After another night
of heavy rain, the day dawned (only just) with grey skies and threats of yet
Today I had another
mission, which was to find a hardware store (ferretaria) and buy 2 x 2.5” bolts
so that Roger could fix our mini swim ladder to the Dink (remember the one we
had made for us in Guatemala).
We have a very good
book onboard, called Spanish for Boaters.
It specialises in the
technical language required to keep your boat ship shape and all that.
So I wrote down what
I wanted to say, headed across to the ferry and then up to the road to grab a
cab. 30mins and 70 lims (US3.50) later I had accomplished my
When I got back,
Roger was busy refuelling.
Here, you tell Santos
how much fuel you want and he polishes it (a process of filtering to clean it
thoroughly) then they load it into a big barrel, which is then loaded onto a
little pontoon barge.
The barge pulls up
alongside and you pump it straight into your tanks.
As this was something
new to us, I shot below to grab my camera to photograph it for the
Mack and Bill were
watching the proceedings and Mack and I were discussing the stanchions and our
I leaned over to
point out where I thought it was getting in, yes you got it,
My camera sank
majestically to the bottom of the marina.
Well, I shot aboard
for the magnet hoping that some part of the camera was metal.
Bill then tried to
magnetically fish for it out, no joy. We then tried to hook the strap with our
gaff, no joy. We tied a landing net to the boat hook and tried that, still no
Then I remembered
that Dawn was diving near the palapa and joked that maybe they are doing a
rescue diver course and could use it as a search and rescue
I trotted off to the
Palapa and it turned out that is exactly what she was doing. She said if we had
no luck she would dive the boat for us.
Then, finally, one of
the staff donned his mask and snorkel and dived down and retrieved it for
I don’t hold out much
hope for it, I think it will be damaged beyond repair as it was deprived of
oxygen for too long!!!! I think it is an ex-camera!
But don’t panic, you
will still get you photos, I will use my underwater camera until I get a
replacement. Anyway, I now have a spare 2Gb card