Friday, January 22, 2016

Getting cooler

Once again, Weather Underground was right on.  Forecast for rain starting at 7:30 AM.  7:30 AM, it started raining with gusto,  another rainy day in paradise.  The rain is not so bad, and the water is warmer, it is the wind that makes it cold.  I actually am thinking about turning the heater on today.  What’s wrong with this picture?  In the Bahamas and need a heater.  Time to head further south.
John from the Cape and Island Power Squadron in New England is coming down next week to boat sit.  I don’t have the heart to tell him to bring his winter woollies.
Two beautiful  girls enjoying their Christmas Presents.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Mother ship home for a few days.

Once again, weather drives it.  The day started off calm, slightly over cast, but warm where the sun shone through.  This evening, a large fishing boat came in to tie up on the T, and along with came 12 runabouts that go out and collect lobster and conch.  The fishing boat acts like a mother ship with 12 little children gathering their toys and bringing them home.    Forecast is for lots of wind and everyone is coming home to wait out the blow.

Mother ship

Little Runabouts that gather conch and lobster

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Weather rules

Squall that caught Bob

Weather still continues to be a big show stopper.  On the good says, many of the sail boats take leave to head over to the Berry Islands or Nassau.  Next day, a new batch of sail boats show up from Miami to wait their turn. Seems that El NiƱo is having an effect here in the Bahamas as well. 

One night, all was well with 25 to 30 knots of wind blowing boat all over the place here at the dock.  Then suddenly a gust hit with such force that it blew most of the cushions from the marina lounge chairs into the water.  Dan from Quest got into his 100 HP dinghy and ran around fishing out cushions and other flotsam that was drifting by.  A tree down the street was blown over.  Only lasted about a minute, but it was strong.
Palm tree over CJ's deli

A few days later, while walking home from the beach, I got caught in a front that came through.  Felt as if I was getting sand blasted with the rain water and sand.  Never before have I gotten hit by rain so hard that it stung.

Many Faces of Bob's Beach
Many faces of Bob's Beach
Channel into North Bimini

Morning after.  Note Piper the dog on the right.