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28C or 28F
12/07/2009, St Maarten

I wasn't going to write any blogs for awhile or at least until I did something note worthy. But, Mom wanted to know why I haven't written any blogs lately. I am not sure too many people want to hear about my boring days here....
I am gong to move to a slip tomorrow so I can fix the exhaust problem. I tried to loosen the pipe today and it doesn't look like it's going to cooperate. I don't want to break it out in the middle of the Lagoon. So, it will be nice to be plugged in... I haven't been since.. Va. ohhhh. Mr coffee.... cool.
Did you know that Stainless silverware will rust if you leave it in the dish rack too long. Esp. if you wash it with salt water.
It's true what they say about stacking dishes - you have to wash both sides.
In the trade winds, (boat pointing EAST all the time), clothes dry better on the starboard side.
Oreo cookies cost 8.00US... you must be kidding, They cost more than a bottle of rum.... you know what I am having with my milk....

I know it too early to speak of this, but I have to start planning on getting home in the spring. Anyone who wishes to participate.... let me know, I have a few open slots left. I would like to have the boat in the Bahamas by the middle of May..... after that - who knows. Route could be St Martin to the BVI's, to PR then though the T&C's up to Nassau.
Beckie will participating on this one. We have not yet figured out just when and where, but she will be here to help bring the boat back - and me.

Also, anyone interested in taking a little trip to Trinidad... All you have to do is get yourself to St Martin... Jan. or Feb - you call it.
Ok mom here is the blog.
ooh, and for all the people that ask.... it's 28C here everyday.... not F.


12/07/2009 | john
keep your mom happy and keep posting, I enjoy it also, and thanks for the invite
12/08/2009 | Karin Beachner
Thanks God for Moms. Keep posting Alan. We all enjoy hearing from you and dreaming about being you. [now that you're there safely!]
12/08/2009 | Don
Dude, doing the rat race every day is boring - stories from the West Indies are a welcome distraction. Keep posting!!

Did you find the water in fuel source? Generator going? What's with the exhaust? What happened with the overheating? How does rum go with corn flakes? Do you have dreds yet? Inquiring minds want to know...!
I be making water
11/30/2009, Sint Maarten NA

Big day today. I got the water maker running. Not great yet, but it's drinkable.
20 gph @ 348ppm for you techno weenies, Kinda crude right now, but now that it is working I can fill in the details, like where to put the water and how to get it there.
Did two load of laundry with my "free" water. Don't ask how much the parts cost.
Things learned today - People who want your money, will take your garbage.

Settling in
11/28/2009, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten NA

Paul Left on Thursday, Mike and Bill went home on Friday. I am am finally alone here. Trying to air out the boat and collect all the laundry. After 2 and one half months, 12 different crew members and many miles, the boat smells like a locker room. Things are starting to rust (I keep a can WD40 on the cockpit table), you have to bribe people to take your garbage, cotton never dries, but i am here.
I am trying to get the lay of the land here from a cruisers perspective and not as a tourist.. I can do tee shirts but where do I do heavy towels. Where to fill propane. What about mail, packages. Cheapest shopping. If I save the rinse water I can use it for the next load of dirty clothes. (water is .16 a gallon) Better get busy on getting the water maker working.
I have dragged anchor here 3 times in the last 3 days, same crappy mud as Sodus, I am in 7 feet of water and 100 feet of chain, what gives.
But the rum is cheap and I am sweating my ass cool is that.
Hope you all had a good and peaceful Thanksgiving.

11/29/2009 | Capt'n Ron
Glad to hear things a settling a bit. When do you get your first visitor(s)?

Btw...took a look at the pictures. From one sailior/sport fisherman to another...careful where you put the butt of that rod. As you've seen...there are big fish out there!
11/29/2009 | Karin Beachner
Locker room??? set out a bowl of cider vinegar. Takes out lots of odors.
Great reading about all your adventures. Keep up the good work Alan.
11/29/2009 | Don and Deb
Great job Alan and crew! Glad you made it safe and sound. Any drumsticks on that dolphin?

Looking forward to the "lessons learned" and all the fuel and engine diagnosis'.

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