Jib Room restaurant at Marsh Harbour Marina for happy hour on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. There is a cash bar and the restaurant (which is only open on Wednesday and Saturday nights) allows the boaters to bring a dish to share. It's a great way to have a meet and greet. There were some boats that we had met in Marathon and others that we have spent time with in other areas of the Bahamas. These get-togethers are really fun and over the years we have made many long time friendships after meeting at pot-lucks. There was a good turn out and the food is always excellent. We provisioned at Maxwells, a large U.S. style grocery store a few blocks from the dinghy dock. There are a couple of large liquor stores with good prices for spirits and soft drinks by the case. The road along the harbor has several excellent restaurants and shops. But once our windlass was repaired, we felt the urge to move on. The entire Abacos was ours to explore this trip.
It felt good to hit the up switch on the windlass and have it haul the anchor and rode up once again. It was midday, but everything is so close in the Abacos that most transits are about an hour or two. Our plans were to go to Hope Town for a movie presentation at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge, presented by the Bahamas National Trust. No, this isn't a bank. It is the agency that oversees the national parks including the Exuma Land and Sea Park at Warderick Wells. Hope Town has a harbor that is full of moorings and anchoring is not allowed. There is an anchorage outside the harbor, but the winds were forecast to be in the 20-knot range by evening, so we opted to stay at the Lighthouse Marina, just inside the harbor entrance and at the foot of the Hope Town Lighthouse. The marina only has 6 slips, but the overnight dockage is only $1.00 per foot plus electric and water. For us, it's only slightly more than a mooring and it was time for laundry and filling the water tanks, so it was the logical choice.