Prickly Bay, Grenada
30 March 2010
I just noticed as I was entering the Lat/Lon for our current position that we've dropped ever so slightly below 12 degrees North, 11 59.9 to be precise. We left Chicago which is somewhere between 42 and 43 degrees north. We traveled east and north reaching our most northerly position of Cape de la Madeleine where I remember tapping a bottle of champagne celebrating our accomplishment; that was just north of 49 degrees. So we've dropped from 49 plus degrees north to 12 degrees north, 37 degrees of latitude or 2220 or so nautical miles. It's also interesting to me that as we passed Cape Canso on the eastern end of Nova Scotia we were actually a little further east than we are now. So aside for all our travels west of 61 degrees west longitude we have essentially dropped do south. If we go to Trinidad we may get at little further east than Canso but it still seems amazing that after rounding Canso and turning west we are essentially back to that turning point. Just a little trivia.
Another bit of trivia on board Lucky Bird has to do with one of our 12 volt fans. We rely on the fans to move the air especially at night. The fans also generate some soft white noise that helps with the sleeping at least while they are working, argg!! My trusty dusty portable that we use in our aft cabin has seen better days. It's been dropped a number of times, I've knocked the small plastic two-bladed fan off its shaft and super-glued it several times. Sometime during our last sail it fell once again and this time the plastic hub on the fan blade was damaged such that when I super-glued it back it was out of balance and the poor little thing changed from nice gentle while noise to a vibrating noisy menace, so loud it was keeping our neighbors anchored next to us awake, ha ha! you can just sense the racket. So unwilling to toss it I took it apart and super-glued the little motor to the plastic casing thinking this would eliminate the wobbling inside the case. Then I super-glued the casing together thinking that this would also help reduced any vibration generated noise. It worked!! I mean the little fan that could still could albeit it wobbled a bit but still moves the air and the noise level is back similar to the CDs you can buy to generate electronic white noise; so much for trivia on LB.
I found out through Alice's reading the cruising guide that here in Grenada there is a VHF net at 07:30 for cruisers staying on the island and those heading offshore. It was the most useful net I've listened to so far I mean the complete journey from Chicago to here. These guys actually give useful information, the weather, they have businesses offering their services; we learned about a movie showing, we learned about DVD swaps and in fact one of the cruisers listing to my DVD swap inquiry replied from his boat anchored two boats from us and he owns a Moody, no way Jose. So latter today we'll get together and swap, cool man, new movies to watch in the LB aft cabin theater.