David grew up in Miami and spent many childhood summer days with his family on a motor sailor in the Abacos. He saw these islands in the 50’s before tourism. In 1990, he brought Patti to Hope Town for a vacation. It was love at first sight, and many vacations followed. In 2003, we bought our little seaside cottage on Lubbers Quarters, and in 2005, David jumped at an opportunity for early retirement. Now we spend winters, springs and summers on the island. Eventually, we decided we didn’t have enough space for family and friends… and needed a guest house. David started his major retirement project of building a house. Considering the logistics of building on an out island, Patti began to think he had literally “gone bananas”.
The name for our guest house was born long before the house even had a foundation! Our children and grandchildren initiated it the summer of 2010. Our 5-year-old grandson calls “Gone Bananas” the big yellow house.
Now in July, 2015, the banana trees continue to bear fruit, and there are many other trees on their way to providing a fruit salad. We should see ripe avocados and mangos in another year or so. This year our guests have enjoyed ripe figs, sapodilla, bananas, and pineapples…depending on the time of their visit. Lush landscaping includes Abaco neem trees, citronella, hibiscus, crotons, crown of thorns, coconut palms, numerous shade trees, sea grape, ixora, , plumbago, silver and green buttonwood, air plants and orchids.
Two years ago we purchased the lot behind “Gone Bananas” and turned it into a haven with paths, shade trees, a hammock, and landscaping with MORE banana trees.
David has always been an avid racing sailer. After being here a couple years, we joined the Hope Town Sailing Club and began participating in the Winter Cruising Boat Races. Our Pearson 40 “Second Wind” has been Boat of the Year twice. Space available, we’d enjoy offering crew spots to our Gone Bananas guests during the racing season January through first of April.
We’ve learned a lot about island living in the past few years and love it! Come share our little corner of paradise in the islands.