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George Town, Docking at Exuma Docking Service Marina.

Cleaning up with fresh water at the docks. (c) Copyright 2009

We are in the first couple weeks of January 2009, and planning to leave the boat in George Town Bahamas for a couple of months. We will fly home go back to work and school for a little while, and then back in March Break for a couple of weeks. The plan was to leave the boat on this dock at the Exuma Docking Service dock in George Town, at a cost of about $1,000 per month. Read on down to see what we actually ended up doing. But for now, the job at hand was to clean everything with fresh water. At a cost of about 10 cents per liter we had to be careful about the water usage. Washing the boat at home we just ran the hose all we wanted. Here we filled a bucket with soapy water, and then from there applied it with a brush. We hosed the whole boat down carefully with fresh water, and then using a stainless steal cleaning product to remove any apparent start of rust, and oxidization. This product would also coat the stainless steal, and protected from the salt water. As you can see we also cleaned everything and anything that ever had contact with salt water.

Power Boat behind us operates a Christian Mission out of it. (c) Copyright 2009

These were some of the other boats docked with us at the Town dock at George Town. We used this opportunity to do all the laundry and clean up the boat for an extended leave. The boat behind us here, was used as a base for a Christian mission. The owner was a self funded missionary, and did lots of good work to spread the good news of Christ in the Bahamas.

Anchored in front of George Town near Exuma Docking Service Marina. (c) Copyright 2009

Boat heeling at the docks in extremely low tide. (c) Copyright 2009

At low tide the boat was sitting on it’s keel. This does not harm the boat, but it is uncomfortable. However, there is a danger of the boat scraping against the dock, and getting all scratched up and damage. The tide goes up and down every 6 hours. Can you imagine leaving the boat here unattended for 2 months. The port side would have been a mess by the time we got back. I had to get up in the middle of the night and make sure the fenders were positioned properly, and the docket lines were set up properly. Also the docks are open to public accesses. I have been told, I would have to worry about the boat being vandalized or items stolen. We decided to leave the boat elsewhere, look for the next post to see where.

Another view of our heel at the docks in low tide. (c) Copyright 2009

Before this trip, I was worried about leaving my boat on a mooring ball, thinking it was safer at a dock. Now I would only leave my boat on a mooring ball, but in a secure and safe location like St. Francis that I recommended.

Even though some marinas might be safe, the boat will still ride up and down on the dock in tides, and no one will really care if your fenders shift and your boat is getting all scratched up. Also is the dock protected from wind and waves on all sides?

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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3 Responses

  1. WOW! The stark blue color of the waters is really glaring to the eyes. I somehow felt that I am looking at the inviting waters personally. I am dreaming of the time when I will visit the Bahamas again.
    Btw, if ever you would need any boat ropes or splice ropes please feel free to check out my website http://www.BoatRopes.co.uk.
    More power to you and your blog!

  2. Hi there! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok.

    I’m undoubtedly enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  3. s/v Black Diamond says:

    We are on twitter.com/yachtingtweets but you will get far more updates here on our blog. Top Left corner, enter your e-mail address to subscribe.

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