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Exumas Return ~ Exhale…

It’s nice to be back; though there was a disturbing moment as we walked onto the boat hearing a highwater alarm.  But, barring a faulty primary bilge pump, after a quick look all was well.
Yeah, but still –

Our stay in Jupiter was longer than we had expected. After all that had happened there was a lot to be taken care of and high-speed internet / reliable cell phone service certainly made life more manageable.

Finally, after a week’s stay, we caught a ride to Ft Lauderdale and hopped a little Watermakers plane back to Staniel Cay. Tucker had dispatched a small boat to pick us up and the last leg was a beautiful ride back to Compass and Istaboa.

Crew Istaboa – Happily boarding the Watermakers flight back to the Exumas
(Thanks to Norman, from Chicken Cay, for the pic)

So, literally, at the end of the day, we’re back on the boat; a bit tired, but happy to be home. For the first time in more than a week we’ve stopped to take a breath. Then an apt end to a week that had only gradually improved — we look out to the west where another amazing Compass Cay sunset was painting a sky that would’ve made Maxfield Parrish envious.


It’s going to take a couple of days to re-acclimate and the wind is puffing up a good blow — so we’ll be here a while.

After that?
Who knows…

It’s nice to be back

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For Thought ‹

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Islands Interuptus

Just as we’d eased into that restful state of mind that being in the Exumas brings about, the phone rings and reality says hello.

Life’s been good. Lots of old acquaintances have surfaced, some we see often around Jupiter, others we haven’t caught up with in years. The weather’s been nice, hot, but better than you’d expect for June.

And to keep our mind from lulling into total cognitive dissonance, we’ve enjoyed taking on a little technology refresh project on a nearby island.

 The famous “Pickle Barrel Houses” 

Of course a stay at Compass Cay wouldn’t be complete without a brief visit by Beacon Won. Capt Bruce and Sheila brought a charter crew in from Memphis. It was interesting to see folks from home all the way down here in the Exumas. They were thrilled to see homeys as well.

From aboard Beacon Won… another stunning Compass Cay Sunset
As always, Capt. Bruce invited us over for a Fried Turkey Dinner… and as always a feast aboard Beacon Won was enjoyed
Just as we were about to say how life just couldn’t get any better… Reality rings.
I’m awfully sad to write, Mel’s mom has passed away. Not a tragedy, more of a blessing, but sad all the same.
Oddly enough, here on Compass, just a few years back, I got the same phone call regarding my own mother.
As we did then, we’ll do now… Friends will run us down Pipe Creek to Staniel Cay where we’ll catch a plane back to the states to take care of what we must.

So it’s off to Florida where we’ll switch gears and clothes then drive up the coast to Brunswick, Ga for services.

Life goes on ±

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Dylan Speaks

And talks like he sings — his words like his lyrics — draw images

Truly worth your time to listen to in it’s entirety – 

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The Exumas

It’s been a while, but it still feels like home.

After pulling out of Ft Lauderdale, early, in the dark, we eased away from Port Everglades cut and pointed east toward Great Harbour Cay. We didn’t get much help from the Gulf Stream so I pushed the throttle a bit and saw 10+ knots. Our course computer calculated we’d make it in around 6:30PM, but we beat that by about 30 minutes and motored into the marina only to find the place empty.
No problem finding a slip.
After tying up and washing a bit of the salt off Istaboa, we walked up to Rocky Hills Bar and enjoyed a nice dinner of pan fried fresh Wahoo. It was excellent and as always the company and conversations were too.

The next morning came and we could tell it was going to be a bit lumpy out, but we knew it was going to get worse before getting better — so we slogged into the rough on the east side of the Berrys and took it on our nose.
After a couple of hours the seas did settle into a moderate chop and we motored around New Providence then made way across White Bank, straight for Highborne Cay. Again, pushing, we made it into the marina around 6:00 and gladly tied up. We booked 2 days so the next day was a short but enjoyable respite on the island. We enjoyed it so much we booked another one.

We haven’t been to Highbourne in years. The place has become so popular we couldn’t get in unless we made reservations well in advance… and we just don’t roll that way.

Highbourne is a beautifully manicured little island that still manages to hold on to the barefoot ambience of the Bahamas. The other boaters here are friendly and we made new friends as well as caught up with old ones. Some interesting tales we’re told and enjoyed as we sat in the shade of the little gazebos located at the end of each dock. The sunsets, as usual, were quite nice.

Gallant Lady – Anchored off Highbourne Cay.

So today the plan is to run south to Compass Cay and continue our infatuation with the Exumas.
The good news is the winds are a bit blustery which will keep things cool and hold the bugs at bay.
The bad news is the winds are a bit blustery which will make for a messy day.

We’ll take the good with the bad.


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Happy 100th Birthday – JFK

Interesting Washington Post article —

On JFK’s 100th birthday

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Two Steps Forward — One Back

No, haven’t moved yet.After the davit fix we splashed the tender to run the engine. Well, that didn’t go as planned.Hopefully the fix will happen today and we’ll leave soon. There’s a few days of nice weather coming up and we hope to take advantage of …

N.A.P. Dispatch

It seems after pounding through harsh conditions, paying their dues for the first day or two, old Neptune has given that bold fleet of Nordhavns a bit of a break. Messages and blog posts indicate things have settled into a nice cruise for the North Atl…

Here Ya Go —

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Turning the lights back on –

It’s been a while since our last post; with not much going on, with not much to report, we’ve been quiet. Life on the beach at Jupiter is cheerful.

But, after many dollars and much work done aboard Istaboa, it’s now time to bust some kinda move.

So here we are at Old Port Cove, docked right in the middle of a pod of Nordhavns all bent on going the distance. The convoy’s plan is to cross to Bermuda, approximately a 5 day run, where some will hangout for a month or so and experience the America’s Cup races before pointing northwest toward Nova Scotia, the others are heading on to The Azores and then the Mediterranean. A relatively monumental plan and what these boats are made to do.
It’s fun watching all the crews prepare for this significant passage. On the docks at OPC, the vibe of anticipation is thick.

This crew?

Were off to visit friends in the Bahamas, then after a run through the islands, we may point north to see what that brings. We still have an open invitation to visit Nantucket Boat Basin and we’ve yet to visit that area — so….

Lots of provisioning being done along with the last bits of mechanical and electronic preparation; all keeping us busy. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Exumas and we’re looking forward to slipping back into the island daze we’ve always enjoyed.

After that? TBD


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