On Saturday we had a beautiful day sailing down the coast to Marigot Bay, in perfect conditions for Beyzano. In 14 knots of wind she sailed at up to 8 knots, very comfortably, until it was time to tack around and anchor in Rodney Bay for a late lunch. We wanted to test the old propeller, which was re-fitted on Wednesday and were very happy with the 7 knot speed we achieved at 2800 rpm. When reversing out of our marina berth we had the power again to counteract the strong prop walk, which takes us to port and the engine noise is much reduced. Something our Biscay crew would have preferred when they were trying to sleep and the wind had died during the crossing.
So, although the feathering prop was useful for the long sail across the Atlantic, the larger fixed one is definitely better for manoeuvring the boat and motoring, as we may need to find shelter quickly in front of an approaching hurricane and need all the speed we can get.
We were stuck inside all day yesterday though, with torrential rain falling for hours. The lagoon is now brown with mud washed down from the hills surrounding Castries and debris such as coconuts and branches are bobbing around the boat. At least the lines and deck have had a nice fresh water rinse. We have plenty to keep us busy on board but are hoping for a lull in the weather so we can bail out the dinghy!
Some fish decided to play with our water hose, as it was low enough for them to jump over and they lined up to take a turn before going back for their next go. Hadn’t seen fish doing that before!
Whilst in the UK I bought a Kindle Keyboard with 3G and have plenty to read plus a subscription to a daily paper, which gets downloaded. Modern technology is proving very useful for our lifestyle, as we don’t need to carry books, videos nor CDs these days, saving a lot of space and weight. We use Facebook and Skype to keep in touch with our friends and family and can sort out all our banking and other admin online. Most of the time it is free or comes with the purchase of a chilled mocha in the local café.
On the subject of spending money, the bad news is that the 6K GBP budget with 3K extra in reserve for maintenance is not going to be enough for 2012. Our insurance is 2.5K, hauling out will be about 2K, unusual items such as the outboard and AGM batteries add another 3K this year and our flights back to the UK have also cost 3K and that was with Air Miles! On top of that there is fuel, food, socialising, customs fees and marina charges in the Caribbean, plus UK living expenses and car hire. It is still worth it though ☺