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Georgetown to Rum Cay

Friday 5/4/2012

For those of you that think this is all fun and games, here's a bit of what we deal with.
We where ready to leave Georgetown and were all stocked up with food, booze & diesel. But we needed gas for the dinghy. Well, we were anchored on the far side of the bay and I reasoned that since we needed to stop and pick up our fuel filters on our way out of here, we'd get gas at the same time. The little marina, Brown's Marine, that had ordered our filters for us was about 4 miles south. We'd walked and hitched down there, from Georgetown, a week before.

So I looked at the charts and figured we could anchor off and dinghy in to get our gas. Cept the dinghy was already pretty low on gas so we couldn't afford to screw up. I noticed there was a boatyard on the way to our destination so we stopped there first. “Do you have any gas” I asked. “Nope”. “Well is there a gas station near by”. “Closest gas station is in Georgetown” he replied. SHIT.

“Which way is Browns Marine”? I asked.
“See those two houses on the other shore? When you get there, turn left. It's a marked channel.”
OK Great. Not too far. Kinda what I'd planned.

We scooted across a small bay, through a cut between some islands around a corner and found ourselves in about 12” of water. The outboard hit through the sand, I cut the engine. DAMN.
What next. Get out and drag the boat to deeper water. Row when we can.

Finally got to Brown's Marine. Got our parts and they sold us a gallon of gas, from their own supply.
He also gave us a map and directions on how to get out of there. He had us go around another island. A bit of a round about way that we'd gotten there. We kept that island on our right and followed the channel just like he said. Then wham. Back into 6”s of water. How are we going to get out of here? We pulled and rowed ourselves back to deeper water and saw some sailboat anchored in a cove up ahead. “That way” I said. We could see the Heart of Gold out past some rocks and breakers but it looked like we were headed for a dead end. But we were able to make our way through some rocks and shallows and finally got into clear water and finally made our way back to the boat. Wet & tired but safe.

Back on the boat we raised the motor off the dinghy. Clamped it on the rail. Pulled the dinghy up on the davit and set sail for Calabash Bay, Long Island.

Calabash Bay Long Island
5/4/2012 - 5/5/2012
Is a beautiful bay on the Northwest tip of Long Island.
It has a mile long crescent shaped beach, all sand, no coral heads with a very nice resort but no fuel or provisions. Although we were able to get a bag of ice for $5.00.
And we enjoyed their happy hour and met some other cruisers.

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RUM CAY, SUNDAY
5/6/2012 – 5/8/2012

Arrived at Rum Cay Sunday afternoon.
It's a small settlement with a couple of stores (shacks) and a marina that's seen better days.
We radio'd the marina for gas for the dinghy. Told them we only needed a couple of gallons and they said they could help us out. But they'd have to get it out of the airplane. “Huh”? “That must be like 120 octane.” So we got a gallon from him and mixed it with the gallon in our tank. That little outboard never ran so good.

The guy at the marina told us to be sure to go into town tonight for the political party cookout.
Election day is Monday so they were all havin a big “doo wop” Sunday night. “Go to the Red Party. They got the best food.”

Town is a street with a couple of houses on it. Followed the music and met a bunch of locals hangin around a barbeque drinkin beer. All were very friendly and they gave us a couple of beers. No small offering since the beer here costs $4 a bottle. A lady asked us if we'd like something to eat and I didn't want to infringe on their hospitality, so I politely declined. Said that we'd just had lunch before we came to shore. When some rasta lookin dude with dreadlocks told me that refusing their food is a sign of disrespect. Oh we pigged out on fried chicked, barbequed chicken, ribs, turkey, potatos, corn, beets, cole slaw and fresh rolls.

Monday we snorkled in the bay and met some other cruisers. Told one guy we'd be diving tomorrow and he asked if he could tag along.

Tuesday the three of us hopped in the dinghy and headed out to the reef.
Actually found a buoy to tie up to and had a really great dive in about 60 feet over coral heads on a sandy bottom.

DIVE PICS
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Posted by Heart of Gold 16:38

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