|How the fender covers used to look|
|How the fender covers look today. Terribly chewed up|
by the docks at the marina
We dropped the 2 cruisers off near the dinghy dock next to Customs and Immigration in West End and on the spur-of-the-moment decided to see where another road might lead us. This very narrow road led us up the mountain, where near the top the road deteriorated horribly. The rental vehicle was a small SUV, thank goodness; so it was able to navigate the very rough terrain. The road was washed out in many places; very steep inclines; and very narrow. We did not encounter any other vehicles until near the sea level on the northern side of the mountain. We were on a search for the hotel where we stayed in January 1984 after a week sail on the Windjammer ship named Flying Cloud. And we found it!
It still amazes me that I booked us into small hotel so off the beaten track. This was during the pre-internet days! However did I find out about Sebastian's on the Beach! It is a small and very casual beach hotel situated on Apply Bay and pretty isolated. Bill was working himself to death that year and I wanted to give him a couple of weeks away from everything. These were the days before fax machines and cell phones and I wanted him to have a break from all things job related. So I booked us for a week aboard the Flying Cloud, followed by a week at this small isolated beach hotel. Turned out to be a great choice.
Sebastian's on the Beach
|Once a year we remove the microwave and clean|
behind it. Today was the day.
We had just enough time to fill-up the gas tank and return the car before the rental agency office closed for the day. This had been a very enjoyable day roaming around the island. Sorry, no photos because I forgot to bring my camera. Bill was busy driving and I do not use his cell phone for photos.
It was time to replace a few of our batteries. We had bought 6 batteries in Montenegro which were dual-purpose batteries rather than the marine variety which were not available in that country. We bought what we could get knowing these would not last as long as the proper marine batteries. These lasted 2 1/2 years so we were not disappointed in their performance. Two of the 6 had developed internal shorts; so we planned to replace all 6. The 6 marine batteries which we had purchased earlier in Turkey were still perfectly good. Bill notified the buyers of BeBe about the battery situation and the new owner asked us to replace all 13 batteries so he could start fresh and he would pay 1/2 the cost. The 13 batteries had been ordered a few weeks earlier and were ready for delivery, so we took the boat into American Yacht Harbor for a night.
Bill and I are too old now to deal with lifting 13 batteries up out of the battery compartment, up the companionway steps, over the cockpit seats, over the life rail and down to the dock. Each battery weighs nearly 100-lbs. That means 1300 pounds up and 1300 pounds down! We have done this ourselves but this time we paid 2 younger and muscular men to handle this heavy lifting. In the heat of the Caribbean. They were both dripping sweat with every movement. But the delivery went smoothly and they carted off the old batteries. A job well done! We stayed at the dock overnight to allow the new batteries to fully charge to float.
While in the marina we enjoyed dinner ashore as a rare treat. Next morning we shopped Moe's Supermarket and stocked up a bit. This market is better than I remembered it. Now stocks just about everything one might want. High prices, of course, but at least they have whatever you need or want as long as willing to fork over that price. The only negative about our 1-night stay at the AYH marina is that the docks are badly in need of repair and literally ate up our fender covers. This now is an IGY marina and certain standards are expected and should be met. Those docks are sadly in need of repair or replacement.
|Judy fell in love with this 40-ft Nordhavn moored next|
to us for a few days in Francis Bay.
(No; we are not seriously in the market for another boat.)
Last evening our friends Pam and Larry Shelton aboard Southern Girl arrived back in Francis Bay. They and their guests visited us for a few hours for sundowners aboard BeBe and we enjoyed chatting. Their friends also are ex-boaters; they sold their boat last year and talk about it as if they still owned it. Hard to make that adjustment to no longer owning a beloved boat. I can relate; giving up BeBe is going to be a MAJOR adjustment for me.
Southern Girl left the bay this morning. There are 2 other Texas boats in USVI right now and we hope to catch up with them soon -- Dos Libras and Adventurous Us 2. We returned to American Yacht Harbor on today. The new owners of BeBe arrive this evening and we decided being docked in a marina would make transfer of lots of luggage easier. We will enjoy sailing with the new owners until January 27. The first week, however, might be a bit too rough as a major cold front passes through and is predicted to cause high winds and large swell for almost a full week.