Back in the Bay Islands
24 December 2009 | Roatan, Honduras
We departed Livingston, Guatemala, on December 17, 2009, exactly one year after casting off our lines from Titusville Municipal Marina, Florida. Another successful crossing of the dreaded "bar" (without incident!!!!), and anchored 10 miles out behind Cabos Tres Puntas. The weather blew up and we spent a very rough night corking at anchor. The old windlass gasped and died, Gary could not pull the chain. Next morning, Gary and our passenger, Phil, got the anchor up and we motored to Hospital Bight, which offered protection from the surge. Spent the night there, along with another sailboat, and took off for the Bay Islands the next day.
Made it into Utila on Sunday, but we couldn't clear in (offices closed), so we were at anchor and our passenger was still aboard. Spent a rough few nights anchored in East Harbour, which is not protected from the South. So guess where the winds came from for the next 2 days????? We have never dragged our anchor before, but here we did. The holding is not great - you have to search for good spots of sand.
Pulled anchor Wednesday, the 23rd (Gary's 60th birthday!!!) and made it to Roatan in about 4 1/2 hours motoring. We're at Barefoot Cay Marina, nestled nice and snug at their U-shaped dock, out of the wind and waves.
Got a local electrician working on the windlass motor - says he had to replace all the bearings and rewind the rotor. Replacement parts are no longer available, so we're lucky to have gotten this done. We'll know in a bit if it works (was supposed to be here after 10am - it's 12:30 now.) Island time, folks - just relax