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DESIRE in the Bahamas, a Beneteau Swift Trawler 42
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The owner of this Beneteau 42 Swift Trawler asked Captain Chris to come along on a guys' trip to the Bahamas. Early summer can be wonderful and can be terrible with afternoon pop-up storms. So Captain Chris watched the RADAR and scanned the skies as the crew of DESIRE took a maiden voyage across the Gulf Stream.

Scroll through these photos below to cruise along and see some of the cool colors of the Bahamas. Click to enlarge and appreciate this island chain so close to the USA and yet...

if I tell you would you buy the house a drink?...be careful if you see this sign anywhere in the Bahamas.
Fueling up at Loggerhead Marina in Vero Beach. It's best to be a little heavy in case the seas are bouncy.
Down to Fort Pierce and out into the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful day!
Looks kinda scary as we head out of Palm Beach inlet the next day. But....
RADAR shows us that the storm is small and we seem to run between two clouds. Barely a drop of rain hits our wind shield as we cruise east.
Land Ho! West End is only 55 miles from West Palm Beach. Today was an easy run but it's best to pick your weather carefully when you cross the Gulf Stream. No winds with a northerly component or it will be a bumpy ride.
GPS is a wonderful thing.
Look carefully and you will see the last red and green day markers we'll see for a long time. Tha Bahamas are not well known for aids to navigation but way points on your GPS can guide you to most places.
Jacque maneuvers into the customs dock at West End.
After a bit of paper work we can continue on our trip.
But first we need to change our flag from the yellow quarantine to the colorful courtesy flag of the Bahamas.
The Bahama Banks display shades of crystal clear water that are breathtaking!
On to Green Turtle Cay...notice the floating green fender ball? That stays on our left as it is considered a day marker and heading into a harbor it is Red Right Returning.
Lookouts on the bow can see the sandy well-travelled channel.
The Bahamians really believe in splashes of color...lots of bright, cheerful color!
Flags of the host and visitors.
Marsh Harbour finally repaired the ONLY traffic light and rumor has it that there are plans to install a second one!!
Crossing the Whale was a smooth ride.
Major transportation in front of a general store.
Hopetown!
Looking out into the entrance channel for Hopetown's Elbow Cay. See the triangle on the right of the adirondack chairs?
That's the front half of the range marker. See the upside down triangle in the background? Look next to the pink house and you'll see these two red range markers line up...What pink house?
THIS one.Thankfully the owners continue the tradition and a fresh coat of PINK paint is being applied as we arrive.
Even the police station, post office and commissioner's building is a beautiful Bahamian Blue.
Time for a dinghy ride. Don't forget the sunscreen!
How about a refreshing ride on the paddle board?
Here's the under 30 way to paddle!
Conch anyone?
Starfish surround the boat at anchor.
Got change for a dollar?
The mighty men of DESIRE take Bahamas by storm.
Sometimes 42 feet looks little...
Sometimes 42 feet looks BIG!
Sometimes 42 feet looks just right....
   

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