16 April 2011 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Saturday was a boat maintenance kind of day. School in the morning, whilst Mark spent pretty much the whole day sourcing wood for our rudder. Having been quoted $3000 dollars for a new one in the boat yard here and having the uncertainty of having one delivered (going by our track record with parcels to date!) we have decided to make our own. I mean it can't be that hard can it? Several boat owners at de Big Fish have made them before and are willing to offer some advice and Rikki has offered us his garage and electric saw.
Whilst Mark was gone for the day, and once the kids had their lessons, I did the oil change/transmission fluid/coolant change and general clean up in the other engine. Steve came over later to help us take off the rudder so we can make an exact copy. With me at the top with a crowbar and hammer and Mark and Steve in the water it actually didn't take that long to remove the rudder and it's now lying on our deck. It goes withour saying that we needed to go out to celebrate our busy day and we enjoyed live music and a meal at de Big Fish. Mia was delighted to meet Sophie who is over on holiday so she could show off her new skirt and dance with her. Lochy was already off croc fighting (the shoes, not the beast!) with the other boat kids, one of whom is sporting a plaster cast on his wrist since we last saw him two days ago. Mark took the kids home early and I went to the local nightclub 'Bananas' with Steve, Gissy, Rikki, Kim and Aleesha where we danced our socks off til 3am amongst Grenada medical students.