Marsh Harbour to Great Guana - 2017
This blogpost covers are trip between Marsh Harbour and Great Guana Cay as well as the two nights we spent on Great Guana Cay.
Today is Monday, not that it is different from any other day of the week for us. It is April 24th and we're glad that it finally stopped raining and the sun is out. All our hatches are open and our boats fans are all running to get rid of the dampness inside our boat from yesterday--it comes from the damp atmosphere.
|This is a GoPro shot of our bow wake as |
we motored to Great Guana Cay.
When we got to Fishers Bay we didn't have enough protection from the wind. In trying to pick up a mooring buoy, Maggie dropped the boat hook into the water and had to jump in after it to retrieve it. After that debacle we decided to get a mooring in Settlement Harbour where we thought it would be better protected from the wind and waves.
|A view of Settlement Harbour on Great Guana |
Cay from our mooring.
|This is the beach bar at Nipper's...|
|...and the ocean beach at Nipper's.|
We arrived in Settlement Harbor on Great Guana Cay at about 1:30 PM and had lunch on the boat. We took the dinghy into Dive Guana and paid our mooring fees for 3 days in advance and then walked up the path to Nipper's. Nipper's is a large ocean front beach bar with two fresh water swimming pools, a dance floor, and a beautiful ocean beach.
Our dinghy's outboard had two "difficult starting" episodes today. It eventually started both times but after many, many pulls on the starting cord. I had previously I filled up the dinghy's fuel tank from the jerry jug--it's high-octane aviation gasoline I brought from Annapolis. I hope it didn't get tainted. (Tomorrow, I will check the fuel filter before starting it--it is intended to be replaced when dirty but I will try to clean it since I don't have a spare outboard fuel filter.)
Last night was a rough night for sleeping! The wind changed direction slightly (probably from the southwest) so as to come right into the harbor's entrance and then it picked up in velocity. The boat "hobby horsed" on its mooring most of the night. As the boat experiences so much motion, our two anchors mounted on the bow rollers bang together and their heavy clunking noises add the sleep-disturbing activity. In the middle of the night it rained for maybe 15 minutes, enough for us to get up and close the hatches. As the sun came up this morning, Tuesday, April 25, a couple small power boats (probably on their way out fishing) passed us, rolling us side-to-side.
Before we started out on our day exploring the island by land, I removed the fuel filter from the outboard engine and blew through it with my mouth--this seemed to dislodge and debris because the outboard engine now starts like a charm again.
|This is Front Street that runs through the original settlement. A |
more normal road (they call it a freeway) runs along
the developed area on the northern
end of the island.
|There is an occasional rocky area along the beautiful beach |
on the ocean side of Great Guana Cay.
|Along the ocean beach someone collected a lot of flotsam |
and erected a sort of memorial (left side of image).
|This is Grabber's Bar & Grill just off of Fishers Bay where |
Guana Beach Resort was previously located.
We had a terrific thin crust pizza for lunch at Grabber's--the best we've had in the Abacos!
|A U.S. Coast Guard vessel named "Cormorant" has been berthed |
on the t-head at Orchid Bay Yacht Club & Marina all
afternoon. Two big guns are mounted
on the foredeck.
|I hope I can sleep better tonight. If not the wind again, I will |
be worried about this chartered catamaran that is
anchored too close to our mooring.
We had a very restful sleep last night because of the very light winds and the southerly wind direction. As I'm making coffee this Wednesday morning, April 25, I'm thinking about how expensive it is here on Great Guana. Yesterday, we bought a six-pack of local (Kalik) beer and a six-pack of club soda at the only liquor store on the island and it cost $29. Also, for lunch we bought an 18-inch thin crust pizza with pepperoni slices on half and green peppers on the other half, a Kalik, and a Diet Coke all for slightly less than $50--this was at Grabber's. The day before at Nipper's we had a Kalik and a frozen nipper (the house drink) for $18. I'm not one who is usually concerned about prices of food nor complains about the typical $15 price for a hamburger here in the Abacos, but prices on Guana are ridiculous!