We were so excited when the new part arrived! Finally, we would get it installed and be on our way. Dave had to jump through multiple hoops to make this happen. Yes, getting parts in the Caribbean can be challenging. But it appeared that Dave had persevered.
From the side, they looked basically the same, except the shaft looked longer. From the top (pictured top of page), however, we really noticed a difference. The new one took 4 bolts and the old one took 3! Oh no! Besides this, the new part was 10-20 percent larger overall, which was not as noticeable.
The mechanics came anyway. Maybe there was a way they could make it work. And perhaps, if the part was just a little too large but the shaft hole was the same diameter, it might have worked…
But there was no way to line up 4 bolt holes to 3 to make it work. Gotta give the guys credit, though, they tried everything to force it to work. Now the hard part, trying to find the actual size we need. This was an US$1100 part, but all we really need is the rubber part in the middle. These could only be found in Holland, where they are manufactured. They cost US$200 each and we ordered two, because if one goes out it is only a matter of time before the other one goes. Welcome to a catamaran, the life of twos. The job manager tried to have a customer of his from Holland buy and ship them directly, but they only sell to dealers. That meant, back to Island Water World to try to get them to place another special order. They do not take returns on special orders, so that has left us stuck with an US$1100 part we can’t use. Dave is trying to work out a return method, though. The place that shipped it would refund it, but we didn’t pay them. We paid Island Water World. Ugh! Anyway, after 4 days of working with the mechanics, the manufacturer, and Island Water World, the part was ordered. We just found out it is due tomorrow at 6 PM. Of course tomorrow is a Friday, but maybe that means we can be on our way on Monday. Fingers crossed!
Meanwhile, we are still making the most of being stuck. We continued our ARC watching party and hosted the second St Lucia Cribbage Tournament. We had Mowzer, Lequesteau, and Lagniappe aboard. The tournament was kind of intense. You had to focus and the chit chat was pretty minimal. Henry from Mowzer came in first this time.
After such an intense tournament, we lightened up the evening with a fun game of Wizard. With 8 players we had to use 2 decks, which really changed the dynamic of the game. Just because you had high cards or trump cards didn’t mean you won tricks. There were 8 wizards out there! Our USA friends have no clue what I’m talking about, but trust me when I say Wizard is a fun card game. AND… you can drink cocktails and chit chat all you want while playing. Fun times!
We had a potluck before we started the tournament, but as the night grew late popcorn started sounding really good. So I made a couple big pots and Milo came to visit again to see if popcorn was something he’d like. Love this little guy! Meanwhile, Caroline from Lequesteau ran away with it in Wizard. Thanks again to everyone for helping us pass the time so pleasantly. And now, we wait some more.