Empty Docks and Derelect Boats

March 21:

Empty docks, Abacos, Bahamas

Traveling by sailboat, we see the harsh reality of economic recession. It seems worse in the Bahamas than the U.S. They are dependent on our tourism.

People are anchoring out to save money, hotels with entire sections closed, and nearly empty marinas. People are trying so hard to attract customers; discounts, free desserts and former private clubs open to the public. But they are having so little success. Where are the boats?

Anchoring out

Derelict boat, a sign of the times

As a former business owner, it’s painful for me to see, but the people hurt worst are those who have lost jobs.


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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3 Responses to Empty Docks and Derelect Boats

  1. rdsieber says:

    Wow! I wonder what it looks like in my former home, St. Thomas? That place was hopping when I left it.

    • ejhowle23 says:

      Hard to say, I do know the Bahamas are much more dependent on US conditions. They have almost no other source of income. My feeling is the Virgins are more diverse.


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