearly dead so I snatched him up for my nephews.

I didn’t see this little shrimp when I took the picture🙂


 Alive and kicking, so I left him in place.

 

Lots of beautiful star fish, all living. Hopefully I’ll find an empty star fish shell for my nephews shell collection


This fish drifted and weaved like a piece of sea grass, was hard to spot him he was so convincing.

 

I’ve only seen these creatures empty shell, it’s nice to know what they look like alive🙂 this is a huge shell, little smaller than a football. Called heart urchins.

 

My bounty from my first swim at green cay.


A small conch on top of a carrier shell. I thought the carrier shell was empty, but I left him in a pool of seawater while I kept swimming ( just in case). Latter, I checked on him and sure enough it was alive. I put him back in the sea, he was gone within a few minutes( fast little guy!).  It was a very unique shell, these critters use empty shells to make their home.

 

The conch that was sitting on top of the carrier shell. I wish I had the foresight to get a better pic of the carrier shell, the construction was quite genius.


A big beautiful cushion star fish.


Brian, scupper and I heading to shore. Green cay is a private island but we are allowed to walk on the beaches up to the high tide mark.

 

Sandy island to our west.

We gathered a couple conchs for the nephews, not perfect, but I like shells with character. 

 

Sunrise. We got no rain from this.

 

 
No pictures taken this day, I called in sick🙂. Brian did take me to the beach and we coasted alongside the dinghy over some cool terrain on the way back to the boat. I saw an enormous green turtle and a even bigger shark, 10-15 feet long. The shark was swimming parallel to the dinghy but drifted out of sight after a few seconds. This shark looked like the same one Brian spotted a few months ago when we were here last. It was in the same area of reef. Hopefully tomorrow I will feel well enough to take more pictures. I’ll check out that part of the reef, maybe we will get lucky and see him again. Our time here in the Bahamas is running down. We need to get our fill while we can.

 

Moonrise with my fisheye lens. It is a cheap lens so I don’t get many good pics from it. Still, it’s fun to play with.

 

Scupper frolicking on the beach.

 

Today I’m ready for snorkeling. I’ve got my skin suit on with t-shirt, weight belt, and booties. I feel like an away team on Star Trek, but as long as I’m not wearing a red shirt, I’m good🙂.

 

Brian pulled the dinghy with scupper aboard while I swam about to get pictures.


I almost swam right over him🙂


Turtles!! The water is cloudy because they are like lawn mowers eating the turtle grass. The clearing of the grass if from them, it’s amazing how much area they can clear. It also really brings home the importance of healthy seabeds so these beautiful creatures have food to eat.

The water was murky for about 50 yards before it cleared up again. It actually got very cloudy after I took this shot, which was a bummer because this is where I saw the huge shark the day before. I so wanted to get a good picture of him, enough so, that it overrode the fear of swimming in 10-15 foot visibility while looking for a 10-15 foot shark🙂.

 
 
 

We thought this was a golf ball🙂 so cool.

Two competing corals.

This anemone was very large, the fingers as thick as my fingers.

 

Chanting to myself that there has been no barracuda attacks on swimmers who were not spear fishing, I swam up to this big guy to get a decent pic of him. This irritated him and he moseyed up to ME. I took the retreat posture and he calmed down. whew. Later I realized my nice new weight belt has a big shiny silver belt buckle, barracudas are especially fond of shiny things.

 

The fish are always zipping by, hard to get a clear picture of them. There was thousands and thousands of fish as we swam the length of the island. I got four to cooperate long enough to get a clear shot.


Luckily, the coral is slow moving🙂


The reef ended abruptly into this sandy wasteland.


This huge conch was beautiful and alive, so he was left alone.


These looked like dandelions, cool.

A variety of plants like this use photosynthesize to extract calcium carbonate from seawater to make up their thin skeletal frame.


Pinecone alga


Mermaids fan


Look closely🙂


That is his actual camouflage, he is not under a layer of sand. I think they are called peacock flounders.

 

Our last sunrise at Green Cay. Bummer.


About 7:30 am, so it is kinda dark, but the water is so clear! I’m standing on deck to take this photo. We are in about 12 feet of water.


Saying goodbye to Green Cay. We need to head to Nassau to pick up our friend John Henry. He is helping Brian get Rain Dog to Bimini. It is a two day run to Bimini and we are never sure if I will be able to help out on the boat. My Brain Has been acting up lately, I think my ICP is high.


Green Cay.


Sailing past Sandy Cay. Nassau is only about two from Green Cay to Nassau.


Sea buoy marking a reef and our turn south towards

 

Scupper helping me navigate


As soon as we got close to Nassau Harbor we called harbor control on 16.


Scupper is not impressed with the hustle and bustle of the harbor.


Besides the many mega yachts throwing huge wakes, there were some cool vessels working the harbor


We stopped at hurricane hole Marina to fuel up and fill water tanks.


Our route into the marina. Notice the two bridges on the chart.


John Henry:-). We are so blessed to have him aboard and helping out.


We left Saturday morning for Bimini. 

 

After fueling we cleared the second bridge and made our way through the Nassau harbor.


Passing the big Atlantis Resort.


Clearing the west side of Nassau


Brian, ever vigilant, looking for possible collision situations.


John Henry🙂


Scupper, not liking the idea of a two day leg.


Dead calm, smooth seas.

Brian sees something out there, something red…


Brian heads over to the sighting to see what it could be.


I’m able to snag the object with the boat hook.


A heart shaped balloon. Sweet, but it doesn’t belong out here. Many sea critters are harmed by these balloons. Glad Brian’s eagle eyes spotted it. Good job my hero husband🙂.


Scupper enjoying the view. I think he wants me to read to him, we are on a sci-fi kick aboard Rain Dog, reading Peter Hamilton’s Pandora’s Star. Very very good read.

 

Sun is setting.


Not a lot of wind but the seas begin to roll. Scupper and I are feeling a bit peaked.


Passing ship

 

By 10-11 pm, we anchor on the banks. The red dot is the moon rise. Blood red moon. The waves were getting pretty uncomfortable, this was the best shot I could get of the moon. The colors are accurate, no photo enhancement.


Blue dot shows where we anchored.

 

I woke Brian up at 4 am asking if we could get moving. The anchorage was very rolly and I was sick as a dog. ( this is a pic many hours later).


Nearing Bimini. John Henry was a big help, always willing to take the helm. We were all checking our phones for cell signal. We lost signal leaving Nassau and did not get it back till abreast of Bimini.

Scupper and I are so ready for calm seas. I try to explain what happens when I get sick, it’s not your average sea sickness, it’s kinda like getting stung by a bee. Each harsh movement, change of direction in the momentum, I feel a mild to not so mild zap in my head. There is a general head pain too, and all around body aches🙂. Quite a mess I am.

So no grand pics of landfall, or even of the wonderful beaches we passed heading down to the south side of Bimini. I was laying down in the settee, pretty grumpy too! Once we got settled in the marina, Brian thought the anchorage would be too hot for me, I started to feel better. 

We call it hurricane hole marina, but it is a Sands Resort Marina. It is a bit cheaper and it is out of the hustle and bustle of Alice Town’s busy channel. We met another cruising couple scoping out the marina in their dinghy. They had their boat at Browns when a big mega fishing yacht threw a huge wake. It ripped out all their cleats and did some minor cosmetic hull damage. They were hoping to move their boat over to hurricane hole that moment, but they draw 6 feet, from the active captain reviews, they need mid to high tide to get in. I’m glad we picked this marina. I did not want to stay up in Alice Town, you have no protection from the wakes, and are totally at their mercy.

 

Brian and John Henry checked out the ship store and restaurant at the marina. They said the food was really good.


Customs and immigration on premise.

We will rest here for a few days. John has to get back to Nassau, we will miss him!! 

We then will head for Dinner Key. We originally planned on Fort Lauderdale but was told by cruisers that just left from there that a big boat show is going on and it is kinda crazy. No thanks! Dinner Key it is. Since it will be just Brian and I , we need a smooth crossing. Seems like things will be good for crossing on Sunday(5 days from arriving at Bimini)

Rose Island, north of New Providence

 

Today we head for Rose Island🙂. We had planned to run back to Warderick Wells for a 10 day stay, but my brain has been acting up. So we will head for Rose  Island which has sweet anchorages on its north and south side and is only 7 miles away instead of 55.

Watching a charter boat weave its way in to the marina (Palm Cay, southeast New Providence


Joe, our friend has flown back to the states. Scupper is sleeping on Joe’s pillow, a sign he misses him.


The little cafe at the marina had a soft opening. I enjoyed a great cup of tea and brian had a cappuccino. The manager was kind enough to give me samples of local Bahamian tea, which grows wild on Atkins Island. 


Atkins is one of the Islands that was wiped out in hurricane Joaquin. The woman who runs the tea company lost everything. So if you are looking to try a very good cup of tea, please buy some of her tea and help her get back on her feet. The marina said they would hold any orders at the office for folks who will be traveling through. So you could have the tea mailed to Palm Cay c/o your vessel, and they keep it safe till you can pick it up.


Provisioning day.

 

Everything stowed, heading out of Palm cay marina.

 

The folks who work at the marina and restaurant are so sweet, we feel very blessed to of met them.

 

 

 
 

You can easily see the coral.

 

We are leaving at low tide so we will give all coral heads a wide berth

 

We had pretty rough wave action, at times we could only make about 3.5-4 knots. But we finally arrived at the south west anchorage of Rose Island

 

Reaching Rose Island, we tucked in between the reef and shore.


I dove the anchor and watched it set at around 3000RPMs in weedy sandy bottom. Water was very cool. Ever since the hurricane, the water has been noticeably cooler. I had to hype myself up to get in the water. Brian always works the throttle while I’m in the water to make sure the anchor sets well. He did offer to get in the cool water instead of me, what a gentleman:-).


Rose Island is about 9 miles long, a very long narrow island with lots of coral heads.

 

Blue dot marks our location.

 

Shallows up fast as you head west into the anchorage.


Rose Island

Sun is setting. The weather is really cooling off. 

Crazy beautiful sunset.

 

Next day. The smattering of rainbow was right over the big casino at Nassau:-)

 

Drift diving along the southeast side of the anchorage.

 

Brian drifting along watching the beautiful scenery go by.

This is what we are dodging when we talk about navigating around coral heads. This could do some serious damage to the boat and the coral would not likely survive such a collision.

Scupper, back aboard and bathed, lounges in one of his favorite spots.

 

Nice sunrise at Rose Island 

 

One of the many big yachts we see around Nassau. The dark vessel couldn’t seem to set his anchor and drug all over the anchorage. Grrr.


It’s cold again. I put on my 3/4 wet suit to stay warm and swam around the boat. When I say cold, I mean it is 84 degrees with a dry gusty breeze🙂. Pretty darn perfect.


Lots of cool critters under the boat🙂


The fish that got away, sigh, I clearly didn’t frame this shot properly. But to be honest, I didn’t see him till I was two feet away :-)I was focused on the soft coral. he dashed out before I could get another picture.

This little guy was only about 3inches long.

 

Pretty seaweed.

 

Rain Dog

 

 

Moon has been quite bright these last few nights.

 

Sunrise at South Rose Island

 

This beautiful creature was soaring over the boat, looking for a meal. Winds are shifting to a more southerly direction, so we will make for Green Cay on the north side of Rose Island.

 

Pictures Of Our Trip North, Up The Exuma Chain.

 

 

Emerald Bay Marina. Came up from George Town for water and to get a deep charge on our batteries.


Emerald Bay Marina is located in the northeastern side of Great Exuma. It gets a bad rap for having a lot of wave action due to it being open to north winds. It is considered by many not to be a good hurricane hole. But when we arrive a couple days after hurricanes Joaquin, the marina facilities were up and running, no boats were lost except one derelict boat received some toe rail damage. Since the marina only allows one boat per two slips for hurricanes preparations, each vessel has finger piers on port and starboard, and can be situated in the middle of the slip, avoiding damage due to wave action. So having seen what we have seen from a cat 4 hurricane with mostly north winds, we consider Emerald Bay to be a good hurricane hole.

 

So glad to have Joe aboard.


Bird of paradise as tall as a tree!

 

We needed fuel too. Now onto Rudder Cut🙂

 

Holy smokes, we were able to sail the spinnaker! This is from Emerald bay to Rudder Cut.

 

 

Just came into the entrance to Rudder Cut Cay, looking back out to sea.


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Nice beach on uninhabited island.

 

 

Looking north.


Finally got to swim the mermaid at piano sculpture. Was very beautiful.

Joe’s Cruise Through The Exumas. George Town To Warderick Wells, Then On To Nassau

 
 

 A good friend flew into George Town to crew aboard Rain Dog. This is the log of his journey from George Town to Nassau for his friends and family to enjoy.🙂

 

Rain Dog.

 

George Town is on the Island of Great Exuma

 

George Town anchorage


Joe is flying in today to crew for Rain Dog, yay! We are just recovering from the big hurricane that blew through. Rain Dog was in a hurricane hole a few miles to the south and took no damage. There are two damaged boats in this picture, one is a beautiful houseboat that sunk( foreground) and the other vessel ended up on the rocks ( background right, hard to see).

 

Joe, our friend from Austin, Texas.

 

 

Chart of the Exuma chain. We start out in the south at George Town ( Socking Island). Joe catches his plane flight back to Austin in Nassau ( Athol Island). We have two weeks to get to Nassau.