PDQ Bay Antigua
Although the vast majority of our navigating is done with the aid of the Garmin 546 chartplotter that we have at the helm, we also try to carry a complete set of paper charts for the area we are cruising in, just in case. In addition to the above though, we also have a third source of navigational data that we can use, computer charts which we can view and work with on our laptops. Up to this point, the software that we have been using to do this is GPSNavX, one of the only Macintosh compatible programs that we could find at the time. The other day though, while visiting the awesome Active Captain website, I saw that they listed another Mac charting program, Polar View and it apparently is integrated with Active Captain, allowing offline viewing of their data. That rocks!
A screen capture of Polar View running on my Macbook Pro.
Curious to see how that would work, I visited their site and saw that they offered a free 30-day trial. I have since downloaded the application and have been playing with it. I’m also taking advantage of the relatively-strong Wi-Fi signal being shared by the 5-star resort just in front of us to download the Active Captain data. I can’t wait to experiment with this some more, when we’re not out enjoying the beautiful island of Antigua that is.
We spent a couple of days anchored just outside Jolly Harbor and we’ll be moving back there a bit later today so that we can meet up with a new friend to go hashing.
It seems we just can’t get away from all these rainbows… they keep following us!
Out walking around one day we learned a new fact… Antiguans drink Cavalier Rum.
We didn’t know that.
On this same walk we went for a little tour of the Jolly Beach all-inclusive resort. Remember the other day how I said that the Customs and Immigration people should be a little more friendly towards the tourists? Well I think they should take lessons from the guard working the gate at this resort! Not only was he doing his job of controlling who went in and out of the resort, he was also doing a great job of acting as a salesperson, inquiring on a couple of occasions about when we were going to be booking in to stay at their lovely resort. Jolly Beach… he deserves a raise!
Right now we are anchored in Hermitage Bay, just in front of the beautiful 5-star Hermitage Bay resort. Check out their rates… OUCH!
We did have this guy as a neighbor. Someone should tell him that leaving fenders down while at anchor is a bit of a faux pas.
Yesterday we went in search of the illusive (to us anyway) Eden beach.
For privacy reasons, there are no cameras allowed on that beach but I was able to discreetly snap this pic of Rebecca practicing with her Poi.
When we returned to ZTC, we found that fender-boy had left and in his place were two other Canadian-flagged PDQs, Double Exposure and Zanadu Sea! We think it only appropriate that we re-name this place PDQ Bay. It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?