Today brings change. It started with a change in my watch to sunrise. It is just crazy how quick the sun comes up on the ocean. It probably takes 60 seconds from when it peaks above the sea until it's full. Laundry and water making took up an hour then I spent some time cleaning up my navigation station. When Stosh got up we found there was a coolant leak on the starboard engine. We repaired that and checked the coolant levels. Afterwards we decided to do an oil change on the generator. It had been over 200 hours since its last oil and fuel filter change. This took up about 2 hours as we did a very thorough job.
Today the wind has died to a dead calm. The area we are in is called the "horse latitudes" because sailing ships that where becalmed where sometimes forced to kill the animals on board due to the lack of drinking water. Fortunately our water maker is working perfectly so Stosh gets to live another day J. We don't have any sails up and are motoring at 7 knots on a course of 60 degrees magnetic. This area is not just lacking wind, there don't appear to be any fish here either.
Wow, I called that one right. I no longer sent off yesterday's post and said hi to Stosh and a Mahi hit. Stosh brought him to the stern of the boat but one last jerk of its head and the line snapped. Bummer.
First Day at SeaDavid
Steve and I arrived into St. Maarten on Wednesday, April 25th without any travel problems. Dave had moved onto the boat a week earlier and was there to greet us. Thursday we reviewed the boat and safety equipment, did a rigging check, changed a few things, and then went for a sail/motor. Friday we were scheduled to have some metal fabrication done by a company FKG. As is typical for the Caribbean we arrived and they were not expecting us, even after 3 e-mails verifying our arrival date and time. The workers never arrived until 2:00pm and where not able to finish the job completely. Dave and Stosh bought provisions while we waited and I cleared us out to go fishing that evening. Because FKG was so late to start, we missed the bridge opening and had to spend the night in the lagoon. It worked out as we were able to get a great meal and party with a whole group of yacht crew who were leaving for the Mediterranean.
It's Time To Go....David
Twenty years of dreaming and planning, two years of preparation work, and 5 days until we depart for St. Maarten. It is an odd feeling to be so close to this adventure starting. I've had many people ask me if I'm nervous and my reply is that there is a fine line between nervous and anxious. 70% anxious, 20% nervous, and I can't lie, 10% scared.
Palarran is a Fountaine Pajot Marquises 56' catamaran built in 2001 and commissioned the next year. It was built in La Rochelle, France and then sailed to Fort Lauderdale for final fit out. The previous owner was in the shipping business and spared no expense in customizing the boat. He then used the boat very lightly in the Caribbean, but mostly it sat in a slip waiting to be sailed.