Our new ride
Yesterday, after months of planning, we were finally able to take possession of our new tender. After being dropped off at Budget Marine by our friend Steve (we were kind of stranded without a dinghy), we found the 13′ aluminum hulled AB RIB waiting for us, all nice and shiny. Bas, the manager of the Cole Bay store, has been extremely helpful to us over the past few months, both in procuring the tender and the Yamaha 40HP outboard engine on it, and helping us to acquire multiple other products and info.
Once we had our new ride, Rebecca, Michael and I spent all day yesterday running from store to store, collecting items for the Leopard’s refit. Today we expect will be much of the same. All of the items that we had shipped from Miami are apparently waiting for us here at the 4-Star cargo terminal, and our friend Alberto from Barnacles has offered to take us there in his pickup to collect them. We also have a couple of other items waiting at our friends David and Ed’s office so we need to collect those things as well. Thanks again to everyone for helping us to pull this together.
While working our way through our shopping frenzy, we are also maintaining a close eye on the weather. This is not the best time of year to be this far north in the Caribbean, as evidenced by the definite lack of other boats in SXM bays and in the lagoon.