2 May 2016
Yesterday Bill and I celebrated the completion of 10 years and the first day of Year 11 living aboard and cruising S/V BeBe. It feels odd to realize that a full decade of our lives has been enjoyed sailing around the seas and oceans of our world, meeting people of all sorts of cultures and societies and visiting so very many historical sites. A decade well spent. And now we look forward to a few more years cruising the Caribbean.
|Bill with Rick and Linda of S/V Rascal, a sister-ship|
to BeBe. Tex-Mex dinner aboard BeBe in Le Marin.
And we very much look forward to sailing to Cuba at some time before it is time for us to swallow the anchor. (For any landlubbers, ‘swallow the anchor’ is the expression used by cruisers for those of us who stop cruising, usually sell the boat, and move back to land. Where we will become CLODs = Cruisers Living On Dirt.) I am afraid that I will find the transition to land life very difficult. Bill will volunteer once again to work on the tall ship Elissa. And volunteer to work in the Lone Star Flight Museum because he loves all things related to flight. I, on the other hand, have no idea what will occupy my time once we swallow that anchor. So I hope to continue cruising for a few more years. This is the better life.
|Lift it; lock it; or lose it. Motto of the Caribbean.|
|Took us 8 years to realize that the dinghy could be|
lifted using the electric winch in the cockpit. No
reason it needed to be hung off the main mast;
that mizzen mast works too. And no hand cranking.
|We do not just lift it. We also lock it.|
Using a Titanium Cable by
Kryptonite and a stainless steel
padlock. Those SS padlocks are
expensive (about $100) but last
and work well.
|Bill did a favor for someone who is looking to buy an|
Amel. In return, that guy bought us a couple of
bottles of wonderful wine. This was the red.
|Close-up of that red. Highly|
recommend this wine. It was wonderful!
The third unusual thing that has happened is that as I type this posting we are listening to VHF traffic between Fort du France rescue and a sailboat which is on fire. Several times during these conversations we have heard the name of a boat which we met in Martinique. We cannot tell if this boat we met is the one on fire or if possibly this boat we met is one of the boats going to assist the boat on fire. (I do not want to publicly post the name of this boat.) The French do not repeat radio transmissions in English as is done in every other country we have visited. When the Fort du France rescue guy speaks in English we can understand him, but we are only hearing his side of the conversation; we cannot hear the side of the conversation from the boat which is on fire. We assume that person on the boat afire is speaking in English because the only time the Fort du France rescue guy speaks in English is when speaking to them. The rest of the time the conversations are only in French. Guess if the boat on fire is the boat we know, then we will hear about it via email later. As for now, we do not understand exactly what is happening. The 2 things that are clear are that: 1) a boat is at sea and on fire; and, 2) that boat is not willing to abandon ship and is attempting to return to Martinique. We assume the boats going to their assistance will rescue them if return is not possible, but the burning boat does not want official rescue yet because that means abandoning their vessel. Something none of us want to do unless there is no other option. God be with them.