Day 7 - Bahamas Cruising (North Bimini Island - Blue water Marina )
How long can 2hrs be.....a VERY long time when one is waiting for the tide to raise the boat from the bottom!! It all happened so quickly - one minute nearing low tide we had just under a meter of depth below the keel ... and then next minute ---- no depth (in fact minus 0.6m)!!
Bump, bump on the sand (fortunately - although we couldn't see that at the time ... this was 04:30 a.m.)! How had both anchors dragged and before we had had time to react... we will never know. No option but to "Hold Fast" and wait for the tide to flood....the long 2 hrs before turn and start to flood. As dawn broke - we were close to the shore ... but on sand. Still bump, bump and slowly went the time. Thunderstorms and lightening all around didn't help the atmosphere of concern. The wind had not increased but was blowing south-east. Finally, at 07:00a.m. (1.5 hrs after low tide) and having edged in a little closer to the shore with a few unfriendly waves - we had to risk pulling off with the stern anchor....gently, gently....inch-by-inch - hoping that the anchor would hold whilst we winched in....it did! Suddenly we were off - backwards but nevertheless in a meter of water again .. then to retrieve both anchors and motor away as fast as possible - goodbye South Cat Cay. Then the thunderstorms were upon us - high winds and heavy rain - who cares - we were away from the shore at last!
A much faster 2 hrs later (!!) were tied up in Bluewater Marina North Bimini again. Pouring rain. Inspection under the hull - we hadn't "lost" anything - just a few more scrapes on the keel and rudder. A relief!! A more thorough inspection to be done during a scheduled lift-out later this year.
A restful afternoon - dry out and some catching up on sleep....
Phil and Di