C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Chub Cay Marina - Thanks for the Hospitality

Alone.  How often do you get to feel truly alone?  We awoke to an amazing sunrise and the sense of being the only people on the planet.  Spinning 360⁰ around and to the horizons all that can be seen is water and sky.  Wonderful!

Eventually a distant line of sailboats beginning their trek westward across the banks ruptured our sphere of solitude.  By 08:00 we were again underway.  Proximity and necessity dictated that we clear customs on Chub Cay.  Having heard from a couple different sailors and from one on-line resource that Chub Cay Marina was pretentious and not welcoming to sailing vessels, we were a bit nervous on approach.   

Hailing the marina as we entered the channel, Tito quickly replied and directed us to the fuel dock.  The floating docks were in excellent condition. Tito arrived with the necessary customs and immigration paperwork in hand and assisted us with our lines.   So far so good. 

Paperwork completed.  Tito gave me a lift to meet the marina’s shuttle bus.  The customs office is at the airport so transportation is required.  Hmmm.  Ok here is where they are going to squeeze me for some extra $$.  Nope.  Typically the bus ride is $5 each way dock to airport ($10 round trip), but Scottie the bus driver requested that I do him a favor in exchange for a free trip.  The favor?  Drive one of the marinas golf carts back to the marina when I complete customs.  Ok if you insist. 

Customs went smoothly.  When I arrived back at the boat Tito was at the ready to assist us with fuel and water.   The prices- $6.80 for diesel and .25 cents/gallon for water are not bad for the Bahamas.  We also dropped off trash from the boat, used the docks to pump up the dinghy, and logged onto the marina’s free Wi-Fi.   There seemed no rush to evict us from the fuel dock and everyone we dealt with was pleasant and welcoming.  Dockage was $4.35/foot ouch – no thanks.  After July 15th the price drops to $2.50/foot.   We chose to push on an anchor off nearby Bird Cay.

Chub Cay Marina – thanks for the hospitality and good service.

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