Grafting in Tyrell Bay

21 May 2018    Tyrell Bay, Carriacou
We carried on with the remorseless process of spring-cleaning the boat following seven years of cruising.  Now that Glenys has finished polishing the bright work, she’s now looking at the woodwork.  There are 23 mahogany louvre doors, which are beautifully made, but a pain to clean because there are so many little corners where dust can accumulate.  Glenys has started to work her way through the boat cleaning every louvre on every door with a toothbrush…

I also did some cleaning jobs, mostly wire brushing valves and seacocks and wrestling to remove seacock handles in preparation for cleaning and painting them all.  There are some that have corroded too much and we’re going to have to buy some new ones in the UK.  

View from Capeau Carre

In the afternoon, I went up the mast and did a temporary repair to the chafed topping lift - I cut it and tied a knot, which will be good enough to get us to the chandlers in Grenada where I can buy some new rope.  I was a little concerned that the pulley at the top of the mast was damaged and had caused the wear on the rope, but it runs smooth and looks to be in good condition.  I guess that the topping lift has been too tight for days on end and rubbing on the edge of the mast.

22 May 2018    Tyrell Bay, Carriacou
After three days of hard graft, we had a day off and walked up Chapeau Carre, which is the highest peak on Carriacou.  It was a nice walk starting from the beach; walking up past the school and then up through bush to the top of the 945ft hill, where we had a great view of Tyrell Bay and the surrounding islands.  It was only a couple of hours, but hard work in the blistering heat.  The route is described in our hiking section

After grabbing some provisions, we chilled out for the rest of the afternoon.  In the evening, we went to the Lambi Queen restaurant for dinner.  Tuesday is Jam Session night, which I thought was going to be a relaxed guitar-type jam with cruisers, so I took my guitar along.  However, it turned out to be an open mike session and karaoke, so I bottled out - I’m not good enough to stand in front of a microphone, singing…  

There was some great bongo drum playing by some of the locals and a couple of cruisers.  It looked to be great fun for the performers, but in my humble opinion, drumming always goes on for far too long.  We sloped off at nine o’clock, when the drunken karaoke started in earnest.

Varnishing Workshop

23 May 2018    Tyrell Bay, Carriacou
After having detailed look at the interior woodwork, we’ve put together a fairly long list of varnishing projects.   It takes several days to rub down and put on a few coats of varnish, so we’ve decided to stay in this lovely, peaceful anchorage for another week.

We emptied the front cabin and stood the mattresses on end to make a varnishing workshop.  Rubbing down the existing varnish creates a lot of dust, so we’re going to concentrate on varnishing any fittings that we can remove and sand on the aft deck.  We’ll leave the fixed varnishing and bigger projects until we’re in the marina in Trinidad.  While the boat smelt of thinners, I dug out some bilge paint and painted one of the bilges in the aft cabin. 

In the evening, Jeff & Marcia from “UJam’n” invited us over for sundowners.

24 May 2018    Tyrell Bay, Carriacou
We continued to remove wooden fittings such as towel rails and various littles shelves in the galley.  After sanding the fittings with 120 grit sandpaper, we arrayed them in the front cabin and put on a coat of varnish.  The fittings from the previous day received their second coat.

Our Dan Buoy, which is made from a fibre glass pole has stood undisturbed on our port aft quarter for the whole of our 6 year circumnavigation and after 40,000 miles the outer layer of fibre glass has been stripped away leaving 1” long filaments of fibre glass looking like hoar frost.  I painted it with white bilge paint which flattened the filaments and made it look a lot better.