When we got into Point a Pitre I was not in a very good frame of mind.
Not only were we about to lose our cruising buddies but the boat was in trouble. The engine oil pressure light and alarm kept coming on which could have indicated a catastrophic failure. Not an engine rebuilt in France, puleeeeeeese! Also, the stainless steel ladder had separated at the welds, due to someone’s extreme weight. Don I think.
Don and Pat were to leave at 3PM on Thursday so we went over in the morning to scope out repair possibilities at the marina complex. Found english-speaking Eugenie at Fred’s Marine and Mr. Welder just outside Fred’s. Eugenie told me that the earliest they could help would be next Tuesday but Mr. Welder said au demain (tomorrow.) The next day I got the ladder in the morning and in the afternoon as we were loafing around, Fabrice the mechanic and his apprentice Sloanne arrived at the boat.
They quickly determined that the engine oil pressure was fine but the sensor was shot. One hour labour and a €20 part. Who has ever heard of a Yanmar part costing €20? Awesome. We are back in business! And kudos to Fred’s Marine in Guadeloupe. Highly recommended by me.
|Yay Fred Marine|
|Yay! Supplies at our local grocery.|
|Watching Fabrice and Sloanne|
|OMG, rollmops. Love those things. I'll take a case.|
|Mmmmmm, whole lamb. Betcha can't eat just one.|
|Yesterday and today we replaced the reefing lines.|
|Lunch at a local pizza joint|
|Checking our our little grocery again|
|Hmmm, haven't seen this in a grocery before. Don't you love France?!|
So, excuse me while I bounce below to see how our loin fillet is doing on the grill.