DOCKED AT PUERTO BAHIA MARINA (http://www.puertobahiasamana.com/) $1./FT/DAY FOR <7DAYS, POWER=.50/KWA, WATER=3.50/DAY
SUNRISE AT SAMANA: 7:09 AM
SUNSET AT SAMANA: 6:34 PM
Another reminder of why the DR is so lush and green came with the morning’s downpour. I used the time to bake some papaya muffins and do our laundry in preparation for tomorrow’s possible transit of the Mona Passage to Puerto Rico.
We scurried between drops to return the rental car to Fabian but not before making a stop for more of the great Santa Domingo Coffee. The first coffee beans were brought here in 1735 with the arrival of the plantation owners and their slaves. Today there are over 340,000 acres of coffee beans and descendants from those original plants still grow on the Dominican slopes. We stocked up on this local treat for under $4.00 per pound. Such a deal!
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The 83.5 ft. sports-fish yacht owned by the Bacardi family, Rumbera, is docked here near Quest. Their 30 ft. fishing tender will make the crossing to Ponce on Puerto Rico’s south shore in a couple of days. The three engines, totaling 1050 horse power, should get them there in less than four hours. It will be a good 26 hours of travel for us and take several days with one overnight passage. Dan wonders if he keeps adding water to Quest and con-Quest if they might grow up to resemble these two vessels. Whadayathink??
We kept our regular afternoon rendezvous at the pool and chatted with several of the boaters that we have met here. We are planning on leaving tomorrow afternoon for Puerto Rico, Ken and Cindy on S/V Meant To Be will probably follow on Sunday and still others are heading back the other way towards the Bahamas. Lots of activity when a weather window opens up!