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Altair's Cruz Nuz
cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
Another Tour for Fish Friday!
08/28/2009, Guoyave, NW Coast Grenada

It's tough, but somebody has to do it! Another must while here in Grenada is the trip up the lee coast to a place called Guoyave! It's an event and Raymond, our favorite guide, took a bunch of us up for a fishy evening! Gouyave, known to many as the town that never sleeps, or action city, got it's name from the English Queen, married to King George III, Queen Charlotte. Today you can still hear people refer to Gouyave as Charlotte Town. During the French control of the island, the name was changed to Gouyave because of the vast amount of Guava trees growing here at the time.

Gouyave is a town famous for fishing and is known at the Fishing Capital of Grenada. On an average year, over 9 millon dollars are made from fishing in this area and over 3,000 people are directly or indirectly involved in this industry.

Friday is another tradition held by many villages around the island but this one is the most famous! All the restaurants and chefs set up a booth and sell their most requested fare! The two streets are packed with people, drummers and musicians are playing, people are dancing and the town must be seen again during daylight! Very cool!

Enjoy the photos "Fish Friday @ Gouyave"


A cooler job!
08/19/2009, Aloft at the dock!

I don't really blame him for wanting a 'cool' job. We're not talking about attitude, just temperature!

There's a lot that needs to be done aloft, but this trip up there is for sail protection. We wanted baggywrinkles, but they never made it on board! The tape he's wrapping if for antichafe rubber thingies!

We just got the small jib repaired, so we want to keep it safe from the spreaders!

Just another thing to check off the list.


08/18/2009, Where else, working on Altair, ugh!

I really am glad we have lots of friends to drag us away from all this work! He would never stop! It's also an old boat and living on it is just like your home! We did get a spot at a marina for the work, but we should have a 55' boat by now with the amount of work we've done on her.

Now he's replacing the water lines! They are a mess, and we are eating the filters way too fast which are exorbitantly expensive! Whatever!

Maybe we should rename the boat....'NEXT?'


08/17/2009, Port Louis Marina! Still....

Even though he loves this boat, loves working on's just crazy! He has all these tools at home, but nooooooo, gotta buy new ones for these monster jobs! I'm truly amazed!

Now all he has to do is build a dam in the anchor locker to keep the West System resin stuff from going where he doesn't want it to go. Of course, it's major designing, bracing, recutting, measuring job, bigger than expected, of course and IT'S FRIGGING HOT AS HELL!

I love you honey....wish we could afford a 'crew' of maintainance guys to replace him! Aren't you supposed to relax and enjoy your retirement?


Belair Plantation, Magnifique!
08/16/2009, St. Davids, SE Coast of Grenada

We've been trying to space the blog entries from one a week or a couple times a month. Hmmmmmmmmm...Grenada has packed our calendar to the max! not that we're bitching, hence the non stop exclamations from Altair's Cruz Nuz!

We already had this trip to the Plantation at St. Davids planned before Carnival. We wanted to check out the farthest reaches of the southeast tip and check out the Belair Plantation. The Carnival energy just kept pumping and propelled some of our big gang to join together again for some great scenery, a delightfully good meal, crankin' rock and roll music and very dear friends. Location, location, location! We managed to walk around and burn off some of those calories too, but we didn't check out the cottages on the plantation grounds. Every slick brochure we'd seen so far dipicts this resort as 'exclusive'. Maybe if we win a lottery!

Can you see why we've fallen in lust with this country! So much to see and do! So incredibly gorgeous. And we haven't seen everything yet! So much work to do too, how? We just don't know when we can squeeze it in.

Dudley and Bec

08/15/2009, St. Georges, Miles around the Lagoon!

Here we last. We've been geared up for weeks now! This is all everybody has talking about, living for, breathing and embracing! SPICEMAS, Grenada STYLE.

There was no grass growing under Altair. OK, I take that back, we are in a closed lagoon after all, but we can always take a break for something as momentus.. The SpiceMas Queen was not available for the reschedule, she's an ER nurse and couldn't the King carried the weight! As you can see, thousands of people joined us for a spectacular day steeped in history and traditon.

We had a blast! Check out the pics marked "Carnival at Last"!

Dudley and Bec

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