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Boat Maintenance in Paradise

Just so you don't think Cruising is all Cocktails on the beach, let me remind you that cuising is boat maintenance in exotic places! In the last few months we had to purchase 4 new house batteries$$. We had the water pump for the Perkins rebuilt and Steve picked up a backup as well$$. Just this month we needed both alternators rebuilt$$. Now the dingy leaks and we are working through the details of the warranty to get a new one shipped into St Thomas and now just yesterday the outboard for it decided it wants a new propeller$.

Oh, I forgot to mention the new mother board we purchased for the SSB only took care of part of the problem and we still needed to take it in for some new parts. Big $$ there.

Today we sanded and oiled the exterior teak and did two loads of laundry. Right now Steve is tearing the water maker apart.

So, you should all feel sorry for us and how hard life is in paradise! That is all for now, we have to go to Drinks and Appetizers on the beach for sunset with the rest of the Cruzateers!

Our Cruising Adventures
Swimming with Manta Rays
Francis Bay, St John

Today Manta Rays were swimming around the boats in Francis Bay. As soon as we heard we grabbed our snorkels and camera and jumped in the water! They swam around at least 1/2 hour, going in circles with their huge mouths open. Several times I could almost reach out and touch them! I had heard they were in this bay before and everyone knew I had been Manta hunting for weeks. Thank you Chimayo for the heads up or we may have missed them.

Manta Rays are the largest species in the Ray family and can exceed 20 feet across. As in the whale family, it is interesting that the largest species lives on plankton. The Manta has 18 rows of teeth on the lower jaw. An average size Manta Ray will consume 44 to 46 pounds of plankton per day.

I will never forget this day! See more pictures in the Photo Gallery!

Our Cruising Adventures


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Who: Janice & Steve
Port: We departed From St Petersburg, Fl 2009
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