We’re here! We’re finally in the Bahamas! After 2 ½ years of hard work we made it! The water is so clear, and for us it is so bizarre to, when we are at anchor, be able to see the anchor. When we came to the Bahamas we saw starfish the size of dinner plates! We also saw dolphins and it was so cool to be able to see the dolphins’ whole bodies when they were still in the water. It’s funny being here in the Bahamas because we’ve been talking about it for over 2 years and I guess it never really seemed like it was going to happen!
The 700 coral islands—plus more than 2,000 cays and rock formations--that make up the Bahamas are located in the Atlantic Ocean, just across the Gulf Stream from Miami. This archipelago, or group of islands, covers more than 100,000 square miles. Only 30 of these islands are inhabited. As of 2011, the population was 341,700, two thirds of which live in Nassau.
The Bahamas got independence from England in 1973, although there was no revolutionary war fought like in America. They still use the British form of government including a Prime Minister, an upper chamber or Senate, and a lower chamber called the House of Assembly. The current Prime Minister is Perry Christie. The capital of the Bahamas is Nassau; the language spoken is English. They observe Eastern Standard Time, adopting Eastern Daylight Saving Time from March thru November.
The major regions of the Bahamas are:
New Providence (Nassau) and Paradise Islands
Grand Bahama Island (Freeport)
The Andros, Bimini, and the Berry Islands
Eleuthera and Harbor Island
The Southern Out Islands
The Bahamas flag is made up of three colors: black, aquamarine and gold. The black represents the strength of the united people and the gold and aquamarine represent the sun and the sea, respectively.
The currency of the Bahamas is the Bahamian dollar (B$), and it is worth the same amount as the US dollar. You will find that there is a mixture of US and Bahamian dollars used.
The Bahamians drive on the left side of the road, like the British, but they have a jumbled mix of American and British style cars—some of the steering wheels are on the left and some are on the right!
This blog post is for people who want to know about, chores, rules and what life is like living on a boat. Moving on a boat is not that different to moving into a new house, where you get used to it in a while. At first it is kind of weird, because it is so much smaller than your house, (normally!). You soon get used to the space although it is a lot easier to get aggravated with your family because it is such a small space!
Some people wonder about chores on a boat. It is not that different from in a house, although we clean our “house” much more often! One of the biggest changes is that there isn’t a dishwasher because it takes up too much space and water, so we (or, for a more accurate term, I) have to do the dishes by hand. We (or, for a more accurate term, mom) have to do a thorough wipe-down of the head (to you, bathroom!) at least once or twice a week! You also vacuum way more on a boat than you do in a house!
There are many rules on our boat. Easily the most important one is to listen to the captain (in my case, dad). We also try to split up the chores almost evenly (which is kind of hard!). Some of our rules are the law, like the one that I have to wear my lifejacket when we’re under way (though not at anchor, on a mooring or at a dock).