Safe Harbor Marina, Cave Cay, Exuma

 
 

 

Safe Harbor Marina is quite amazingly situated. Carved out of the island, the steep walls and very narrow entrance make it a very “Safe Harbor”

 

 
 I was pretty sick from black Point to Cave Cay so the picture are of the next day leaving from Cave Cay to Grand Exuma.

 

 

Hot does not begin to describe the weather. Brian was especially hard to get to smile for the camera.


Ok, he cracked a smile for me 🙂


The Safe Harbor Marina at Cave Cay is wonderfully situated from foul weather, but this also means it hotter than hell as there was very little wind. The night spent here was full of contemplations of how to A/C to Rain Dog. So far we’ve beat the heat with windscoops and always anchoring out. With the surrounding storms, the trade winds have died leaving even the open anchorages with little wind.

 

Shark runs the Marina, very nice man and very accommodating. The docks were in great shape and we seemed to have the Marina to ourselves.

 

Up high on the cliffs are some rather mysterious looking buildings.


Looking aft towards the entrance. Such a beautiful place 🙂

 

Next morning we head out for Grand Exuma. Hurricane Danny seems to want to fizzle but invest 98 behind it looks pretty ominous. So we think it’s best to head for a bigger island with more resources incase we need to prep the boat for storm and fly out.

 

I’m still doing most of the docking as brian handles the lines. The entrance is hard to see. Yesterday on the approach i had such a hard time spotting the entrance channel I needed Brian’s reassureance that I wasnt plowing into the island!

 



Looking aft into the harbor. Almost through the pass to the banks.


I wish we had more time to explore this gorgeous island. In September/October  when my mom is here we will head north from George Town and Cave Cay will definitely be on the agenda to explore.

 

One last shot of the Safe Harbor approach.

 

 

We head south along the island of Cave Cay. As you can see there are a few caves on Cave Cay 🙂

 

This area is dotted with private iand deserted I slands

 

The get to Grand Exuma we must hop over to the Atlantic side of the Exuma island chain. This satalite photo shows the southern part of Cave Cay and the pass to the Atlantic side. This pic illustrates why it is so important to time your passage at slack tide. The white water you see is called a rage. Very dangerous to try to run a pass during the rage.

 

Amazing how far out the rage goes!!

 

Pass to the Atlantic side. Nice and calm.


Hard to tell but the water is unbelievably clear, we can see the bottom in about 40-60 feet of water 🙂


Heading out the pass into the Atlantic

Rocks to starboard..

 

Rocks to port.

 

A bit nerve racking 🙂


Almost clear of the pass 🙂


Brian navigated us to Great Exuma while I rested, not been feeling to well lately. Beautiful thunderstorm greater us att Great Exuma. We were heading for George Town but decided to stop and check out Emerald Bay Marina on the north side of Great Exuma 

 

 

Emerald Bay Maina approach was pretty straight forward.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Safe Harbor Marina, Cave Cay, Exuma

  1. Hi Erica, been following your blog pages. Your hubby and I were emailing back and forth about the Pacific Seacraft 34. I wanted to ask you a dumb question…I have heard of a tidal race but never heard of a “rage”…it that the term they use when there is a tide moving through a narrow channel …or is it “race”…I am confused. God bless you, always. Alan

    • Alan, it is so good to hear from you and glad you like our blog. Brian really loved “speaking” with you via email and your insight about having a spouse with a grave illness really helped, profoundly in fact. Thank you.

      I had never heard of a Rage either till reading the Explorer Charts and active captain for the Bahamas. From what I can gather a rage is when heavy swells from the Atlantic flows into a narrow entrance into the banks, which produce incredibly rough conditions as the water piles up on the shoals, squeezing through the narrow passage. Brian and I came close to a rage twice, both times in the Dinghy. First one was at the north end of Ship Channel Cay, we got too close before realizing that what we were seeing was whirlpools, wicked confused currents, and breaking waves in the channel. Was hard to see as the water level was higher then the water level we were at, since we were low in a dinghy. So I guess that was the “pilings of water”. The second time we saw a rage was at shroud cay. That was very wild as the current was estimated at 6+ knots. About fifty yards out from the crazy tidal flow and cross currents there were big breaking waves. Breaking in a deep channel, was very odd and ominous.
      Anyways, I hope to never get near one cause it seems quite obvious our vessel would be hard pressed to have any say so in her direction or speed( gulp).

      Anyways, I hope to meet you some day. We will be in the keys this winter so if you wish to sail a PS34 , we’d love to have you.
      God Bless,
      Erika

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