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  • Katharine Hesmer

DAY 20 | January 2, 2022

Chub Cay, Bahamas

Today was fairly uneventful, which is pretty lovely in and of itself. Ron and Skeet put their heads together this morning about moving locations because the wind direction and swells are making this anchorage pretty bumpy. They took the dinghy to scout out a new spot based on what looked promising thanks to ye olde internet and Google Earth, which showed us wind activity as well as possible anchorages that would be more favorable.

(Click on that Google Earth link, and then click on the magnifying glass on the lefthand side, and enter any location on . . . you know, earth. For example, type in "Chub Cay", and then watch as Google Earth takes you there. It's pretty amazing.)

When finding a suitable anchorage, you're basically trying to get on the leeward side of an island or land mass so that you're protected from the prevailing winds, and consequently anchored in waters that are not quite as choppy. When KORKZcrew lands in the right spot, you honestly would not know that you're on a boat vs in your own living room. That's how comfortable it can be on board.

Ron and Skeet returned to KORKZcrew confirming that the new anchorage would work, so we got the boat ready to leave, with Skeet leading the way in the dinghy, giving us one less thing we had to worry with since we didn't have to tow it behind us.

Our new spot is much more protected, but the water is a little skinny meaning there's not a lot of room for error when it comes to the possibility of running aground. Another "plus" about the Great Harbour N37 is that it doesn't draw much water. A boat's draft is the minimum amount of water required to float the boat without touching the bottom. Put another way, it's just the distance between the waterline and the deepest point of the boat. For KORKZcrew, that number is just under 3', so we know that if we're in 4' of water, we're pushing it. But still, it's not terribly common for a boat this size to have a draft of under 3', which we see as a major bonus as it gives us a lot of options other boats might not have. We were the only boat in this new anchorage, and it was our best guess that it was because the other boats we saw that day in our original location were mostly sailboats with fairly deep keels.

Safely anchored in our new spot! Steve is happy too, so all is right with the world. ❤️

If you ever have questions for Ron or me, please feel free to include them in the comments and we'll do our best to get back to you. For our most current location, you can follow us on Instagram.

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