A final fuel up, pump out and provisioning trip, and we are ready to cross to the Bahamas. Leaving the comforts of the Loggerhead Palm Beach Garden Marina, we cruised back down the ICW anchored just north of the bridge near the inlet.
The wakes from passing boats was uncomfortable, and the winds are higher than we wanted for our crossing. We decided to delay the crossing by a day, and move to a few miles south hoping for less wake. There are many boats at anchor or on mooring balls so we fit right in. Right along shore we can see loading of container ships.
Our traveling partners on Enterprise noticed an antifreeze leak on their boat and made arrangements to return to the Loggerhead marina for repairs. We will wait another day – now our weather window is set for Thursday departure to West End Grand Bahama Island.
After a comfortable night at anchor, we took the dingy to shore to explore the Peanut Island Park . Home of President Kennedy’s Cuba missile era bunker. As we dinghy around the island, the low tide exposes the sand bars and boats can anchor and boaters wade around in the sand!
Found a marina that allows dingy docking for $15 a day- includes use of showers, parking pass and a spot for filling water jugs and dropping of garbage.
We walked to Publix, then called for an Uber to return– we are eating through the supplies planned for the first four days at anchor in the Bahamas! My list includes salmon, meatballs, chicken and hamburger to restock the freezer!
Next up- pulling anchor and heading out into the ocean. Destination Bahamas!