Guatemala - continued
Anyway, we found 2 loose bolts
just sitting in the engine room, so we had the engineer back in.
argued with us before accepting the bolts had to be refitted as
were definitely left over from their work and that he should check
the rest of the bolts they had fitted. We finally splashed on the
Saturday to find that starting the engine spread oil everywhere.
engineer hadn't replaced 3 bolts, the third being an oil pipe to
So we had to spend a night on the fuel dock and wait for them to come out and finish the job they had started. Unfortunately the fuel dock has massive neon lights and it was swarm night. We had to leave the boat as 1000s of insects swarmed all over it. After mating, they die, so we had a carpet of of insects on the deck and hosed off vast quantities, but were to spend days sweeping up and finding insects here and there.
We were on the Puma fuel dock
On the Sunday the engineer
returned, cleaned up the engine room and replaced the bolt. We
literally anchored within sight of the marina. We spent 2 nights
anchored then motored 0.3 of a mile to Hacienda Tijax ecolodge.
Yet another bolt appeared in the engine room bilge and there was still oil on the drive belt and when Murray joked 'see you tomorrow' he said 'No' quite adamantly.
Since moving to the ecolodge we have had 2 species of hummingbird in the cockpit, while first thing in the morning Caroline jumped as a 3ft tall great egret landed on the bow.
We have also managed a long lunch and swim in the pool, back to the hard cruising life-style after a very long 2018 and lots of work on the boat.