Engine update is that the English
fitters have emphasised that we have not been given anything
correct info from the local engineer. The engine does not need
lifted out for the oil pump to be removed. All we need is for a
engineer to do some work on the boat.
Further update is that any
engineer should have an oil pressure gauge to check the oil
Murray has checked the sensor afap and that appears to be
have now had 3 completely different assessments from 3
have no idea what to do next. At least the tender engine now
and we have bought a new phone locally.
We are staying in the
Errol Flynn marina, which is lovely, the staff are hardworking
friendly. We have access to a beach, swimming pool, washing
cheap cocktails and have a 5 minute walk to a Devon House ice
and cake parlour. Great views in what was once a playground for
rich and famous of Hollywood.
“I never met a woman as beautiful as
Port Antonio” - Errol Flynn who once owned Navy Island opposite
Blue Mountain coffee is
wonderful, the land is lush and colourful. All in all it would
hard to find a prettier marina. The benches in the marina
used for schoolboys and girls to conduct a much shyer form of
courtship than you would see in England.
A visit to Kingston
provided a drive on some of the worst roads in the Caribbean and
visit to the quirky Bob Marley museum. The guides can all sing
are such massive fans of this prolific mixed race
The 'shot room' has preserved the two bullet holes where some
men shot Bob Marley, his wife and an employee. Mainly they
but Bob played the rest of his life with a bullet in his elbow.
gunmen were never caught and Bob Marley went to live in London
The gang wars continue
in Montego Bay and a yacht turned
up that had been refused entry due to the continuing conflict.
all Caribbean islands Jamaica has a bloody past with the Maroons
others fighting the British and anyone else who landed on the
In a gap in the Maroon wars they turned in any runaway slaves,
their own land and peace ensued for a while. More war, more
that seems to continue today.
We decided not to cruise for several
reasons: the extreme racism Caroline experienced, the ease of
obtaining guns and the enormous amount of drug taking. Port
locks you in at night and has a number of guards, plus Police
Coastguard on site.
One day Caroline was walking along and
realised a young child had slipped their hand in hers and was
walking along with her while the parent was going in a different
direction. Clearly advice to children is different in Jamaica as
in the car we were flagged down by children asking for
Unfortunately the racism experienced by Caroline left s not
wanting to stay. Examples include being pushed in supermarkets
local customers, overcharged and generally a number of local
were clearly not happy with white visitors. A market trader
“F**k off white person you have no right visiting a black
country, white people should stay in Europe”. Scams included
to sell us a dead crab saying they couldn't put it on the ground
prove it was fresh as it would run away and frozen lobster which
still in the wholesalers plastic bags but was 'definitely fresh
it was frozen last night – it's the law in Jamaica' (it isn't,
checked). Another was serving a more expensive dinner – pork
in a sauce – as they had run out of pork chop without a sauce,
didn't tell us in advance. Topped off by the whole marina being
called bloodsucking motherf***ers for the best part of 2 hours,
flavour of Jamaica can sometimes be quite bitter.