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Embarrassing Admonitions in a Perfect Anchorage

Well, it is embarrassing to admit, but delightful for us to discover! I have cruised past Munjack Cay for 25 years and yet, never anchored there. Won't make that mistake again.
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 “Trust yourself and you will know how to live.”

—Goethe

I have been coming to the Abacos since the late 1980s; how could I have missed it? Well, it is embarrassing to admit, but delightful for us to discover! I have cruised past Munjack Cay (aka Manjack or Nunjack) for 25 years and yet, never anchored there. Why? Because too often I was focused on Green Turtle Cay and missed what was right in front of my nose. This time, after departing lovely Allens-Pensacola Cay with increasing south winds, we headed east towards the Abacos. I had read about Munjack, but I had never stopped. That was a big mistake.

Approaching Munjack Cay ; a gem i won't miss again.

Approaching Munjack Cay ; a gem i won't miss again.

We pulled into the Northeast cove at Munjack as the winds picked up out of the south. The reef and small island off Munjack provided great protection in 8’ of water with beautiful beaches surrounding us. I dove down to check the anchor, and the 65 lb. Danforth was buried deep in the sand. Yeah! We could relax, go ashore, and walk the beach.

We walked for about a mile on the lee side and saw no one, as Baci chased a tennis ball with great passion. There was single hander Craig, on S/V Emerald Tide, in the cove about 100 yards from us, and that was all. That night as the winds settled to 5 knots, we relaxed into a quiet evening of bliss on the flybridge. The lesson is, “Don’t be in a rush in the islands … we are on Bahamas Time!”

But of course, the winds changed the next morning out of the Northwest and we lost our protection. Ugh! So off to Green Turtle we went. The anchorage in White Sound provides 360 protection, a beautiful view around the harbor and it is free!

Mud Puddle Rose tied up at Bluff House.

Mud Puddle Rose tied up at Bluff House.

We stayed anchored for the night and then took a slip for one night at the Bluff House Marina across the harbor.

The BLOGS can now resume(for a day or two, until our next internet connection.)

The winds are now out of the North at only 10 knots, so we hope to return to the south side of Munjack Cay to resume our walks on the beaches and snorkel again. This time, we won’t pass by Munjack Cay; we’ll anchor!

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