Bits and Bobs
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Thu 26 Nov 2009 17:31
Bits and Bobs as we leave Trinidad
TODAY is THE day we finally leave Trinidad, giving us a month to get to the British Virgin Islands for Christmas and a New Year visit from Jump Jet. En route we will pop in to Grenada, Carriacou, Bequia, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Iles de Saintes - mmmmmmmm, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Barbuda to see the frigate birds showing off - the boys that is, St Bart's, St Martin and finally after about four hundred and fifty miles arrive in Tortola. There are too many memories to highlight them here, all covered in the various blogs but here are some bits and bobs.
This morning on the net, I announced our departure, to once again thank Anne of Freya for our trip to Angle Falls but primarily to say "Pat of El Lobo really does loves Beds but cannot admit to it". With that it's three nil to Beds. Pat rang at 10:00 to check all was now even and all is forgiven on Beds part too, so they are now all luuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrved up.
It has been lovely being on the water this past week in Coral Cove and very nice to have new views. Crews Inn to our front and the hard working fishermen to the back of us
The total list of jobs done on Beez Neez is as follows:
OUTSIDE. Polish hull, polish top sides, top side wood and rubbing strake, winch and windlass service, change main traveler clutches, replace pod screws with through bolts, polish windows, sort out black scratches on black line, replace log sender unit, rebore gas locker drain, realign and replace cockpit drains, fit new solar panel and sort it's electrics, fit D400 wind turbine and wire in, fit old solar panel to starboard side and wire in, re-wire arch electronics removed for welding, fit wooden slats on new transom, fit new teak outboard bracket, strip propeller - regrease and replace anode, wash all ropes and check for chafe, teak oil stern platform, new extension platform to Hydrovane and refit, replace dodgers, ropes and life-lines, re-fit washed and repaired sails, service outboard engine, re-wire new pushpit electronics for nav lights, move and replace holder for kedge anchor below old solar panel, fit remaining mast steps.
INSIDE . Replace toilet sea-cock, re-seal fuel tank filler gasket, replace water filter system -fitting new tap, build new shelving above fitted watermaker, pump up water pressure accumulator, help fit new mosquito net fixing with teak, repair Moroccan lamp, replace missing engine bolts, service engine and replace impeller.
Jobs done by others: watermaker fitted, metalwork, canvas work, cockpit cushions and bedroom varnish.
Meet the Drugstore Beetle
Empty every cupboard, nook and cranny to wash, check contents and replace, put up new mosquito net as the Baygon spray made the sticky Velcro sag, spent considerable amounts of time seeking out and disposing of red flour beetles, confused flour beetles and drugstore beetles to reduce their numbers, do blogs and feed Bear.
Sunday evening we had our good friends El Lobo and Freya of Clyde over for supper, the girls took to the little pool here. Once again Anne was in trouble with Pat for being late to the Synchronised Swimming Display, but, after a shaky start we got it right.
Here at Coral Cove we have a dock master called Hayden, he has worked here since January and went in the pool once at the very beginning. We have nagged him daily to have a dip. Sunday evening was a treat and lucky Bear had gone for the camera for the above shots. He asked us not to put this on a blog in case he got into trouble, but we pushed him in - didn't we. Seen here with the daughter of his good friend. Thank you Hayden for being there
Chaguaramas is situated in a National Park so I was over the moon to see these signs, particularly my friends - the land crabs
We saw this monohull called Kate in another boatyard. We saw a massive catamaran called Bird on the Immigration dock, rushed back to Beez for the camera, but, sadly it was gone by the time we got back, we will definitely be looking out for that in our future travels.
Bear took a shot of this yacht - we DO hope her name means something entirely different in her home port ???
West Mall is particularly beautiful now the Christmas decorations are up, it makes us think of family and friends and wish you all well for the festive season, we miss you all very much
ALL IN ALL AND OVERALL WE HAVE HAD A GOOD TIME IN TRINIDAD - NOW THOUGH - WE ARE READY TO MOVE ON