On the way to Man-o-War Cay
Feb 22, 2011
. We saw Jack and his dog Icky tied to the dock and we took the dingy ashore to explore the town. What a different harbor from Hope Town. This is not the typical tourist town. We saw a dingy next to our boat so we went to check it out. We thought it was the owner of the mooring ball coming to collect his fee. But it was the owner of this 50 foot ketch that almost ran us down coming into the harbor earlier today. He came to apologize for not seeing us. After he left another dingy came over to talk with us. This guy owns a Tartan 37 Troubador and keeps it down here in Man-o-war Cay year round. He introduced himself as Barry from Annapolis. He gave us the low down on what to do while we are here and also the history of the island. He uses a cottage on the water, owned by a couple from England and keeps his T-37 here for 6 months and then when he leaves, he lets the couple use his boat. Nice arrangement. Next the guy who owns the mooring ball showed up. It was Dave Albury, the owner of the little grocery store. We paid him his $15 a day fee. In the evening we got together with Jack and Chad & Julie aboard Dibs on This for a pot luck and Jack serenaded us.
Today we motor sailed 5 miles to Man-o-War Cay and arrived around 1:30 pm on a rising tide. I love these short hops from one piece of paradise to the next. Man-o-War Cay has been a center for superior boat building and repair for over two centuries. The Albury Brothers build sturdy, round bilge, deep-V fiberglass outboard boats that are also now being built in Florida for the U.S. market. This island bound community of loyalist descendants is a link from the past to the future. Its residents are deeply religious and among the most industrious anywhere. Liquor, beer and tobacco products are not sold here. The island is home to only 350 Bahamians who are joined by 135 foreigners, who choose to reside here during the season. We grabbed a mooring ball and tried to reach the owner on the VHF. Some of the mooring balls are owned by the marina but they were all taken. The one we grabbed had "Hilltop" written on it and instructions to call that on VHF Channel 16. We tried but didn't get a response