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05 December 2017 | Puerto Del Ray Fajardo
02 December 2017 | Puerto del Rey, PR
30 November 2017 | San Juan
23 September 2017
20 September 2017 | Fajardo, Puerto Rico
28 March 2017 | San Juan, Puerto Rico
24 March 2017 | Puerto del Rey, PR
19 March 2017
14 March 2017 | Green Cay, BVI
12 March 2017 | Kokomo, Great Camanoe, BVI
05 March 2017
04 March 2017 | Gorda Sound
03 March 2017 | Virgin Gorda, BVI
03 March 2017 | Saba Rock, BVI
27 February 2017 | 30 NM to Virgin Gorda

Who saved Tivoli?

05 December 2017
On the right of Torben is Samuel Moorefield, Tivoli's caretaker. He and his team of three monitored the hurricane situation and was invaluable by keeping us informed and keeping Tivoli safe! We can highly recommend his services!

What saved Tivoli

05 December 2017
This is one of eight rings seated in a cement block. Tivoli had eight straps connecting to the rings. Four on each side.

Do you have a nipple?

05 December 2017
Now on a lighter note! Operation Tivoli is just about complete. All systems seem to be up and running. I don’t want to jinx anything but it is pretty amazing how a few pats in just the right places and BING, it turns on. At least that’s how I see it. Torben has been expanding his capabilities as boat repair man. There hasn’t been one thing yet, that he couldn’t fix. OK, maybe one thing…

The autopilot, remember last season? Allegedly all Torben needed was a new nipple. How difficult could it be for a man to find one nipple? Six months ago, after getting back from our Atlantic crossing he began his nipple quest. It started with Simrad the autopilot manufacturer. No nipple could be found in their warehouse. It then fell upon West Marine from whom we purchased the AP from four years ago. From there, several months later, a deal was struck. West Marine would give us a replacement pump. “Oh no you don’t,” said Torben, “I just need the nipple, I’m not taking out my pump, re-bleeding the lines because you can’t find me a new nipple!”

Somehow, and I’m not sure how, we ended up in West Marine in Fajardo to pick up the new pump which wasn’t there of course, so we drove all the way to San Juan. Here is where I witnessed Torben’s masterful negotiation skills. After about an hour, while Torben wasn’t looking, I busied myself by filling up the cart with cleaning supplies, I return to find Torben still standing in the same spot with his arms crossed! Had he met his match? Apparently, the wires got crossed and there was a snowballs chance in hell that West Marine manager was going let Torben leave with just the nipple!

We ended up paying for the whole pump, figuring we would take off the nipple, then return it to the Fajardo store nipple less! Well, this morning, Torben opens the pump box and cries out, “No, NO!! Oh My God this pump has no nipple!”
God, it feels so nice to back on Tivoli!

Tomorrow we will cast off and head for Culebra for a little R and R.

Establishment hit hard

05 December 2017
One of many buildings seen in ruins driving from San Juan to Fajardo

Power lines

05 December 2017
Down power lines can be seen every where. Though they are working hard to connect the grid.

Conditions in Puerto Rico

05 December 2017 | Puerto Del Ray Fajardo
Judy
It does not matter which side of Puerto Rico you are on, or who you ask, the account of the hurricane is similar. Strangers were willing to share their story, “We spent eleven hours, all of us, in the bathroom. The noise was deafening. We could hear things crash into our house and near-by buildings. It seemed as though it was never going to end.”
Many of the Puerto Ricans feel grateful for the help of the United States. They praised the work of the US National Guard, though they wished they could have done more for the people living in the rural areas.
Torben and I spent one night in San Juan, in a B&B called Casa, Sol. It is an inn that is powered strictly by solar. The owner was able to provide his neighbors with charging capabilities for their phones, running water, meals, and laundry immediately after the hurricane. He housed FEMA workers and reporters. He was happy to be of so much help. Though he did tell us, prior to the hurricane his neighbors poked fun at him for not being connected to the grid.
The drive from San Juan to Fajardo was easy. The roads were clear of debris. Most intersections were manned by policemen. We saw many fallen trees and power poles. Buildings without roofs, down signs and billboards. But to be honest, it was difficult to tell what was in ruin before the hurricane verses what damage was caused by the hurricane.
We have been impressed with the strength and patriotisms to stick it out and rebuild Puerto Rico, not to say there isn’t still a mass exodus. A worker here in Puerto del Rey told us he has to move his family to the states. His two daughters need to be in school.
It seems to be an island of have and have nots. The devastation seems to have divided the two social economies even further apart. Here at the marina it is business as usual for the exception of power on the docks. The restaurant is open. Gulf carts with workers buzzing up and down the gangway. Christmas decorations are popping up. The marina is two thirds full. Most boats are in pristine condition.
Vessel Name: Tivoli
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau First 42s7
Hailing Port: Point Richmond, CA
Crew: Judy & Torben Bentsen
About:
On September 11, 2010 we cast off the dock lines from our home port of Richmond Yacht Club, California with an agenda of a multi year cruise. Season 1 took us down the coast of Mexico and we ended the season in Bahia del Sol, El Salvador. [...]
Extra:
TIVOLI is a 1994 Beneteau 42s7. Once upon a time she was a fairly competitive race boat, now - in her old age - she is content being weighed down with a lot of cruising stuff. We raised the waterline twice before leaving Richmond Yacht Club to compensate for the anchors, chain, water maker, extra [...]
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