March 20, 2015
Friday: Cambridge Cay to Nassau
It was high tide when we unhooked from the mooring ball at Cambridge Cay. We could cut about a mile off our travel time because we did not have to go around the island looking for deep water. By 7:30, we were on our way to Nassau. Before we left, Walter on Summer of 42, came by to chat. We had met Walter in Jacksonville at Lamb's Yacht Center back in 2013. Walter gave us the number for an A/C repairman in Nassau he had used before.
Palm Cay Marina came into sight around 2:00. We could see rain off in the distance, thankfully, it kept its distance from us. We had some trouble getting into the marina as it is one of those crazily marked entrances that is common in the Bahamas. I won't go into details as I am told I often exaggerate, let's just say the boat has a scratch or two more than when we started this trip--but nothing serious that requires attention before we get back home. We had trouble hailing the dock master, the canal is just wide enough for one boat and a Hatteras fishing boat politely requested to pass us to enter the canal first. Once inside the sea gate--a chain across the canal--we had no problem getting into a slip, once the dockmaster's assistant of just 2 months showed us our slip.
Palm Cay Marina is going to be very nice. It is inside a gated community which beaches a pools and a beautiful restaurant. Construction appears to have been re-started on the adjacent condominiums and dockmaster's office. The employees are delightful, courteous, friendly and happy. The fees are very reasonable and it is an easy place from which to jump to the Exumas. There are quite a few transient boaters here, but there are also many permanent boats here as well. We have discovered that we are not the only ones who are in need of repairs before continuing their trips.
We had reservations at 7:00 for pizza but the refrigerator repairman had not arrived. Lainey and I went ahead while Steve waited. We got free wifi at the restaurant so we lingered over our dinner but Steve never made it. Steve was busy talking to Roland Douglas and his wife Julie who were finishing up the repair when I returned. Lainey stayed to take advantage of the wifi and Face Time her friends. It turns out that the refrigerator had gotten stuck in defrost mode. The thought is that because we switch from inverter to generator with some irregularity, the refrigerator gets tricked into defrost. As always, Steve has a plan, and this shouldn't happen again. He also has plans to maybe switch out the inverter when we get back to the states. Can you say "Summer Project"?
So not a bad day--two out of three repairs made, pizza night and a beautiful marina to wait for the remaining repairs.