April 2003
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April 2, 2003

The front came through Sunday night with winds starting out of the southwest at 20 – 25 knots and then blew out of the northwest at 25 to 30 knots all day Monday & Tuesday.  We just stayed onboard and read.  This morning the weather cleared and we headed out of Little Harbor on a raising tide.  The entrance to Little Harbor has a shoal that is 3.5 feet at low tide.  Since we draw almost 6 feet we had to head out near high tide, today that was at 0800.  The wind was right on our nose all the way to Marsh Harbor where we arrived at 1230.  Marsh Harbor is the main harbor in the Abacos and it is not unusual to see 70 to 80 boats anchored plus more boats at the marinas.  The area has several large grocery and beverage stores as well as many fine restaurants. We had a slip reserved at Harborview Marina.  Arriving at near low tide we dredged a new channel into the slip.  The marina was very nice with a refurbished bathhouse, a new pool and nice laundry facilities.

April 8, 2003

We have had a good stay in Marsh Harbor even met up with some friends on Moonglow, Shooting Star from Ft. Pierce as well as our new friends on Doc No More that we had met down in Little Harbor.  Today we sailed over to Man-O-War Cay and picked up a mooring ball.  The harbor here is very tight and is filled with mooring balls so there is no anchoring room.  We finally hooked up Gypsy Common whom we had not seen since they had visited us at Ft. Pierce last November. Also Judy & Shelton and Bill & Elaine from Atlanta had rented a cottage on the island for the week. We had a great time visiting with all of them. 

Man-O-War Cay is a very pretty island that is kept very clean with narrow streets and neatly painted houses.  It also has a very nice beach.

April 14, 2003

At 0930 this morning we dropped the mooring and sailed to Treasure Cay arriving at 1230.

Treasure Cay started as a resort community built around a dredged harbor. A settlement has now grown up around the area. The highlight of Treasure Cay is the beach.  National Geographic’s has listed it in the top ten beaches in the world. Ugne and I think the beach at Great Harbor Cay in the Berry’s would give it a run for the money.  The harbor is well protected from all angles, which came in handy when another front came through.

 April 18, 2003

Enjoyed our stay at Treasure Cay.  As I write this we are back in Marsh Harbor for a couple of days to add provisions & pick-up some other needed supplies. 

 April 24, 2003

Motored back to Treasure Cay to enjoy the beach for a few days.  Met up with Rick and B.D. on Destiny who we met in Annapolis a couple of years ago.  We had talked on the radio occasionally so it was nice to meet up with them. 

April 28, 2003

Returned to Marsh Harbor.  Our daughter and family were to come over May 2 but the weather turned bad so they did not come.  We took a slip at Harborview again to weather out the storm.

We attempt to get a mooring over at Hopetown on Elbow Cay so we could explore that island.  There was a big fishing tournament going on so space over there is at a premium. Yesterday a boat caught a 774 lb Blue Fin Tuna. Robert on Gypsy Common saw it and said that it totally filled the cockpit of the sport fishing boat.