|...Radeen raises the Bahamas flag...|
|The blue water as we come up on soundings, West End|
|After check-in, Radeen hits the pool|
Our Bahamas BTC cell phone lit up and started working when we were 8 miles offshore. It really pays to NOT have to go to a BTC Bahamas store. We always buy our sim chip BEFORE we leave USA from www.MrSimCard.com who provides outstanding service and value. The sim card was shipped to us in 24 hours, and was activated on the BTC network two days before our trip. Once in sight of a BTC tower, we simply turned on the phone and were on the network. We use a Samsung Global Phone, GSM quadband, and it has served us well. Welcome to da Bajammas, Mon....you are going to like it here...
Here are some photos Miami to West End.
|The boat at CGSC loaded to the max, down on her waterline|
|After working up the mast for hours on the Radar, I broke the new belt and hit the bitters!|
Judith and Haakon's gift from Scandinavia.
|The helm electronics. Raymarine RL70C Chart/Radar w/Samsung tab2 and Navionics|
|CRAZY, my broken Radar WORKED as we left Cape Florida in the dark|
Thank you....it is still working.
|Our Laptop screen with AIS on OpenCPN charting software.|
We are the red symbol, the line is our intended course and the green symbols are other vessels.
|Helm view at night, Radeen checking Passage Weather as we depart.|
We use red lights, which don't ruin our night time vision.
|Sunrise as we head 065 for West End, Bahamas|
|Sunrise Hayden and the calm sea|
|Motor sailing with full main full jib, doing 9 knots in the Gulf Stream.|
|Full speed motor sail as ten knots of wind is not enough in the ocean|
|Radeen loves life on the boat|
|Half way there, SOG 7.5 as the Stream slows down|
|The blue water over the stern....and the engine on|
|Becalmed and zero winds, glad we have a new motor|
|The blue ocean water|
|Approaching West End, Bahamas|
|I shot this same photo 4 years ago, Radeen is so happy|
|The pool at West End Bahamas, Old Bahama Bay Marina|