We found a decent weather window for the next few days so we figured we should take it. Leaving Long Island means that we are officially on our way north and ultimately back to the United States.
During our stay in Long Island we found out that the water we had been purchasing from the Petroleum store at .54 per gallon was actually from a cistern and not RO (Reverse Osmosis). This was disappointing considering we had been here for over three weeks and overtime filled up both of our fifty gallon tanks, yuck! So our first order of business was to get rid of this water and replenish our supply with RO water that you can get free at the dingy dock in Georgetown. Not and easy task considering 5KNOTS carries a total of 100 gallons and you have to do this with five gallon jerry cans. Fortunately I was able to borrow five additional cans. These with the two we have makes it seven or 35 gallons a trip. From our anchorage to town is at least a mile each way so this became a several hour project. Renee has been pushing for a water maker and lets just say I am now a believer. Next year we will not have to schlep water!
After leaving Georgetown, we picked our way back north through the Exuma chain taking time to re-explore Rudder and Schroud Cays and Warderick Wells. These were some of our favorite spots and we wanted to enjoy them a second time. Our last stop was at Highbourne Cay where we would resupply and head to Eleuthera the following day. Turns out that Highborne Cay is a private resort and marina, even though you are permitted to come ashore, eat at the restaurant and purchase fuel and water from the fuel dock. After loading up on fuel, water and eating at the restaurant, we decided to walk around and see what the facilities and marina were like. Immediately we were stopped by security and notified that there is a $25 per person fee to walk around. Needless to say, we left and just went back to the boat. Guess we can scratch Highbourne Cay off of our must see list!