Still in Marina Fort St Louis, Marigot, St Martin
Date 1200 – 14 April 2011
An engine that subject to sea testing, is running neither too hot or cold and complete with a new thermostat.
A generator that is behaving itself and cooling as it should.
A refrigerator pump that is running at the correct voltage and current and pumping the correct volume of water – the cure was a great product called Barnacle Buster that is pumped through the system putting the inlet and outlet hoses into a bucket of the solution so that it can circulate. The flow when I started was but a dribble but after about 20 minutes there was a shudder and a great amount of gunge shot out and normal flow was resumed. Even better than rodding drains!
The anchor light is replaced, or it will be when Chris from Quicksilver returns to put the new bulb in – bless him he offered to scale the mast and check our VHF antenna and at the same time sorted out the anchor light. Friends from other boats have been most generous with advice and assistance; it is a wonderful support co-operative. It made for a good photo opportunity:
The VHF radio is now back working at full strength. We have had
poor performance since we arrived in the
The outstanding job is a replacement inverter which should arrive tomorrow or Monday. For whatever reason the input circuit on the existing one has fried. We have a good technician dealing with this and I have confidence that he will sort the problem when he has the replacement.
In the meantime the Caribbean Chapter of the Coggeshall Randonneurs had
a Sunday ride, we waited at the clock tower at 1000 but nobody else turned
In addition we have
walked around Marigot, the view from
covers the whole lagoon.
I have cycled to Phillipsburg, hills – Randonneurs, think Capel Le Ferne or Drumnaf***it - in search of a parcel that the local post office decided not to deliver or tell anyone that it had arrived.
This outing at least
proved that visiting
but the town is devoted to cruise ships with a vast collection of boutiques and duty free shops. This shot says it all:
Our marina is a quiet haven compared with this; we will however be delighted to get out of it.
Various people have concluded that I am crazy to cycle here, certainly it is unusual. There is so much traffic that nothing moves very quickly and we have cycled in worse places.
As a final picture, I rather liked this little chap: