12/08/2009, Staniel Cay, Exumas
December 1st, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
Steve came over this morning to report that his electrical problem had been traced to a junction in the phone cable that connects his Link system to the Inverter/Charger. We spent a couple of hours attempting to make the new computer talk to the SSB so that we can have access to email. We had no success with that.
The remainder of the morning was spent with Kathy working on stainless, while I scrubbed the water line and got most of the salt off the topsides.
We took showers and headed into the Yacht Club around 1 p.m. for lunch and to run a few errands around town. Our propane tank had not finished filling (that's what I was told???) so we'll have to pick it up another day.
Back at the boat we read for a while and then listened to basketball until about midnight.
High and dry!
12/08/2009, Staniel Cay, Exumas
November 30th, 2009 Big Majors Spot, Exumas
After coffee I went followed Steve and Kim to the airport to see her off. The place was hopping with four or five charters arriving as well as a few private planes. Kim's flight was overbooked by one so there was a little drama on the tarmac. But one of the charters was heading back to Nassau empty, so some cash changed hands between the pilot and the Flamingo air representative and things were cool.
I dropped off an empty propane tank at Isles General and picked up a dozen eggs and a cabbage.
Last week a 25 foot boat with two large outboards crashed into one of the small rock islands that are just outside Staniel Cay Yacht Club. It is still sitting on top of the rock so on my way by I swung over for a closer inspection. It was a center console type fishing boat and must have hit going about 30mph. The island is all needle rock and that is where the injuries must have come from. Getting launched into needle rock should have killed the three aboard, but instead they were airlifted to Nassau and then on to Ft. Lauderdale.
Back on board "Sapphire" Kathy spent most of the day working on stainless. While I cleaned the soot off the stern...The exhaust leaves a film that is hard to remove. Getting it off usually means rewaxing which is how I spent the afternoon.
Steve came over after lunch with an inverter/Link problem and I returned to help him out. We found a bad connection in a fuse and assumed that it was the problem. By evening though when he returned, it seems that the original problem is still present even after changing out the Link system, which runs the Inverter/Charger. We came up with a couple of things to try tomorrow morning and made plans to go into the Yacht Club for lunch.
For dinner Kathy made Cole slaw and we thawed a package scallops, which were sautéed in garlic butter and dark Rum.
12/07/2009, Staniel Cay, Exumas
November 29th, 2009 Black Point to Staniel Cay, Exumas
After coffee and breakfast we hauled up the anchor and headed out the south entrance to Black Point. Once we made the corner we rolled out the jib and put engine in neutral to charge the battery system and make some water.
"Fine Lion" exited from the north entrance and hoisted both of his sails. Since the race was on we rolled out the staysail and were flying along at about 3.5 knots.
We had a great , slow sail up to Staniel. "Sapphire" did lose the race but in all fairness we did slow down intentionally to keep air bubbles out of the watermaker.
Once at anchor we had some lunch and then took the dinghy to shore to pick palm fronds. Steve and Kim joined us and we dinghied out to Sandy Cay for the afternoon and then returned to middle beach (next to Pig Beach) for a send off bottle of wine. Kim flies out tomorrow for 3 weeks back in the States.
On the way back to the boat we remembered that we had forgotten to give Kim a check for some things that she is picking up for us so we invited ourselves over to "Fine Lion" for three games of Rummy Cube before dinner.
Finally back on board, I made some goulash for dinner...and lunch tomorrow, before watching some video and going to bed.