Spending Time in Bimini

Bimini Sands EntranceWe arrived at Bimini Sands Marina a little over a week ago. Bimini is divided into a North and South. An actual town – Alicetown – is located on North Bimini. On South Bimini consists of mostly some homes, the airport and Bimini Sands. Staying here at Bimini Sands has been a great deal – $100 a week plus $20 a day for electric. It has been totally worth it to stay a week at that price!

Endeavour SalonEndeavour Salon and GalleyAfter introducing our new Gypsies Palace on my last blog, I will continue to include some pictures of her   This is the spacious galley and downstairs salon. I have lots of storage space in pull out drawers and cabinets, including a whole section of cabinets behind one of the couches.   There is additional storage under one section of the couch.   It is such a pleasure to make coffee in the morning and sit at the bar making plans for the day.    I love preparing meals with all that room! I have learned to use the convection oven and love the propane cook top.   We have two large propane tanks on board for cooking, including the outdoor barbeque that gets a lot of use.

Bimini LobsterThe first meal we fixed was grilled lobster from one of the local lobster guys. You can’t beat that!    But, even before that, the guys went to Alicetown to check in and returned fresh conch salad from Joe’s Conch Shack.   We then made a return trip to town for fresh Coconut Bread and Bimini Bread, so yummy.

Once again, we have Mozzy back with us to vacation with Jazzy in the Bahamas. After all, he almost completed the entire Great Loop with us!   We are happy to have him and you can tell from this picture the boys love being on the beach.   What is so funny is that most of our boater friends think we actually own two dogs and are so amused when we say we are dog sitting!   But, Mozzy is part of the family.Bimini Boys

One past time that Steve enjoys is making videos. The approach to Bimini Sands has been posted on Facebook was being tricky.   To clarify the situation Steve took the dinghy out and narrated how the approach should be made.   He posted this in several places and Cruisers Net reached out to him because they wanted to include it on their site. I am including it here so you can see it.

We are currently sitting on our boat while a big thunderstorm and front passes over us.   We have clocked winds over 50 mph, but we are safely tied up to our slip.   In two days, we are planning on leaving Bimini to head to the Berry Islands where the weather forecast looks really good for several days.   I will end you with the Bahamian tradition of blowing the Conch Shell at sundown, courtesy of Capt. Steve Russell.

 

Introducing the New Gypsies Palace!

Endeavour 50
Our new Boat Card

We bought a new boat – a new Gypsies Palace!  It is our “Dream Boat” that is another Power Catamaran.  She is an Endeavour 50 TrawlerCat built in Clearwater, FL. Endeavour has been manufacturing boats for over 30 years.  Let me tell you why this has been our “Dream Boat”.

About five years before retirement we talked about the cruising lifestyle.   This led to dreams about living on a boat and what that would look like. What boat would work for us?  Steve was always intrigued by power catamarans for their room and stability.  We first saw the Endeavour 48 (which is now a 50) at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in 2012. It was unlike anything we had ever seen. It has about 850 square feet of actual living space inside, which is unheard of! Needless to say, I fell in love with the spacious Galley.  Endeavour Galley

We literally became “stalkers” of this boat at every boat show and TrawlerFest. We became good friends with the owners of the company and other owners of this boat.   The problem was that not many of this model had been built and everyone was using and loving their boat!   We could not afford to have one built so each year we would dream and visualize living aboard an Endeavour. We were still several years away from retiring so we kept “feeding the dream”.   We placed a picture of the 50 Endeavour on our refrigerator to remind us. We just knew that we would own one.

Then retirement came and we sought out owners that might want to sell.   Unfortunately, nothing panned out. We then shifted our focus to what was available and purchased our wonderful Leopard 47.  But, the first 3 months were hard because we were so set on owning the Endeavour.   It was hard to let the dream go.  We then became good friends with several couples that owned this model.   We were living vicariously through them   And, we even tracked one down while in the Bahamas last year!

Endeavour BowFast forward to 2018. In July we were sitting in a marina in Jacksonville waiting for our Buddy Boat, One Eye Dog, to arrive.   They had just built a brand-new Aquila 44 Power Cat. We were going to meet up and continue up to the Chesapeake for the rest of the summer.  We were all set to depart.

Serendipity strikes us!  We found out that a 2014 Endeavour 50 was going to be sold. We contacted the owners of Grampstr’s Pride. They were unreluctantly ready to sell for family reasons. We were not looking, but how could we not find a way to make this happen? We were worried about trying to sell our Leopard and be a two-boat owner.

Endeavour OwnersSerendipity strikes again!   We listed our boat on Yachtworld and we finished the sale in 19 days.   Gypsies Palace was in beautiful condition and probably the nicest owner’s version for sale at any given time. The buyer lived just 5 minutes away and was thrilled to get this catamaran, now called Thanks, Jack.

Endeavour Christening
Gypsies Palace Christening

Our heads were spinning to handle two boat transactions in 19 days, but we made it work!   You cannot believe how functional this Endeavour is.  The Galley has an actual island and dishwasher with plenty of working space and storage. We have 3 bedrooms and 3 baths with a walk around King Size bed. The Endeavour has two large salons.   The upstairs is an actual Sky Lounge with a 55-inch TV.   The engines are easily accessible and we now have bow thrusters.

We have the world’s greatest dinghy, a Rigid Dinghy on a swim platform.   This is so much easier and we love the ride of the dinghy. Our beam is only 18.5 so we can actually fit into a slip.   We installed a Docking Master, a remote docking device that we also had on the Leopard.   There are so many things that make this boat an actual home.Rigid Dinghy

Endeavour SternThe major difference is that we lose that large cockpit and seating outside. However, we have an outdoor patio upstairs on the bow and the back of the boat with chairs.   This is all a good thing to prevent additional sun exposure.   When we need an outdoor cockpit seating area, we simply hang out over on the One Eye Dog.   We eat inside on our boat in bad weather and bugs and theirs in good weather and no bugs!

Currently, we are waiting in Bimini waiting for a weather window to head to the Berry Islands as our next stop.   More on our adventures will be coming later!   So, look for the New Gypsies Palace – it’s us!

Endeavour Helm
New Owners at the Helm!
Endeavour in Bimini
Cats in Bimini