04 December 2010 | Marsh Harbour
windy and cool
After a successful launch, and a nice sail around the "whale" we spent a couple of days relaxing at Great Guana Cay where we discovered it was possible to buy fresh crab claws and sushi grade tuna directly from the fishing docks... we stocked up and will return.
Another nice sail south brought us to Marsh Harbour where we have spent the past 7 days fixing things that have broken in the past two weeks.
The solar panels died (just a corroded terminal, but hard to replace), the impeller on the generator feel apart (two years old and only 50 hours of run time), dripping taps, and leaking hatches.
My extensive spare parts kit came to the rescue, but I await another onslaught of problems for the next couple of weeks. Seems it takes a good month to really shake down the boat and get it back into shape.
Provisioning in MH was reasonably successful and the new Maxwell's store was bright and cheery, but who needs 20 different versions of Cracker Barrel Cheddar Cheese? Very limited selection, but fortunately Abacos Groceries came to the rescue with local shrimp, wasabi, great European cheeses, smoked salmon from Chile, and many other wonderful treats..
Biggest problem was repairing Louise's bicycle.... a real nightmare which took more than a week and countless visits to the bike shop, and numerous delays for spare parts from Nassau.... just barely repaired due to lack of spare parts and necessary tools.... another lesson for next year!
Off to Hopetown later today to hide from another cold northern front arriving tonight...