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22 May 2017

Where's Frank?! | Hiding Bodies On Boats At Hope Town, Abacos, Bahamas




“Hey, isn’t that Frank’s boat over there?” Scott said as he pointed at a sailboat dropping the hook a few boats away from us.

I put my book down and squinted in the bright sunlight. "Could be. It looks like a Moody sailboat. But who are all those people on deck? I thought Frank was single handing his boat."

"Good point." Scott got out the binoculars and had a closer look. "Hmm. Maybe it isn't his boat. I don't see him over there."

Scott put the binoculars down and ate some of the spicy pretzels we were having with our sun downers. I grabbed the bowl away before he could finish them off. Sometimes, you have to be proactive if you want your fair share.

"Could you see the boat name?" I asked.

"No, but it sure does look like his boat. But the big question is, if it is Frank's boat, where's Frank?"

"Oh my goodness!" I screamed. "Frank's dead! Those people stole Frank's boat, did away with him and stashed his body somewhere. Poor Frank. He really was such a nice guy."

I ate some spicy pretzels to console myself.

Scott rolled his eyes. "We're going to have to cut you off. No more murder mysteries for you."

I ignored him and looked back over at Frank's boat. "I wonder where they hid the body. On our boat, it would make sense to stash a body in our lazarette."

I noticed Scott looking around for the spicy pretzels. I tucked the bowl down beside me where he wouldn't see it. 

"You remember that whole blog post I wrote about hiding bodies on our boat?" I asked as I quickly put a pretzel in my mouth.

Scott rolled his eyes yet again. "I do. If you keep writing about this kind of stuff, people might start suggesting to the police that they search our boat."

"Good point. The place is a tip. It'd be a real drag if the police came on board. I'd really have to do a good tidy up."

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We met Frank back at Indiantown Marina. He's a fellow Moody sailboat owner. As they're British boats, you don't run into too many of them all that often in North America, although there are a surprising number of them stored at Indiantown. So, it's always fun to meet someone else who has a Moody.

We ran into Frank again when we were at Marsh Harbour and that might have been him anchored at Hope Town when we were there. But, as our visit was pretty short, we never did have a chance to fully investigate his disappearance. I'm sure he's fine. At least, I hope so.

Hope Town is one of the highlights for cruisers in the Abacos. We really enjoyed it when we visited in 2015 (which you can read about here) and we enjoyed it again this season.

Its iconic red and white striped lighthouse is a must see for visitors. And if you're up for it, climbing up to the top gives you great views of the harbor and surrounding area.


 You'll see images of the lighthouse everywhere.


You'll even find miniature lighthouses. I love tiny things. Everything is better when it's small. Of course, being only 5' tall, I'm bound to say that.


If you manage to wrest yourself away from the lighthouse and go for a walk through the settlement, you'll find lots of lovely brightly colored houses, cute shops, a church, a library, restaurants and a cemetery. Pretty much everything you need can be found in Hope Town.



 Hopetown is on an island, Elbow Cay, which means you're never far from the water.



We brought a picnic lunch with us and ate it at a little memorial garden overlooking the ocean. It wasn't anything exciting, just leftovers from the night before, but the view made up for that.


Afterwards, we dropped off our pop cans at the recycling center. It was refreshing to see recycling in the Bahamas. People don't really recycle in Indiantown which is a bit depressing.


Then it was back to Tickety Boo to keep an eye out on Frank's boat and ponder his disappearance over sun downers in the cockpit. This time, I divided the spicy pretzels up into two bowls - his and hers.

Cruising Log | Tuesday, 18 April 2017 – Wednesday, 19 April 2017
 
18 APRIL
Walked around Hope Town. Found butane at Vernon’s grocery store for a surprisingly reasonable price. Had had a dream about finding a pack of butane cartridges just like these in a tiny Bahamian store. Eerie. Climbed to top of lighthouse. Nautical miles = Nil. Engine hours = Nil. Spending = $19.89 ($4.89 – carrots & tonic water, $15.00 – 4 butane cartridges)
 
19 APRIL
Anchor up at Hope Town at 12:35 PM. Went out for a sail. Anchor down at Matt Lowe’s Cay at 4:00 PM. Experimented with using dehydrated vegies in a chicken stir fry. Wasn’t too bad. Nautical miles = 12. Engine = 2 hrs 20 mins. Spending = Nil.

Do you recycle? Have you ever hidden a body on your boat or in your basement? Have you ever climbed up to the top of a lighthouse?

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27 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place. I'm glad they recycle. Hopefully no one recycled Frank.

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  2. That's awesome that Hope Town recycles! Great photos.

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    1. It's great that they recycle. I wish more places were able to do it as well.

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  3. I could hang there for a while.
    Maybe Frank's body is in the lighthouse?

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    1. We did look for him when we were there, but didn't see him.

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  4. L Diane's comment about Frank totally cracked me up!

    Maybe you should read Ruth Ware's The Woman in Cabin 10 and any other cruise/boat related mysteries. And/or write your own. :)

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    1. It was pretty funny, wasn't it :-)

      I hadn't heard of The Woman in Cabin 10. Will have to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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  5. I don't want to hide a body on my boat. It would smell and the warmer the place the quicker the smell.

    I've been to the top of more than one lighthouse. They are most fascinating to me.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. That's a really good point. It would get smelly really quickly. Ick.

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  6. Yes, no, yes. :) Yes, If I didn't recycle I have two aunts and an uncle who might have a "talking to" with me - plus, 8 years in Girl Scouts ingrained the habit in me as a kid except on off days when I really can't find a recycling area. No - haven't had a reasn't to ... yet. (just kidding) And Yes, I've climbed a few lighthouses on the Oregon Coast and Washington Coast.
    When I see your pictures, I want to shout - "Take me with you!" :)
    Looks like an awesome adventure.

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    1. Yay for recycling! There are some neat lighthouses in the Pacific Northwest. Very glad you haven't had a reason to try to hide a body...yet :-)

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  7. I recycle and my heart sank one day here at the marina when I noticed all of the cans and bottles I'd put into the recycle bin had been moved to the trash (presumably by the staff). The outcome is the same, but I wish I'd been able to hold onto my illusions.

    Stephanie @ SV CAMBRIA

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    1. That's such a shame. You would think that in the Pacific Northwest they'd definitely be recycling.

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  8. Can't say I've ever hidden a body anywhere. Hopefully it stays that way.

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  9. You seem to know just a bit too much about stashing bodies! At least you recycle so you're not all bad ;-)

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    1. I think I possibly have too much free time on my hands because that's the kind of stuff I think about :-)

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  10. We loved Hope Town. It is the prettiest town in all the Bahamas. So glad you got to see it too.

    Mark and Cindy
    sv Cream Puff

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    1. It really is a pretty town. Glad we got to visit it again on this trip.

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  11. I definitely recycle. I've been known to smuggle garbage home from places that don't, just so I can recycle it!

    What gorgeous pictures. I LOVE that blue house. I could live there, quite happily.

    Where do you find spicy pretzels?

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    1. Good for you on your stealth recycling! I make the spicy pretzels. Dead easy. Lemon pepper, cayenne, garlic salt, ranch dressing mix and a ton of oil. Do a google search and you'll come up with some recipes. Of course, if you're looking for something low-fat that's good for you, this wouldn't be it.

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  12. Oh my goodness. These photos. I love 'em.

    Thanks for your interest in the egg-free French toast. Recipe/blog/video to be out so I can share them. Very cool for you to find somehing that works for your mom.

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  13. LOL! I had a good laugh over this. The commentary between you and your husband is great.

    So...is Frank dead? Did they steal his boat? Do we need to investigate?? I read (and write) too many mysteries, too. :P

    On another note. I love to recycle. I do it as much as possible. :)

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  14. We have nice memories of Hope Town as well. Scott doesn't seem to care when you guard and eat and demand your share of the tasty snacks. I used to do that with Mark and our sparse potato chips (since he rather eats pretzels, which I am not fond of anyway), but things like that were not taken lightly. :-)

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  15. Looks a lovely place. Hope you solve the mystery of Frank. Yes I recycle and yes I've been at the top of a lighthouse. I've never hidden a body but our cellar would make a good hiding place!

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  16. I'll never underestimate the therapeutic power of spicy pretzels.

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