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Nassau

We made it. A beautiful sail for five hours or so. Bikini sightings on the front deck. Showers on the aft. Banana bread was baked and bilges were cleaned. 

There’s been a new slightly annoying problem. The bilge pump keeps starting up every few hours. Annoying because it sounds like all hell is about to break loose with the accompanying siren (It sounds like the boat is about to sink). I thought I’d found the problem yesterday after fixing a slow leak at one of the water maker pumps. Today, the bilge pump starts up again. Arrg. In the process of manually mopping the bilge I find that the hose has broken off the pump. It’s simply circulating fish tank water. There are no fish in this bilge.

We’re about to enter Nassau harbour. Guide book says to request permission from the Nassau harbour control. Ok. No problem. I can do that. I get on the radio. “Nassau Harbour control. Nassau Harbour control. This is the sailing catamaran Maravilha.” They quickly reply. “Switch to zero nine”. “Roger. Switching to zero nine”. I’m a pro at this radio operation I think to myself. They doubt they can tell I’m a rookie. I start up again – “Requesting permission to enter Nassau harbour from the west end.” And then all goes to hell…they respond in quick bursts. “Where are you coming from?…..Where are you staying in Nassau?…What is your regsitration number?” I yell to Ashley in between bursts on the radio. “I don’t know our registration number!” “What was that last bay we were anchored in?” I scramble to dig it out of the registration papers from the bookshelf down below. I finally give answers to all. Feels like I’ve tied up that channel for five long minutes. After a long pause, they respond: “Permission granted. Please proceed with caution.” Yeah, these kids need as much precaution as possible. 

We tie up to the dock and I get on the phone. “Do you have a head bat car for Z-spar mast rigging?” I figure someone in Nassau must have some spare parts to permanently fix our mainsail. “We don’t carry spare parts.” I call the next place. This time I simplify the question. “Do you carry spare parts for mast rigging?”  The gal cheekily responds with “Try Florida.” I call a few more and simplify the question even further before giving up. There are no spare parts for mast rigging in Nassau. 

We buy new fins (forgot ours at home). I work at Starbucks for a couple days. We go to a carnival and eat Conch. Tomorrow we leave for the Exumas. We’re excited to start our trip. It feels like we’ve been waiting to get there for a long time. Tomorrow we go cruising.

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4 Comments

May 14, 2015

nice, thanks for the updates. though after seeing the first line, I was left wondering, where’s the bikini’s? lol Have a great trip. Can’t wait to see the Bahamas someday. Georgetown looks like a lot of fun!

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Doug
May 14, 2015

Another crusier blog 2gringos.blogspot might be able to give you some advice on getting parts. they are in Turks and Caicos and doing a retrofit. Using a US consolidator familiar with duties and FedEx to get all their parts and supplies.

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    Ben
    May 23, 2015

    Thanks for all your support Doug!

    We found a solution in the end. Just going to sail with one reef in the main. In the fall we will fix this permanently state-side by replacing the entire mast track. Its worn beyond repair.

    Live & learn. Get a rig survey separate from the hull survey.

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Doug
May 14, 2015

Hi,
Most cruiser blogs I read indicate you need to order parts online from US and have them sent/flown to Bahamas. There is some duty due. I think CatchinRays ordered some parts when in Bahamas. They are now in BVI’s but do answer emails.
Great to hear you are on your way.
Doug in VT

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