We made it to Georgetown – well, Emerald Bay outside Georgetown. The trip down was uneventful, too uneventful. We buddy-boated with Pura Vida, who did not have an uneventful trip. We led the way out of Little Farmers Cay and into the Exuma Sound. The sea was pretty rolly for them, but our cat just glided through. So they turned head to wind to raise their main sail to steady out. Then they went further out into the sound to avoid traffic, meaning they dropped a ways behind us. Dave saw them do a strange maneuver, but they seemed to be okay. Next thing we hear, they found a dinghy with an outboard that had been lost at sea. This instantly made me think of our dinghy episode and I hoped there were no dead bodies in it. Nope, it was just flooded and looked like it had been adrift a while. They bailed it out and towed the rest of the way in.
The law says that they need to attempt to find the owner. If the owner is found, they should be paid salvage fees. If the owner is not found, they just got a new dinghy! As if that wasn’t lucky enough, they caught a dorado (mahi mahi) a mile or two outside Emerald Bay! Dave dropped out his line but was skunked again.
Michael used the marina fish table to butcher the poor dorado. When an Emerald Bay Marina employee saw this, he stopped and finished filleting it for Michael. “Wow,” Michael quips, “this is a full service marina!” He rewarded Chivago (the employee) with a good chunk of fish.
The Emerald Bay Marina is owned by Sandals Resort. We got a slip on a dock with water but no power for $1 per foot: $44/day. That is pretty darn good. We can stay here for a while and be very protected from the weather coming next week, stay under budget, use their free laundry machines and free wifi, and receive a package from Dave’s mom. We ordered me yet another phone – this time with a Lifeproof/waterproof case and a floaty. We also ordered a few other essentials we can’t find here to be sent in a care package along with a Livin’ Life flag Dave’s parents had made for us. There is a great butcher shop, duty free liquor store, and two fairly large (for the Bahamas) grocery stores. We need to provision well before continuing on. There will be no good provisioning stop again until the Turks and Caicos – and likely no Internet. For now, we are sitting pretty at dock and getting things done.