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A REALY NICE PLACE, CULEBRA February 4, 2016

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This is the second island in a row we can say we done it. Did some hiking. 1.5 mile one way. That is the longest I have done in a year. Trying to do more Yoga along with walking more and as we are moving more often, that is exercise of its own. One does not lay around much on a sail boat.

While there, the wind and sea were back in the 20 knot range with 9 foot seas. The bay is very protected. That means no rolling. Good sleeping. It is also cold at night, good sleeping. 76 degrees.

Culebra is quite hilly and a very pretty island. The people are very friendly. Food was good. There are several beautiful beaches plus the diving and snorkeling is among the best. Because of the seas being so heavy we only waded in 2 of them. One was Flamingo Beach, beside Flamingo Lagoon. The beach is one of the top 10 in the world. It is. A little whiter sand and it could be as good as Pensacola Beach.

About the flamingos. The US Government bought this island during WWI. It was used for target practice. The thousands of Flamingos left and have not come back. They gave the people 24 hour to leave. Some did not. The island only had a few hundred people on it to begin with. This went on through WWII when there were around 17,000 troops stationed there. This lasted until Pres. Nixon gave the island back to Puerto Rico. It has grown and there are a few resorts on the island. I think one could have a great vacation week here.

The second beach was Turtle Beach. We talked to some people who had been there before and said you can be surrounded by 2 dozen turtles at a time. The day we were there we did not get into the water, not to rough, just very murky. Talked to one of the pros that run a diving concision and he said it was not a good day to see turtles.

We had rented a gas powered golf cart to tour the island. Perfect vehicle for the island. It was a challenge to get up the hills, but if you know golf cart brakes, it was thrilling on the way down.  We also stopped at a roadside museum. Not normally one of my things. This was a small house but with only one room. It had three DVD viewing area, One was archeological, one pre-European and one its modern history. That DVD on modern history ran for an hour and was the best on something like this I had seen. Someone had the forethought to go and interview and video the people that lived through the military operations. Very interesting stories from both the men and women who lived through those times.

We did the island. One end to the other and one side to the other. Great fun.

Saturday we left for the Isla De Vieques. This is another much larger island that the military tried to blow away. It has a bad crime reputation, so we only anchored for the night in a pretty open bay. Sure enough, back to rolling. Been in worse, but not the good night sleep we had had for a week.

Now we are on the south shore of Puerto Rico visiting some cruising friends who have bought a home and I believe they will be here forever. They like cruising the US and British Virgin Islands. Those islands are all within a days sail, and as nice as the advertising says. A little expensive, but very nice. In 4 trips through them, we have been there, done them.

Tomorrow we start heading west again. Maybe we will find WIFI.

MOVING NORTH, WHAT AM I DOING!! January 26, 2016

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Sure enough, we moved from St Croix to Culebra. North!

In the mean time we rented a car and spent a day touring St Croix. We went from one end to another. The day before we rented the car we walked all over the downtown area of Christanstad. It has a lot of old Dutch architecture. Couple old churches and a fort. This fort is all freshly painted and swept clean. Add troops and it would be ready to go. It has a claim to fame in that the mother of Alexander Hamilton was in jail there for 7 months. She left her husband for another man. Husband 1 had her put in jail. She did not make a go of wife with the second one either.

On the car trip, we started at the east end which is the farthest eastern point of the US. It is up on this hill surrounded by the Caribbean on 3 sides. It is really a pretty place. There is a millennium monument there that shows the position of the sun on January First of when ever it was built. Carter was president I think. We also went to a plantation that the Big House has been restored with original furniture. The workings of the sugar mill was all moved to one place. As plantations go, this one was pretty small.

We also went a botanical garden. That was a bust. It was also built on an old sugar plantation. It had more ruins then flowers.

We drove into a Rum Distillery. A nice modern one. We decided to go to lunch instead of touring another modern distillery. We know how to make rum. It is a smelly process.

We went on to Fredrickstad. Much smaller then Christiansted but has a pretty waterfront and the normal art and clothing stores and restaurants. The middle of the waterfront has this big pier that can handle 4 cruise ships. There was 1 ship in and I was amazed how a small town can absorb 3000 people. They did it well. We ate at a “New Orleans Jazz” restaurant. Half the band was from New Orleans. The jazz was good and the food could have been served on Canal Street.

One of the high points of the whole week, was lunch in Christiansted. The mates birthday was Sunday when we sailed overnight to St Croix. For Birthdays, we normally do a great dinner someplace. We had sailed overnight and it takes a while for us to recuperate. Plus, white folks are not to be out after dark. Not good for your health and wellbeing. We had a list of restaurants to try. We went into a small shop and asked the lady where they were located. She said if we wanted something a little special, try this other place. It was a small French cuisine restaurant. It was superb. Could have spent the whole day there. A great belated Birthday Meal.

Sunday we sailed north to Culebra. About 45 miles and I hoped to sail on a broad reach. No such luck. The wind turned dead astern and died to about 8-10 knots. Plus there was a left over sea of 3-4’ to occasional 5-6’ We rolled up to 20 degrees each direction. We motored sailed as best we could using the mainsail as a steadying sail. It was an uncomfortable 7 ½ hours.

We are looking forward to spending some time here in Culebra. On the way down the islands, we spent 1 night here and left before the weather closed in on us. This place has lots of beaches and good snorkeling. Our weather is to close in with high wind and seas starting tonight. Ruminants of the snow storm that hit the east coast last weekend.

North, I must be loosing it.

ST CROIX January 19, 2016

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The weather looks good even to the mates standards. Therefore on Saturday we left for St Croix USVI. I wanted to sail as much as possible for the 19 hour trip. We got in some sailing at the beginning then around dusk the wind died. We sailed again from dark till midnight. Then the seas got to be a steady 4-5 on the port quarter and the wind was on our stern plus or minus 20 degrees and only about 8-10 knots. Back to the iron sail. Even then we tried to motor sail and tack down wind. We did not realize till light what was happening with the seas. The wind driven seas were 4’ from the SE and the swell was NE at 6’ with an 12 second period. That is not bad. A lot of uppity up and downity down. Its just when they get together. By sunup, the swell had died to about 4 feet and the wind driven sea was about the same. That means all is the same size from different directions and you have the old wash machine effect. When you were not on watch it was hard to sleep. Very rollie.

20 hours from anchor up to anchor down. Exactly what we had estimated. Sunday was a day of lots of napes. Morning, afternoon, evening and night. I woke up sitting up on a settee about 1:30 am. Woke up at 6:45 just in time to here my weatherman. It takes at least 2 days to get over an overnight.

We are in Christiansted Harbor, St Croix, USVI. This is a big 3 day weekend for the island…, Martin Luther King weekend. “Back in the USA”. The island is closed. That was good. We needed the rest and I had a couple big projects to work on. Projects done. Tuesday we will start exploring the island.

Very slight roll behind the reefs. A lady cruiser we met Sunday said the week before was quite rollie. After Simpson Bay, it could not have been that bad.

No mountains, just hills. I am going to miss the mountains of the Windward and Leeward islands. Mountains and seas are beautiful. By the time we get to the Bahamas, you will be able to stand on deck and see over many of the islands. Boring. Also, no French bakeries. French Bakeries are one of the true joys of life. To sit at a table on the sidewalk and have a cup of their coffee and a pastry or two. Life is good.

OFF AGAIN January 11, 2016

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The weather is suppose to slowly settle down. By the 3rd it is actually calming down a bit. Seas from 9 feet to 6 feet. That is a good start. On the 5th we moved back to Jolly Harbor to stage for our trip to St Martin. We will do an overnight on this 18 hour trip. We have always stopped at an island somewhere in between to make the trip in 2 days. The navigator decided we could save a day by doing an overnight. I concurred.

We want to do more overnights, which are usually around 80-90 miles and cut off stopping at places we have been and either checking in and out through customs or “Yellow Flagging” the island. Yellow Flagging is quasi legal. Most of the islands do not care, but some want that tax dollar and check either at night or at first light. The Dutch side of St Martine and St Bart’s are two that come to mind.

The stop in St Martin is more of a repair and maintenance stop. It is a duty free island and that saves some money. It has machine shops, welding shops, rigging shops ,electrical shops, etc. All with great workmanship. Plus it has two good marine stores. If you order stuff, air freight is only .70/lb. Ships used to be great. They ran every other day from Miami. Now with the oil critics and things slowing down on the islands they only run the ships once a week. That puts you 2 weeks to get a shipment.

We wanted to go to Marigot Baie on the French side. It was only 7 Euros forever to check in. It was not supposed to be, but Customs had decided not to collect the fees that run you $40/ week, like the Dutch side. Well, the first thing we find out is we can not check in where we used to and its 7 Euro fee, but had to go to the ferry terminal with everyone else checking in. You guest it, 40 Euros/week. Secondly there were to be a northern swell and the bay is open to the north. And finally it is about a 45 minute dinghy ride to the end of the lagoon where all the shops and stores are located. So, we moved back to Simpson bay on the Dutch side.

We were here last year when we got stuck by 6 weeks of Christmas winds. The first week here was fine, then the winds started and the seas built and started coming into the bay. Within 12 hours it went from rolly to scary. We then moved into the Lagoon.

These seas are from a semi-tropical storm in the middle of the Atlantic. They are to be 9 foot by tomorrow and then start down. The wind has us beam on to the swell that is coming over the reef. We have things to do daily and have to run around in the dinghy. If it gets a little more rolly, we will move. Do not need to try to get into the dinghy in 4 foot seas. The poor mate fell getting into the dinghy a week ago and hurt her back. Do not need to beat her up any further.

Even in the boat you get very tired. Constant moving and when you move around you are bouncing off the bulkheads and furniture. Even in bed, you are rolling 3-4 degrees each direction, all the time. You brace yourself as best you can, but the mattress still moves under you. Not the best of sleep.

We are hoping to be out of here by the weekend. We will do another overnight and go to St Croix in the USVI. St Croix is off the beaten path so we missed it going to the islands. It is supposed to be an interesting island and we may spend a week there. Or we may be stuck here with weather and/or waiting parts.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WEEK MAKES January 7, 2016

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Nothing good mind you. We still have 30 knot winds and 7-9 foot seas, therefore we are still held up in Antigua. The winds are starting to slow some, but the seas show no sign of getting into that elusive 4-5 foot range. Even 5-6 would be tolerable. We have decided to skip St Barts totally. If you can not do New Years Eve, screw it. We will do an overnight to St Martin. We have to get parts there, have a sail repaired, repairs to one of the windshield tab that holds it open, a new zipper in the Bimini and its adjoining sun shade. Then there are the water maker spare pump, a replacement pump for the electric head, a repair kit for one of the bilge pumps, speakers for the lap top, batteries for the patio lights. That was off the top of my head…, that means I am forgetting something.

The wind and seas are to get down by late in the week. Tomorrow afternoon we will head back to Jolly Harbor to stage for our overnight towards the week end. Seas should be down some, but a northern swell should enter the mix.

This week has been more normal with laundry and grocery hikes. We decided to have over a couple of cruiser buddies couples for New Years Eve. Heavy ho’rderves. You knew I could not spell that. Not even close enough for spellcheck. That was very enjoyable. At midnight the Dockyard does fireworks, also the Yacht Club and a restaurant. The rest of the world does not know how to do fireworks like the good old USA. The Yacht Club had medium size fireworks with the show lasting about 3-4 minutes. The restaurant did 5 minutes of the size your crazy neighbor finds and buys. The Dockyard did full fledge fireworks. Good ones that lasted 6 minutes.   Thousands of people hike into the Dockyard for 6 minutes. I’m sorry, I need 40 plus minutes of world class fireworks.

That was really all right. We old folks need our beauty sleep. One of our guests had her hand set earlier that day. They were coming to Antigua in the 8-9 foot stuff and a odd wave hit the boat while she was moving from one side of the cockpit to the other. Fell down and bent her little finger and ring finger further back then they should be bent. Broke the bone in her hand that is the ring finger. I was amazed. There med kit has this stuff you cut it to the size you need to make the hard part of a cast. Then you rap your hand or arm to this material and instant cast. No pain pill and doing fine. Just good wine.

Hope your new year is off to a great start.

CHRISTMAS LIKE YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE December 29, 2015

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One of the main events for us cruisers was a Christmas Day dinner. This whole idea was devised by two cruising ladies while waiting out hurricane season in Grenada. When thing can go wrong, they will. The lady who was putting together the dinner had to go back to England because of major health problems with both her parents. That threw the planning and execution on a poor fellow to make it happen. He did a fantastic job right to getting the bill paid.

Cruisers are a funny lot. First they are cheap. Second you never know if they will show up when and where something is happening. We arrived 9 days early. The weather was to turn nasty, so we went early. The man in charge was trying to find a good number that would go to the dinner and then finding a place to take us for a sit down dinner. First the place that was used last year closed. Like forever. So to get a restaurant committed, they want a solid number of people. He got 30 cruisers. Remember I said cheap. That means driving down the price for a dinner that the establishment sees as one of their big money making days. There were about 10 others that decided to do there own dinner. It sounded as good as ours but not as elegant.

The man did well. Expensive, yes, but not out of line. We had turkey, ham different type vegies, great desert, good wines at a reasonable price. It was great.

Other happenings started with a group of us going to a Mexican restaurant for dinner on Tuesday before Christmas. Wednesday there was a Cocktail party at a restaurant that is part of the yacht clubs. After cocktails, the mate and two of our cruising buddies went to a restaurant that was doing a sing along Christmas carol dinner. Good food and it was fun. We had Mince Meat Pie. We never had it before and it was really good. We also had Mullied Wine. Never heard of that either. It is served hot. Interesting. Not bad, but hot wine? The Brits do strange things. They think the same of us. The carols were like ours, but the melody could be totally different. Lots of fun.

On Christmas Eve there was a potluck on the local beach. You brought a meat dish for yourselves and another dish for sharing. The mate did her rolls.

Christmas the dock yard puts on a champagne charity event. You can buy a bottle of champagne from $30EC a bottle to how ever much you want to spend on a bottle. Then you wander around and look at the big boats that are moored around the yard. You can not go on them, but they are nice to look at. About 5pm we wandered over to the Pillars Restaurant for dinner. This is the same place we had Christmas dinner last year.

The facility is Nelson’s Dockyard. It was a ship repair facility for the British Navy, built in 1671. The building have been restored and filled with modern shops and restaurants. My Facebook site will have pictures of the place. We were here last year and you can look back to see more pictures.

Now we are waiting for a weather window to head to St Martins, Today was the mildest day since we came here. Many of our cruising buddies made a break for places further north and west. We are not in a hurry since we probably will skip St Barts. Last year one session of the Christmas Wind lasted 6 weeks. That would put us behind our schedule for the Bahamas by the last week in March. I am most unhappy about missing New Years in St Barts, but the mate would not have liked this milder day of 7-8 foot seas. Me neither.

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

December 23, 2015

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CHRISTMAS WEEK

 

We moved over to Falmouth Harbor on Wednesday. We are entering a period of Christmas Winds, and they are starting. The Trades get going good because of weather patterns across the Atlantic. By the time they get to the eastern Caribbean, the winds are approaching 30 kts and the seas get to the 9’-10’ range. That is not were the captain and the Mate are going to be. Last year we were stuck in St Martin for 6 weeks. This year they say they will last till the first of the year then calm down to the normal for this time if year. That is wind in the high teens and seas around 5’-6’. Those are not good, but about as good as it gets.

All year I had hoped to be in St Barts for New Years. Well, it looks like I will be about 70 miles short. We will still get there eventually, but not for the length of time I wanted or the joyous occasion I had hoped for.

Then we will push on to St Martin. I need several items for the boat and that is one of the cheaper places in the Caribbean. Hopefully get things purchased and installed in a timely manner and then move west.

Christmas will include a champagne charity event for the community, followed by a dinner 30 of us cruisers are having. Then it is back to waiting for a weather window. I will get some boat projects done. Been hard this week. I need to chase electrical gremlins. It is hard to tighten wiring connections and crawl in tight places as the boat rolls. The big seas are raping around the southern end of the island and into the bay with occasional 3’ swells. They are hitting us in the stern and causing the boat to surge forward and back. The wind is from our port bow to our starboard bow. That along with the swells causes us to roll back and forth about 5 degrees. Not bad, but gets old.

Had to take a break. A 35 foot sailboat broke free from her mooring and drifted down between our boat and a neighbor boat. Several cruisers got in their dinghies and got control of it and took it back to another mooring for the night. The boat looks closed up for a long time. People do that. They get a mooring and close the boat up for long periods of time while they go home. They normally stay safe during those times. Normally. Well that was our excitement for the day.

Everybody have a very Merry Christmas.

Oh yea, the wifi. There is none. At least they refunded our money. Seems that was also the case last year. Back to hanging out in bars doing your wifi. Hey, it could be worse. Good beer, 80 degrees, good wind, bikini clad eye candy. What’s not to like.

DESHAIES; A SMALL TOWN WITH A GREAT BAKERY December 16, 2015

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This is my kind of town. You get off the dinghy dock and walk through this alley between two restraints, cross the street and you are in the bakery. And it is a good one. Plus the owners daughter is getting good at English. Of course we are also learning the different fillings for Danishes in French. Danish, French and English. I do not remember using that many foreign nouns in one sentence before. It is one of these you sit outside on the sidewalk right beside the street, You could reach out and high five people driving by. Thank goodness there are almost always cars parked along the street.

Enough on getting fat. We left Les Saintes on the 8th and had a very nice sail the 8 miles to Guadalupe. The wind was on our quarter at about 13 knots and only about 1 foot chop. That does not happen very often. Been across that 8 mile strip of water and have had it as rough as any we have been in. We were then in the lee of the island the rest of the day and motored to Deshaies on the north end of Guadalope. We left at 0600 to beat the mid day wind and got to Deshaies at 1145.

It is an interesting anchorage. The bay is maybe a quarter mile across. They have put in mooring balls in half of it. Over half of those are taken by the locals for there boats. The rest of the bay gets filled up with anchored boats. The bottom is not the best holding and they have had several boat at a time drag out to sea. This happens due to the afternoon wind that funnels down from the mountains through 2 passes. It can be a nice pleasant breeze one minute and then gust to 30 knots for the next 12 hours. There are times when the wind gets to 40 and 50 knots. That is when boats drag out to sea. The first afternoon there we got wind in the low 30’s. The next day was calm. The next day there it was almost 30 knots again. We left the next morning.

We left Deshaies for Jolly Harbor, Antigue at 0800. Hoping that the strong wind of the previous day had dropped enough to allow the seas to get back down. Well they did, kind of. Our winds were 18-20 and gusting to 22 kts. Seas were 4-5 foot out of 2 directions. Makes it kind of like a wash machine. Quite a few rolls in the 20+ degrees and an occasional in the 30 degree range. Not bad. Had most of the sails up, but still motor sailed to get across the 45 miles of choppy water. Got in at 1530 averaging 7 kts. Not bad.

My Dock Lord in Pensacola use to talk about marching elephants on the horizon when at sea. He did not like those seas. They look like elephants marching tail to trunk along the horizon. We do occasionally see those on calm days. The mate calls our big seas galloping gorillas. They well up on the horizon or block the horizon and come thundering down on you. It is really amazing how fast they can get from the horizon to slamming into the boat. Remember when the weatherman says the seas will be 4-5 feet, he is only talking about the largest 2/3s of the waves. That still leaves 1/3rd to be of any height King Neptune wants to stir up. This day there were 4-5 footers from the east and also from the northeast. Now, thank goodness that does not mean you get waves of 5’ plus 5’ and have 10 footers. You may get a 6+ footer. They will often crest and those are like the old gray back gorillas. Elephants scatter. Sometimes the 2 waves can hit and grow right beside you. Those I just say WOW to and grab hold. We were sailing along, the mate sitting on the lee side and I was sitting on the windward side, with no shirt on while putting on suntan lotion. One of her gorillas welled up and came into the cockpit. Not the whole wave mind you, but maybe a few gallons, most of which hit me square in the back. It was cold.

We are in Jolly Harbor, Antigue for a few days. It has one of the best grocery stores in the islands. It also has a good size boat store. In a couple days we will go to Falmouth Harbor and spend Christmas there. We were a little worried about Christmas. Two ladies decided to put together a Christmas dinner at one of the restaurants on the bay. There may be 30-40 cruisers there for dinner. They did it for 20 last year and thought it was superb. Well as of yesterday there were only about 2 boats that we knew were going to be part of this. Well yesterday late afternoon and this morning a lot of cruisers showed up. We also understand as of this morning there were 10 others already in Falmouth Harbor. Looks like it could be a good time.

Oh yea, we bought a months worth of WIFI that is good in several of the places we will be for the next couple months. In Deshaies it was the fastest we have had in a long time. Lets hope it is that way in Falmouth. Oh Jolly Harbor…, no WIFI.

WE SAW A WHALE December 7, 2015

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We finally headed north. We moved up to St Pierre on Martinique to stage for our next trip north. St Pierre is the town that was blow away by Mt Pelee in 1909. We went to the bakery, checked out and left about 3:30 AM. Why do I do that. Well we had decided not to stop in Dominica and go straight to Les Saintes. 12 hours. They are a small group of nice island just south of Guadeloupe WFI. They are one of our favorite places. It also has a good grocery store and great laundry. Two very important things for a cruiser. The plan was to spend a Thanksgiving here and leave Monday.

We had a very blustery sail up here and did not want to repeat that sail. We were to sail to Deshaies to stage for going to Antigua. We have about a 5 mile run between Les Saintes and Guadeloupe, then up the lee side of the island. All about 25 miles. Well, we got ready, listen to our weatherman and had real second thoughts. We can stand on deck and look across to Guadeloupe and it looked rough. Real rough. We are not in a big rush, and we do remember the trip here. We decided to stay. Later that day one of our cruising buddies came in and said it was rough. We also heard on the radio there we gusts to 60 in the little crossing. We sailors do exaggerate on occasion, especially about heroine passages. Three other boat buddies came in later that day and posted pics on Facebook.   Those showed we made the right decision. So, here we are planning to leave Tuesday.

It is actually Sunday morning. Why am I doing this on Sunday. I have wifi.

Oh yea the whale. This was a highpoint of the whole cruise. Everybody we know has seen whales…, but us. Well after a rough crossing in which we rolled 20 degrees with each set of swells, and 30 degrees every 5 minutes and into the 40’s 3 times. Those are scary. We got to the lee side of Dominica. Nice flat water. About half way up the island I see what looks like a capsized fishing boat. I slow down and the back begins to rise up as if the boat was sinking. All of a sudden huge flukes rise out of the water and the whale sounds. Not like a noise, but diving towards the bottom. There was another that surfaced right ahead and exhaled, as in “thar she blows”. It stayed on the surface till it was hard to see. They were big. Bigger then our boat. We had seen a pilot whale last year, but they are small. These were the real thing. Of course we are both standing there dumb founded and never think of taking pictures. They were our whales to see anyway. And yes the trip from Dominica to Les Saintes was almost as rough. No 40 degree rolls, but enough 30’s to keep the heart rate going.

Well, we are moving to a different anchorage for a couple days. I need to get the boat ready to go.

We moved to iffy wifi. It is

MARTINIQUE AND BEYOUND November 28, 2015

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When there is no reason to know what day it is, you do not know what day it is. Well, we left Rodney Bay in St Lucia on Friday, I’m pretty sure, and arrived in Ste Anne, Martinique FWI. It is crowded. This whole year has been crowded. The town is like a picture and is surrounded by resorts. The most expensive is a Club Med.

Saturday we checked in and found the two bakeries. Well…, not so good. Sunday I did projects. Today the weather forecast has a weather window on Wednesday and Thursday and we hope to make Les Saints just south of Guadeloupe FWI. We will stay there a few days and move up the island of Guadeloupe to Deshaies. That’s “DAY HAY” We want to see a zoo that we missed the last time here. All right, how many people do you know that have been in the islands and went to a zoo. After that, and they have a good bakery, we will check out and go on to Antigua for Christmas.

There are several cruising friends that are going there for Christmas. That sounds like a good time.

After Christmas we pray for a weather window so we can get to St Barts for the biggest fireworks display in the islands for New Years Eve. That is my goal of the trip home. If you never hear from me again, I jumped ship. This is my island. There are 3 more beaches I have not been to on the island. Two of them, the seas have to be dead calm. They are open roadsteads with perfect white sand beach, a row of palms and surrounded by a hill that goes almost straight up. Go by boat or don’t go. So they say. The third one you have to take a cab to. Then the question is can you get to the beach. It is surrounded by a few resorts. One costs $28,000 per night. Might not want this old cruising riffraff hanging on their beach. Oh well.

Then it is off to Ste Maartin to stock up with supplies and spare parts to make the trip to Florida. Need a spare pump head for the water maker. A intake pump for the head. The current one is sounding very sick. Just hope it can last a couple months. Today the depth sounder seems to have had a stroke. It has power, but it does not do anything. It’s little brain is fried. That is one of those got to have items. Then of course I must have my Bristol to finish my brightwork. This will be our late Christmas. Let see the Mate/Water Czar get her spare pump head. She also gets the depth gage. She was not happy when this stopped working and the Captain could not fix it. I hate electronics that are sealed up with 3 wires coming out. Then there is the pump for the head. That one is for both of us. That is already TMI. The Bristol is for me. I like my shinny brightwork. Today the bilge pump seams to need a new impeller.  Now we are starting to talk boat units. ($500).

Ah, it is a busy time of the year.

Just got to wifi. Saturday. Did Thurs but forgot.

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