No stowaways allowed!
Lacking in fresh produce and fully aware that there would be no opportunities for shopping at Chacachacare, before we left Chaguaramas, Rebecca and I made the short dinghy trip over to one of the marinas to do a bit of shopping at the market. As we often do, we approached the unknown dinghy dock slowly. We’ve learned that it’s prudent to exercise caution at new docks as it would not be the first time that we have found nails or other sharp objects that could puncture our inflatable, or shallow rocks or other submerged items lying in wait to damage our prop. In this particular case, the dock was both in good repair and the water was plenty deep for our dinghy. There was, however, an equally nasty threat waiting for us on the dock: a big brown cockroach.
Cockroach infestations are one of those things that all cruisers fear, and for good reason. Once roaches make their way on board a ship it is extremely difficult to get rid of them. To be honest, until I saw that guy, I hadn’t really given much thought to the threat of them trying to stowaway in our dinghy when we were on shore, although I have had friends tell me that they’ve found the critters in their dinghies. The truth is, I’m sure this is one of the common ways that boats do get infected. Additionally, roaches can crawl up dock lines and gangways when boats spend time in a marina, sneak aboard hidden in foodstuffs (cardboard is a notorious culprit for this which is why we avoid allowing any on ZTC) and I’ve even heard of them flying on board boats at anchor. True? I don’t know. Can roaches fly?
Having spied the enemy, we immediately altered our plans. We backed away from the dock before we made contact and chose a slightly different place to moor our tender. I also opted to remain on board to stand guard against stowaways, vigilantly I might add, while Rebecca looked after our provisioning. You can’t be too careful!