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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Spanish Wells

After pounding across the NW Providence Channel and a night of rolling in swells at Egg Island, we were eager to find a slip in Spanish Wells.  The harbor, including the western entrance consist of narrow dredged channels.  I drifted south while entering the harbor and discovered just how quickly the edges shoaled.  Just a shallow water alarm, no paint loss this time.

The western entrance to Spanish Wells is visible off the bow of FV-Papa J
 We took slip at the Yacht Haven Marina, and Treadwell the dock hand assisted us with lines.  Yacht Haven Marina is undergoing a major renovation.  Initially we were a bit dismayed to find ourselves tied up in a construction zone.  While a bit threadbare all the amenities were available.  Dockage $1.50/foot, Wi-Fi $5/day, water .25/gallon, washer & drier $3/load.  We arrived on a Wednesday.  Most of the shops in town close on Wednesday afternoon for church services.  This included the grocery store. 
Shopping for food rose quickly to the top of our list as it was now nearly 11:00.  Our guide books speak of the cleanliness and pride the locals take in their community.  The trip to the store required a stroll through the town.  The well-kept houses and amazing gardens exceeded our expectations and is a welcome contrast to many other island communities. 

South End of Spanish Wells

The store was reasonably well stocked.  A bit shy on produce.   Plenty of staples.  No not expect to find beer or alcohol.  Spanish Wells is a dry community.

Looking northward down the dredged Spanish Wells Harbor

 Fishing is the primary profession in town.  The docks are busy and the boats are as immaculately maintained as the yards in town.

Squalls rolling though outside and internet available inside C’est la Vie, we spend a good chunk of the afternoon corresponding, catching up, and updating the blog.

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