just arrived from a coastal cruiser Catalina
" Well...xxx and xxx are flying home as I type this. We had a good time but the last few days have been eventful to say the least.
We had been to Big Majors, Staniel , Waderick and Normans. Decided to make the run from Normans to Nassau
on Friday. About 10 miles northwest of Highbourne Cay in 18 to 25 knt. winds...enjoying a sail on a close reach...boom...we lost
our rudder! Dropped the Mantas and started what would be 24 hours of a rough ride. Our calls to BASRA were in vain. We finally had contact with xxxxx at Highboure who relayed our request for assistance ....a tow. She was without her phone
most of the day but through texting and one phone
call contacted BASRA. xx also used the Delorme to get a message to his son who in turn contacted BASRA...plus our Seahawlk navy
friend also contacted them...help was being arranged but there would be no one coming out until Sat. We held tight bouncing bow to stern all night. The next morning again through xxxxxx and xx's son it was confirmed there would be a fishing
boat that was willing to Recue but it would cost $3000.00....
The Recue boat arrived about noon with a crew of a man and wife. The boat was a 1976 Post that looked like it had arrived with Haitian refugees... The only way to get us lines was for the Capt. To dive and swim the lines to us. In doing so he fowled his prop once and ours once...once again diving
to free the prop. This was transpiring like a Monty Phython movie! His tow lines where a jumble of various sizes knotted together. Wind and waves battering us constantly. Next was to get our Mantus
up...took over an hour ...chain kept slipping and xx had to bring it up by hand a little at a time cleating it off (in the process the cleat pulled out) and waiting for the boat to bounce it off the bottom...this Mantus
would reset itself each time...finally anchor
up but the roller and anchor
snubber were damaged so xx and xxxx had to secure the anchor to the side of the boat (which resulted wearing a hole in the jelcoat) and we headed to Nassau
riding the waves from side to side for 22 miles.
As we entered to harbour the tow boat was trying to bring us along side to go the the Marina where we had a T dock
waiting. Just as we were secure alongside they got their rope
caught in the prop again. There we were not able to steer tied to a boat that could not propel. Again the captain
under his boat to free his prop (which he could not do) as we bounced and worked our way close to shallows....he was hollering for xx to put our boat(that we could not steer) in reverse and he did the steering
from his perch. In reversing his engine
he freed his prop.
THEN...we headed to the dock
with waves and 18knot winds behind us. About 100 feet out he called to cut us loose....we managed to kind of reach the dock and someone caught a line....then the big Post hit our bow damaging our pulpit and breaking our lights. We were here. Bruised, battered, nicked and scraped...sore muscles ...but finally secure. Catailina 42 looks a bit scraped and dinged in places.
We are going to be here for repairs
. Our insurance
will cover the towing , replacement of the rudder
to the damage in transit plus our cost of staying at the Marina...just have to do the arranging ...fortunately we are right next to Brown's Marine
repair where they will haul us.
We decided to take N&S for a tour of Nassau and the straw market yesterday as other things were closed. Someone stole my wallet!!!!!!!
We will let you know how things turn out...right now we need a good night sleep...hard to do here as we are constantly reminded of boardings and theft.
Oh me, oh my!!
Cheers x & x "