– did something so insignificant that I cannot remember what it was.
Then I went
to dominoes, where I won and went out to dinner.
I made an appointment
at a dentist because this infection has still not cleared up, must be 6 months
that it has been holding on and the tooth was root filled 3 months ago.
I cut the
sprayhood round the fittings on the front bar so that it fits again and now I
can re-sew what I overzealously tore apart. In the evening I went to TTSA
BBQ. I went in their pool, which slopes and I was able to stand up and chat,
rather than spend the whole time holding onto the side to keep me up.
arranged for someone to take me to get the gas bottles filled and so I took 4
bottles for other people. We got to the plant and the only bottles they would
not fill were mine. The old plant could, but the super new plant did not have
the adapter. On a score of 1 to 10 you can imagine how pleased I was about
I went into
Port of Spain on the way back and bought some new bamboo. I was able to buy
some silica tablets which should sort the gum infection; I hope so because I
cancelled the dentist when I was in the car on the way to the gas plant. We
went the wrong way and had to take a route through what used to be called
Shanty Town, but has been changed to the Beetham ‘Beat Em?’
Estate. This is somewhere you should not go without a well known local and you
certainly do not stop.
When I got
back to the boat I found that two more boats that I know had got in from
Grenada. Jimmy and Donna had the boat round at TTSA, but were over this side
on foot. 9 of us went into Movie Towne by maxi. I lent Donna a T shirt as you
have to bundle up for the cinema because the air con is a touch overdone;
luckily I had a clean one that I had just bought in Port of Spain, complete
with shop shelf fold lines. We went for a meal afterwards, this eating is
getting to be a habit. It is good to catch up with people after all these
wonderful invention. I padded the corners of the solar panel with tape as they
are very sharp and although they do not stick out beyond the sprayhood I could
fall against them in rough conditions. I taped up the carry handle on the
outboard, it had lasted 2 years quite happily before and feels strong enough.
The mistake the outboard repairer made was to use the carry handle to carry the
motor, which obviously is a bit extreme, you have to support it a bit somewhere
else; even duck tape has its limits.
I still had
all the holes in the binnacle from the old autopilot and the big gap round the
motor of the new one. These had been duck taped and needed proper repair to
stop the water going into the binnacle and down into the ceiling in the back
cabin. Really I need to take the ceiling down again and dry out any water. I
used filler on the small holes and made rubber washer seals for the large one.
I needed to
lubricate the water and diesel filler caps so that they would not get stuck.
‘Two out of three ain’t bad’ as the song goes. The second
diesel cap is stuck, but the tank is full. As it managed to fill itself from
the first tank while my back was turned that can wait until next year.
I had done
well, but was getting fed up of always working on my boat, so went over to Mike
– and spend 3 hours helping him glue a new layer of material onto his
6am, not me. Bob had been stuck in fishing nets since last night and a boat
was going down to take him fuel and a diver.
bridge all afternoon, (does this count as play? Seems like hard work to me) but
I got over 3000 points this time.
I went on
the supermarket run, not that I needed anything really, but there was one
specific reason for going.
picking up Mike’s mooring for the weekend and I helped him. There was a
strong current and with my little outboard I was very pleased that I could
provide assistance. Bob told me about his struggle with the fishing net. The
fishermen were not happy and let him know this fact. He drifted off with the
net for about 15 miles and now he has to find out if he owes them for lack of
catch and damage, or if they owe him for setting a net 10 miles offshore
without proper lighting and causing him damage. He will have to lift out for a
few days and check his shaft.
I tidied the
boat and went out to dinner, yet again and very pleasant it was too.
was a holiday, not the superboat race, today is the superboat race. There will
be hundreds of little boats out watching, but we have been told to stay away or
stay very close to the land. The boats go through so fast they would run over
a dinghy and not even notice and a yacht under way would just be in the way.
The boats are leaving now and all I can hear is the noise of the huge engine
and the matching one of the helicopter above it. All there is to see is a huge
white wave in its wake, like the vapour trail left by airplanes, but on the
water. It is a staggered start, too dangerous to have these boats vying for
I have been
back on the mooring a week now and seem to have done very little, because I
have done very little. I have still been occupied all day and it is great to kick
down a few notches. I still have things to do, but they are things I can
ignore for a while and get round to as and when. Hopefully now the log will be
more interesting than a maintenance file.
So time for
a little info on Trinidad.
It is hot,
the sun is very fierce and the humidity gets to 100%. It rains every day,
usually very hard for a reasonable length of time and there is thunder and
lightning. The lightning gives a good night show from a way off, it is more
enjoyable from a distance as there is not the danger that it is going to strike
the mast that insists on sticking up into the air. So my batteries and water
supply are ok.
quality is not good in the bay and I have seen a few fish and one turtle.
on the other side of the road is very green and some mornings I can hear the
howler monkeys, which are further down the road nearer the west coast.
fly over to roost in the trees, but I have not seen many pelicans so far.
The dogs are
scrawny and pitiful, and when in a pack they are dangerous; the cats are laid
back and friendly.
have an airship that flies around for crime control, I did not know that
airships were still made, but this is a new one and a novelty to see.
They must be
nearly up to 400 murders so far this year, heading for 500, but that does not
affect most people. If you are not in the gangs then it is just a case of
being in the wrong place at the wrong time and that can happen anywhere; it
just happens here more often.
can be friendly or miserable, I try to be friendly and there are lots of locals
that I chat with.
Stevie is getting married today in the US, for the second time, to the same
lady – this is the big wedding, last year was a small one. I would have
been there if I could have kept going north and not returned to the UK and had
to get the boat back down here. Have a great day Steve and Liz – do you
get a second honeymoon?
all day, it was dull and rather miserable. I went to bed at 11.30 until 1.15,
after which I read a book. There was a weather warning, but there should be a
calm break and 6pm we went across for the Bake ‘n’ Shark. They fry
the dough, which is very quick and produces a reasonable bap and the shark is
in batter in small clumps; more batter than fish. There was a good crowd of
people I know and it made something of the day.
11pm it was
rough on the anchorage, the wind generator did not have enough wind to turn a
lot of the time, but the swell was awful. This is where you find out that you
are not ready for sea by all the things that hurl themselves to the floor and
you wish you had done something better with the dinghy. 11.30 a large
commercial boat left the dock where it had been tied and motored off; also a
yacht went out. It would have been a good decision to go round the other side
for the weekend, it generally is better there, but that takes effort. There
were genuine reasons for staying put, financial, ease of access to facilities,
but mostly it is laziness.
All is well,
we are bobbing about rather more than is comfortable, but it is ok. There is
another warning for this afternoon and I will have to decide whether to go to
dominoes. I have taken down the water catcher, the breeze catcher and the
awning as I do not need any of them today and it means I can get round the boat
easily in a hurry and they will not get damaged if there are high winds.
night, Saturday and especially Sunday are generally power boat days. I am next
to two sheds, each contain rows of 12 power boats, stacked 3 rows high. They
are picked out by fork lift and put onto a tractor and trolley and launched.
Then they, together with the bigger motor boats and the local fishing pirogues
pass through the mooring field on their way to party or fish. Usually they are
very thoughtless of the moored boats and it is very uncomfortable. This is
another very good reason to go round the other side. I am ready to move, once
I get my gas bottles, but I just have to decide when and where to go.