12:30.56 N 70:01.99 W
A good night’s sleep we
DIDN’T get! Once the tide shifted
around 0100, we were constantly pulled away from the dock by the wind and then slammed into it by
The Venezuelan sailors were
up and about promptly at 0600. We
anxiously awaited Francis’ arrival and diagnosis. Dave found a circuit breaker to restart the engine but we
were chary of pressing ANY buttons at this point. Upon observation and testing, Francis DID reset this breaker
and the engine started! However,
he feels that the alternator diodes are a mess and the two alternators need to
be serviced or replaced. Not the
end of the world after all! We
even have a spare set of diodes on board.
We then proceeded to the
anchorage at Oranjestad under power.
We set the anchor twice.
The first time, we felt a bit too close to another boat for
comfort. Later in the afternoon,
Dave looked out and we had dragged considerably. We promptly reset the anchor again, powered backwards to really set the hook, and then
snorkeled over it to make certain it was firmly in place. We have not budged at all since,
despite very heavy
winds. Third time lucky!
Now for a good night’s