We are back in Grenada and have been crazy busy since we arrived. With so much work to do, it is hard to fit in all the fun stuff going on. But somehow we have managed to squeeze some good times in. Unfortunately, I have not had time to finish up India and I am tempted not to. However, for our faithful and patient followers that are truly interested in the India experience, Varanasi is a must see city. It is by far the most interesting city in the country. Therefore, I will try to get back to it as soon as I can. In the meantime, I’d like to catch you up on the mix of hard work and fun times going on in Grenada.
We arrived just in time to celebrate the birthdays of Brita from Blue Moon and Henry from Mowzer. Jason (Blue Moon) hosted a pig roast and Devon worked hard to pull it off smoothly, including doing the excellent cooking himself. Devon is the go-to-guy for all our cruiser needs in Mt Hartman. The funny part is that Brita is a vegetarian, but the rest of us really enjoyed the pig. I waited too long to take pictures and the sky darkened quickly, but I was having so much fun making new friends and catching up with friends from last season: Brita and Jason, Alex and David on Banyan, and Izzy and Jeff on Izzy R. Yes, it’s good to be back. We missed Grenada.
Grenada Marine was still a week or two away from finishing up their work on our boat, so we rented a cottage at Caribbean Cottage Club near Port Louis Marina. We also rented a car, because it is a long way from Port Louis to Grenada Marine and we made the journey about every other day to make sure the work continued progressing. We found it difficult to work on the boat ourselves, since the engine rooms were torn up for engine, generator, and drive shaft maintenance. Also the running rigging, cockpit cushions and shades, etc. were all stored inside the boat. Our time was better used planning meal menus, making provisioning lists, and tracking down parts and supplies needed. Meanwhile, we squeezed in some bingo on our first Wednesday night on the island.
We headed to Prickly Bay Marina and settled down with the necessities. Wine for me, rum and diet for Dave, and our bingo paraphernalia. Ready to have a fun night, we joined our season 1 friends Magne from Pantarei and Pam and James from Love-Zur.
One of the prizes for the night was a sheep, but no one we knew won any livestock. I am still hoping to win a pig!
Checking back at Grenada Marine, the work is coming along. The stuffing box leaked on the starboard side, so Dave checked to see if they started on it yet. We think this problem started way back in Venice, Florida, when we wrapped a line around the prop. Since then it seemed that the starboard hull took on water. Looking at it now with the boat pulled out, we can see why. The shaft was extended and exposed. The starboard drive shaft sticks out about 5 inches further than the port side. We should have noticed this when we dove on it, but didn’t know to look for it.
They finished the engine maintenance, the gelcoat repairs, and painting the bottom after repairing the keels. Now they are buff waxing the hulls to make her all shiny and pretty. Livin’ Life was way overdue for a spa treatment! She’s looking good and we are getting excited about putting her back in the water. Pictured at the top of the page, Dave and I take a hike to Fort George and drink in the amazing views once I get my breath back. Fort George, a poker tournament, and our first hash after returning coming up next…