Friday, December 25, 2009

You Have Mail…And Perhaps A Refrigerator

Provisioning on the Exuma islands is not like at home where, if you need to shop, you just go to the mall. Here, people rely on boats and, to a lesser extent, planes. Several islands have runways used by commercial services, charter planes, and small personal planes. But mostly, they use their own small boats, or local ships. The mail boat comes weekly to many of the islands, delivering mail and fresh food and supplies and picking things up to go elsewhere. Here are pictures of the mail boat at Little Farmers Cay, and the boat that came out from the island to meet it. On the small boat were adults, children, dogs, and a refrigerator to go onto the mail boat. It was a little choppy that day, but the transfers were made and the ship got under way. Another day, a barge (see below) carrying building supplies came in. There’s no dock large enough for a ship, so it pulled right up to shore and lowered a ramp to offload its goods. We have it waaay too easy at home.


  1. What a great place to spend Christmas. I love the photos of the water. Ours here is a murky brown/green. Hope you have a wonderful New Year!

  2. Guys,
    We were starting to wonder what was going on with you. Really happy to catch up, happy you have your refrigerator parts, and happy you're having a great time. The cocktail float was pure genius. Thanks for the tip. We were actually in the Berrys over the weekend, on a cruise ship that is. Made us really wish to come over there on our own, quiet little boat!

  3. Hi Guys,
    So great to see your web site! We were doing Christmas cards (after the holiday as usual) and could not figure out where to send your card! Thus, the web search began! Looks like you guys are doing well and enjoying the sailing life. Keep up the posts! Happy New Year!
    Danny and Debbie

  4. Happy New Year.. How are the temperatures? we've been thinking of you during this cold spell we're having. Keep up the posts, Have a fab 2010.

    Liz & Devin