Christmas in Marsh Harbor, 2015   2 comments

Second Option decorated

Second Option decorated

We moved into Mangoes Marina on 17 December as a cold front was approaching over the weekend. Terri wanted to have wifi so we could skype with family and friends and then remain tied to the marina through Christmas. We both wanted air conditioning on the boat and being tied to the dock when high winds and rains hit. This year we noted it was much warmer and more humid than previous trips so it will feel good to have some cool air.

We also started our mandatory errands, filling propane tanks, cleaning and decorating

Second Option decorated

Second Option decorated

the boat for Christmas, and of course, wrapping those gifts that Santa delivered. We both bought gifts for each other way back in September before we actually departed our marina on the Chesapeake Bay, then we hid them so the other could not find them….sometimes unsuccessful as I will go into later. Anyway, we also used our time to explore Marsh Harbor and link up with old friends who have made it to the Bahamas.

Ho, ho, ho!

Ho, ho, ho!

Our friends, Phil and Irene on S/V Plan B are on a mooring ball in Hopetown. They came over by ferry and came by for a visit and happy hour on the boat. They are planning to depart the Abacos sometimes following Christmas for Eleuthera and the Exumas, as we are. It was good to see them as we have linked up with them each year for the last three years in the Bahamas.

On 19 December, the anticipated cold front arrived with winds in the 18-22 knot range and pounding rain. The winds were forecasted to be higher in the day but the most we saw was 25 knots. It is good to be tied securely to the dock though.

here comes Santa

here comes Santa

We continued our preparations for Christmas, getting the last minute things we needed for Christmas and supplies we might need when we depart the Abacos and head for Eleuthera and the Exumas. There are only four boats in the marina now. We planned a Christmas potluck dinner with the other cruisers at the pavilion at Mangoes. We continued our boat chores and also played a lot of dominoes….Terri continues to beat almost every game of dominoes…..I would say she cheats but there is no way for her to do that…..just the luck of the draw of the dominoes I guess. Oh well, it is fun to play even if I do not win.

Christmas Day at Mangoes was a lot of fun. We exchanged and opened our gifts. So,

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

back to the hiding of gifts. I had selected several DVDs for Terri and was running out of hiding places. So, I removed the plastic coating and placed two DVDs for her on the back shelf, where we store other DVDs from previous years. Well, Terri claims she was dusting….yea right, and discovered the DVDs. So, what did she do…..she wrapped them and indicated they were for the both of us from a secret Santa.

Merry Christmas too

Merry Christmas too

Well, in the meantime, I was tearing the boat apart trying to find the hidden DVDs. When we opened the gifts addressed to both of us, she started laughing so hard and that’s when I told her I had been trying to find the gifts. Here I was thinking I was losing it….my mind that is, and the whole time, she had wrapped the gifts. Just goes to show you that you may be able to hide some things on a boat, but you cannot hide everything….!

We generally buy one another DVDs since there is not much TV watching in the

Santa was good to us

Santa was good to us

Bahamas. Yes, we receive four channels of TV while we are here in the Abacos but once we depart here, we will not receive TV until we get to Georgetown down in the southern end of the Exumas and in Cat Island. So, we pick out a DVD to watch each evening and are both generally in bed by around 9pm…. Yes, this cruising life is hard…..of course, we

Willow enjoying Christmas

Willow enjoying Christmas

are up at 6:00 am every morning to listen to weather at 6:30 to determine where we will go and what we will do for the next few days. Weather drives the activities.

On Christmas Day we had our potluck dinner with all of the

Christmas potluck

Christmas potluck

cruisers in the marina, which turned out to be lots of fun with great food and good cheer. We did get to Skype with Jess and Emma on Christmas day. It was so much fun to have Emma showing us all of her new toys that she got. She

Potluck dinner

Potluck dinner

will be busy for quite a while.

Now that Christmas has past we are beginning to think of the next phase of our adventure. We hope to leave Marsh Harbor on December 29th and move to Lynyard

Marsh Harbor sunset

Marsh Harbor sunset

Cay in the southern part of the Abacos. Weather looks good for a crossing to Eleuthera on the 30th. We are not sure where we will end up for New Year’s Eve but we have each other and a bottle of champagne so where ever we are we will celebrate. We wish you all a Happy New Year! Until next time…..

Bill and Terri

 

Posted December 28, 2015 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Christmas in Marsh Harbor, 2015

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  1. Happy new year capt bill and teresa!!

  2. Glad you survived the storm, great description of event. I can not imagine tacking down that jib in such wind.

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