Both we and the boatyard seem to be on slow time. The
jobs are getting
done but we have slipped imperceptibly into Caribbean
It is still wet season and parts of the yard have become
and the travelift is attended by a bulldozer, either to
path or pull it out when stuck. Working below has been a bit like
in a sauna, but we have set ourselves the task of
getting Oriole ready
before flying down to New Zealand on Thursday, and our
jobs WILL be done.
We took a shopping trip into St George's, the
capital, this week and
appreciated first hand the devastation of Ivan. Hardly a building has
surived undamaged, many are completely destroyed and
most roofs are
covered with tarpaulins. It will be February before St
where we are, has electricity, but the boatyard has its
and La Sagesse where we are staying got its new
generator running on
Thursday. There is a wartime atmosphere, but the
Grenadians are reacquiring
their bonhomie and life is slowly returning to normal.
We are very fortunate
that Oriole has survived undamaged, but here at Genada
Marine 80 percent of
the boats are undamaged. The insurance companies should be asking
themselves why all the boats fell over a few miles away
in the other
yard. The insurance companies have commissioned Grenada
skilled workforce to repair over 60 yachts either at St
Davids or in
the other yard.
With all this work on hand it is not surprising that
we are finding it difficult to
get the yard to do our little jobs.
We will leave on Thursday with the hope that they will
before we return in December.
This lovely 60 footer fell on her port
side. Top left you can see a stand has
perforated the hull and bottom right she has a hole punched through the side
where she fell on a drainage pipe. Almost certainly she will have major internal
disruption. This is but one of many similar tales of
woe. We have been very lucky!