After enduring several chilly days (a cold front had blown in) and late nights in Nassau, the peace and quiet of spending a night at anchor off Harbour Island was fantastic. And we got a special treat when the pilot came aboard to lead us out through the coral-ridden Devil’s Backbone channel between Harbour Island and Spanish Wells the next morning. Even with a chart plotter, hiring a pilot is essential to ensure safe passage through that tricky stretch of water, but we also got a good dose of local color (along with local knowledge) when A-1 (his name was A-1) came aboard with a wide smile and more one liners than David Letterman. When asked if he grew up in Harbour Island, he quipped, “Does Jimmy Carter like toothpaste?” When I pointed to the chart and asked if the fishing was any good there he said, “Is a bullfrog waterproof?” The stand-up routine (along with a discussion of island history and various other random thoughts) went on for the entire passage through the coral. He seemed to concentrate more on holding court than paying attention to the channel, but he got us through. After we’d made our way over to Spanish Wells, A-1 shared his last bit of local knowledge with a smile and a wink: “Nine times out of two, if you stay in the channel, you’ll be just fine.” Now, can any of you explain that one?