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24 July 2017

Mingling With The Posh Crowd At Highbourne Cay Marina, Bahamas

I have a confession to make - we're not very posh people.

I guess that really isn't a confession. It's not like I revealed one of my deep, dark secrets. To hear one of those, you'd have to offer me a few glasses of champagne first.

It's more a statement of fact. Anybody who has met us would agree. We're not posh. We don't have fancy clothes or fancy cars, I haven't had a pedicure in ages and I can't remember the last time I had a glass of decent champagne.

I've worn the same outfit for more days in a row than I'd care to admit. (If I told you exactly how many days, that would be a confession.) I have a Yengling beer for my nightly sundowner. Not exactly a champagne flute full of Veuve Clicquot. And I live on a 34' sailboat, not a mega-yacht. Oh, and don't look at my toes.

I'd kind of forgotten how non-posh we were until we anchored outside of Highbourne Cay Marina among all of the mega-yachts.

We dinghied over to Highbourne Cay marina in search of the essentials - diesel, water and milk.

The folks on the mega-yachts send their crews over in search of the essentials - champagne, caviar and OPI nail polish.

This is where you dock your dinghy at Highbourne Cay. It's a nice dinghy dock. No boards rotting with termites which you're worried are going to crumble underneath you. No rusty nails sticking out threatening you with the excitement of tetanus.


Another snap of the marina's snazzy docks. See our blue water jerry can on the left hand side? 50 cents a gallon for RO (reverse osmosis) water. We don't have a watermaker on our boat, so we have to buy water.


There was dock space available, but we're too cheap to stay at marinas, especially when there's a perfectly good anchorage nearby.


Highbourne Cay is privately owned and if you want to explore the island you have to pay $25 per person per day. I think the fee helps keep the riff-raff out. You know, folks like us. It looked lovely, but we opted to go back to our boat instead and start planning for our visit to the Exuma Land & Sea Park.


We did check out the marina store. We had hoped for fresh milk, but all they had was chocolate. Seemed like kind of a strange milk variety to stock on an island in the Bahamas. But maybe the folks on mega-yachts have a real hankering for chocolate milk. There weren't prices on anything. You know how the saying goes - if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it.


My favorite part of the visit was seeing all of the sharks and stingrays hanging out at the pier looking for handouts. When I asked one of the fuel attendants what kind of sharks they were, he told me to jump in, tickle one on its neck until it opened its mouth and then I could tell by its teeth. I decided not to take him up on his suggestion.


After getting our fuel and water, we headed back to Tickety Boo for sundowners in the cockpit drinking cans of cheap beer and hoping the folks from one of the mega-yachts might stop by to offer us a bottle of champagne.

Cruising Log | Tuesday, 30 May - Thursday, 1 June 2017
 
30 MAY
Had the absolute worst night ever at Rose Island (near Nassau). The most roly-poly anchorage we've ever experienced. I thought one of us was going to flying out of the bed onto the floor. Anchor up at 7:00 AM. Very slow passage - beating into waves and wind. No breakfast or lunch was served which made for an unhappy skipper and crew. Anchor down at 5:15 PM at Highbourne Cay in the Exuma Islands. Nautical Miles = 42. Engine = 9 hours 30 mins. Spending = Nil

31 MAY
Did some planning for next destination - Exuma Land & Sea Park. Went to Highbourne Cay Marina for water and fuel. One of our lifelines broke. Glad it didn't happen while on passage. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine Hours = Nil. Spending = $90.29 (5 gallons water & 20 gallons diesel).

1 JUNE
Anchor up at 10:45 AM. Beat into the wind all day. Very choppy. 20+ knots at time. Reefed mainsail and headsail. More stuff broke - furling line lead, zipper on bimini and loose connection on solar panel. Anchor down at Shroud Cay at 3:00 PM. Number of sailboats and mega-yachts at anchorage. Doesn't everyone know it's hurricane season? Nautical Miles = 20. Engine = 1 hour. Spending = Nil.

How much would you pay for a gallon of water? Would you tickle a shark on its neck? Do you consider yourself to be posh?

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19 comments:

  1. That's a lot of sharks hanging out. I guess the beaches aren't for swimming?

    My in-laws have a 38' foot motor home, but it doesn't compare to the posh 1/2 million dollar motor homes at some of the campgrounds. (They joke those people don't talk to "the common folk with cheap motor homes." LOL)

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    1. I've seen some of those super posh motor homes when we've been camping. They're definitely in a different league than us :-)

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  2. If you looked up posh in the dictionary...you would NOT find my photo. :)

    Love the pic of the stingrays and sharks! And the water is gorgeous!

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    1. Our pictures wouldn't show up either :-)

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  3. How much would you pay for a gallon of water? It depends on how badly need the water.

    Would you tickle a shark on its neck? NO!

    Do you consider yourself to be posh? No, we are not posh. We are just people that enjoy doing what we do.

    I love all the photographs in this post. This is our kind of life. The out on the water on a boat part.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. We definitely needed the water so were happy to pay for it. Plus, we knew we'd be paying for water while in the Bahamas, so we were prepared for it.

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  4. Well, we paid $8 for eggs at Highbourne. We didn't imagine they would be so expensive! We high-tailed it out as fast as we could!

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    1. Those are sure some expensive eggs! But what can you do - when you need eggs, you need eggs.

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  5. I'll bet you look like posh people, and you are certainly in a poshy looking place. You're on the right track to posh, IMHO.

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    1. I think we have a long way to go before we're considered posh :-)

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  6. There's posh and then there's ostentation. I think that place looks as though it might be tipping the wrong way!

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    1. It was actually a lovely place - a bit posh, but not ostentatious.

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  7. Nope, not posh! And you don't need to be to live the good life. Lovely photos.

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    1. So true - the good life isn't about how much money you have.

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  8. Maybe a watermaker is on the list? Sharks are scary, and just thinking the word "posh", makes me giggle.

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    1. A watermaker is very high on our boat project list.

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  9. Definitely not posh and I wouldn't be anywhere near those sharks. A life on the water is not what I'm made for but I do envy some aspects of your lifestyle.

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  10. Nope, not posh either. Or at least not for the most part. Can't believe they were charging $25 a day to explore the island! I'd probably have paid cause I'm curious, but it still seems really high. I'm also surprised by the lack of regular milk. Chocolate milk is delicious, but?!?!

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