Three Months in the UK

The first thing that we did in the UK was to buy a car because we felt that it would be a lot cheaper than hiring one for three months.  By the end of day 2, we were the proud owners of a ten year old Peugeot 207 Estate car.  (I’m a bit of a BMW man, but I was impressed by the spec of this car which only cost £3,200 - air con, cruise control, automatic headlights, automatic windscreen wipers, etc .) 

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Haulout in Trinidad

2 July 2018   Chaguaramus, Trinidad
It was a long wait until 11:00, when we were instructed to head for the haul-out bay at Peakes.  They have a huge 200 tonne lift, so it’s a simple matter of motoring in to the dock with no messing about having to remove the forestay.  The process is very efficient.  They pressure washed us in the slings and the boat was then transferred onto a long truck with hydraulic arms.  The truck then squeezed us into a small gap between two other yachts.  About an hour later, another boat “Larus” was squeezed in front of us effectively blocking us in between three boats.    It’s very quick and efficient on space to use the truck.

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Getting Ready for Haulout

25 June 2018   Chaguaramus, Trinidad
I was up early and started to tackle the jobs on my list, which mostly involved organising local tradesmen.  I managed to catch Jonas from Trinidad Rigging on his way into work and he came to look at our boat as his first job.   North Sails have always pointed at the bend in the mast and the main halyard tension as the reason for the bagginess in our main sail, so I wanted Jonas to check the rig before I bring in the North Sails Representative.

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Going to Trinidad

18 June May 2018    Benji Bay, Grenada
There’s some kind of Tropical Wave passing over the area, so it rained last night and into the morning.  Glenys did a few second coats of varnish and then chilled out for the rest of the day.

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Working in Woburn

11 June May 2018    Benji Bay, Grenada
Glenys continued with her varnishing projects, while I had a look at our battery charger.  In 2013, our friends Maury and Bonnie from “Smidge” gave us a new battery charger after ours stopped working.  At the time, I just wired it in and left it loose on the floor of the cupboard underneath the chart table with the intention of installing it properly when I had time - five years later, it was still lying in the same position.

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