Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Crossing to the Bahamas

After checking weather Sunday, we decided we could head out Monday morning to cross to the Bahamas.  We decided to give all the kids some Dramamine just in case, and if it was too rolly we would come back in and wait another day or 2. 

It was a beautiful day.  It was what we hoped it would be.  No one was sick, the seas were perfect for crossing.  Off we went.  We left Florida at 7am and arrived in West End, Grand Bahama Island, before 3pm.  Several other boats made the crossing as well.  It was nice to know we weren't alone out there.  It was nice to make the crossing in little leaps instead of a large bound.  We could have made a longer 12 hour cross all the way to the north end of the Abacos, but since this was the first time crossing, and on this boat, we wanted to play it safe with a shorter crossing.

We all had to stay on the boat, while Captain David cleared us in at the Customs office.  When you enter another country you have to raise a yellow Quarantine flag on the boat until you are cleared.  It didn't take long, less than an hour till all the paperwork was filled out and returned to the customs office, and the passports were stamped. 

We spent the rest of the day on the beach and snorkeling.  The biggest disappointment was our camera.  We had bought an underwater camera before we left Idaho, and I took it in the water to snorkel, and it wouldn't work.  Later we found water had leaked into the camera housing.  Back to Costco it will go when we return.  So no good underwater photos from us!  At least we still have our old camera to use for land photos!

We spent the night at the Marina, filled up our water tank, and in the morning we were off to Great Sale Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.

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