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BACK IN GRENADA August 31, 2015

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We had hoped there would be a space in Hog Island to anchor. No such luck. The place is more crowded then before. Therefore, it was back to Mt Hartman. It was also very crowded and we ended up on the west side of the bay. That is good and potentially very bad. The good is that there is more breeze and steadier then on the east side. The bad is that we are about 40 feet from a reef. If we would drag, we would not have time to avoid hitting the reef. That means we have to be careful during squalls and if we know it is going to be stormy, insure we have the awning down. Do not need 400 square feet of awning area to help us drag anchor. So far so good. We had the awning down for 2 days at the end of last week and got it back up Sunday. The awning will cut the inside temperature by about 5 degrees. It also makes it nice to sit under the bimini and enjoy the breeze.

We will set here till we get bored. That usually takes a few weeks. We will go up to the island in the Grenadines and spend some time in a couple islands that are still outside the hurricane box the we must stay out of for insurance coverage.

And then there was the major disaster of the week. Saturday night we had a squall come through and came through the hills from a different angle. The wind usually keep us pointed between northeast and southeast. This squall hit from the northwest and with a lot of rain. It rained into the engine room. In 18 years we have never had that port closed unless it was very cold. The port is located under the starboard seat in the cockpit. It is hard for the rain to get in there. Well, the 4 A.M. squall hit and the next thing we know we hear loud snapping sound coming from the engine room. The inverter which is under the starboard seat got wet and began to self destruct. We also got this smell of insulation melting. I opened the engine room door and the place was full of smoke. Used the exhaust blower in the engine room to clear the smoke and smell. I had flipped of the circuit breaker when this event started. The inverter has a built in circuit breaker that cuts out and resets. It did this so fast that it did not stay off. It may have gotten fried in the on position. I tried turning it on a couple times to only get more snapping and smoke. Its fried.

I tried to go back to bed for another hour of sleep, but that was a dumb idea. I got up, dug out the catalogs for the boat stores in Grenada and started looking up what this was going to cost. This was 1 week after we were in the yard and spent almost twice as much as we had budgeted. Those cushions and chaps really look nice. 8 A.M. I am on the phone and find a new inverter and tell them to put it aside. 8:30 A.M. I am on the shopping bus to go pick up the inverter. By 1 P.M. the new inverter is sitting on the deck in the saloon while I remove the old one. Same brand, same foot print, same wiring. 4 screws, 2 plugs and 3 wires and it is out and the new one is running. The refrigerator is getting cold and making ice for cocktail party on board this evening. Ah the cruising life.

That put next week’s anniversary dinner on hold for a couple weeks till fund start to refill the credit card. 49 years and counting. We always pay off the credit cards so we do not get socked with interest. We may get into one months worth this time. The mate has put a clamp on all spending till mid month. Oh well, that’s the cruising life.

SPLASH August 25, 2015

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Yard work is done by Friday morning and we get put back into the water in the afternoon. Then we go back to a slip and wait our dinghy chaps and upholstery. Those should be done Tuesday and Wednesday. In the mean time I will wax the topside, the mate is doing a major cleaning and maybe get in some touring.

The wax job on the hull was great. It shined almost as well as when it was just painted. The bottom job is a bottom job. It always looks the same. Hopefully it will last longer then our last job. Nothing against the last job, it is just that we are really in the tropics and things grow on your boat overnight. If you are not always on the move your prop gets enough growth to look like a basketball. And the stuff does not like to come off. When you take off a barnacle it will take the paint with it to the gelcoat. When you take the boat out it has a lot of little white spots that were barnacles. If you have not looked at our Facebook page, there are pics of our finish job.

The chaps and dinghy got returned on Tuesday as promised. They look good and I hope they last even longer then out last set.

Wednesday we were going to get our interior cushions back. It rained. Not constant, but it would quit for 5 minutes and then pour again. No cushions. We had planed on leaving Thursday, but the good weather was not till Friday or Saturday. We therefore planed a tour up this river in which the national bird rousts. It is a red egret. Suppose to be something to see. You go in the late afternoon, up this river and see them come to there nests. Well the morning was good enough to get our cushions and then the rain started again. So we got to sit in the boat and look at our new upholstery. Probably not a good thing to do. You have time to compare every bit of workmanship between the new and old. It actually turned out pretty good.

There are other pic of Chaguaramas. Throw that one at spell check. It is a heavy industry port. It seams to have 2 industries, 4 yards for yachts and support for the oil and gas industry. There were many oil drilling platforms sitting in the bay with nothing to do or place to go. The contractor I used said he had never seen it this bad for the oil industry. Enjoy your cheap gas, this to will end. There are also pictures of various support boats for the industry. Several of which I have no idea what type support they do.

There are some pics of the yard. You can see boats that are almost totally covered up while they sit and wait for their snowbird owners to return in November for some winter sailing in the 80 degree weather.

Saturday we were off for Grenada. Pics of us leaving and going through a pass with some good tidal rips and the wind wiping through the hills. There is one picture in which the center shows some land in the haze. That is Venezuela. Can not go there. The insurance company says that is a no no. Like I would want to. Real live pirates. Get kidnaped, held for ransom. Such fun. Pirates might have a hard job. They get these 2 old geezers that no one has seen in 2 years and for all the family knows could be ready to check out anyway. And they expect someone to cough up good hard earned cash for them. And these two just send pics of beautiful islands and talk about fun things they do. I don’t think we better get caught by pirates.

The trip was pretty quiet. Nice seas, just the wind was to much on the bow to make headway against the Equatorial current. So we ended up motorsailing for 19 hours. Hey, beats getting kidnaped and held for ransom.

WORK WEEK August 24, 2015

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Got a contractor I liked. But, there were quit a few small blisters. There was also a question about the compatibility of EPA approved paint and what the rest of the world uses. Not the stuff that kill everything within 50 yards, but the stuff we used a few times back. I have seen boats that come with the best from the states, get a coat of paint and have it flake off in 4 months. So for 50 bucks you put on a barrier coat to keep the two compatible. They either have a good line going or there is something to it. They sell a lot of the barrier. I figure cheep insurance. They did good work. The hull shines and the bottom looks great. Maybe not quite as good as Eric would do. I had several of the contractors come and look at the 10 year old Awlgrip job. No orange peel, no waves, sags, no drips. And that was after getting repaired from Ivan. Their painting quality just doesn’t measure up to Sue’s

The cutlass bearing turned out to be a lot easier job then we had expected. While we had the shaft out we took apart the stuffing box and looked at our in the water repair. It worked. It got us to Trinidad. But it was not to good. So I had the pros do it in the dry. They were amazed that we did it in the water. They have only worked in the dry. They were surprised we got it done as good as we did. Thank you Pat. It is easy when you get to measure precisely, slide in on a clean dry shaft and space like the book says. Hope all goes well tonight as we head back to

Grenada.All was done by Friday afternoon except the upholstery and new chaps for the dinghy. The upholstery was about 15 years old. It had held up very well, but the last 2 years really done it in. The chaps were about 3 years old. The dinghy does not just sit in the davits for weeks at a time. The dinghy is your car, truck, and bus. It is used every day. It gets banged, pushed, scraped against other dinghies, boats and pilings. It is like being in a demolition derby. Did I mention the tropical sun.

Yes I am a week behind. I will fill in on what we did this week. And about upholstery. And waxing.

ON THE HARD August 11, 2015

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This is the most well organized boatyard there is. It is a large yard with probably 60-70% long term storage. These are snowbirds that go home after Easter and do not show up again till October. The rest are like me, getting work done. All workers here are contractors that are approved by the yard. You get a contract from them that is approved by you and the contractor and then by the yard. Any changes must be approved by all three parties. Payment is made according to the contract through the yard. This eliminates a lot of who said what. I like that. So far I have seen 3 painters. Two I will get bids from in the morning, then I will make my choice. Everything is negotiable. I like that. We are having the hull cleaned and waxed. That is done by the same people doing the bottom job. We are having new chaps made for the dinghy. That will cause us to stay at least 4 days longer. I believe we got a good deal. That individual is also going to do new upholstery for the inside. The welder was here today, but we talked our way out of welding. There is welding to be done, but not onto the davits. He is to return in the morning with ideas. We shall see. Could get expensive. I have little feel for what he will come up with. I did find a boat trailer winch that is good to 1800 lbs. That would be more then adequate and it is cheap. Problem is it is steel. Steel and salt water do not get along together. The welder thought he had a better idea there, but would not tell me till he checked it out. Tomorrow.

Two surprises. The first was a real one. My cutlass bearing is worn out. The bearing does not cost much, but it is labor intensive in replacing. You have to remove my rudder, prop and shaft. Then you get to pull the bearing out. Pulling is not what really happens, it is more driven out from the inside using a special tool. They do not like to come out. Can take a lot of time. That will allow me to check out the packing gland installation.

The other surprise is whether the paint we want to use on the bottom is compatible with the old paint. I remember the brand, but not the number we used last time. The people down here do not think it is a problem since the US EPA has turned bottom paint to common house paint. One of my prospective painters has raised the question. I do know of one boater from FL who had his bottom done about 4 months ago and it is flaking off his boat. That is $1000US in paint. Not good. The prospective painter is know as a hard dealer and will tell you anything to scare you into using him. He started off by telling me the small blister that had been fixed in the past were blisters. Wrong. Well I did not go for the blister deal and that is when he shifted to compatibility. Wait till I say his price is way out of line no matter what it is and walk away. People say he does not like being flat turned down. We may see unless he is running real cheap. He does have a very good reputation. I do not like to cut my noise off to spite my face. Tomorrow could be a fun day…, or a very frustrating one.

TIME TO MOVE ON August 3, 2015

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This was a good week. Got the scratches repaired by a fellow cruiser from South Africa. From what I can ascertain he was a powder coater. They have a different name for the process, but he explained what it was and how it worked and powder coating was it. To keep his cruising kitty full, he does repair work. He did my scratches in less then 2 hours and half way through you could not find any sign of them. He is also a licensed captain for 100 ton vessels and does yacht deliveries where ever in the world. Cool guy.

His lady is Miss Kitty. Think “Gun Smoke” She is from the Grapevine Texas area and lived just a short ways from my brother and sister-in-law. She can lay on the draw like you would not believe…, darling. Neat couple. Been cruising together for 10 years. Each has a boat, hers is here and I think his is in Europe. Makes it easy if they deliver across the pond. Just get on his boat and cruise there until a job comes this way.

The mate’s back is better, but she is being very careful about what she does.

Went to a going away party for Canadian friends who sold there boat and are going back to their home in the Canadian Rockies. There to buy a motor home and visit all the provinces of Canada and all the states in the US. Then maybe get another boat. They are in their fifties, maybe 60, both have more energy then I ever had. They do a lot of hiking. There maybe something to be said for that.

Wednesday we head for Trinidad. Going there for a haul out which is when they put the boat up on jack stands and repaint the bottom and do other maintenance and upgrades. We have a wish list that will never get done. The bottom will be repainted. That is really needed. We are going to get a winch for the davits. We store the dinghy in the davits with the outboard on. Dinghy, outboard and gas weigh around 300 pounds. It is a lot to lift even with a 3 fold tackle on the motor side. I have some ideas and the people at the yard say they have built several different types. We will see. Money will determine this one. We also want to reupholster the settees and stools in the main saloon. They are about 15 years old and are getting threat bare. They really held up good and are still very confortable. Again dollars. We would like to get a new set of skins for the dinghy. Those are Sunbrella covers that protect the dinghy. Your dinghy is like your car, pickup truck and bus. It takes a lot of beating. It is used almost every day and not treated very gently. It gets tied up to docks that have rough services, various marine growth and various nails, screws etc. to tear up your family car. Again its dollars. Trinidad has a reputation for doing excellent work for a reasonable price. I should know about the reasonableness by next Monday. That is when they will haul the boat and start work. It will be interesting. Prices are negotiated and it will be done between English and Spanish. My Spanish is like my French. I can be polite and that is about it. Pray for us, we will need it on this adventure.

TRINIDAD WEATHER WINDOW July 27, 2015

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Yep, looking for a weather window again. They seem to come around the end of the week. That would put us into Trinidad on a on a weekend. That usually means paying an overtime fee for Customs and Immigration. Just another tax. I hate taxes, of any kind and for any reason. Now there is a need for taxes, but overtime and the workers do not get any higher rate of pay. I do not need to pay more to anyone’s coffers.

A week from today, August 3rd looks like the middle of a period of mild weather. Trinidad is about 90 miles away so we will leave late Monday afternoon and hope to arrive early to mid morning on Tuesday. No overtime pay. We will be there till about the 17th and then head back to Grenada.

Last week I mentioned that it had rained like I had not seen since last summer. That was true. There was little wind and a lot of rain. This Saturday, a tropical wave was passing over us. It blew well into the mid to high 30’s for most of the morning. There would be a squall line and then a break and then another squall line. The weather comes from the east with the trade winds. I am anchored towards the east shore. The idea is to get some protection. I do not think it is working. The winds swirl around the hills and hit you from north to south with good ferocity.

While anchored here, there is only one boat between me and Venezuela. Don’t get ahead of me here. One of the really strong squall lines is moving through and I am up in the cockpit keeping watch and turning on the anchor alarm in the chart plotter. I look at this one boat, a 43 foot catamaran and he is swinging more then normal but he is where he is suppose to be. I turn back to do some final adjustments to my alarm and look up and see the cat turning sideways and head for me with a lot of speed. When you think about a catamaran, they have a lot of windage. It was happening so fast that all I could do was blow my air horn. He was standing in his cabin because he does not have a windshield. The rain just blows in between his cabin top and the bimini. Kind of like driving down the road forty miles per hour in a rain storm and hanging your head out the window.

So he is blowing down on me and I go out on deck, yea its raining, to see what I can do. I do not have time to get a fender ready because they are tied down ready to go to sea. One does not stick arms between 30 to 40 tons of boats wishing to play bumper car. So you stand there and listen to the heavy thud and bang and screeching of fiberglass. Don, the owner of the other boat gets his engines going and pulls away after he is about ½ way down the side of my boat. I saw a couple scratches but decided to wait till the afternoon when the storm had passed.

We looked and I have 2 heavy scratches and some smaller ones. He came out with scuffmarks on his starboard bow and a stanchion that was broke loose. Not bad considering the noise. Today I had one of the marine service companies come and look at it and he is getting a couple fiberglass workers to come and take a look tomorrow. I need to get them patched before heading off to Trinidad. Otherwise water will get into the fiberglass and that is just asking for trouble.

That is most of the excitement for the past week. I did get the outboard serviced. It runs very nicely now.

Other news, the mate hurt her back, was making her way forward as the rain was just starting. She was bring me a rain jacket while I was taking down the awing. She ducked under one of the poles that hold the awing up and turned at the same time. Next thing I hear is a scream and she is bent over saying she can’t stand up. Well I help her back to the cockpit which she now has to climb into. From the deck the combing is a little over knee high. I got her to sit down on the combing and lifted her legs over and onto the seat. From there we lifted her down to the seat where she could stand up and move towards the hatch and latter. Yes there is a lot of hollering, but she managed to keep it civil.

The hatch has a combing about 10 inches above the deck. I lifted her feet over the combing and onto the first step of the ladder. There are 6 steps on the ladder I led her down hoping she did not fall on me. That would not have been a pretty sight. Got her to one of the settees where she spent the majority of the next two days. Sunday was a little better and today she was almost back to normal. And most people think we are out here sunning ourselves on the beaches and deck. I have not laid on the deck since the Bahamas. Have not been to a beach in 6 months. Most of the sailing has been more harrowing then pleasurable. But it is beautiful in paradise.

THREE DAY FROM HELL July 14, 2015

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I do not know or am checking, but I think I used that title before. If I do not search, I do not know if it was better or worse. What happened these days were worse. We will leave it at that. Friday we were in Carriacou. Had a most wonderful dinner with friends at the Vogle Round House. The owner and chief was chief on The Christina, Onasis’s yacht. I think all great chiefs know how to make the world’s greatest sauces. This lady does. We have eaten their before with friends and brag about there food to all cruisers we encounter. It was a fantastic dinner.

When she was serving us our cocktails on the lawn overlooking the bay, she said she was closing for 3 years to return to England and show and school her 2 kid in England. They do not know their relatives and hardly their grandparents. They own the restaurant and a few cottages that they rent out on the property. She assureds me they would not start a restaurant in England, (she is a little burned out), and would not sell this place. I do not think we will ever go there again, but if she does reopen, I hope all cruisers in the area will go.

So much for the good life. Saturday we left for Grenada. We ran to keep a head of rain squalls from Carriacou to Grenada. The normal rough north side of the island was not real bad. Wahoo. We got about 1/3 down the island and the flooding alarm went off. It is an old Cadillac car horn. It would let the neighborhood know there is a problem. I went below, checked the engine room and all was tight and secure. There was a lot of water under the environmental pan under the engine. Not good. I next went to the stuffing box. That is the mechanism the keeps the water from coming into the boat through the prop shaft. The stuffing in it had worn out. Without going into details My buddy boat and I ( he anchored beside us and came over with some special tools and helped replace the stuffing). 3-4 hours later we were under way. I have put about 4 hours on the new stuffing and about have the adjustment about right to keep the right amount of water dripping into the boat. So much for day one.

We did not go as far as expected on day one because of the problem. We therefore anchored at St George for the night.. The next morning we dinghy around the port and look at the city and marinas. It is a one of the prettiest capital towns in the islands. After the tour we headed off to Hog Island. We headed south and rounded the island and headed about 5 miles east to the island. On rounded the island, we encountered 25-30 knot wind and seas up to 6 foot. Got down to 1.9 knots and put up the staysail with a twist into it. That gave us an additional 1-2 knots. That was great through the seas and we entered Hog Island. The place was very full. We found a place to anchor, but I was not confortable with our room to swing. Our buddy boat could not find a place at all. We hauled anchor and headed back west to Mt Hartman Bay to find an anchorage. Our boat buddies found a place near the entrance and we found one near the mooring field to squeeze into. It was not long before we were informed we were to close to the mooring field. Well, I am sorry, but it was cocktail time and I am not moving. The next morning we moved.

Day 3. We found a place near our cruising buddy and anchored. We put out about 150 foot of chain. Almost right for the depth. Our cruising buddy called and said there was a catamaran dragging anchor and moving towards them. I jumped into the dinghy and picked him up and headed for the drifting boat. While I was coming, he put out a general call to help. We got on the boat and the owners were ashore.   They had put down next to no scope for there anchor. The anchor windlass was on and had tons of chain. We put out maybe 40 additional feet and it started to hook up. By that time we were coming up to another steel anchored boat. The 2 of us fended off as much as possible. About that time 4 other people showed up to help get the boat re-anchored. We finally got it secured and left the boat. A little latter the owners were towed back to there boat. They got on board, hoisted there dinghy and raised their anchor. They went right back to the same place and put out about the same amount of chain. Guess what. They went below and the boat was dragging again. About 5 minutes later, they came on deck and proceeded to lounge in the cockpit, while the boat was dragging down wind. One of the guys went forward and proceeded to rig a bridle for his anchor chain. That will not help you hold to the bottom. He finally figured that out. Ready for this, they raised the anchor and decided to anchor closer to shore. They even used less chain to anchor and guess what, they started to drag again. As they are drifting by, they started putting out fenders. I could not figure if they were expecting to drift into other boats of go to the marina. Thank goodness, they went to the marina. I could only figure out they had never anchored or they stole the boat last night and never did anything.

That was 3, right? Well last night we went to the marina for happy hour. What a surprise.   About 25 of the people that were here last year have returned. We took most of the tables in the placed and put them together. Then there was an additional annex that we could not fit on the end. It was great seeing those that we have seen up and down the chain and those we have not seen since last summer. That included people we would meet on the shopping bus or meet at the bar with other acquaintances. A good time. While enjoying the evening, there were a couple squalls roll by. We were anchored quite a ways from the marina and I did walk out to check on old Nightwatch. All was well.

We returned to the boat about a half hour before the real squalls hit. From 9 – 10:30 it stormed. About 10 it got rough. I went out and set an anchor watch on the chart plotter. It went off in about 10 minutes. There was the wind coming several directions around the hills and the currents coming from several other directions. That makes all the boats do a dose do. Not good. Because of the scope everyone is using we could actually do 360 degree circles and miss one another…, usually.. I watch us do 2 clockwise and 1 counter clockwise. I would like to go out deep enough and let all the chain out to unwind. I am afraid I could not pull the anchor back up. Have to get more guts. Enough for one week.

THE PLAN July 7, 2015

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Tomorrow, Wednesday we are off at between 8 and 9 am. That is the plan. We will be off to Tobago Cays. Finally. I hope. Wind is suppose to lay down and the seas. About everyone we know have left in the past week. The mate has us making Tobago Cays tomorrow and leaving Thursday to check out at Union island and into Carriacau. Then Friday on to Grenada. That gives us tomorrow afternoon and Thursday morning to snorkel plus a spare day in this weather window. Gee, that is planning 5 day on a weather forecast. OK. The mate does the navigating….

Other then that we have been here in Bequia doing laundry, shopping, eating. The Forth party had about 30 cruisers from the US, France, England and at least one other country that I could not pronounce their names and never figured out where they were from. Some place in Eastern Europe, I think. Nice couple. He spoke some English, she none. Same with one French couple. HE spoke some English, she understood some. Enough to play Yatziee and beat everyone by double. Lots of fun.

Hopefully we will start to be on schedule to Trinidad based on our wants and not the weather windows that have been few and far between since November. We will see. The weather windows have been 1 – 2 day duration at best, then sit for a week to up to 5 weeks an not be able to move.

The mate, who oversees our water, has us up to 200 gallons, the most since November. We were over 150 once and gave away about 70 gallons to friends that needed water. The water maker has been a blessing. Along with the wind generator and solar panels to provide the electricity to run it.

The last 2 weeks have been windy and squally and we have lived off the wind generator. Rainy cloudy weather does not get you much through the solar panels. The wind the last 2 weeks has been in the 20’s plus periods in the 30’s. Two nights ago it was in the 40’s for a few hours. The wind generator over heats at those speeds and goes into a free wheel mode. It then sounds like a WWII fighter in a dog fight as it revs up and down with the wind. And all that time not producing electricity. Just noise and hits vibrations levels from not being perfectly balanced that tries to shake the mizzen mast apart. The mate moved to the saloon to sleep because of the noise, only to be met by the staysail and genoae sheets slapping the deck in the wind.

Well, I will try to get this off on WiFi. The last one I did on Thursday, I had WiFi at 11:30 PM. Amazing. Well it is about that time and plus, almost all the kids are gone. That frees up the internet.

They sail in a group. This time there were about 10 of them and they all left with in a day or two. They are all home schooled and spend a lot of time on the internet during the morning for school and then when the weather is bad the rest of the time. Makes it hard to get on line.

Almost all of them study from around 8 AM till noon 5 days a week all year long. They are an amazing group of well educated, well behaved, responsible kids. They range in age of pre-collage to about 4. One 4 Y.O. has better radio procedures then any military operator I have ever heard. They socialize as a pack. Have seen as many as 30 of them together in Grenada. Age does not matter much. The 3-4 year olds can out swim you, a little older and can out handle the largest of boats. Pre teens normally are standing watches when sailing. When talking with them they speak and act as adults, even the young ones.

They are a lesson for adults about education and giving responsibility. Because of this they are actually recruited by the best universities. Anyone afraid of taking there kids cruising just has to look to the kids that are out there. The parents have to take on the home schooling tasks, which is a challenge. The adults must accept that they are learning from a constant changing environment. And accept that they are their to take on the responsibility when needed. Even the youngest. I am amazed.

GUESS WHERE WE ARE AT! July 2, 2015

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Today was the best day in a week. About 8 boats left for going south. Still rough and the mate really does not want to go out there. So we and are 2 boat buddies sit.

Yesterday on the beach we celebrated Canada Day. It is like their 4th. Met a lot of new people and had a lot of fun. We are going to do the 4th at one of the bar/restaurants that are along the bay. Tomorrow we will know what they can put together. There are more US boats here then I have seen in one place in a long time. It could be a good party.

The weather was to get better and today and tomorrow are the best this week. Tomorrow would be tolerable, but we would be stuck in another bay with a lot of expensive restaurants. Can not do expensive eating out very often. We try to limit meals out to lunches. Unless of course, it is a special place. There are some as we move up and down the island chain.

We could have gone today, but our friends that went said it was getting rough within about 3 miles of the destination. We want to go to Tobago Cays for at least one day and do some snorkeling.

We have been stormed out the last two times we were there. Next week looks like it might finally calm down for several day so we can spend some time Tobago Cays and still have time to move on to Union Island and check out of the Grenadines. Then we go and check in to Carriacou, which is the sister island of Grenada. There is a great restaurant there and we will do dinner with friends.

It is Thursday and I am just writing this. Getting WiFi out of here is a real problem. The other day I went and tried to pay for some stuff with a credit card and the credit card systems were down. So was the WiFi for the island. Could be some linkage there, you think?

I will try tomorrow to transmit this while the mate is picking up a couple items we forgot at the grocery store today. It was fine that we forgot them, I could not have carried any more. Retired male cruisers are know as pack animals. That is only the beginning of the fun. You get loaded up with an overstuffed book back pack, tote a cart behind you, and trudge off to the dinghy. There you transfer all to the dinghy and speed off to the boat. The 3 weeks of wind keep about a 1.5 foot chop in the bay. Now we tie the dinghy to the boat and hang on for dear life with one had and transfer everything onto the deck of the mother ship. Hopefully the light stuff does not blow off the deck while we were getting onboard. Transfer the stuff from the deck to the cockpit and then below to be put away.

Wish me luck with the technology gods of the islands and y’all have a great 4th.

WE MOVED ON June 29, 2015

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We moved on to Bequia, past St Vincent. It is a very pretty island. We never stop at St Vincent because of the terrible reputation it has for robbing and worse things to cruisers. Granted they have a couple years of no problem, but the government and all is still very suspect. If I want to tour the island, and I would like to, I would take a ferry from Bequia and a bus tour of the island. That way one is relatively safe. Oh, the weather…, on the north side, 6-7 plus and the occasional 8 footer. Makes the mate want to matinee.

So we are here expecting to be here for a week and have a weather window. No such luck. We want a day or two at the Tabago Cays to do some snorkeling in one of the best places in the world. We have been there twice. The first time the mate thought she was drowning, the second time we got there 2 minutes before a good 2 day storm. When we got up everyone was leaving. We left, do not want to be the last one out of town.

Still have not done some good snorkeling. Want to this time. We are also below the named storm box that does away with out insurance. We are about 10 miles north at this time. Yes we would make a run for it. We would go to South America to avoid hurricanes.

This week we have toured the island of Bequia with the group of boat buddies we are traveling with. They have not been here so it has been fun showing them the Turtle Sanctuary, and the fishing area on the Atlantic side, among other places. See our Facebook page.

Our next weather window, which was to be Tuesday is now Friday. It is also 1 day long. We want to do Tobago Cays and that takes at least 2 days. What will be will be. We have one more shot at it next fall. Yes we are pretty sure about coming back to the States next year. Of course there is the election. We could become expatriates. Sail on forever.

Only I would do that. The mate would see me kicked over the side first. She may have done that already if she could figure out how to get the boat back to sell. She reminds me that this is her home also. I may be safe. Seriously, if you recall she signed on for a one year tour. We are into year 2 year, and thing are the same. She is scared to death in heavy seas, but loves the islands between. I love the islands between, and work through the heavy seas and yes are somewhat fearful. One should be.

We will spend some time in Grenada and then go to Trinidad for a bottom job. Our bottom jobs have lasted us 3 years in the states. They have been in poorer shape as haul outs have been scheduled. This last coat lasted a little over a year. We have to scrub the bottom every couple of weeks. The preventive is gone. Thank you EPA. Practical Sailor Magazine says there last test, none worked. Suggested using Sears house paint. Would work as well. Thank you EPA. We cruisers are not killing the seas. Look at the shipping industry, fishing industry and the navies of the world that never have things growing on there bottoms. I do not have enough money of political presents to make a difference. Lets see, 35’ x 13.5 x .3 versus a 800 x 80 x 40 foot container ship or a cruise ship of 1000 feet or the navies of the world. Yea we boaters are killing the seas. What about the mound of plastic containers that is the size of states, floating around the Pacific.

See what happens when one is stuck in the same place for a period of time. We get a little WE MOVED ON

We moved on to Bequia, past St Vincent. It is a very pretty island. We never stop at St Vincent because of the terrible reputation it has for robbing and worse things to cruisers. Granted they have a couple years of no problem, but the government and all is still very suspect. If I want to tour the island, and I would like to, I would take a ferry from Bequia and a bus tour of the island. That way one is relatively safe. Oh, the weather…, on the north side, 6-7 plus and the occasional 8 footer. Makes the mate want to matinee.

So we are here expecting to be here for a week and have a weather window. No such luck. We want a day or two at the Tabago Cays to do some snorkeling in one of the best places in the world. We have been there twice. The first time the mate thought she was drowning, the second time we got there 2 minutes before a good 2 day storm. When we got up everyone was leaving. We left, do not want to be the last one out of town.

Still have not done some good snorkeling. Want to this time. We are also below the named storm box that does away with out insurance. We are about 10 miles north at this time. Yes we would make a run for it. We would go to South America to avoid hurricanes.

This week we have toured the island of Bequia with the group of boat buddies we are traveling with. They have not been here so it has been fun showing them the Turtle Sanctuary, and the fishing area on the Atlantic side, among other places. See our Facebook page.

Our next weather window, which was to be Tuesday is now Friday. It is also 1 day long. We want to do Tobago Cays and that takes at least 2 days. What will be will be. We have one more shot at it next fall. Yes we are pretty sure about coming back to the States next year. Of course there is the election. We could become expatriates. Sail on forever.

Only I would do that. The mate would see me kicked over the side first. She may have done that already if she could figure out how to get the boat back to sell. She reminds me that this is her home also. I may be safe. Seriously, if you recall she signed on for a one year tour. We are into year 2 year, and thing are the same. She is scared to death in heavy seas, but loves the islands between. I love the islands between, and work through the heavy seas and yes are somewhat fearful. One should be.

We will spend some time in Grenada and then go to Trinidad for a bottom job. Our bottom jobs have lasted us 3 years in the states. They have been in poorer shape as haul outs have been scheduled. This last coat lasted a little over a year. We have to scrub the bottom every couple of weeks. The preventive is gone. Thank you EPA. Practical Sailor Magazine says there last test, none worked. Suggested using Sears house paint. Would work as well. Thank you EPA. We cruisers are not killing the seas. Look at the shipping industry, fishing industry and the navies of the world that never have things growing on there bottoms. I do not have enough money of political presents to make a difference. Lets see, 35’ x 13.5 x .3 versus a 800 x 80 x 40 foot container ship or a cruise ship of 1000 feet or the navies of the world. Yea we boaters are killing the seas. What about the mound of plastic containers that is the size of states, floating around the Pacific.

See what happens when one is stuck in the same place for a period of time. We get a little hostile. Oh well. I am 5 days late unless I can get this out tonight. That would be good.

Lets see, I am to do the next installment in 2 days. Never can tell, I may mellow by then. Naaaa. That is why they call us old geezers.

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