March 30, 2019 Saturday Marsh Harbour Marina, Jib Room, Marsh Harbor, Abacos to Hope Town, Elbow Cay 8.2 nautical miles.
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Crossing to Hope Town on Elbow Cay.
Along the Way
First stop was the iconic red and white candy stripped lighthouse on Elbow Cay.
Up you go!
Hope Town 360 from the top of the lighthouse.
After Mary took way too many lighthouse pictures we were off and wandering. Definitely looking like tourists when a gentle man stopped his golf cart and offered us a ride. Never to turn down an opportunity we said yes and were on our way. Sherman, the golf car owner, had just finished cleaning out his friends rental house and had the left over beer on the car. Never to turn down an opportunity we said yes to the beer too. A little ways down the road Sherman let us off at near the Da Beach Bar and Restaurant where there was a great beach for us to walk. Sherman owns the Elbow Cay Cart Rentals http://www.elbowcaycartrentals.com/ If you are ever in Hope Town and need a cart get it from Sherman!!!!!!
I’m fascinated at the location the wave and the sand boil.
Just in case your forgot your junior high American High history class…..
Loyalists were American colonists who stayed loyal to the British Crown during the American Revolutionary War. When Great Britain lost the Revolutionary War the Loyalist took off. Many people moved back to England, Canada, or south to the British Caribbean.
Today Dale Fixed
Da dingy motor. After pondering over the Suzuki manual and a brief discussion with the Marsh Harbor Suzuki dealer Dale fixed the dingy motor. The manual lead him to a fuel value that had been bumped probably while lifting/lowering the dingy and was partially shut. Opening the valve put the dingy full into speed ahead.
The 89 foot Elbow Cay Lighthouse was built between 1862 and 1864 to warn mariners about the Elbow Cay reef. The light was renovated in the 1930s. To keep the light on, lighthouse keepers must wind the turn mechanism (426 turns) every two hours. This turns the enormous 7,000 pound Fresnel Lens assembly, which floats in liquid mercury around a fixed kerosene burner. The lighthouse is still operational! The Coleman Company has been helping keep the lights on since 2012 building custom mantles.