Bikes on board
When it comes to carrying bikes on board a cruising boat, it seems that people are either extremely for the idea, or very much against it. It seems there are few who are on the fence with respect to the subject.
I know that our friend Drew, who sails a PDQ 32 the same as us, is a big proponent. In fact, I’m pretty sure that he rode his bike over to our boat the one time that we met him (we were on a dock of course, not at anchor). I also think Bob from Boat Bits is a big fan of bikes because he does post about them from time to time. On the other hand, we’ve met many other cruisers who felt that carrying bikes on their boat was a big waste of space. Unfortunately, we don’t have bikes of our own so we can’t comment on that.
Since setting off cruising, we have had the opportunity to borrow friends’ bikes on a couple of occasions and have enjoyed how we could get around on them. Yesterday we actually rented bikes so that we could explore Barbuda a bit with our friends who themselves have a couple on board their boat. We were fortunate that there was actually a place in Codrington that rented bikes and although we thought it was a little pricey to do so ($20.00 US per day per bike), the bikes were in excellent shape. When it was all said and done, exploring the caves at Two Foot Bay, our destination for the day, was definitely worth the money, and the effort that it took to get there.