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Abaco is a large island in the Northern Bahamas.  This piece of our journey promised to be very good.  We would get to spend a whole month including Christmas of 2007 with our families.  Not only was there a dock to tie to, we got to visit with Davids parents at their house called Emerald Bay, but also Vickys parents and other family who rented a house called the Nutty Mermaid just a 1 minute walk between the two.  The time was well spent and many good memories were made.  Between hanging out with Mom and Dad, sailing here or there, eating this or that, and doing work on Windfreak we had a great time.  Vicky even got to learn to windsurf!!

Welcome to the Nutty Mermaid.  Vickys family really enjoyed this beach house.  All together the Nutty Mermaid accommodated Nan-Maureen, Dad-John, Mum-Sue, Aunt-Gina and Cousin (8 year old) Jules.  The house had spectacular views of the Sea of Abaco with beach combing and sorkeling just feet away from the back door.

Well, its not the most perfect Christmas tree ever,  but it was OUR Christmas tree.  We made it from a poor Casarina tree with love.  And it gave Windfreak a great air of Christmastime.


Keeping in the spirit of Christmas we decorated the outside of Windfreak too.  The lights were a real crowd pleaser for all ages.


 This is a shot from Treasure Cay which we went to several times.  Treasure Cay is rated as one of the top ten beaches in the world.  Shallow white sands extend out in a crescent shape over extremely clear waters making it beautiful for miles.  Wading and searching for sand dollars is a must.  Davids brother-in-law is the eagle eye of the group.


The three amigos.  :)

These guys had a great time at Treasure Cay watching the sights and playing cricket. 


Jules and his Mom Gina pose in front of the beautiful Christmas tree of the Nutty Mermaid.  Martha Stuart would be proud of the hand painted seashell ornaments.

And who could forget the Charlie Brown Christmas game???  David and Johns favorite.  :)

David with youngest sister Vada and Mom hanging out at Emerald Bay.  First time for Mom with more than one of her kids at a time visiting her in the Bahamas.

Thanks Mom for all the great canvas work you did for Vicky and I!!!  The boat looks great!


New Years Eve isnt New Years Eve without a big bonfire.  With fireworks going off all around the Sea of Abaco (Treasure Cay to the left, Guana Cay straight out, and Marsh Harbour on the right) plus shooting stars through the immense night sky, NYE went off as one to remember.


There is no free lunch.  We probably put in 60 man/woman hours into Windfreak fixing a leaking deck-hull joint, replacing a rotted diesel tank, and repairing and rebedding the main traveler housing.

We are hoping that some day that Windfreak wont need constant repairs.  HAHA.  :)