Our trek down to Man-O-War Cay was the very first time we sailed, alone, without a guest onboard. It was very peaceful and relaxing sail, averaging 6 to 8 knots in 8 to 11 knot winds. It was a strange feeling, getting to make decisions on our own, becoming more intuitive with the process. We still have so much to learn, but felt good to have just enough skill to make this sail feel good.
Another first – leaving the boat for an entire day. Yup, we did it! After anchoring at the South Man-O-War anchorage, we slept a little, woke up at the crack of dawn, jumped in the dinghy and zoomed into Man-O-War Harbour to take Albury’s Ferry into Marsh Harbour. We arrived an hour early just so we could figure out the dinghy dock situation; we were pretty nervous about leaving the dinghy all day, but found a great little place at the Man-O-War ferry dock (26.593866, -77.005415), tied up the stern and bow and used some steel cable to lock it to a piling.
We went into Marsh Harbour for food from Maxwell’s Supermarket, alcohol from 700 Wines & Spirits, and project odds and ends from Standard Hardware. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety of choices in each of the stores. The alcohol and hardware costs were about the same as in the US, but the food was about 30 to 40% more. We’ll do a provisioning in the Bahamas post here soon, as Leanne loves to talk about food, buying food, and saving money on food. So, watch for that.
Also, beginners tip? It’s a horrible idea to take the ferry into town, provision, and do everything by foot. Take a cab. Your back will thank you. Better yet, don’t take the ferry to provision. If you’re brave (we’re not there yet) anchor in Marsh Harbour, take your dinghy into the Union Jack Public Dock, walk to the stores, take a cab back, and be done with it. Way easier, and in the end, less costly. The ferry ride isn’t cheap!
But, we were happy we took the ferry, stretching our limits and learning that everything we think is a big deal, really isn’t. When we got back to the dock in the afternoon, our dinghy was still there (yay!), the engine started (double yay!), and Seamlessly was right where we left her.