We couldn’t get out of West Bay fast enough to suit us. We had had enough of it’s rolling and bottom scraping to last a lifetime. Hopefully we are getting all of the Rookie Mistakes out of the way and it’ll be smooth sailing from here on out. Hopefully I didn’t just jinx us…
|Pulling into safe harbor|
The docks are wooden and fixed, and the finger piers only go out halfway, making getting on and off the boat a bit of a challenge at low tide.
There is "city" water available on the dock which was a bit of a disappointment as we were hoping for some RO water. That's water derived from sea water via Reversed Osmosis. It's cleaner and safer than the mysterious origins of the City Water... We were somewhat indecisive about putting it into our tanks... but in the end, we did fill them up but kept jerry jugs of drinking water we still have leftover from our last fill in Florida. We'll get RO water somewhere down the line.
|Machines just like mine at home!|
There is a toilet, a shower and one washer/dryer… but they are nice, and best of all… FREE! Free laundry! So what if we have to wait sometimes. I’ve got a mountain of laundry to do… can’t remember how long it’s been. Who knows how long it will be until we get to do laundry again!!! So much of our time here was spent in the laundry room.
There is great wi-fi here (Better than we found in most US marinas) and we got to meet all of the other marina tenants, making some great friends and learning many valuable details about places to go. We could also throw a load of clothes into the washer and take a walk on the beach while we wait...
|Random Seaweed balls washing ashore|
|Sand Dollar embedded in the jetty rock|
|The rock Jetty|
|Best way of doing laundry EVER! If only we had some donuts!|
|That smile was a bit strained once we got going...|
The grocery store was quite a pleasant surprise. I had heard about the lack of choices but evidently that doesn’t apply to Nassau. We cruised the aisles and felt like we were back in the US… only the prices were BETTER (on many items) than they were in Florida!!! We didn’t need much, just some fresh veggies and fruits, milk, bread… We stocked up and returned to the car… and it would NOT start. The tiny battery had run down while we shopped. We called the marina and very soon, the guys were there to get us a jump start and back on our way. Poor Marie was probably wishing she had never left the marina by now…
|Cleaning rugs the hard way|
|A friendly manatee visited us in the marina|
|He looked right up at me and asked nicely for some of that water...|
|Bruce trying to show me the "single move checkmate"|
I don’t think this marina gets as many visitors as some of the others, but I can highly recommend it, even though it isn’t quite finished yet. The basin is well protected and gated for safety. After all we have heard about the dangers of Nassau, we were happy with the extra security offered here. We will definitely come back!
You might question whether or not this constitutes "R&R". The north winds howled and we slept in quiet stillness. We got our chores done and our house back in order. We topped off provisions and tanks and we had security and comfort with no chance of grounding or dragging anchor... that's what true rest and relaxation look like to us!