Island Hopper departed the dock at 9:30 AM traveling only 6 miles to Marsh Harbour. Winds were south at 20 mile (Conservative) and seas were 1 -2 feet. Island Hopper arrived at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour at 10:15 AM.
Marsh Harbour is the Bahamas' third largest city and the Abacos' commercial center. Besides having the Abacos's largest international airport, boaters consider Marsh Harbour to be one of the easiest harbors to enter. It has several full service marinas, including the 190-slip Boat Harbour Marina where Island Hopper will dock. Marsh Harbour has a more diverse variety of restaurants, shops, and grocery items than other communities.
The crew walked to town and Joan and Debbie were sad that the shops were closed on Sunday, but there is always tomorrow. Shops open Monday at 9:00 AM. Alarm clocks are being set by Joan and Debbie.
Back to the harbour for some swimming. Tonight the crew ate dinner at Curly Tails. Curly Tails is a kick-back restaurant at The Conch Inn and Marina. A great restaurant with delicious food waterside.
Tomorrow Ian and Joan fly to Miami before heading home to Ayr, Scotland on Wednesday. Kevin and Debbie had an absolutely wonderful time with them. Their friendship is a real treasure.
Note From Captain Kevin: Since departing Longboat Key on Sunday, May 1, 2011, MV Island Hopper has traveled 647 miles and put on 50 engine hours.