Final Last Minute Preparations
17 March 2008 | 13 18.119 N, 88 53.575 W
Sunday we just had too much still to do, getting the halyard line Dad brought down rigged up, so many other things needing done, but we gave it an honest effort, but it just didn't come together. Later in the evening Jim talked on the phone to Heriberto who is the manager of Barillas Marina in Bahia Jiquilisco, which would be our first stop. He mentioned to Jim that Prestomar, which is a business next to Barillas and where we really needed to stop to that has the bottom paint and fiberglass cloth we need, and also where we were going to get the quadrant welded, would be closed all week, due to Samana Santa- Holy Week. Okay, now what- we can't stay here another week. Called Santos, he has a friend who does Stainless Steel welding. He would call his friend and ask if he could come do it. We got up Monday morning and after Jim went to get our Zarpa from the Navy Captain, we went over to the Hotel to ask if they knew anyone nearby who can do the welding. Right there in front of our nose all this time, was the answer. One of their employees in their maintenance workshop for the hotel could do it. We took him out to Sunshine to look at it. He said he could do it, it will take about 2 hour and cost us $30. So Jim took Alfredo back to the hotel and told him we could have Sunshine over to the hotel dock in about an hour. So the quadrant issue was solved, and by the way- Jim did a great job docking Sunshine for the first time! While we were there on the dock, Jim got the tops of the dagger boards made and applied to the boards. Then he and I put the boards into the cases. The starboard side one slid right in. But since we weren't able to clean out the port side case when we had Sunshine beached last time because that was the side we had her tipped on to, the board got stuck on some barnacles, and with the suggestion of another cruiser, we tried just ramming the board down to try to knock off the barnacles, but it wouldn't work. So we left them sticking 1/3 of the way out of the top of the case. Got Sunshine off the hotel dock around 5, motored back over to our anchor site, and continued to get ready to leave the next day.