We would like to wish all of our friends and followers a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We are still in Granada, but not for much longer. When we check into the country we are given a thirty day clearance for the boat. After that there is an additional charge. Our thirty days are nearly up and it is time to move on. Our first move will be to the island of Carriacou, which is part of Granada. We will check out there and move North to the Grenadines.
We have had some down time and also have been busy. Cori has been busy adding sunshade material to our cockpit enclosure which means she has been using her sewing machine. In order to run the sewing machine we need to run the generator to provide 110 volts and keep the batteries charged. We had been informed over the summer that the generator was not running and we brought parts with us from the States. Unfortunately the shop that was doing the repair was not able to find the problems. It had gotten splashed by saltwater and combined with the salt air it had a corrosion problem. Evidently most of the wiring had gotten corroded. We were about ready to give up on it and were making plans on where up-island we would be able to buy a replacement. Our friend Sperry got the name of another repairman and several hours after delivering it to him he reported that it was fixed and running. The batteries are happy, the sewing got done and we are enjoying our cockpit much more than previously. Before the enclosure every time it rained, which will happen several times a day, everything in the cockpit would get wet and we would have to duck below to wait it out, only to emerge into a wet cockpit. Now we are able to sit out and watch the rain. Speaking of rain, we have found a couple of leaks and have been tearing things apart to get at them. So far we have been successful, but this being a boat more will show up over time. Just one of the realities of living on a boat She has also been working on refinishing some of the woodwork. There is no end to the projects on a boat. One of the definitions of cruising is “repairing boats in exotic places” and there is far too much truth to that.
It hasn’t been all work. Christmas day we went for a local pig roast with a group of cruisers. One day we did some exploring the island and checked out another waterfall and a local museum. We made a couple of trips into the city which is always an adventure with the maxi-taxis. New Years Eve we went to a gathering of cruisers on nearby Hog Island but chose not to stay late. There were fireworks in the next bay but just out of sight for us. There are activities organized by the cruisers most days so we have spent time ashore for various music gatherings, pool tournaments and beach-time. Cori has spent several days with Sperry preparing what they call “sea eggs” which is the roe from sea urchins cooked and stuffed back into a sea urchin shell. It has been windy, 15-20+ knots most days, so there are days when we just stayed on the boat. One of those windy days, after a quick trip to shore, we had another boat drag down on us. It is a weird experience watching a boat with no-one on it coming your way. It seems to happen in slow motion. We heard a noise and saw the boat, Old Bob, bounce off the boat in front of us coming our way. We started grabbing fenders to try to keep it off but it turned at a 90 degree angle to us and then started to try T-boning us. Their bowsprit missed our headsail but was rubbing against the bow pulpit. We were able to hold it off and walk down the deck holding it off until it cleared our stern. After us it was heading to the boatyard when a group of cruisers arrived and managed to maneuver it to the seawall and get it tied up. We only got some scratches to the bow pulpit where a chain rubbed, nothing bent and no other damage. Luckily we had just arrived back from shore. If it had happened a little earlier we would not have been there to fend off.
The forecasts are for the winds and waves to drop in the next few days so we are using that as an opportunity to move on.