As we approach our 2 year anniversary of Beyzano being in the Caribbean, we can see the damage the sun is doing.
Glue tends not to stand up to the heat, so even a 6 month old iPad case has fallen apart. Other items include soles falling off trainers, headlining coming unstuck, UV strip fading fast, sprayhood plastic degrading, clothes fade quickly and everything gets bleached. Until people started mentioning it I hadn’t realised how blonde my hair has gone but at least you can’t see the grey! The hatches get brittle and crazed. Zips get clogged up with salt and eventually corrode and break. Your eyes also need a lot of protection, especially blue ones, we were told.
We also decided to visit Dr Jenny Issacs, a dermatologist here, as we both had noticed new brown moles of irregular shape and I was especially worried about one Rob hadn’t bothered to check in the UK. For 25 GBP each we received a full check over and advice plus the welcome news that all were benign. I forget to put sunscreen on my hands and sometimes get caught out walking more than planned around midday but overall she said we were doing well.
The boat awnings we try to cower under when the sun is out, also help to keep the decks cool and therefore the inside too.
Yesterday we hung up the solar Christmas lights all around the cockpit, so we now sit in a grotto of blue lights, really festive 🙂