We have a rudder!!!
05 May 2011 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Mark has just come back to the boat with a fully operational, shiny new (drumroll........) rudder! Having camped at Rikky and Kim's for the past two weeks he has proved that he wasn't just drooling over the good looking sunbathing medical student tenants but he was actually making a rudder!
Also (is there no end to Mark's talents?) when he came home from a long day at the office, he quickly installed the water filter that Whit bought over from the US with him ("heh, Whit, great to meet you. Did you bring the water filter?") A relatively (compared to making a rudder) easy job which means we now don't have to worry about single handedly creating a plastic bottle mountain in the local landfill (no recycling in the Caribbean, except in the French islands). We've bought all the materials for a water catcher, so will be able to top up the tanks as we go though the Pacific.
So, a productive couple of days. Whit tightened the trampoline, we've put new batons in our mainsail and put a new reef line in as our old one was chafed. Still awake? I'm just including these jobs so you know we've been busy and some people might have a clue what we are talking about!
So, when are we leaving? Fingers and toes crossed, Saturday. Tomorrow we will put in rudder number one in the morning, Mark will finish painting the newly reinforced rudder number two ready for installation in the evening and I will stock up with fresh provisions. We may or may not stop at Bonaire, all depending on if there is a good weather window. Stopping or not stopping will only be decided once we are on the go. If we're enjoying a good wind, we'll head straight for Panama, start the paper chase that's involved in the crossing of the canal and if we have time before our crossing date, head back to San Blas islands. I'm getting excited........