Waiting and working
We are now entering the time of year when many cruisers are beginning to get a bit antsy about the necessity of moving south to H-free waters, especially those up north. We have several friends, some that we have met face to face and others that, so far, we have met only over the internet, who are still up in the Virgin Islands, some even in Puerto Rico. These are people who, like us, have plans to head to Grenada or Trinidad and still have quite a few miles to cover. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t really being very cooperative. The trade winds have been blowing in full force and are forecast to continue to do so. On top of that, numerous squalls have been occurring to enhance the wind and seas even more. In other words, it’s a good time to practice being patient. Mother Nature is a great teacher with respect to that, especially after you have had your “knuckles rapped with a ruler” once or twice by failing to wait for a proper weather window. We are continuing to wait but have, only just this morning, been discussing making a run for Grenada in one straight shot, a distance of approx. 160 nm, at the next bit of moderation. Until such time, we’ll be content to hang out here.
While we’re here, we are catching up on some boat chores. Yesterday’s task was to re-install our new radar reflector and re-run one of our flag halyards, a job that required climbing our mast to the spreaders. It was Rebecca’s turn to go aloft this time and she did a great job. Some of you may remember this post from Nov. 2011 where I showed the radar reflector that I had tied up above our deck. I never really trusted that thing being above our heads and thus, shortly after making that post, I went back up and removed it. Since that time, we purchased a different radar reflector but instead of installing it properly as I should have, I took the easy way and ran it up our port flag halyard. That worked fine for a time until the weight and motion of it caused the line to chafe through bringing it crashing to the deck one evening. This is why we were RE-installing it, properly, and RE-running a new flag halyard. Both jobs were completed without issue yesterday and we got some pretty pics as a bonus.
Rebecca climbed the mast herself using our ascender but has a back up line secured to her as well.
From this perspective you can easily see a couple of the reefs that are guarding our current anchorage.
Our new radar reflector, and a couple of our friends’ boats.
Every job needs a supervisor.🙂
After that job was done we went for a bit of a dinghy tour back into the “hurricane hole.”
We see numerous wrecks in our travels. This one is back in the mangroves…
…and this one is on a reef just astern of our boat.