OLd Haunts revisited
22 August 2008 | Puerto Rico
We traveled from Mayagues to Boqueron and then on to La Parguera a wonderful small fishing town. We had visited here 13 years ago with Clara and Omaron a wirlwind tour of the island. We stayed in a small Paradore hotel. Today the hotel has grown to the point where we hardly recognised it. This photo shows the hotel as seen from the dingy.
Well after a couple days here at the incomperable Ponce Yacht & Fishing club we are heading East to Salinas and our temporary home for the next few weeks as we watch storms roll by. We are in the midst of an active storm season here in the Caribbean with a tropical low moving our way.
We have had great luck in finding Efrane of the Quantum sail loft here. His team are patching up our torn genoa. And he has the necessary materials for Jean and I to make our new bimini top for the cockpit. Anyone visiting Ponce will find him a very friendly and helpfull sail maker.
We will be busy over the next few weeks with serveral projects on the boat. One being the completion of our mechanical refrigeration. We have 12 volt refrigeration and eutectic holding plates aboard. This time of year ice has been the exception rather than the rule in the freezer. As those boaters out there can attest having ice onboard during a hot afternoon is akin to heaven on earth.
We made an important discovery this past week. The water we had filled our tanks with in the DR had been slightly brackish. Over the past 3 weeks as we drank this water we became increasingly dehydrated. On arriving in Ponce and refilling our tanks the difference was noticed immediately by all.
Anyone cruising in the DR will want to run the ZarPar Marina water through their water maker before drinking it to avoid dehydration.