Today is the big day, the day where we (temporarily) swap our trusty ZTC for the Leopard 4600, our “ride” for the next 4 days. Rather than leave our baby at anchor unattended, we’ve booked her a slip at Port Louis Marina where we know she’ll be watched over and safe.
The initial challenge is getting her secure in her berth which I’ve been told is going to require us to med-moor alongside some behemoth catamarans. It seriously should look funny with our 32′ cat tied up alongside a 72′ cat, don’t you think? For those not familiar with med-mooring, we need to bring our boat to a stop by a couple of mooring balls and then pass two lines down from our bow to one of the marina staff in a tender who will affix them to the balls. Once they are secure we need to back the boat straight up until she is stern-to the dock where we will again affix more lines. Sound easy? Well, we’ll see. Did I mention we’ll be backing up right beside the multi-million dollar cat?
After all of that is completed, the process of dragging our provisions and supplies from ZTC to the Leopard will begin which fortunately is not too far away from the spot they have chosen for us. We’ll of course need to have one of the Moorings people give us a run down of the boat’s operation but once that’s completed, we’ll be on our way. Destination? North. More specifically, if all goes well and we get away without too many delays, I think our first stop will be Sandy Island near Carriacou. This picturesque little spit of sand is a nice spot to stop in settled weather, which hopefully will be accompanying us for the entire week.
The one thing which will not be joining us on the Leopard though is our trusty WirieAP Wi-Fi antenna so unfortunately there are no guarantees that we’ll have internet access each day we’re out. If you don’t see us posting do not assume that we’ve run away on the big boat and won’t be returning. Although we may be tempted to do so, we promise we’ll come back.
Our new “ride.”