We are still in semi-limbo waiting on boat repairs. Hopefully, we will be back on the water later this week.
Yesterday we decided to visit the boat. We were not expecting any further progress on the fuel tank situation on Sunday. But we wanted to grab our bag of snorkel gear out of it. Just to be ready if the weather clears up and we want to go for an underwater swim off the shore. While in the area, we took a look around Long Bay.
This part of Provo is developing very quickly. It's just to the North of where we are building. Unlike the other side of the island, here the development is residential. This sat image is no way close to what it looks like now. We saw several dozen new homes under construction.
We had gone into one of the new houses there a few days ago to look at stone and tile work. It is right on the beach, has about a 5,000 sq. foot ball room, and a very nice rear patio and pool area:
Great view of the Caicos Bank right out the back, with a nice path down to a private beach:
We had not been out on some of these roads in almost a year, even though we drive through the area on the way to the boat. We noticed several sets of truck tire marks going down one of the small roads branching off to the beach.
Being basically nosy, we followed it to see what the attraction was. It's a dead end, of course, and there were a half dozen vehicles sitting around. Reminded me of my old surfing days.
Well, at this point our curiosity was involved. Plus we were basically bored, anyhow, so we traipsed on down through the bush to the beach. Found out this is a popular spot for kite boarding. There were probably close to 20 people on the beach and in the water.
The winds were pretty good, coming from the NE so this beach was in the lee. They had the winds up where the kites were, but there wasn't enough fetch for the chop to build. These guys were having some fun. This is a far cry from some mid-Novembers I can remember.
We drove on down to the end of the road because we were curious about this earth-moving project we had seen from the water side when we came down here a couple weeks ago. We were extremely surprised to find out that it's a large marina project, by island standards. In fact, this will be the largest marina in the entire islands that we know of. We are a little surprised that we have not heard any rumor about it, nor seen any advertisements or notices.
It's this wide:
and this long:
It's actually a great spot for a marina. It's close to Leeward-Going-Through. It's also protected from the Banks by that small ridge on the right in the second photo. This possibility of a future potential slip near Leeward and protected from the wind is extremely interesting to us. The down side is that the roads are still pretty ragged in this area. But even those are showing signs of development. This place is changing very, very fast.
When we arrived here just two years ago, the road that runs through Grace Bay was dirt until you got to the entrance to the Leeward community. Now it's paved, with sidewalks and street lights. The TCI had just bought a bunch of new road-making toys, and they were putting them to good use. They had all kinds of new road stuff. One machine made sidewalks. Another one did continuous curbs. For the first year we were here they were road-paving crazy. Then, about the time the novelty of that wore off, suddenly there were new condo buildings going up all over the place. That has been going at an intense level for over a year now. And most recently, we have seen a third wave of construction, but this one has to do with marinas. Leeward marina is being re-built. Sherlock's marina is open for business. Now this big new marina is underway. A year ago it was very difficult to even find a slip to rent here. It's looking like that won't be a problem for long.