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cruising, vb, kroozing, working on your boat in exotic locations around the Caribbean....Dudley and Becca
HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR, Feliz Anos Nuevo and Bonne Annee!
12/31/2009, Clark's Court Bay Marina

We were a little concerned about our New Year celebration and our 10th Anniversary!

Our outboard decided to quit after being 'pickled' during our marina stay from July 8th to the 16th of December! It's in the shop and the nice guy in his taxi boat that towed us yesterday, said he would take us to the party tonight if we needed it! We hadn't heard so I got on the radio! "If anyone is going to Clark's Court Bay for the New Year's Eve Party could we have a ride?" We waited for what seemed a very long time when Len and Yanna, S/V Present offered to pick us up and take us! Whew!

The rest is history! We had a wonderful time, with Miss Kitty, Jenny, Bob (the owner) all making the arrangements for a really fun night! They gave everyone a heads up, hehe, and said there was going to be a hat contest!

I won! (the calabash was planned to be a lampshade for our davis cockpit light when I got the dremmel out) but this is the first debut for the calabash which will be locked into Altair's history!


Merry Christmas!
12/25/2009, S/V Moondancer

We are really blessed! We are enjoying Prickly Bay, this beautiful anchorage near the southwest corner of the island and Christmas in the Islands!

We just love Grenada and we love our friends Nellie and Phil!

They invited us to a wonderful "English" dinner along with 5 others on board Moondancer! We enjoyed a delicious rack of lamb, prepared by Chef Nellie and everyone brought along a dish to accompany their generosity.

The evening progressed with several bottles of wine, then on to cognac laced "English Pudding" for dessert! Fabulous

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Altair Splashed...Moondancer's Dink!
12/23/2009, Prickly Bay, South Coast of Grenada

For real now! We are finally finished with the big work on Altair! We say that with trepidation of course. It's a boat!

We are just thrilled to be hanging out on the hook! Our new windlass is super and our buddies Nellie and Phil on Moondancer loaned us their dink until we launch ours and also invited us to a big feast for Christmas dinner!

We really miss being at home during the holidays, but we were lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving at home with relatives and friends who have become like family!

Can't wait to spend our second night on anchor being lulled to sleep with the wind and seas! How cool is this! Finally!

Altair has been REPLACED!
12/22/2009, Spice Island Marine BoatYard, Grenada

It's been five days in the yard and we made a few changes! See if you can tell!

Ok, added about 15' to her length and about 3' to her keel. Then we painted her this gorgeous color!

"Not"....this beauty was right behind us and gorgeous!

After five days in the yard, so is our wee little sloop Altair! We are exhausted, but she looks great! Ready for the journey north!

Sea View Apartments, a boatyard retreat!!!
12/18/2009, Grand Anse Beach, Grenada

I did manage to find a beautiful, peaceful, friendly and inexpensive apartment to relax in after a hard day @ the yard!

My captain, my hero, my idol...Dudley, truly amzing! I pray everyday to have the energy and the attitude of my man when I get to his age!

Sea View Apts. have cable, yeah for football and HORAAY for WIFI! Yippee for recliners too after a hard first day in the yard.

Check out the pics in the photo gallery. Joan, teaching me how to cultivate cinnamon and nutmeg. Glenn, the owner and his beautiful wife, Princess Margaret's herb garden and amazing fruit trees, sugar apple, papaya, ochra, banana, almond and many others I fail to remember that are lovingly being grown in their back yard!

Back in the yard, not a sandbox!
12/17/2009, Spice Island Marine Boat Yard

Cannot believe we are outta the marina! We had a beautiful night last night, sitting on anchor that was set with our new, gold plated windlass! Dudley is doing a great job having learned to set the snubber and not loose any fingers. Those cute red and black foot buttons took some getting used to and it's wonderful that he'll keep all his fingers! We are so happy to be here in Prickly Bay at last we are feeling the breeze, hearing the windlass doing it's job and the solar panel....our bestest purchase to date (next in line after the new windlass, of course).

Ok, that's it. It didn't last long, floating freely away from the dock that is. We hauled Altair today!! We needed to haul her for a new bottom. We had already decided on red again (my desire to introduce another color other than teal) and of course checking every thru hull, all the stuffing in the box, hehe, and cutlass bearing.

We have so much to do! Barrier coat on the old bottom paint, then new bright red bottom; I'm redoing the faux teak all around the boat that has surely seen better days; I'll be sanding and waxing the entire hull of it's oxidized paint and vertical rust stripes from the rub rail inferior screws and the list goes on!

Keep ya posted!

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