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Solutions to new problem
02/15/2008, ST Lucia

Sometimes fixing one problem only creates another. With the 12v fridge we now found that the 5 Amps/hr we pulled to cool our food would force us to run our engine nearly 5 hours a day to keep batteries charged. Diesel fuel here is 6$ a gallon and it didn't take a rocket scientist to see that it was going to cost a small fortune to keep our fridge running. So back to the chandlery & 30 minutes later I came away with a brand new wind generator. As with all boat projects the estimated 3 hours to install it became an all day affair. Friends dropped by to check on our progress and offer help and advice. By the end of the day after much grunting and a few cold beers the amps were flowing back into our batteries and we had ice forming in the freezer. I know "Big Deal!" but believe you me it is a big deal when getting ice can take two hours down here and food shopping easily occupies half a day.

Victory
02/15/2008, Rodney Bay St Lucia

Happy Crew Happy Life! We celebrate our victories!

We have sold the House in Portland!

Pirate Ship Ahoy
02/15/2008

This ship was tide up at dock in St Lucia. One of the boats used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. She is now a tourist day sail boat that takes people on a fun filled pirates tour

Sunsets keep getting better
02/15/2008, Isle du Saintes

While in St John a rowdy pirate named Captain Coy taught Ben how to signal the fleet with the Conch horn. He has mastered the art of blowing the large shell and now has the distinction of being the only person to announce sunset each evening to these anchorages. His skill is such that he receives applause each night and fellow cruisers have replied in the time honored Caribbean fashion with attempts of their own. This photo is of Ben in St Lucia.

Collision @ Anchor!
02/15/2008, Pidgeon Isle St Lucia

We are moored outside Rodney bay with many other boats today. After having spent the morning climbing to the Fort on Pigeon isle and splashing in the water we returned to the Omarsea for lunch. Within a short period Stevie who happened to be on deck cried out. I ran up to the deck and found that another boat was crashing into us from the port side. A lifeline lay twisted and loose on the deck stanchions bent and toe rail banged up. The offending boat was threatening to tear herself down the entire port side of our beloved Omarsea. Jean rushed to fend it off. I jumped to help calling to Julie for a line. Pushing with all our strength we forced the 40 footer down our portside and tied it astern with the line. But the Island Packet was to heavy for our single anchor and we started to drag down toward another vessel astern of us. I ran forward and started releasing chain on the anchor rode. In the fray I let the chain run out and the 30' of 5/8" nylon line making up the bitter end caught with a terrible jerk. With both boats now pulling in the 20 knot breeze I was unable to pull the chain back to the gypsy on the windlass. I called for Jean to start the engine and drive us forward so I could recover the end of the chain. Suddenly the wind caught our boat and swung the Island Packet (IP) to port threatening a catamaran moored next to us. Jean gunned the engine and pulled us away from the cat. I brought the chain up to the windlass and locked it in place with our snubber. The anchor was holding fast now so I went astern to see what I could make of this derelict vessel. She had an anchor dangling straight down. Less than 40' of chain had been laid out. I jumped in the dingy and motored over , pulling the smaller boats secondary anchor off the bow, I kedged it far ahead and to the port. The heavy danforth bit right away and we held steady waiting for the owners to return.

MArigot Bay Fun
02/15/2008

Enjoying the breeze just off the beach in Marigot

St Lucia
02/15/2008, Marigot Bay & Castries

After ten days in St Lucia's Rodney Bay we head south toward the capitol city of Castries. On entering the harbor we are immediately aware that there were no other cruising boats. We anchored in the inner harbor and had lunch here. The music was blasting from several restaurants and a cruise ship was disgorging hundreds of passengers to shop in the small downtown district
Searching our trusty cruising guide we discovered that only a couple miles south there was Marigot Bay of song and movie fame.
Marigot a small and tidy bay is home to a fleet of charter boats and a place where most cruisers stop because of the wonderful bakery to be found there. If you have not guessed by now, yes we cruisers are a floating hoard driven by our stomachs. As we descended on the bakery with 3 children in the lead the other patrons stepped back. Chocolate croissants were to die for and the kids were cajoled into going in for seconds.

Where next you ask?
02/15/2008

Our next port of call will be Bequia in the Grenadines. It is the whaling capitol of the Caribbean and visited by thousands of yachts each year. Our trip there should be exciting. The weather has established what forecaster's call an Omega Block High. The result is nonstop 30 MPH winds and 15 foot sea's offshore lasting as long as 3 weeks according to NOAA. Stay Tuned and see how the Trefethen family weathers the storm.

Home School
Scott Trefethen
01/01/2008, US Virgin Isles

Home school is a fluid affair. We are focusing on Math, spelling & Grammer, reading, physical and life sciences. This morning we took the inflatable to the beach and on the way to the old sugar mill we spent time examining gastropods living in the intertidal zone. There are a half dozen species of snale living on the rocks here. We discovered that after the snail dies and it's shell is cast up on the beach that it provides a used home to the species of land hermit crabs indigenous to these islands.
It is quite a suprise to lean down to pick up a nice shell and have it either run away from you or pinch your fingers.

New Year!
Scott Trefethen
01/01/2008, Nanny Cay Tortola

Jeans Sisters Mary and Margaret have joined us for a great 2 week visit and we have put them to the test. I am happy to report that both ladies have taken to the Caribe like pirates and have been a ton of fun aboard the Omarsea. This picture was taken on St John near the old sugar mill. There is a wonderful trail leading up the mountain to the ruins and we all found it a great stretch of the legs.

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