Posted by: suliere | April 9, 2013

We are away at last!

Left Ft lauderdale Sunday morning  – very eventful , in particular dealing with a video in the new river and making a wrong turn to run aground! Ten minutes to get off but it seems no damage done – Lesson – do not mess about too much with video when in narrow channels. even at 5 knots it is not a wise thing to do but the grounding is actually on video!

Leaving Lauderdale Marine Centre Destination Nassau, Bahamas

Leaving Lauderdale Marine Centre Destination Nassau, Bahamas

SE 3rd Ave Bridge opens for us, 5 bridges in total.

SE 3rd Ave Bridge opens for us, 5 bridges in total.

Making our way along New river

Making our way along New river

Finally 17th St Bridge  opens and  we're off out to sea.

Finally 17th St Bridge opens and we’re off out to sea.

This was followed by the predicted 15 knots on the nose = about 22 knots apparent and the gulf stream had not settled down so it was so lumpy that Lesley truly turned green – a sort of near incredible hulk green. For the first time in my life I was truly sea sick. We had some issues and I had to work below decks – not wise in that lumpy a passage! We were taking the through the night deep water route to Nassau with 11 cruise ships in sight at one time!

Night came and our starboard steaming light failed -we were motoring but used the mast combined sailing light.

Approaching Nassau

Approaching Nassau

Our first day had two problems to solve – the iPad data card when the iPad sim card slot would not open with the little pin tool supplied by Apple with the iPad. Thye computer shop chap opened it with his iphone pin and agreed that the one supplied with the iPad was too thick and could not work! There were no pins for sale so he gave us his own!!! Now we could go to the BTC shop for the data card.

We went to the BTC shop to set up my nee iPad with a data chip – on offer for $20 for one gigabit of data with a 30 day limit. But you need a smart phone to activate it so we hope my S2 UK phone will manage that. There Lesley asked a chap about where the chandlers where and he phoned around – 5 calls to try to track down a supplier for our replacement LED starboard nav light. One shop said they sold the make but only had red or black lights!! I tried to explain there was no such thing as a black light but gave in and said we will go there anyway to try and figure it out. This chap then offered to drive us there which he did. The fact he drove the wrong way down a one way main street upsetting the traffic before he did a nifty turn off down a side street was neither here or there – just part of the charm of this place 🙂 At the shop we found the exact light freest abroad nav light in black plastic – the exact model!

Of course this the old nav light was not easy to get to and when I managed to squeeze under the washing machine and get to the forward  hatch it was not  wired to be replaced. More journeys to chandlers and eventually we have the replacement all installed and working …… so all in all a great day and made good because of the very friendly people that we met.

Walkabout in Nassau

Walkabout in Nassau

The local market offers some interesting foods such as salt fish...

The local market offers some interesting foods such as salt fish…

 

Or perhaps some crab?

Or perhaps some crab?

Starbucks for internet connection and a Frappuccino or two!

Starbucks for internet connection and a Frappuccino or two!

 

 


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