Sunday evening in Leverick Bay must have been something special because while the anchorage was packed with boats then, last night there were very few left at anchor. In fact, it is now about as busy, or as quiet, as I had actually expected it to be.
Clearing in to customs yesterday morning was relatively pleasant but once we were all legal, we set about completing some tasks, not sailing to some other harbor. Unlike the vacationers who typically move the boat every day, unless we have somewhere in particular that we need to be, and we’re happy where we are, we just stay put.
It was not a great day to be sailing.
Racing? Perhaps, if you’re kind of crazy. Cruising? No.
In addition to the boat work that we had on our list (yes, we still have a big list), I also had to invest some time in writing an article for Sail magazine that I had promised to have submitted by November 1st. Writing doesn’t typically take too much effort for me so long as I’m in the right frame of mind. I hate being under a deadline to do it though. In case the folks at Sail are reading this, I can report that a lot of progress was made so we should have no trouble submitting the piece according the the timeline that I agreed to. 🙂
While shopping for groceries back in St. Maarten we came across this issue of Multihull Sailor Magazine (by the people who publish SAIL). We did not write this but they did do a tiny “interview” on us. Our friend Cindy also had an article in the magazine (pages 30-34).
What’s on today? Our next big boat improvement is having the entire rub rail on our stern replaced. This was another of the items on our Moorings Phase Out list but at the time we were doing that, they had no rub rail in stock. They promised that when they received it they would put some aside for us and complete the job when we returned to the Virgins. Well, here we are. The work should be done either later today or if their schedule doesn’t allow it, tomorrow.
In addition to that, we also need to pay a visit to our lawyer to pick up our official boat papers. We left the BVI with only temporary “running papers” which are good for 90 days. It’s time now to acquire the real ones though.
Once all of that is completed, we’ll be off to the USVI. We have a lot of stuff being shipped to us there, including the replacement O-rings for our watermaker. Rich, the owner of CruiseRO, has been excellent at keeping us abreast of the shipping status for the replacement parts. Kudos to him. I’ll be happy when I get that system up and running for good as I’ll have one less thing to concern myself with.
What do you think of our new neon blue LED cockpit lights? They are only temporarily rigged at the moment. I’ll wire them permanently later this week.