12/08/2012, Los Roques
Today was a day of rest and recovery. We all napped and read and hung out on the boat. Finally this afternoon we got in the water and did a little snorkel to check out a small reef system that is 50 yards off our stern. Water is not super clear here, visibility about 40 feet or so. (Since we are protected by a huge reef that is a half mile east of us and several smaller reefs between, and since the wind is blowing 20 to 25 knots the crashing waves over those reefs stir up the water.) This little reef was teaming with small fish... all under 5 inches... and really teaming... Many different species some in schools of a hundred. Really great to be back in the water again. The most notable thing we say were three Cuddle Fish. We don't have photos... maybe you can google them for an idea of what they look like. A very bizarre fish!
Sleigh ride passageBill
12/08/2012, Los Roques
While Bill contemplates yet another sail change, Carl and Isobel hung out on the dinghy and ate oranges in hopes of staving off scurvy. (photo credit Carl Lill)
morning12/07/2012, en route to los Aves
Just before daybreak we started dodging squalls to see if we could make it to Los Aves while we still had good light for entering between the reefs. Lots of rainbows and great cloud watching. Isobel likes to entertain herself when things get slow by looking for animals in the clouds...
Rob's Birthday12/05/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Here was the birthday sunset Carl was looking for last night.... we will take it though and toast Rob, Lara's brother with this sunset.
Carl's Birthday12/04/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
We didn't realize that Carl would pass his birthday with us on the boat. Lara dug through her recipes to find a gluten free brownie that came close to the requested chocolate volcano cake! We had a wonderful although very relaxed day... sorry no big party Carl!
Up the mast12/02/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
On a boat it is good to have dual purposes for everything.... So up the mast I went. The main objective was to change out the block (pulley) that carries the Halyard (line that pulls the sail up the mast) for the Spinnaker. This was one of the only blocks on the boat that we had not changed yet since we bought the boat. The old one was showing some wear and as we are now turning down wind, I want to have confidence that the block will not blow apart...
New Lithium Battery11/30/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Isobel shows off the extra space left by removing the old lead batteries. THe new battery occupies 1/2 the space and weighs less then half of the lead batteries.
Dinghy Engine Carb again...11/26/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Yes, again I have to clean and rebuilt the carburetor in the dinghy engine...
Thanksgiving day splashBill
11/22/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Here I am writing this as the sun sets...
Start battery11/13/2012, Prickly Bay, Grenada
Here is our new start battery... a G34 lithium battery weighs only 12 pounds... 900 CCAs and it will last about 10 years.
April 2013, Guna Yala, Panama