27 March 2009 | Honduras
The expected boat part arrived at Parrot Tree Marina as schedule and Kent had it installed in under a half hour. As you can imagine, it can be difficult to find marine parts in other countries, it also can be a challenge to have something sent to a 'yacht in transit'. Kent did a good job of getting some spare parts onboard before we left but of course you don't know what you may need so after sourcing all local options the only one left is to have it sent from the US.
While at Parrot Tree Marina we met a young couple who are Captain and First Mate on a mega yacht that is 110 ft of luxury. The owners rarely visit so after completing their work these two always have time for playing. It is a good thing as the yacht comes with lots of toys to play with. We were invited out one afternoon to go wake skating/water skiing in the lagoon around the point from the marina. The 4 of us fired up the ski boat, tossed in the necessary equipment and headed out for a few hours of fun. Kent and I successfully proved that we are not too old and took a few spins around the lagoon on skis (mind you it had been 15 years for me and 20 years for Kent) while our much younger companions made wake skating look easy (think wake boarding without the bindings). The following day we loaded up the yacht's panga with scuba gear and lunch and headed out for a mangrove tour, then up to eastern Roatan for some snorkeling before heading back to our favorite dive site - Mary's Place for an afternoon dive. It was a packed day and a ton of fun.
The next day we borrowed a car from our new friends and hit 2 of Roatan's largest grocery stores to stock up on food and beverages. Belize will be our next stop and apparently it is very expensive. So expensive in fact that our cruising friends paid $3.00US for an apple and $9.00US for a gallon of milk while in Belize! Roatan has a lot of gringo products and we found some surprises such as Virginia baked deli ham, dill havarti cheese, pepperoni (Kent's favorite) and my favorite breakfast cereal. Shipments come from Florida randomly so while we made out on the deli items and the cereal both stores were completely out of chicken breasts and ground beef which we were hoping to stock our freezer with. Oh well, we are more than used to making do with what we find. As in most places, fruits and veggies are freshest from local markets or roadside stands so we buy from there rather than the grocery store.
The weather has not been in our favor, first there was no wind and now there is too much so our last week has been in the West End. West End is hard to resist with its good restaurants, fantastic snorkeling and a long beach for walking/jogging. Nothing too exciting to report really, Kent has been passing the time reading though all our books onboard and getting Hiatus listed for sale and I have been monotonously rebuilding our itunes music library and searching for a J-O-B online.
We are hoping to leave this weekend for the 12-15 hour trip to Lighthouse Reef, Belize. It is hard to believe we have spent 6 weeks already in Honduras!