Rainbow Cay – the spot where everything changed for us.
Now, this anchorage is most certainly one of our favorite spots, or was until we jumped in the water and were greeted by a bunch; like 30, moon jellies. But, more on that in a second. We anchored close to the shore (25.334183, -76.434817) to get a bit of protection from the wind. The snorkeling around the rocky shore is awesome and there’s a public beach close by (25.333771, -76.431435).
When we went out, there were no jellyfish, but later that afternoon we noticed a whole bunch. We also noticed that our starboard prop zinc (it’s an important piece of the boat that prevents damage to the hull from electrolysis) was coming off. So we waited until we couldn’t see any moon jellies, got our surface air supply out, and dove down to replace the zinc.
Leanne’s really good at spotting the jellies. Me? Not so much. Got stung a bit by one (just a light graze). Nothing a little hydrocortisone cream can’t fix. Still, they freak me out a lot – can’t wait to get a full body wet suit.
So, with the prop zincs fixed, we started planning our route to the Exumas – you know, the place everyone says you “have” to go when you’re in the Bahamas when our windlass; the winch that pulls up our anchor, started to behave strangely.
After a lot of jams, fighting with the unit, and nearly ripping it clean off the fiberglass block, we discovered that the hole where the chain goes into the chain locker was not installed correctly. And, because of the misalignment, was causing issues with pulling up the anchor. We found a way around the fix, and it worked well (but slow) which is fine if the weather is behaving. But, if you have a situation where you need to pick up the anchor fast – like, in really bad weather, having a windlass that doesn’t work well could get you into some hot water… especially with a boat the size of Seamlessly.
But we didn’t let this fact stop us. In fact, at this time in our journey, we hadn’t yet discovered that having a windlass that couldn’t pickup or drop the hook quickly and easily was necessarily a “bad” thing. At this point, we were just excited that we figured out a manual way of picking up our 155-pound anchor.
And with that, we started making our way to the Exumas with a broken windlass, chart plotter that randomly reboots, fridge on the fritz, leaking bimini, busted watermaker…
Have I missed one? I’m sure I have.
Moral of the story? Boat stuff breaks, all the time. But we won’t let that stop us!