Lake Worth to West End - 2017
Lake Worth, Another Day
Due to the high winds, we stayed another day at anchor in Lake Worth. Most of the day was spent reading and occasionally napping in preparation for our upcoming gulf stream crossing.
|The Lake Worth anchorage on the evening of February 21. |
This was a view looking away from the sunset.
|From our anchorage in Lake Worth, this view at sunset shows |
the heavy industry along the waterfront.
|At midnight on February 21 we made the decision not to depart |
from Lake Worth because of the heavy winds we were
experiencing out of the east--the trip would have
been a real slog! It was a good decision.
Lake Worth to West End, Grand Bahama
|Rainy Days is tied up in slip #C-19 waiting to clear customs |
and immigration. Yes, the water is really that blue!
|We cleared Customs and Immigration located in this pink building |
next to the marina. It was relatively quick and easy
after completing about a dozen forms.
|After completing a dozen or so immigration forms clearing onto |
the Bahamas, we lowered our yellow quarantine flag
and raised our Bahamas courtesy flag
on our starboard spreader.
|Our first lunch ion the Bahamas included drinking the|
local beer, Kalik, and eating conch burgers.
Today, February 24, is our first full day in the Bahamas, starting our 3-month long stint in the Abacos. We decided that while our destinations in the Abacos are pretty well defined, we would take our time, staying at each destination as long as we like, and, at all times, consider the weather for travel days.
|The new facility at West End called Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht |
Harbor includes individually-owned rental units (in the
background of this image) that are
managed by the complex.
|Maggie tests the water on the beach north of the marina.|
|This inviting beach area on the north end of the marina is |
shared by marina guests and land lubber guests
staying in the rental apartments.
|We came across the beautiful (but crooked) palm tree |
along the beach, not far from the marina.
|One of the many hurricane-damaged homes on Front Street.|
|It's amazing that on some homes, just the roof was damaged.|
Just before we crossed the Gulf Stream we decided to trail our rigid-hulled inflatable dinghy rather than keep it on our foredeck. I thought that the hindrance it offered to my vision being on the foredeck was unacceptable. This would be particularly important as we reached the Bahamas in daylight. With the outboard engine safely stored on the transom of s/v Rainy Days, there was less of a risk of loss during the crossing and, with our new propeller, trailing the engine-less dinghy did not slow us down one iota. Even with our relatively rough Gulf Stream crossing, I wouldn't hesitate to do this again in the future.