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Old 06-02-2016, 14:14   #1
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Bahamas 1977

A college student is doing something with our journal/log from our 13 years of cruising the Bahamas and Caribe . Re -reading our log after 39 years we are surprised at the differences in cost and what was felt to be necessary equipment . We needed motor repair to our Volvo MD2B and had to stay at the dock in Nassau for ten days , $ 16.00 per day . Wow , what would it be today .
Only electronics were a C.B. radio [ only thing we used ], a VHF , a fish flasher sounder . Interior lites were mostly kerosene , cooking was kero . Had a big 8 D battery only . water tank">Fresh water tank was 29 gallons , fuel was 20 gallons .
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Re: Bahamas 1977

Continuing ,
Reading the log it seems that we ate grouper , lobster and conch all thru the Bahamas . Pole spear , mask , flippers and snorkel.
My wife was in the habit of baking bread , cinnamon rolls , cinnamon bread and banana bread . When she had the kero oven Back then there was lite she would make much more than we could eat . We then traded for canned goods and fish , goat flesh or what ever .
Back then once you got south of Georgetown there was not much that money could buy . Each island might have a small store but they had nothing to sell !
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Re: Bahamas 1977

It's difficult to put this into perspective without knowing the details of your boat.
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Back then once you got south of Georgetown there was not much that money could buy . Each island might have a small store but they had nothing to sell !
That's not changed.
Weird little local stores in the Exumas with nothing on the shelves.

Dunno how or why they stay open
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Re: Bahamas 1977

You were lucky to be born early enough to do your cruising back then! Today there are just so many boats and people everywhere.

Expensive or not, I simply wish I were alive before grp and social support made cruising a common pastime.

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Continue -- Boat was a 1965 Chas. Morgan 34 , centerboard sloop . Bought for $13,500 which was more than we paid for our house . We took $2,500 and in first 13 moths we spent $1,100 .Was not much to buy . From the Turks we spent 66 days in Haiti where a meal could be had for six cents or a full course meal in a hotel cost $1.75 .
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