A week on and we are still trying to acclimatise to the heat. Despite a brisk wind all day, every day, we are finding it a bit hot and only managing to do 1 task a day. If it gets too much we just dinghy around the bay to the Santa Barbara Plantation Resort, tie up on their long dock and swim in the crystal clear water over white sand. Tough life!
Our tans have reappeared quickly although we have kept well out of the sun when possible. Presumably the base built up over past years means we tan again more easily but the sun is fierce at the moment and warnings to stay out of it were issued on the radio the other day. To keep cool inside the boat, we are running our 12v fans of which there are 4, 2 in the saloon and 1 in each of the 2 sleeping cabins. Our ‘garage’ cabin has to fend for itself but I keep a box of herbs and spices covered to protect it from the light at least.
In addition, we hoisted the sun awnings yesterday, not an easy task in the wind but it helps keep the boat cool and protect the teak. It also enables us to keep the hatches and centre of the sprayhood open for a through breeze into the boat and cockpit, even if it rains. They cover a large area, acting like big sails and you certainly feel the boat moving about a lot more when they are up. Fortunately we are well tied up to the dock but at anchor or on a mooring we take more notice of the wind strength when the awnings are in place.
We filled up the outboard tank at the Yacht Club fuel dock, which is open every day from noon. It cost 78 pence per litre. 2 shopping trips have helped stock the boat up and we were the only people on the minibus on Tuesday leaving plenty of room for our bags. There were times in Grenada when we filled the bus on the way to the supermarket and of course couldn’t all fit in on the way back. George had to run extra buses. Budget Marine is a minute’s walk from the supermarket, so Rob wandered over there to get some varnish for Beyzano’s flagpole, as the top end of it has finally become worn in the sun. Not too bad for 2 year’s constant use.
Whilst we are in the marina, Rob wants to strip out the degraded sealant around our 3 saloon roof screens as 1 has started to let some drips of water in. The surrounding glass is normally white but has become black in patches, so he also wants to mask up and paint those edges. It will be easier to paint whilst we are reasonably still, so we will stay here for another week I guess to finish that. Note: this is now done and a page describing what we did is under ‘Beyzano’ – ‘Boat Maintenance’.
We will also hire a car for a couple of days next week to explore the island again as it was 2013 when we last visited. We can also get to the other 2 chandleries to price up dyneema line for the preventer, as it was 80% more expensive than the list price in Budget’s own catalogue, due to having to import it in. We could also do with finding somewhere to fill our cooking gas tanks.
We met Leon and Frieda again, the young couple from ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’, the yacht we sailed by during our last 24 hours approaching Bonaire and were happy to hear they got married on ‘Puff’ last month in the marina here. Kindly they gave us permission to post up a couple of their photos. It looked like a wonderful occasion, complete with proud parents and Frieda looked absolutely beautiful. We love the bouquet – a ship’s compass surrounded by flowers. ‘Puff’ was clearly a big part of the day and we send our congratulations to them all and best wishes for their next journey to Colombia.
The early mornings and evenings are perfect times of the day, much cooler and usually calmer. Last night we had a BBQ, the first of many this season and Rob’s favourite method of cooking. Glad to put my feet up and wait for the chef!