Since we did not want to get to the Abaco’s until at least April 1st and heard good things about Long Island, we decided to make a U-Turn and head south again. Sadly, So Far So Good and Cantabile (two of our buddy boats) had schedule commitments and needed to push on up to the Abaco’s. We hope to be able to rejoin them sometime in April. We made a short stop in Georgetown on our way to Long Island and hiked many of the trails.
The main anchorage in Long Island is Thompson Bay, it is a large bay with protection from both the North and East and has good holding. Long Island is 88 miles long and only 4 miles at its widest point with the Tropic of Cancer running through the northern quarter of the island. We met Penny and John who are part time ExPats that live on Long Island seasonally. Penny runs the Cruiser’s Net in the mornings and they both really go out of their way to help out cruisers anyway the can. They provide weather updates, local knowledge and give you rides when they can. We consider them friends and hope to meet again in the future. We also met Bob traveling solo on Dragonfly who decided to join us for the trip back north. For those who have not cruised before, while cruising you meet the same people at different islands as you travel. It is awesome to see new friends and find out where they have been and where they are heading. You never really say good-bye, just can’t wait to see you again!
The dingy and Government docks as well as Tiny’s Hurricane hole are just a short dingy ride from the anchorage. Tiny’s is not only a restaurant, but they rent cottages and have a couple of washers/dryers where you can do your laundry.