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IT'S A HARD LIFE
Michele/sun & rainshowers
14 April 2011, Peakes Boatyard, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Nearly a week on and we are making progress, sort of, although Irony is looking worse every day. Allen Downden's team have sanded the topsides and, despite daily delays due to rain, have sprayed two coats of primer. they are currently sanding and filling ready to do the top coats. Roger is still sanding away the barnacles on the bottom, hampered by the work going on above him. We've also deconstructed the inside of the boat and sent off the saloon table, chart table and 5 pieces of flooring to be stripped and re-varnished. The heat, humidity and dust have been overwhelming but we have had air-conditioning installed today which should make life more bearable.

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HARD TIMES
Michele/clear and sunny
09 April 2011, Peakes Boatyard, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

Nic has done as much as possible in the keel box so it was time to move to a new position in the yard. Peakes were incredibly helpful (as always) in re-organising the travel lift schedule so we could move this morning instead of yesterday. We are spending the weekend preparing the boat for the team to start on painting our topsides on Monday. The days are long (12+ hours) and it's hot and humid here, not much fun, nor is living on the boat out of the water in a dusty boatyard.

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HAULED OUT
Michele/clear and sunny
05 April 2011, Peakes Boatyard, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

An early start with Nic going off to get a second load of cheap fuel from the fishing dock. He wants to leave the tanks full while we are away to avoid condensation and with the torrential rain we had yesterday afternoon, only one trip was possible.
We were in the travel lift and out of the water just after 8am. Then came the pressure wash, tragic to see hundreds of dollars of paint being washed off! The hull is in reasonable condition although with two colours of antifounling showing through spattered with the white calcified remains of our barnacles it has an interesting look.
We were moved to our first position here, over the drainage ditch by the front gate. We attract a lot of attention here because it's not a normal place for boats - it's a temporary spot for us to work on the keel.

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LAST SAIL
Michele/clear and sunny
04 April 2011, Chaguaramas, Trinidad

As we set sail from Grenada yesterday afternoon we realised that this would be our last sail on Irony until we return from our trip across the Pacific on Spiip. It's odd to think we will be leaving her for such a long time after almost 9 years of living onboard. It was good therefore that we had a fast and pleasant trip here to Chaguaramas. The winds were favourable and the seas were relatively calm considering the high winds that have been blowing all week. We actually arrived earlier than expected, before dawn. Our haul out is scheduled for 9am tomorrow morning so we have to hit the ground running today.

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MOVE TO OUR "WORK SPOT"
Michele/clear and sunny
28 March 2011, Saga Bay, Grenada

A quick move across the bay to our usual spot here! The anchorage is less rolly, there's free internet and it's nice a breezy. Time to start painting the cockpit which we didn't get to last summer.

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AROUND TO THE SOUTH
Michele/clear and sunny
27 March 2011, Clarkes Court Bay, Grenada

On Sunday we took the dinghy over to Grand Anse Beach (surprisingly empty for a weekend in high season) and did a quick shop. We were struck by how exotic it is to doing our shopping by dinghy and walking down such a gorgeous beach in the sunshine!
We then moved around to Clarkes Court Bay on the south coast where we can work on Irony in calm, sheltered conditions.

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