Our apologies for not posting a blog entry in the past couple of weeks. Janice and I have been EXTREMELY busy performing boat chores, visiting with cruisers we have not seen in a long time and spending a lot of quality time with my parents. One of the main reasons we moved quickly up the Caribbean island chain (Grenada to St. Martin) was to spend some visit with my parents.
When initially presenting the idea of sailing around the world to Janice, I had no clue of how much work would be required to keep up the boat. With a catamaran, we have a ton of redundancy – which is great but also requires us to do twice amount of work. Over the past year, I have been learning many of the different systems on the boat and find it challenging and rewarding when fixing broken things.
Luckily for us, my mom loves to visit and my dad loves to fix / tinker with things on the boat. Boy, did we keep my dad busy. Before flying to St. Martin, we gave him a list of items that needed attention and we tackled a ton! Here is the list of items:
- Hang the flag halyard on the port side
- Create a drain for the main salon air conditioner.
- Fix the light in the saloon
- Caulk the bathroom (brown 5150)?
- Caulk the gas container
- Trampoline fix for rope
- Fix stereo in the bedroom
- Resolve the wobble with win generator
- Remove the locks in the front lockers
- Fix the 12 volt plug at the helm station
- Mount the wireless booster
- Fix the deck wash pump
- Fix leaky hatch on the starboard side
- Build a windlass remote
Once he came on board, we started tackling one item at a time and fortunately we crossed almost all off the list. I truly can’t believe my parents would like to work on the boat for their vacation but it seemed like they had a good time. My father is one of the smartest people that I know and extremely talented when it comes to electronics, mechanical parts and coming up with solutions / workarounds to several of the broken items on the boat.
We did take some time away from the boat and visited with our friends on Indigo. Love hearing their stories and hope to sail down the Caribbean during this cruising season.
Thanks again Mom and Dad for visiting and truly appreciate all of the help and support you have given us while we sail through the Caribbean.
During the 3 months that we stayed in Grenada, we would get up early EVERY morning and listen to the cruiser’s net. One of our sailing buddies, James from Love-Zur would say “CRUISING IS NOT A VACATION BUT A VOCATION” . Boy is he right!!!