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21 July 2017

Tickety Boo Speaks | Berry Islands, Bahamas

I've often wondered what our sailboat, Tickety Boo, might say if she could speak. In English, I mean. After all, she does talk to us in her own way.

The creak of her anchor chain as the wind shifts direction. The snapping noise as her sails fill with air. The rumble of her engine when we're under motor. The clanging of her halyards if they aren't tightened up correctly.

We're used to that kind of communication from her, but what if she was able to use complete sentences instead? I imagine it might sound something like this.

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"Finally, we're anchored someplace decent. Just look at those views. Wait, wait, turn me back around so I can see! Stupid wind, always pointing me in a direction I don't want to look at."


"Sure, go ahead. Take off in the dinghy and abandon me. Again. I wouldn't be surprised if something 'accidentally' breaks while you're away."


"How come I don't get to play in the Blue Hole too? And don't give me the excuse that it's a landlocked body of water. If you really loved me, you'd find a way for me to anchor there."


"Who do they think they are coming into the anchorage? This place is mine, all mine!"


"What, are you some sort of savage. Get your feet off of me!"



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Cruising Log | Thursday, 25 May 2017 - Monday, 29 May 2017
 
25-26 MAY
Passage from the Abacos to the Berry Islands. Lumpy getting out of Ginn sur Mer, heading directly into the wind. Turned, then lumpy on our beam. Good size waves, but nothing breaking. Motorsailed most of the way. Lots of traffic, but all freighters and cruise ships so hopefully they saw us on their radar. A number of squalls, but we managed to avoid them. Anchor up at 7:00 PM. Anchor down next day at 10:00 AM at Goat Cay (near Great Stirrup Cay). A "clothing-optional" Canadian boat anchored nearby. Nautical Miles = 79. Engine = 14 hours 15 mins. Night Sailing = 10 hours. Spending = Nil.

27 MAY
Anchor up at 9:00 AM. Anchor down at 12:00 PM off of White Cay (near Hoffman Cay). Got our outboard motor out of the lazarette and put it back on the dinghy. Went swimming in the Blue Hole on Hoffman Cay. Amazing! Saw sea turtles and dolphins while sitting in the cockpit. Super amazing! Nautical Miles = 17. Engine = 3 hours. Spending = Nil.

28 MAY
Very roly-poly overnight. Went to the Blue Hole again. Love that place. Went for a walk on White Cay. Love that place too. More sea turtle spotting, plus rays and sharks. A number of boats came in and anchored nearby. Our little slice of paradise has become crowded. Nautical Miles = Nil. Engine = Nil. Spending = Nil.

29 MAY
Passage from Berry Islands to Nassau. Anchor up at 6:00 AM. Anchor down at south side of Rose Island at 6:00 PM. A very long day due to fighting current, wind and waves. Very little traffic until got to Nassau. Nautical Miles = 51. Engine = 11 hours. Spending = Nil.

Did you ever wonder what your car, boat or RV might say if it could speak? What kind of voice would it have?

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17 comments:

  1. Too bad your muse can't keep her occupied while you are away.

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  2. I am in love with your view right now too :) I am afraid what my car would say since me and my two little ones are so rough with it. Probably...please aerosol me down! Now! I can't take another Cheeto!

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  3. Gorgeous pics! And yeh on spotting sea turtles! :)

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  4. What a lovely place to be. I would love that very much. Solitude is wonderful. Well that and a good book.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. It was a lovely anchorage - especially when we were the only boat around.

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  5. LOL! Bet she complains when you cook something funky, too.

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  6. So I'm curious - I've noticed that when you're moving these days, it seems like you're having to motor a lot of the time. Is that something I'm going to have to accept when we come over next winter? I always imagine being able to sail "everywhere, all the time", but maybe the Bahamas just isn't like that?

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    1. When you're beating into the wind, sometimes you don't have any choice but to use the engine. :-( You could wait for favorable winds to get where you want to go, but then you could be waiting for weeks. We wanted to get places and see things so we had to resort to motoring and motor-sailing at times.

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  7. Tickety Boo is a bit cranky, haven't you been giving her enough treats? Denali Rose is too, she loves all of the improvements, but is anxious to be on her way.

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    1. She probably does want more treats, like a watermaker :-)

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  8. Tickets Boo can be a bit snarky, can't she? I wonder where she gets it from?

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    1. Maybe she hung out with the wrong crowd in the boat yard?

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  9. As soon as I started reading your post, I started wondering what Sherman might have to say, pretty sure there would be a few times that he would be swearing at us because of some of the roads we take him down but when he got to the boondocking spot he would probably sigh and smile at the gorgeous view that he would have.

    Tickety Boo has the same problem with the wind and the views as we have with the wind and the smoke from a campfire, it is always going the wrong way!

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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