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Date: 01 Nov 2008 16:08:19
Title: November Already

Hello Friends                "12:00.2N 61:45.0W"
 
Judging from the emails, we guess you are wondering what happened to regular Blog updates.
 
Well we've not been too busy since mid September. But there have been a few world events in the last month which have kept us occupied, though not well entertained and most recently, Michael's computer has suddenly died. All recent photos have been lost, though there wasn't really anything new, as the last backup disk was mid-August.
 
So...
 
We travelled up to Martinique again and finally managed to have the fridge works completed - they were originally planned in January. For the not insubstantial sum of Euro 1,600 we've had the cooling changed to a pumped seawater system, which does seem to work much better. For the technically minded (if Arthur is still reading) the connections to the hull plate for the freezer and the air fan for the fridge have been removed and the heat dissipation of the refrigerant now passes through a heat exchanger to the pumped seawater. www.refrigeration-marine.com is the place to look if your French is up to scratch.
 
Having sailed direct from Grenada to Martinique in a great 24 hour overnighter, we tootled back south rather more slowly and spent time in the Grenadines. Given the time of year - peak hurricane risk - the Tobago Cays were very quiet and we spent a while there. Even the Park Rangers couldn't be bothered to turn up every day, so we only paid the fee for a few days.
 
We sat out the big northerly swell from Hurricane Omar sheltered in the lee of Sandy Island, Carriacou. It was startling to watch the very rapid erosion of the island with the big swells washing over it. Must have lost a couple of feet of height in a few hours on 16th October. The photos have been lost of course with Michael's laptop.
 
We're now back down in Grenada and Rainer has departed for his next boat. We wish him well on the 86 ft Fife classic, 'Astor' www.astor.org .
 
We're extending the 'helipad' as George calls it, with another couple of 130 watt solar panels which will give us an 80% lift in solar input and will we hope make us self-sufficient in power. Our next 'Cabin Boy' arrives on the 6th and we have a couple of weeks sailing before we have our annual haulout for antifouling on the 24th.
 
That's about it: so far as Blue Sky is concerned, everything is under control, which is more than can be said for the financial markets, ho hum! At least our heating bills are minimal.
 
We hope that The Great Crash of 2008 has not been too traumatic for our readers, whereever you are.
 
Best Wishes
 
George and Michael
 

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