Today Bob, a technician from Electec, came aboard to look into our various issues: the wind generator (we bought a replacement blade at Island Water World) and the ongoing SSB and watermaker problems. So far nothing has been resolved, but he replaced a corroded connector on the SSB cable and replaced the copper mesh for the grounding. We will test the SSB in the morning with Chris Parker’s radio weather program to see if there is any improvement. He also removed a unit of the watermaker to take back to the office for testing. He said he will be back in the morning, so we will see where things stand then.
I experimented with the bread maker and tried to make pizza dough. The first try, I misread the recipe and added too much olive oil, but I saved it by adding some Italian herbs and garlic salt and poured it into a loaf pan. The Italian herb bread was actually quite delicious and we dipped it in a marinara sauce. On the next try, I followed the instructions to a tee and the dough still came out runny. To save this one, I put flour on my Silpat mat and rolled and punched the dough until it firmed up. I spread it in a pan, covered it with sauce and toppings, and bake it as hot as my little galley oven would get. The crust wasn’t crispy at all, but more bread-like. It still tasted good, so it wasn’t a total flop. I think maybe I need a recipe specifically for the bread maker.
We decided to go to Lagoonies for happy hour. Nearly every cruiser we have met has asked if we go to Lagoonies. Up until now, we had not gone. The dinghy ride over wasn’t near as wet as I expected it to be; the wind has been blowing between 20 and 30 knots all last night and all day today. But this dinghy just flew over the waves, planing the whole way. When we arrived, no one there would have judged us harshly if we had shown up soaked. This is a cruiser hangout. When we walked in, Paul and Sheryl from Distant Shores waved us over and invited us to join them. Now after truly having a chance to visit with them, I can say that they are great people; very down to earth and friendly. My pizza dough experiment came up in conversation and Sheryl also thought I may need a bread maker recipe or it could be the humidity making a difference. I hadn’t thought of that, but yes the humidity sometimes wreaks havoc with my baking. Sheryl asked me to email them a picture of our boat to add to their Facebook page. What a lovely evening!
We are meeting a whole different set of cruisers – all fantastic people like Malcolm and Sue on Kool Kat (pictured top of page). In the Bahamas, most everyone had the same plans: cruise the Bahamas and either continue to Puerto Rico (minority) or head back north to Florida (vast majority). Here, everyone is jumping off in all different directions. At our table tonight we had one boat heading to the Azores in a few days, one heading to the Bahamas, and us heading to Grenada. There are a lot of boats going to Grenada, but they don’t seem to do the buddy boat system here. Many of these cruisers know each other from many years of cruising the Caribbean and they come and go on their own schedules running into each other in various locations. St Maarten is a popular one that cruisers may spend a month or more at. St Maarten tends to be sticky, luring the cruisers in with their charms and yacht services and making it difficult for people to leave. It is just too easy to stay here. You can even haul out here for the hurricane season. But Dave and I will resist the pull of St Maarten and continue on one of these days. For now, we have bitten the lure and been snagged by the yacht services. And with cruise ship season over, staying here really doesn’t suck.
Meanwhile, we are nearly out of water again and will need to raise the anchor to go to a marina to fill up. Normally this is no big deal, but with these big winds blowing, once our anchor is set we hate to raise it. Resetting it can be challenging.