Monday, May 26, 2008
In front of a tiny plain house was a small sign: “Can't accept any boat orders. Winer”. We had wandered by the home of Winer Malone, a descendant of one of the earliest settlers, Wyannie Malone, and a famous builder of traditional Bahamian sailboats. Winer, who is in his 90's, continues to make beautiful wooden boats using only hand tools. He hasn't stopped boat building; he has just decided that he already has enough orders to fill his remaining years.
As usual, Leslie and Bill were tackling challenging and exciting projects. We always learn new skills when we have a chance to join them. This day's activity was replacing the worn out supports and re-thatching the palapas. Underneath its shelter, a table for drinks and seat swings make it a great place to sit on a hot day.
Some of you may have read our earlier post on the achievement of pony tail. Once back to the boat we discovered that Vinnie's hair had a new trick, the WAVE. His mother must have loved his little boy curls many years ago. We wonder what his dad would think of them now.
Somehow we tore ourselves away and returned to our boat, then the gulf stream, and finally the Bahamas. Once again we were sailing across the crystal water of the banks and reaching for Manjack Cay.