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Day 1

24 September 2011 | Grenada
Rick, 56,830
Day 1
The Peterson Crew arrived into Grenda 5am after a tense night of airlines vs mother-nature... We had a "interesting" time going thru Customs because of all the stuff we brought with... Dad's taxi contact, George, was there waiting for us with the largest mini-van i've ever seen! We packed in 6 large checked bags, 6 hand-carry bags plus the three of us and our driver into that mini-van with room to spare!

The ride to the boat had us all grabbing for hand holds and getting ready to crash at the next steep narrow curvy up and down road... I thought the Philippines or Duluth, MN was bad, this place is CRAZY!

It took two trips to haul all the gear the 30 minutes out to the Catamaran. I think we all lost 5 lbs each from sweating so much! IT IS HOT AND HUMID HERE!

The first half of the morning ended up just looking around the new boat, unpacking stuff and jumping in to cool off! The late afternoon, we decided to raise the anchors and move the boat closer to town, but we ran into our first MAJOR OBSTACLE!!!!

We were in amongst a line of boats that were shore-tied to the mangroves and had anchors leading out to the deep end... we found out that our anchor chain was a tangled mess with two other boats! Dad and Chad were on the bow pulling and pulling the chain in while I dove to untangle as best I could. We gave up after 3 or 4 hours and decided to enjoy our first sunset in 'PARADISE'.....

Good thing Chad brought all the food and bug spray! He saved the day for sure!!! The mosquitos decided to attack us just as the sun disappeared.... so Chad zapped all of us with his powerful deet!!!

I'm writing this on day 2.... and ready to fall asleep.... more to follow!!
Cheers from 3 men in a boat!!!
Vessel Name: JUNESSA
Vessel Make/Model: 28' Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC)
Hailing Port: Anchorage, Alaska
Crew: Rick Peterson
About: JUNESSA has a few new crew members! My lovely wife, Terri, who is eager to go cruising as a family! Taylor, our teenager, and Jenna our youngest and Pixie the wonder dog.
This is my very first boat!!!! Nothing like starting out with the best Blue Water Cruiser money can buy! The BCC was designed by Lyle Hess and made famous by Lin & Larry Pardey as they documented in books, videos and dvd's their sailing adventures on board their homebuilt BCC 'Taleisin'. My [...]
JUNESSA's Photos - (Main)
Working and Playing on the Big Island of Hawaii ALOHA!
24 Photos
Created 20 January 2009
Working on bottom and interior.
9 Photos
Created 9 January 2009
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Created 12 April 2007
Here's a few shots of prepping the boat for the long ride NORTH to Gig Harbor, Wa. It took about 5 hours to prep and load her up.
5 Photos
Created 8 April 2007
Here's a few shots of my 1985 28 foot Bristol Channel Cutter (BCC) built in Vancouver, BC. She's a full keel fiberglass hull with teak and mahogany wood throughout. She's powered by a Volvo 28hp diesel.
4 Photos
Created 7 April 2007
I had a great day learning how to sail my BCC. The learning curve was a little steeper than I had anticipated. The day ended pretty crappy... I couldn't get the engine out of gear and I plowed into the back side of a large powerboat in the slip next to me. OUCH!
6 Photos
Created 7 April 2007
This was the first day on board Junessa. I looked in every corner on board and climbed to the top of the mast! I had Chinese food and Corona Beer then feel asleep to some beautiful candle light and music.
4 Photos
Created 4 April 2007
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