Saturday, November 18, 2017

Visit to St. Kitts and south

I've been chastised by a loyal reader for not blogging. Guilty. Not sure how time got away on me like that. It's not like we've been too busy. Part of it is that we spend most of our days dealing with the suffocating heat. Sitting with a computer in my lap, moving my fingers causes me to break out in heat blisters.

We've been slowly restoring the boat to working order, but in the heat, we're not getting chores done as fast as we might. Pam has waxed the entire boat and her legs. I've tinkered with some small chores, put lines in place, fiddled with the solar panels. Drinking a lot of beer!

We have been in Hermitage Bay for most of our time. Great internet, nice beaches and good swimming. The breeze keeps us cool for the most part but you can really understand why southern cultures invented the afternoon siesta. It's just too dammed hot to do anything energetic.

Pam made a new cover for this old seat... like new again!

Pam looking for shell treasures

Me on the same beach

Have enjoyed our lunches, happy hours and dinners with Sid and Cate on Quest so it felt a little weird to leave them. BUT... they have some Antigua things they want to do and we decided that we need to deliver a bottle of indian hot sauce to our friend, Brianna from Abbotsford.

Sid made me a pre-birthday dinner

And then Pam made my birthday lunch!
Brianna was going to medical school in Dominica when Maria decided to pass through. She spent the night in her bathroom with several friends as the category 5 hurricane ripped off the roof and blew through the doors and window. Not many people can claim to have survived a cat 5... but Brianna can.

So Ross University extracted all their students and sent them home for a short period. And then brought them all to St. Kitts where they are living on a (not the top of the line) cruise ship while they take classes. Hoping to move back to Dominica soon.
Arriving St. Kitts

We sailed over yesterday with the wind dropping and dropping until we had to motor. The plan is to visit here for a couple of days and then head south to Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe before heading back to Antigua

Streets of Basseterre


View of Blue Pearl from the marina office

Brianna's cruise ship/home moved over to the cruise ship dock
St. Kitts and Nevis courtesy flag

A couple of Wahoos and a Mahi

Our lovely guest

Mmmmmm dinner

Not sure what this is...
So we are looking forward to connecting with Brianna.

Such fun!!!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

On Monday we took the red-eye from Seattle, getting us into Miami by 7AM local time. By 3PM we were at the Blue Pearl, North Sound Marina, Antigua. Lovely to see her, safe and sound tucked up against one of the huge buildings here at North Sound. Not a scratch on her. We were so lucky to have avoided damage from the nasty weather down here in September and October.
Singing "Salt Fish" at the airport - Independence Day

Cold beers on the way to the marina

She's safe!!!

Not going anywhere

Deluxe burger for dinner at "Ounces"

Murphy started on the third pull

I hate sleeping on the boat when we aren't on the water... should really take a B&B for the first few nights until we can get her into the water. Normally I'm a bug buffer for Pam - taking bug bites for the two of us. But this time they decided they loved her O negative blood type. Between the lack of breeze and the bugs we were more than a little grouchy on Thursday, when we splashed.

And... in we go

Dock is a little messed up from the hurricanes
We've been talking to Janina, who runs a new canvas place out of North Sound. We are looking at replacing our dodger, so she came out today to take the measurements. She is also cutting us a new foam mattress for the forward berth.

So we are happy today. Should be able to head down to Jolly Harbour later this afternoon or tomorrow - as soon as Janina brings us our foam.

While we wait we are watching them unload charter catamarans that were damaged in Irma. They were based in Oyster Bay, St. Maarten. These are the worst. There will be 3 more barge loads of them. Some will be scrapped, some repaired, some are just being stored for the insurance companies.

Barge load of cats

What a mess

Amazing how quickly the barnacles grow


Off the barge...

... onto the travel-lift
Looking forward to spending some time with Sid and Cate on Quest. In a week or so we will head over to Saint Kitts to visit our friend Brianna. She was enrolled in medical school in Dominica until they were squashed by Hurricane Maria. They have shifted their classes to Saint Kitts while Dominica rebuilds.

Just keepin' you up to date. Talk soon!