“How would you like to be our tour guide through the Abacos? We’ll even fly Kerri in.”
In exchange for an all expenses paid trip through the Abacos, including our flights, George is leading SV Summer Wind through the Family Islands, hitting all of our favorite spots. Make no mistake, he’s earning his keep by playing navigator, weatherman, mechanic, chef, bartender, and dog walker, while introducing the owners to their boat, the Caribbean, and the cruising life.
IF we ever do go cruising again, it will be on a catamaran, with dual engines. The comfort, storage space, privacy, and maneuverability of this boat is incomparable. But first, I have to miss this lifestyle, and I don’t.
Some things haven’t changed. Stuff needs fixing on the boat, George obsesses over the weather, and there’s drama at the Marsh Harbor Laundromat. My first year here, I was too shy to speak up and too afraid of giving cruisers and Americans a bad name. Year 2, I spoke up, but would quickly back down if challenged. This year, I consider myself a local.
Me: I spent 5 quarters on a dryer that has no heat.
Laundromat manager: Read the sign. No refund.
Me: Write the sign. Out of order.
The kids of Green Turtle Cay always bring a smile to my face.
I’m flying home in a week, and George is staying on to help take the boat further south to the Exumas for storage.