Sunday, November 19, 2017

Marsh Harbour, Bahamas

We made it. Phew!  It was quite a trip. Parts of it were just fine and parts were downright uncomfortable. We arrived here at Harbour View Marina yesterday at 2:45 pm after traveling 455 nautical miles in 75 hours. The last 100 miles were among the most uncomfortable. We were sailing upwind with waves crashing over the port side of the bow. We were motor sailing because both of us really, REALLY wanted to make it to Marsh Harbour by late afternoon. We didn’t want to take the chance of spending a night killing time waiting for daylight so we could get through Man O War channel. In hindsight, we wish we had gone to West End on Grand Bahama Island instead of Marsh Harbour. It would have been a shorter, easier sail. We chose Marsh Harbour primarily because of the places we wanted to go after we cleared in. The options are much more limited from West End. 
We arrived here 15 minutes after low tide. Not good. We went aground just as the bow was entering the slip. The dock master tied up one line, we turned the engine off and waited 1/2 hour until we were floating again. We cleared in with Customs after we finally tied up but are still waiting for someone from Immigration to stop by. Technically we shouldn’t even get off of the boat until that is complete. I think that is one rule I am willing to break to take a long, hot shower and do a load of laundry. 

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