South Side Marina, Provo


South Side Marina is known as the “cruiser’s marina”, as Bob, the owner, used to be one.  Every morning at 7:30 am, he does a cruiser’s net on channel 74, with a personal welcome to each boat in the marina and at various locations around Provo.  Then Bob, gives the weather for the next seven days.  On Wednesday evening, he hosts a BBQ for all the boaters in the marina.  He even invites those on anchor in Sapodilla Bay and will provide a ride back and forth.  We get a lift to the local IGA grocery store with his friend, Ken.  Bob also arranges to get us a rental car, and between he and Ken, map out all the sites to see in Provo.


Everyone here is passing thru either on their way back to the U.S. or down further in the Caribbean.  We are the odd duck, as the Turks and Caicos is our destination.  YARA, a catamaran on one side of us is from Hamburg, Germany.   Ursula and Robert, left home 11 months ago, on their way around the world.  From here they plan to head back south to the A, B, C Islands for hurricane season.  After a couple days, they head out to do some diving at West Caicos.  We make plans to meet them later in the week on the north side of the island in Grace Bay.


On the other side of us is MONARCH, from Houston, Texas.  Dalton and Jody have just spent the last year in The Bahamas and are leaving the end of the month for the Panama Canal, Galapagos and South Pacific.  Taking YARA’s slip is WONDERLAND.  Dixie and Rex are on their way to Charleston, after spending the winter in the BVI.  They are ready to sell their boat and move back to a “dirt house” (vs living aboard).

It is Wed, April 16th and we are heading out to round to the north side of Provo to meet YARA.  We will miss the BBQ, but the wind is supposed to pick up this afternoon through the weekend and we hope to get tucked in somewhere quiet before it does.  I will get this posted while I still have the marina wifi.





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