Exploring Stocking Island, Great Exuma.

Cruiser made hut from various items that washed ashore Stocking Island. (c) Copyright 2009

We spent a couple of days relaxing at anchor, and exploring Lee Stocking Island, Exuma, just outside of George Town. The island is mostly uninhabited, but there are a couple of small resort properties that rent villas. In the picture above you see a cool little hang out we found. This little hut was build by visiting cruisers, each adding something to the project. There is a little sign that says, feel free to add to the collection, but please don’t take anything away.

Snorkeling at the North Tip of Stocking Island. (c) Copyright 2009

Roxane and Alexander explore the shore, while Thomas and I snorkel these beautiful blue waters. We found these huge star fish, about a foot in diameter each. We tried to dry out a few of them in the sun, so that we might be able to keep them and take them home. We actually left them out on a rock for 2 months, and returned later for them. We found that this method did not really work. The star fish dried out to an awful ugly mess, and they still smelled. We later found out the proper way to do it. We saw locals drying them out in the sun upside down and continually filling the underside openings with house hold bleach. Once completed, they will not smell, and keep their shape much better.

Star fish Thomas caught snorkeling, actual size about 1 foot in diameter. (c) Copyright 2009

Anchored in front of Chat & Chill. (c) Copyright 2009

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With almost 30,000 Nautical miles of experience and 1,800+ sea days and nights on the water. (1,800 sea days is like 5 years on the water, 365 days a year!) I am an RYA Skipper and ICC International Competent Captain, currently working on my RYA Yacht Master with a Commercial endorsement for a 200 ton vessel. My qualifications include; MED A2 Emergency Safety at Sea, Helicopter Rescue, Life raft deployment and use, Offshore Rescue and Fire Fighting at Sea, etc, STCW Code A-VI/1-3, Canadian Equivalent Marine First Aid and CPR/AED. I am an Open Water Certified diver and completed various CYA & Canadian Power and Sail Squadron certifications which include Power/Sailboat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, CYA Coastal Navigation, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising, VHF Radio operation license and a Toronto Harbour License. I am now providing skippered charters and yacht deliveries globally, including crew positions for offshore passages. However, my specialities are the Bahamas, US East Coast, The Great Lakes, Welland Canal, Erie Canal and the Adriatic Sea, Croatia, looking to add Greece. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

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