Finally, it was time to get the boat off the docks at Marsh Harbour Marina. The steering is fixed and the davits have been installed, although we still have some tweeking to do with the davit installation to make them work right.
OK, so the pub rest is over and it’s off to explore a little more around Hope Town. Above the ferry dock is the Hope Town Lodge. It’s a quaint bunch of rental buildings centered around a 3 story lodge…… all painted white with blue trim.
All the views of this lovely place are of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse, which was built in 1826, in the background
There are still reminders of past tragedy here, as you can see.
This very old historic cemetery is being kept up as a reminder of those who have past through here long before any of us.
I've mentioned curly tails in the past. These are actually curly tailed lizards that are here in the thousands. They're very curious and run really funny. Most are only 4-5 inches long. Have a look.
April 19th - Hope Town to Guana Cay
Lat: 26 40N Long:77 07W
After a relaxing evening under the flashing light of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse in Hope Town, it was time to move on, so we dropped the mooring and headed out the narrow channel northward to Great Guana Cay. The water was a pretty green colour and as we discovered, the dark green patches weren't coral heads, but rather, grassy areas in a constant 8-10 feet of water. We didn't have to dodge them. Yay!
We arrived in Great Guana Cay after a couple hours and took a marina at the Orchid Bay Yacht Club and Marina. Not much of a yacht club and the marina was mostly empty but the facilities were very nicely kept.
Unfortunately, the rock breakwater has been damaged by hurricanes and offered little protection from the southwest wind that night. It was very bumpy and rollie at high tide, making it difficult to sleep.
The remainder of our afternoon was taken up with a short run over to "Nippers Beach Bar & Grill". It was a little on the quirky side with all the bright colours etc. and looked a bit like a circus.
However, it was situated overlooking another very nice beach.
After a few drinks and a nice supper it was time to head back to the boat.
On the way back we came upon this little house who decided to use his shutters in a useful way, "you supply the sunlight and we supply the power."
Just down the lane was the Pirate's Cove Tiki Bar. I understand the food is delicious .... and the deal is good ... as long as you supply the entree.
These three were destined for somebody's plate very soon.
Our taxi waited and it was time to go ... but the taxi was long dead!
We decided to continue through the back roads back to the marina.
Tomorrow is Friday April 20th, with bad weather forecast it's time to get back to Marsh Harbour and safe at a dock until Tuesday when we head north to Green Turtle Cay, then on to Great Sale Cay before heading back to Florida .... and the long trek home. Total distance travelled to date - 2,971 nautical miles by boat AND all hand steered! No Autopilot!