22 January 2008 | Port Louis
Rigging was moving forward nicely, fiberglass work was making great strides and canvas was supposed to start tomorrow. Things were exceeding my island tuned expectations at every turn. Unfortunately I had to climb into the lazarette every morning to bang on the solenoid to loosen it up so that the generator would start. This is something that I could have probably easily have fixed but a lot of stuff was going on and I was trying to prioritize the rigging seeing as how it had no apparent stake holder.
Mike at Palm Tree Marine (418-5399) was recommended to me by Johnathan, the manager of Island Water World here. Johnathan is a very reputable friend of the cruiser community in Grenada and I highly value his recommendations. I also randomly met Mike's wife picking up parts at FedEx while we were getting our mail at FedEx last week. Mike came over and did a very thorough and careful job swapping out the solenoid. I had bought a new 12v solenoid at Napa. It was an automotive solenoid but looked exactly the same as the old one except for the red Westerbeke paint. It worked perfectly and thanks to Mike we can start the genset from the Nav station again.