Boaty things continue to get done. Had a bit of
trouble tracking down a replacement furling line. Eventually I had to go to
Doyle Sails, a mere $100 (Barbados) taxi ride away!!!! Everybody is friendly,
but this is an expensive Island.
Today we did the Mount Gay Distillery tour, very
informative. Smokey refused to sample any of the freebies as he claims to be
still suffering from the run ashore on Tuesday night.
Anybody coming to Barbados, Port St Charles is an
easy place to clear into, but the marina itself is not welcoming to 'cheap
yachts'. If yours is worth £10 million or more they'd be pleased to see you,
otherwise you lower the tone of the place.
The Boatyard (in Carlisle Bay) is a bit of a
rip-off for yachties. Each person has to pay $20 Barbados to get into the
complex, and you get a 'welcoming drink' for the cover price. This means that if
you use the dingy dock, each person has to pay the $20. I took on water there. A
terrible surge around the pier, the water was about 5 cents Bajan per litre, so
better then having to use jerry-cans all the time.
The water maker failed bit has been returned to the
makers in Trinidad, so hopefully next week I'll have a working water maker
'Mad Mary of Moonshiner' left the boat today,
heading back to the UK, cold weather, Boyfriend and further study, The Squid
left a couple of days ago, so it's feeling a bit like the scene from'The Lord of
the Rings', where the 'fellowship of the ring' dissolves. Still, I wish them
both luck in the future, I hope they remember that life is supposed to be