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Leaving Bimini early morning

A little rough downstairs


Tied to trees along the wall of the Grand Lucayan Waterway

Grand Lucayan Waterway, south end

North end as we exit out into the sea

Grand Bahama Island is on our route to the Abacos from Bimini. We are only passing through this year, although we stopped last year to visit both Port Lucaya and Freeport. The tourists all visit Port Lucaya and it is busy, noisy and expensive although it was fun to see once. Freeport was like Brampton but warm.

After leaving Bimini and crossing the deep water of New Providence Channel we entered the Grand Lucayan Waterway and tied to three trees along the wall. The ride was much rougher than we had ancticipated, as you can see from the pictures the Captain took of the inside of the boat! We found this lovely, calm spot and put our boat back in order before feasting on bbq jerk chicken. The landscape is much different on GB Island, or at least this part of it. The wind blowing through the casuarina trees reminds me of the pines of Muskoka and there isn't a palm tree to be seen anywhere.

Luckily we can make it through the Grand Lucayan Waterway, a man made canal that cuts directly through GB Island from the south to the north and saves us many miles of travel. Sailboats cannot follow this route because of a bridge that is too low but we can put our aerial down and sneak under easily. Only shallow draft boats like ours can exit through the shallow water of Dover Sound at the north end. We waited a couple of hours before leaving so that the tide would be high when we made the trip through the sound.

The Captain set a course for Great Sale Cay. In order to get to the Abacos we need to take a long, roundabout route north and east before heading south again.

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