sounds from here like the general economy is still going down.
The property values seem like they must follow at some point. Raw
property and miserable shacks sell
for a fortune on St. John. Berkeley
prices seem reasonable in that the houses at least have plumbing
and water connections. We met Warren, a charter operator
who is going broke this year and is selling off some stuff before
giving up and going home. We made the radio modem connection
beautifully on Thursday and decided to get the davits if he could
get them installed. The whole process is going blazingly fast
by Island standards - so one missed connection shouldn't be a
problem. We are in Hurricane Hole on St. John. It got too windy
and rolly in Coral Bay so
we moved around the corner.
Coral Bay is isolated but this is really deserted.
Beautiful tall volcanic mountains covered with vines, trees,
cactus and ringed by mangrove. Huge coral heads and beautiful
reefs. Yesterday we saw a nursery shark, lobster, manta ray and
a puff fish. Schools of tang (bright blue fish the size of your
hand, with a silly looking grin formed by gills) After we anchored,
I went to dive the anchor to see if it had set well (its been
hard - gusts to 30kts). A huge transparent jelly fish was just
off the transom. I waited. Its now dark and blowing but our anchor
is good, the boat is cozy and there are no waves to disturb our
beauty rest. We still haven't got the refrigerator part - the
mail man just didn't show up yesterday and the mail station is
the radio today. Tomorrow I'll brave a long dinghy ride into "town" and
call the machinist, the dock and Warren.