Sat. Mar 29, 2008 at 9:30 AM, it seemed everyone, esp. plenty of large sport fisherman, were off palm beach fishing. My daughter Shelly Lynn and 2 friends were on my albury 20 trolling. At 5/6 kts at 150 ft. depth with rigged ballyhoo (plus PINK skirt) on 40 lb test they hooked a 6 ft. sailfish and safely released. First time for all 3 anglers, they did what they saw on tv fishing channel, thankful for a very stable working boat during the releasing off port side. All this fun while I am playing at p b boat show.
Tom & Barb
Not many people feel comfortable crossing the Atlantic to the Bahamas on their 20' boat. I don't know why,on the Albury,it's a piece of cake. I've been across 5 times on mine and taken others over for them. I generally take my daughter Shelly cuz she loves the ride. Last July my son, daughter and I brought 3 boats back (2 20's) from Green Turtle,about 6 hrs. Of course, Shelly choose the new yellow one. The boat handles well and takes the seas comfortably. It is so great to have your own boat to travel between islands. We always do RTIA so we need mobility. It also made a great digny when we chartered the 30' sailboat for our mother ship. We'll never go back to an inflatable.
Tom & Barb
On thursday 3/10/11, The Albury 23 left Boynton inlet at 6:15 am in choppy 3-4 ft seas, winds out of SE at 10 plus knots. However, once over on the banks going to GTC,Guana, and MOW, under calmmer conditions we moved out at 25 mph vs 22 in stream with 225 hp Suzuki on the Albury Bros. forward seating 23. Arrived just ahead of a mean front in 10 hrs, covering 235 miles going all the way to Man O War and stopping for friendly visits along the way then back to Green turtle Cay. Arriving at Green Turtle I was treated to strone crabs and grouper dinner with Brendal, Mary his wife and son Kyle. Anchoring to one of Brendal's mooring in white sound for the stromy nite, I slept great to the singing of sailboat halyards in 25 knots winds.
Friday was check in on GTC with customs and immigration for $ 150.00. Then to Sid's for my favorite coconut bread and NZ block of cheese. I also visited Marilyn at the golf cart rental and Debbie at GTC for their famous lobster salad lunch. After lunch I headed back across rough Whale Cay passage to Jeff's Crawl Bite solar powered cabin with a solar powered golf kart on Guana Cay and cleaned out the 23 of plant dirt, etc. at his dock. Meeting his nice weekly rental couple Bill and wife Lisa on their last full day of vacation in paradise, I gave them my Albury 23 for afternoon to play with ( their Albury adventure story coming soon )being that I would be busy planting Jeff's steep powdery sandy Atlantic pravilian dune with sea oats using the G Kart with a plastic 55 Gal. drum to haul water from sea of abaco cabin cistern to water in the dune grasses. Quiting for day to enjoy another spectacular sunset, I traveled back to my anchorage on leeward side of Whale Cay close to beach for dinner of coconut bread and NZ cheese with a Strongbow on board my 23.
Saturaday was finishing getting dune planted, watered and weeded. Then lunch at Mangoes in Marsh Harbor, while taking Bill and Lisa to airport taxi. After lunch it was shopping at Island Girl for wife gift since Barb was babysitting our 1yr. old granddaughter at home. Now w/o my wife on this trip, it allowed for 13 days sleeping aboard the 23 off various deserted islands from Munjack, GTC, Whale Cay, Elbo Cay, Matt Lowe and down to Little Harbour(full moon party). Sunday is pig roast at Nipper's on Guana, along with my beach trainer kite fun with high alcohal spectators and participants. At days end, I finished at Grabber's with Ricky at bar and fancy island -dressed hostess Irene. Had a great dinner of grilled lobster/ grouper with plantians on side.
Arriving in M O W (Man O war) on monday, Zackery Albury jumped aboard to drive the 23 over to Crossings Bch to surprise Jeff, Haley, and her cousin Elona coming in for 5 days of sailing, tubing, and golf cart adventure vacation at Crawl bite cabin. Of coarse, Jeff never just vacations w/o some project on deck. This trip he arranged for Chet the island dozer guy to cut some roads for future homesites on the 8 acre property along with clearing bottom land for coconut tree plantation. Jeff had a bad reaction to poison wood, therefore I had fun chainsawing them down allowing the Gumbo Limbo trees (the antidote to poison wood and a key ingredient in chicken gumbo soup) to grow to provide for shade during hot days. Lubin, (a teacher escaping from haiti to provide for his wife and teenage son who is going to Cuban medical school), is hired to machette the property lines and trails on this bit of paradise. Being close to 70, working after lunch is not part of my daily fun, thus sailing with the girls on the 15 foot vanguard which came over on a night stream crossing from Florida to abaco on my Albury 20 bow two years ago, takes over the afternoon.
Days of sailing, island hopping, light house climbing, tubing, and M O W youth activities keeps Haley, Elona, and Zackery entertained as 5 days slip by and Friday comes too quickly. After dropping Jeff and girls off in Marsh Harbor at Mangoes, I run into Alaskan's Madison and her friend Boomer,( friends from past sunday Guana trip,) only this time her parents Skip and karen from "Easy Waters" (Am. tugboat live aboard trawler) are along. By the way, this family owns and operates a large paddlewheel boat in Fairbanks Ak which Barb and I had taken to an island for a dog sled demo while on a 5 week 8/08 Alaskan holiday trip. Small world with my turn to give them a tour on the Albury 23 of Jeff's solar home on Guana, along with side trip to GTC. Five of us enjoyed a nice ride with all having opportunity to drive on the clear seas of abaco and visiting New Plymouth scupture garden, Sid's grocery, liquor store, Golden Reef gift shop, then over to Green Turtle Club for late lunch of conch chower and Bahamian bread. Fun was had by all as we returned to "Easy Waters" for sundowners.
Camping Albury style in Matt Lowe's protected bay under near full moon, I awoke on an incline at 5 am, only to realize that anchoring in 3ft. at 11 pm leaves the boat about 50 ft from water at that hour, well intending to sleep in on sunday, WAITIN FOR THE TIDE, it was. Finding no gas on GTC and Guana's Orchid Bay marina had been w/o gas since last August, I took off to Hopetown where in last 5 yrs. they were only out when the tanker went aground for a week down island. $ 5.25 w/CC was same price as last july. Onto MOW picking up Zack and his grandfather Willard Albury, we went fishin for small coconut palms down by Little Harbor on 23. Taking 28 (10 nuts to be planted on angle with stem end low to nuture the seed in its growth) for our catch of the day, we stopped at Tahiti Beach for trainer kite flying on the large sandbar at low tide. Finnaly I took my fellow partners back to MOW, then planted the coconut tree catch. Grabbers was my dinner spot (grilled lobster bites with a side of grouper and plantains), then off to Little Harbor for Full Moon Party.
Sunday, on way back from Little Harbor anchorage I picked up another set of large coco palms stuck out like flying birds. So anchoring up in 3 feet, machette in hand, I waded ashore across coral rock to fish out 24 growing palms as Catch of the Day. They were transplanted on Jeff's Guana plantation before meeting friends(Brendal-- GTC Dive Center, Capt Mark and Capt Sarah--Cruise Abaco) at Nippers for kite flyin afternoon in 10 to 15 kts breeze. Teaching people kite board flying is a rush, esp. if they are drinkin Nippers (STRONG) drinks, along with great entertaiment for the crowd on upper decks. Later, the Mount Gay hat group garthered for race story time, as the tourist group left to boat back to various islands. Using the solar powered golf cart to return after usual dinner at Grabbers, rain hit the road as Crawl Bite came into view. Great for all the new plantings. Of couse, 6 miles on 23 back to Matt Lowe in windy rain was an exciting trip.
Monday, awaking to sunny morn, boat chores along with usual coconut bread, milk, honey, and cranberry walnut cookie for breakfast, I then motored into Hopetown for gas, and goodbyes on MOW in am. (An interesting story comes from Kurt who spend time between MOW and WPB, FL. In 4/09 he was at Albury Bros shop at 1401 Broadway, Riviera Bch looking at a 15 ft. Vanguard sailboat and 2 days later he arrived in MOW to see another 15 ft Vanguard not realizing that it was the same sailboat brought over by Albury 20 same time he was flying over.) I also met capt Ron, whose parents own the Wrecking Treee in GTC, at Bakers Bay (great golf course) for dinner.
Took my final night run from Guana to White Sound GTC for calm peaceful full moon nite's sleep. Stopping in at Sid's to pick up my 2 loaves of coconut bread plus 2 bars of NZ cheese on tue am, Munjack park was plan of day. Got aquainted with Larry, who is building a 2 story round house with utility poles. we used his CAT bobcat bucket to haul 4 loads of bagged up & remove all the washed up trash at oceanside pavialion taking it accross island on my 23 for transport to GTC dock dumpster. Later that eve we cut down all pines big & small to give his home an ocean front view and protect his beach from erosion by planting deep rooted seas oats.
Finally with goodbyes to Brendal, Mary, Scott/Martha etc. I left GTC at 10 am after calling Barb to watch the SPOT as the 23 went over the banks to jump out at West End. I arrivied at Boynton Bch ramp at 5:45 after flat stream crossing w/ tail wind, to be met by 4 DEA agents looking under my dodger for Haitians. They called off dogs after realizing their mistake and let boat and I clear online.
The Albury Classic delivery from Abaco Oct 31-Nov 3, 2011
After going to Fanasy Fest in Key west Saturday night parade and playing fri.,sat,, sun. with my Albury 20, I trailered her back Sun. eve to miss keys Sunday exodus traffic. COME MONDAY, I flew over to Marsh Harbor to take 2:30 pm ferry to Man O War and pick up for delivery a new Classic Albury 23 to Palm beach. Upon touch down we taxied around til findin a solid ground to let ramp down as the place was flooded. As you exited, you took your shoes off and waded thru 3-6 inches of water to reach terminal for immigation & customs, then get a taxi to ferry at Crossing bch as I found why they called this town Marsh Harbor. Every street was flooded right into 2-4 ft into houses, shops, and busineses. My taxi driver, Denis explained that drains were too small and clogged .
Arrivin at ferry dock for 2:30 boat, taxi drivers were calling to hold ferry as they slowly drove thru flooded streets, thus we left closer to 3 pm for MOW. Upon arrivin at Albury Bros boat builders, they told me that it had been rainin since Sunday til noon monday so that the Classic boat was still stored out on it's mooring in harbor. It needed gas and bimini, and gas dock closed at 3pm, but Willard Abury had them open so I could fill the 103 gal. tank. After installin bimini, I took off for Hopetown to pick up used sail from Mark, Owner of Cruise Abaco. Yes, thru ellavickes.com. You can get old or used racin sails picked up in US by UPS free to be Recycled into gear bags, shower custains etc., check out their collection of recycled sailcloth.
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Then I was on to Guana Cay to check how some sea oats and coconut palms I planted in March 2011, survived the august tropical storms that destroyed Abacos. Findin that sea oats growin tall on dune, however the coconut palms seemed to be walkin away. After being chased out by mosquitoes, I got out of Guana fast as darkness was approaching.
Headin outside Whale Cay, because I did not have a GPS track inside, and seas were flat, the miles to Green Turtle Cay went quick to Brendal's moorin bouy in White sound for bug free calm nite. Wakin up next morn Winds were up from NNE, makin for pleasant day hangin out til front passed thru by thursday for crossin to US. Weather Report
Tue: NE winds 15-20 with 5-7ft seas
Wed: NE winds 16-21 wuth 5-7ft seas
Thur: ENE wings 11-14 with 3-5ft seas
While in GTC I dried out Mark's sail so as to have sleepin pad and collected used mainsail from Brendal's dive center. Yes, he takes people evenin sailin with his Hunter 29 ft monohull after doin divin trips all day. To find out about a great fun experience, visit breandal.com a Bahamas tourism cacique award winner, Abaco est. 1985 with 25 yrs. teachin experience.
Made the crossing, thur am. Leavin GTC I had 15 plus kts of wind on stbd quarter making for a wet ride coming in on the drivers side. (plugged the gap with the t-shirt for the first hour.)
Once I rounded Angelfish pt, it was mostly down wind all the way home. Coming out at westend was flat despite all the weather reports. Once I hit the stream I did pick up 3-4 ft swells which the Albury classic handled well with the bimini and windshield. I was dry all the way home. Arrived at Boynton Beach in 7 1/4 hrs.
After living 3 days and 4 night on the Albury Classic, I must say i love sittin behind that dry windshield and all the cavernous space in the cockpit.
The End of another FUN adventure
Monday ,5/3/10 , I filled up the Albury 20 with gas and headed up the west side of the Keys from big Pine Key in 18 kts ESE winds. Getting to Marathon I crossed 23 miles to cape sable downwind in 3 to 5 ft seas which the 20 handles well esp. with bimini up as a sail.
Within 1 1/2 hours i was at the Snake River area. WOW, many islands with tall trees and 10 ft depth to shore. I motored up to WildernessTrail and cruised around the many islands til days end. I set up my mosquitoe net before night took over. Sleeping came easy listening to owls and other bird calls.
Woke up at 9 am to ice cold choc. milk from my Engel cooler and homemade banana bread. I proceeded to Everglades City to visit, stopping to hike at pristine sandy beaches along the way. Sunset found me anchored off shore in nice breezes with no bugs.
Being out of cell range for 2 days, my son and wife had me running 2 Find me Spots (tracking Albury 20 every 10 min.), 2 gps, a radio, and 2 Epirbs . Fish jumping, porpoise playing, and great food, (smoked turkey sandwiches, crisp apples, and cold water thanks to the Engel 22 qt.cooler/freezer under the console,)
Life is great.
Day 3 I headed to Marco by way of marco big pass and found myself back in civilization. Still found time to hikie the sand bar and camp in lagoon off town with execellant shelling on this bar outside the Pass.
Finally just a short run to Fort Myers Beach, where I left my son the 20, and drove back to my 23 at home in Lantana.