|Carl engulfed with exhaust at back end of ferry|
|Bag making kept me busy|
He ordered the parts from all over the U.S. to be shipped to Abaco Freight in West Palm Beach, and then once there, had them flown by Cherokee Air to Marsh Harbor, in the Abacos, Bahamas. Our boat Insurance, IMIS paid for a large portion of the $20,000 in repairs and the $3,000 slip fees. We would have not been in a marina, but rather, at anchor, were it not for the lightning damage. We swallowed our hefty insurance deductible and tried not to chastise ourselves for our decision to choose a high deductible.
|Northern Star under sail|
|View from Lighthouse|
|Ferries connect the islands to one another|
|Man o' War Cay, known for its' boat building|
The ferries took us to the islands of Man o’ War, and Elbow Cay a couple of times while our friends were visiting.
We managed to snorkel with each couple at least once although not where we had wanted to take them. We saw one of the couples off with a professional dive instructor so they could see a truly spectacular reef.
|Green Emerald Hummingbird|
And, our last guests arranged for a day of bird-watching with a guide, which I was fortunate enough to experience too. Carl was not so lucky. Instead of bird-watching with us he was, take a wild guess………fixing an electrical glitch on the boat once again with the electrician.
|Hub of the electronics on Northern Star|
|Our 65# Mantus anchor with 200' chain|
The windlass dropped our 65# Mantus anchor and 10’ of chain and then stopped. We sent our guests ashore in the dinghy to beautiful Tahiti Beach while Carl and I spent the entire afternoon moving stuff from anchor locker to bed, to cabin and back to anchor locker after Carl figured out how to fix the problems. I looked longingly at the distant beach from our anchorage. Another beautiful day, taken up with boat repairs. Sigh.
|Normally, getting in and out of a dinghy is not a problem|
Some cruising friends are also at anchor nearby and they helped Carl move the boat. Being in a marina means that I can get off the boat without the agony of a dinghy ride. So here I sit on a chaise lounge under a breadfruit tree at Mangoes Marina with a pain medicine and a muscle relaxant to help me rest.
The noteworthy events of my day thus far have been the two breadfruits that fell from the tree narrowly missing my leg and then my head, and the two curly-tailed lizards that just ran across the boardwalk in front of me.
|A green breadfruit|