The sun was still way too low when we began to navigate through the small cays that are cluttered around the cut, but fortunately following the Explorer Chart got us through it with no problem.
|You can see the calm water in the foreground with a marked line then waves|
There was a little bit of excitement as we looked ahead and could see a definitive line between the calm flat water and the churning waters just outside the cut. The tide was going out so we figured it couldn’t be too bad. It was a wild ride that required all of my concentration as we crossed that line and began to bounce around. The chop was unbelievable and I looked down to see that we had topped 7 knots SOG and it felt like we were standing still. The pictures just don’t do it justice.
And then it was gone… just as quickly as the waves began, we turned slightly more south and they smoothed out into a procession of long gentle rollers that carried us high and low all the way to Emerald Bay.
|Looking into the entrance|
|We were docked in the "cheap seats" along a canal.|
|The entrance from inside|
The Marina has three levels of pricing. It is in a state of incompletion with the completed marina slips being the furthest into the basin. They have full service: water, power and even pump out I believe. The second section is near the entrance and the slips only have water available at the slip. The section we chose was the cheap seats. $.50 per foot with a three day minimum stay. We’ll TAKE IT! We can haul water if needed and don’t need power as long as we’ve got sunshine!
|We took bike rides around the marina and the island|
It is held upstairs in the Boater’s Lounge that will rival any private home for style and comfort. Oh, and Air Conditioning!!! Cool, dry air! Add in free rum punches as fast as you can drink them and some really delicious food: chicken wings and sauces, cheese/meat platter, conch fritters, fruit tray, assorted sandwiches and more! I wasn’t going to have to make dinner!
Our plan was to maybe do a few projects and get our mountains of laundry done. Did I mention that the laundry machines are also FREE!!! Yes, four of them. Nice front loaders like I have at home. Free!
|Bird tracks... changed his mind...|
|Our new spot|
|Smooth Billed Ani|