MsChievous

Vessel Name: MsChievous
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 49
Hailing Port: Robinhood, Maine
Crew: Susan and Jim AuBuchon
About: Livin' the life - finally!
25 January 2023 | Saline Bay, Mayreau Island, Grenadines
22 January 2023 | Union Island, SVG
20 January 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
13 January 2023 | Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad
12 January 2023 | Guayaguayare, Trinidad
11 January 2023
11 January 2023 | Trinidad, North Coast
07 January 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
23 May 2022 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
19 May 2022 | Chaguaramas, Rein dad and Tobago
11 May 2022 | Ile Des Saintes, Guadeloupe
04 May 2022 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe
29 April 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
18 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
10 March 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
25 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
20 February 2022 | Crown Bay Marina, St. Thomas
11 February 2022 | Now at Maho Bay, St John
05 February 2022 | Green Cay Marina, St. Croix
01 February 2022 | St. John, USVI (Salt Pond Bay)
Recent Blog Posts
25 January 2023 | Saline Bay, Mayreau Island, Grenadines

Gettin' the hang of it

Slowly, it's all coming back - where we left stuff, how we do things - but the relaxin' is easy. Did next to nothing today and felt gratified nonetheless. There are always things to do and fix, but nothing insurmountable yet.

22 January 2023 | Union Island, SVG

First legs

We left Chaguarmas, Trinidad, early Saturday, intending to make Grenada before nightfall – which we did, despite higher winds and waves than anticipated. (These made the evening’s shower both unnecessary and essential.) Today’s trip was shorter, only 42 miles, to Clifton on Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We are moored looking eastward over the Atlantic with only a reef between us and the swells. On that reef this afternoon, we were entertained by a half dozen kite surfers doing all sorts of flips and aerials. Great fun (to watch!). Of course, we’re on a boat, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the dinghy has developed two air leaks, the large alternator on the engine has stopped working, and I managed to lose the replacement main outhaul line in the boom. Nothing that time – and/or money – can’t fix. Susie just made the first of the season’s chocolate martinis, so I think this is the end of sentient conversation for the evening…

20 January 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad

We're floating - and then some

Anchored (!) tonight in Chaguaramas Bay and heading to Grenada and then the Grenadines early tomorrow morning. It's been quite a week - but the Windlass works, as does the wind generator and the sail maker found our sails. (!! A story for another telling.) Much cooler away from the shore - may actually need a sheet over me tonight! ' - and fewer pesky flies. Sailing on the morrow!

13 January 2023 | Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad

Christmas Redux in Trinidad

Today was the highlight of our week touring Trinidad (beyond surviving the roadways, that is). We took a trip into the Caroni Bird Sanctuary (another mangrove swamp) to watch the scarlet ibis come home to roost at sunset. We were awed with the arrival of hundreds and hundreds of brightly colored birds [...]

12 January 2023 | Guayaguayare, Trinidad

Traveling by car in Trinidad

Instructions for passing a vehicle in Trinidad:

11 January 2023

Into the Swamp!

Today (Wednesday), we headed south along the eastern coast of Trinidad to the Nariva Swamp, a national park. We had a guide to ourselves as we paddled our kayak along (increasingly narrow) mangrove-lined murky waterways. After an hour, we beached the kayak and walked for about an hour learning all about the flora and fauna of this remote location - its agouti (rodents), army ants (stay clear!), birds, and palms. It sure wasn't the woods of New Hampshire! On returning back to our car, our guide took us to a fruit stand for local watermelon (they grow a lot of them!) and coconut water, direct from the husk. Good stuff. We then headed further down the coast to our next VRBO, this one with an infinity pool (but, alas, no mud....) Good thing we stopped at a grocery store since there's not much in the way of stores or restaurants around here. Tomorrow's calendar is open - we'll see what happens then.

Gettin' the hang of it

25 January 2023 | Saline Bay, Mayreau Island, Grenadines
James AuBuchon | Clouds and sun, 82, nice breeze
Slowly, it's all coming back - where we left stuff, how we do things - but the relaxin' is easy. Did next to nothing today and felt gratified nonetheless. There are always things to do and fix, but nothing insurmountable yet.

Crossed to Mayreau yesterday after the Dinghy was patched (note that I did not say "fixed"...) and had great barbecued ribs on the beach with Cameron, our "boat boy". Unfortunately that Anchorage was rolly, so we moved for tonight to something more accommodating. That's where we saw the "school bus" bringing middle school students home for the day, waving enthusiatically.

It being Rabbie Burns' birthday, i had a good scotch with the sundown but, alas, nae haggis for me supper.... We wished a passing boat flying the Scottish flag a happy Burns' night, and they were gleefully surprised!

Tomorrow is a beach day for swimming and further Dinghy patching.

First legs

22 January 2023 | Union Island, SVG
James AuBuchon | passing shower this afternoon, blustery
We left Chaguarmas, Trinidad, early Saturday, intending to make Grenada before nightfall – which we did, despite higher winds and waves than anticipated. (These made the evening’s shower both unnecessary and essential.) Today’s trip was shorter, only 42 miles, to Clifton on Union Island, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We are moored looking eastward over the Atlantic with only a reef between us and the swells. On that reef this afternoon, we were entertained by a half dozen kite surfers doing all sorts of flips and aerials. Great fun (to watch!). Of course, we’re on a boat, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the dinghy has developed two air leaks, the large alternator on the engine has stopped working, and I managed to lose the replacement main outhaul line in the boom. Nothing that time – and/or money – can’t fix. Susie just made the first of the season’s chocolate martinis, so I think this is the end of sentient conversation for the evening…

We're floating - and then some

20 January 2023 | Chaguaramas, Trinidad
James AuBuchon | Clear, 75F
Anchored (!) tonight in Chaguaramas Bay and heading to Grenada and then the Grenadines early tomorrow morning. It's been quite a week - but the Windlass works, as does the wind generator and the sail maker found our sails. (!! A story for another telling.) Much cooler away from the shore - may actually need a sheet over me tonight! ' - and fewer pesky flies. Sailing on the morrow!

Christmas Redux in Trinidad

13 January 2023 | Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Trinidad
James AuBuchon | Sunny, 85F
Today was the highlight of our week touring Trinidad (beyond surviving the roadways, that is). We took a trip into the Caroni Bird Sanctuary (another mangrove swamp) to watch the scarlet ibis come home to roost at sunset. We were awed with the arrival of hundreds and hundreds of brightly colored birds over a few minutes, all coming to roost on a single island in the swamp, festooning the green island with red sparkles. It looked like red holly berries on a bush or a Christmas tree decorated with red bows. A spectacular sight indeed, made more special by hundreds of flamingoes who were also wading nearby. Wow!

Tomorrow: back to work on the boat!

Traveling by car in Trinidad

12 January 2023 | Guayaguayare, Trinidad
James AuBuchon | Sunny, 85F
Instructions for passing a vehicle in Trinidad:

1. Resolve that you really, REALLY need to do this.
2. Tell your passenger: Hang on!
3. Assure there is sufficient sight distance without oncoming traffic.
4. Make sure no one is about to pass YOU!
5. Check to see if a no-passing zone is coming up. (I have only seen three so far in the entire country, so - you're on your own.)
6. Check to ensure that the passing (right - !!) lane is free of potholes, wash-outs, ski-jumps (a collapse), moguls and other impediments.
7. Check to ensure that your lane is also free of such encumbrances so the vehicle you are trying to pass does not suddenly swerve into you.
8. Make sure there there are no pedestrians or dogs in the road and there are no parked cars or trucks blocking either lane. (There is no such thing as a no parking zone in Trinidad.)
9. Sounds your horn.
10. Turn on your (right) turn signal and move to the other lane, ready to floor it.
11. Realize that you now have too little space to pass the other vehicle and move back behind him.
12. See Step #1.

We tried to tour a nature preserve today only to find that the area is now blockaded by oil drilling. We went anther route only to be told that the beach we were headed for (on which Columbus landed) wasn't worth the trip. We did find a small garden shop where Susie got soil to plant her lettuce in the hanging burlap planters Khara made for us and a nice restaurant where I had some great shark.

Off to the pool!

Into the Swamp!

11 January 2023
James AuBuchon | Mostly sunny, 85F
Today (Wednesday), we headed south along the eastern coast of Trinidad to the Nariva Swamp, a national park. We had a guide to ourselves as we paddled our kayak along (increasingly narrow) mangrove-lined murky waterways. After an hour, we beached the kayak and walked for about an hour learning all about the flora and fauna of this remote location - its agouti (rodents), army ants (stay clear!), birds, and palms. It sure wasn't the woods of New Hampshire! On returning back to our car, our guide took us to a fruit stand for local watermelon (they grow a lot of them!) and coconut water, direct from the husk. Good stuff. We then headed further down the coast to our next VRBO, this one with an infinity pool (but, alas, no mud....) Good thing we stopped at a grocery store since there's not much in the way of stores or restaurants around here. Tomorrow's calendar is open - we'll see what happens then.
MsChievous's Photos - Main
Kayaking and walking in the Nariva Swamp
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Created 15 January 2023
Photos of The Gallery Inn, Cannons (replete with parrots), and Viejo San Juan
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Created 10 March 2022
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Created 1 February 2022
The life and times of the crew of MsChievous in the Sommer Isles.
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Created 3 January 2022
To and through the Panama Canal
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Created 27 February 2020
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Created 14 February 2020
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Created 15 November 2019

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