|Sunset viewed from Francis Bay|
|Foxy and Judy|
For a change of scenery a few days past we sailed up to Great Harbour on Jost Van Dyke. The first day there weather was lovely. On Christmas Eve day we went ashore for lunch at Foxy's -- a 'must do' anytime one stops at Jost. Foxy chatted with us and bought us a drink on the house to honor our having sailed around the world since last seeing him. Foxy told us that when his youngest daughter graduated from university that he wanted to give her a trip around the world in 80 days -- as the classic Jules Verne book was entitled. But he found that this was not possible. Instead, his daughter and her mom enjoyed a trip around the world in 90 days. A fabulous graduation gift!
|A charter boat moored next to us. The guy|
would lay in that swan & drink beer.
|A house called Steele Point. My favorite house|
in the BVI. Looks like they have added onto it.
It is located on NW tip of Soper's Hole and is
available to rent for a nice relaxing vacation.
The wind instrument which we thought again was working properly has continued to give us grief. Intermittently the readings go very low, indicating like 2 knots of wind when we know it is more like 20 knots. Most of the time it appears to be accurate but every once and awhile it indicates low readings. Bill has been to the top of the mast to work on this 6 or 7 times already. We now have 2 complete masthead units and each exhibits this identical intermittent low reading problem. We have a new mount with attached cable and want to have that installed. Since this is installed with 4 stainless steel bolts into the aluminum mast, we are positive that the 14-year-old bolts up there are seized. So it is time for a professional to do this replacement! Both BVI riggers we have contacted are booked solid until after 1 January, as is the B&G distributor. We are on the 'call list' for all of them and will give the job to whomever can get to it first. I find it difficult to understand that hiring someone for this job is so hard!! We would like to have the wind instrument in proper working order before the new owners arrive 11 January, but it looks like that will not happen. The rigger we spoke with in St. Thomas said he cannot get to this job until 26 January!
Today we went into American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook bay on St. Thomas to have batteries delivered and installed. It was that time again! Only 3 batteries actually tested bad; the other 9 house bank batteries still tested fine. We were going to replace the 6 batteries that we bought in Montenegro since 3 of those are bad, and we were going to leave the 6 purchased in Turkey because all those are still fine. But the purchasers of BeBe wanted us to replace all of them (including the starting battery, which also still tests fine) and they will split the cost with us. We ordered the 13 batteries a couple of weeks ago and the shipment arrived in St. Thomas yesterday. Each battery weighs nearly 100 pounds. That would be 1300 pounds lifted up out of the battery compartment; moved up the companionway steps into the cockpit; moved up over the cockpit seats to the deck level; lifted up over the life rail and then down onto the dock. And then another 1300 pounds reversing all those steps! Bill and I have done this job ourselves in the past but decided we are too old to do such physical work anymore. Don't get me wrong -- we could do it -- but we would ache for days afterward! Time to pay someone else with stronger backs and more flexible legs for this heavy work. Batteries were delivered right on schedule and all tested fine. All installed and are charging as I type this blog posting.
We are spending the night at this marina. Not sure where going tomorrow. What you want to bet we end up right back in Francis Bay again?
|A bright rainbow very close to our boat in Francis Bay on St. John, USVI.|