We finally left Florida, just not the way we planned.
Steve left on an airplane headed to Seattle and I left a few days later on the boat with a skipper. There were a lot of compromises that went into that decision but in the end, even though it wasn’t how we planned, the end result was the boat was safely delivered to New Providence Island, and Steve and I rejoined on the boat.
The skipper’s experience showed. He picked a good weather window for crossing and our immigration check in was done at Chub Cay; the marina provided me with immigration forms, reminded me to have everyone’s signature and provided a golf cart ride to the airport to meet with Customs and Immigration. The office was a small building near the mostly empty runway. Both men were friendly, the process was quick and I was headed back to the boat with a 90 days cruising permit and a fishing license. Total cost $320, bring cash.
Chub Cay has a nice, friendly marina. The trip to Customs is free if you buy gas/diesel. It was a bargain for us as we topped off the dinghy with 3 gallons and the fuel dock was full with fishing boats as we left so they waved us out. We anchored in a nice area off Whale Cay and used some of that gas to dinghy/snorkel around the area.
We were off the hook early the next day headed towards Nassau on New Providence. We were under the bridges to Paradise Island about 3 pm and tied up in Palm Cay Marina by 4:30. After a quick drink and snack at the restaurant, everyone cleaned up and explored the marina.
The next day the crew flew out and Steve arrived. This was not Plan A, or B or out to at least Plan F but in the end we were finally aboard our home.