An Anxious day for a
The day before haul out we booked to
fill the fuel tanks up. We prefer to leave them full as less condensation occurs
and with full water tanks Beez is a balanced girl. 10:00 time to move - NO -
Bear tries to up anchor and instead pulled up an old
discarded anchor covered in grime and
barnacles. Laying down to the job of sorting it from
us. Twenty minutes later and we were on our way to the fuel dock on
Bear paying his
dues at the only fuel dock in Chaguaramas,
contemplating the day ahead tomorrow. We went to a buoy for the night as it
would be quicker to get off and be ready when the chaps at the hoist called us
in. Our slot was 08:00 the next morning. As we got settled the heavens opened so
hard the mountain behind us all but disappeared. Time
for a game of Backgammon then.
Wednesday the 29th of July up and
ready for 08:00. I had to get the girl over to the left of the slip and we
got off, eager to see her safely propped up on the hard. The boys then pulled
the ropes to get her dead centre of the slip. Roger trotted down to the waters edge, Bear seen
trotting ahead trying to keep busy and out of everyone's way. Roger in the
water. Beez Neez has lifting makers but nonetheless Roger
always positions the strops by diving below
each and every boat and catamaran.
Roger happy with his
position. Lads happy with Beez and Roger giving me a wave.
The moment you see your boat dangling is the moment I always remember the sick
feeling when the children took there first journey up the BIG slide steps. Each
and every one of them stopped at the top, let go with one hand and waved. Always
a moment of sheer helplessness. Beez over the ground to have
the initial scrape. I was very impressed and so was the lads at how clean
she was, testament to Bears scraping ability in Jolly Harbour, but the backs of
his hands still show the battle wounds inflicted by the various mussels,
barnacles and hangers on. Couldn't resist this one ladies, Roger getting rid of the salt water, had he have needed
help I would have been over there like a shot.
Time for Nigel to give
it some welly with the power hose.
with his Gizmo. Blues and I had been chatting about where we could end
up. He went over to talk to Michael, Bear still wandering around aimlessly until
the site manager got hold of him to talk about
bottoms. Nigel moving one of the strops away from the
One of the lads Andy was telling me
that he had worked for Peakes for the last fifteen years and Michael had been there some time longer. He is a legend in
these parts. He can get ANY size boat into places others are amazed at and once
in place others never believe it possible to get the boat back out, Michael can.
Bear discussing engines, oil filters and oil changes with Sam the engine
second strop out. Final clean where strops had been on
trots and I mean trot, we had to rush to keep up.
Michael stops for
a chat to one of the ladies, funny when I indicate 'one' on my fingers I
use my index finger not the middle one, maybe it's different here in Trinidad.
But indicating 'two' was just the same as anywhere else. Off we go again. This time Michael gets
off to go and chat, must be someone important, just as well as it gave us
time to catch up..
Beez backing in to
her new home. Chocks fixed by Al. Blues
painted grease on to the top of the chocks, this stops the ants getting
We threw loads of 'stuff' down to the
boys to take to our store, the idea being we would have room to manoeuvre on
board. First load going off. The boats opposite have
been shrink wrapped for the season to protect them from wind and rain while
their owners are away. The silver estate car is parked outside Peakes Chandlery,
very handy. To the right is the internet cafe that sells yummy little lunch size
pizza, beef patties and hot dogs, as well as sweets, crisps and internet tickets
for wi-fi use. Peakes does have wi-fi for it's clients but we are too far back
from the aerial here. We get it free at the Loggerhead Bar - good excuse for a
Beez ready for
bed with her covers on
ALL IN ALL TIME FOR BED
SAID ZEBEDEE - NIGHT NIGHT EVERYBODY SAID ANDY PANDY - I'M SHATTERED SAID