spent two nights in Caneel Bay
, recovering from shopping. Besides,
everything is closed on Sunday, so we might as well hang out on
the boat. I got about half of the stanchions cleaned and
polished, and Lance replaced one of the bimini straps with one
he sewed himself. We figured out that the jack line that needs
replacing probably got chafed because the pulley on the mast that
is should go through is missing, or rather, it is in the tool drawer
instead of on the mast. So the jack line has been going through
some jury rigged thingy that is too small. We had a nice snorkel.
A Kingfish jumped in the dinghy but we were unprepared to consume
him and so released him.
Monday morning we took off for the bay by the Budget Marine
St. Thomas, so we could dinghy in and borrow the chain samples,
and figure out what size chain fits in the gypsy on the windlass.
First we were momentarily grounded when we chose a spot to try
and anchor. The next spot was really windy, and took three tries.
Lance took the dinghy in, returned with the samples, and then went
back wondering how the hell we would transport 200 feet of chain
via dinghy onto the boat. But, no problem,. they don't have 200
feet of chain, this is the islands, after all, maybe it is in the
container they will unload. Call back Wednesday. And then Lance
called the guy at Island Marine who is trying to get our shower
hose for us. Fred said, glad
you called, I haven't called them yet, call
The bay is very shallow
and unprotected to the east and we had a very wild anchor drill
followed by a very wet and long dinghy ride over to the boat yard.
Captain is now contemplating how to get 200' of chain on the boat
and what to do with 200' of rusty chain. Heavy. Two adventures
a day is all Lance can take, so we pulled up anchor, and motored
over to Christmas Cove, which seems very peaceful.
8/2/06 Note: The answer to chain transport is move it end for end in short sections. Chain, like everything else in the islands will gladly be put to new use.