As we decide our journey without the joy of friends and family we have decided it would be a good idea to take a month in The Bahamas. The main reason is that 180 days for staying out of the IRS system and having to pay taxes in the USA. 30 days in The Bahamas will keep us under that amount. So we are now planning that journey.
We do take some personal time and head to Crane Hammock. This is the Central Park of Marathon. There you can trek through the groomed paths for about a mile while enjoying nature and learning about the trees, history and get back to nature. The Hammock was first owned by a group of families from The Bahamas back in the 1800’s. There they made a small village of 6 homes where only one stands today. It is made of shells and limestone. It is the oldest home outside of Key West in the Keys. Here the families fished and brought their goods to Key West to sell. Then in the 1900’s the Crane Family purchased the lands with the intent of keeping it as virgin as possible. There home still stands on the edge of the Gulf in its mid century statue. While there we take on a fish pedicure. It is weird at first but then the experience is quite nice. Our feet are better than any paid pedicure I’ve had.
Provisioning for a month journey takes some planning. Food is brought into the islands by provisioning barges which makes food very expensive. A tube of toothpaste is $8.00, coke is over $20 for a 12 pack, beer and wine and meats are exorbidant too. So we are gathering up as much as we can to pack into the fridge and freezer and making sure all systems on our ship are a go.
There will be no air conditioning on this journey unless we stay in the odd marina. The islands are mostly on anchor staying out of weather and winds and navigating sands and coral heads.
Scott buys a new anchor. The one we had was a day trip anchor and not trusted in any winds of value. He had no problem changing it out by using Otter, the tender, to drop the old anchor and connect and raise the new one. We have a nice anchor for sale if anyone needs a new one. A screen door is picked up for the noseeums, food is bought, covid tests done, custom forms filled out, plotting the route complete, oil, engine, generator checks done, and travel with 5 other boats confirmed. We will be staying in a marina in South Bimini as this area has little spots for getting the lay of the land before we head into the other islands. The plan so far is Bimini, The Berry Islands, Providence Island and checking out Nassau, then up to the north in The Abaco Islands, then back to the USA to start north to head for home.
Wish us luck as we travel onto new horizons, beautiful blue waters and the amazing Bahamas.