One time we sailed into Nassau
harbor around 6pm, and anchored more or less in front of Atlantis's marina. We set 2 anchors, and hit the sack.
Around 9pm we awoke to someone pounding on the hull
, saying, captain
. I stuck my head
out the forward hatch
and a guy on a Pilot boat
told me we had to move the boat
, as they had a big boat coming in to anchor
. Being a pilot boat is sort of official, I said ok.
Well this was when we were having motor
problems, so I had to put the engine
on the dink, and procede to raise 2 anchors and move the boat forward a few hundred yards or so. After moving her a bit, I asked my wife if we were far enough. She looked behind us and saw a red and green light of a huge ship, and told me not quite!
Anyhow the luxury yacht "Leander" a ship about 5,000 feet long! anchored in our spot.
The next day, one of their "dinks" about 26' with 2 big outboards, came ofer with a crew member
in uniform, and said they were having anchor
problems, and asked if we would mind moving. I said I would mind, and told him about the Pilot boat experience, and said I really didn't want to move my boat.
He asked how much the Pilot boat gave me. I said nothing. He said they would make it worth my time. I said what are we talking about here. He asked how many were aboard, and I said 4. He said they would buy us dinner ashore. I said ok and moved the boat. Later he came back and gave me a hundred dollars, and a bottle of their private lable champagne.
If we wern't on a bit of a schedule, I would have asked him what his next port of call was!!
I guess the Pilot boat guy kept the money
they gave him to clear the area. Thats the Bahamas
. Still love sailing there.
Here is Leander's web site, in case you have $490,000 + expenses to charter
her for a week.
Luxury Yacht Charter: Yacht Leander