We extended our stay at Orchid Bay Marina on Great Guana Cay to nine (9) days; partly because we wanted to enjoy the amenities of the marina, enjoy their Sunsetters restaurant, and be able to attend the Barefoot Man concert over the weekend. Another reason was the wind really picked up from the wrong direction over the last couple of days there and it would have been extremely tricky to get out of our slip without rubbing our dingy that hangs off the back of the boat into the pilings in our slip. And lastly since we weren’t able to fix our Wind Generator the last time we reported in, so we made another stab at that effort which unfortunately again did not fix its problem. Time for a replacement.
Met a couple from Nova Scotia, Marianne and Paul Cochrane who have a boat just like ours, same year, and for 10 years just like us. They have made a lot of nice improvements, Gerry and Marianne shared their boat ideas and Paul and I shared our various boat improvements. We joined each other on their boat Knot-Ha-Gan for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails one evening and later on our boat another evening. Nice conversations. We saw one another at the Barefoot Man Concert at Nippers and chatted there as well. They like us also keep their boat in Ft. Pierce, Florida when they return to Canada. They do spend more time in the Bahamas than we do, but they like ourselves like the convenience of not going all the way north back to home port.
We also saw old acquaintances from the boat Melinda Kay, Barbara and Doug Lienhard who we met in 2015 going down the ICW in South Carolina and Florida. They recused Linda and Grieg Mitchell from dragging their anchor one terribly windy night out on the ICW. Caught up on our experiences since then.
Kai Nau whose great uncle has “Now or Never” in a slip across from us here in the marina joined us with Paul and Marianne to solicit ideas for a novel entrepreneurial interest has would like to pursue. Bright young man to be remembered. His great uncle and great aunt circumvented the globe over in the 80’s and 90’s.
Below are some photos of our continuing journey.
Gerry & Larry