|Vessel Make/Model:||1978 Albin Ballad|
|Hailing Port:||Houston, Texas|
|About:||Single hander hoping to sail around the world. If I don't get all the way, it's the journey that counts.|
I've spent the last few days getting Mystic ready to move, things tend to get scattered when I'm somewhere for a bit. I had to go up the mast this morning, a neighbor off of Free Spirit helped me. Went great, done in less than a hour all told. I had to fix where the 3 foil in my roller furling was [...]
Man how I dislike sanding and painting. Good thing there is not a whole lot of that needing to be done on Mystic. I have very little "bright work" outside of the cabin. I've painted the bulkheads to lighten up the cabin, paint it at least once a year. I need to do locker lids and the hand rails outside. [...]
Spent most of the day ashore going into Punda. Got a lot done, marked a few things off the never-ending list. Used the small taxi/buses, got to tour a different part on the island. One of the stores I wanted to go to wasn't there. At first I thought I must have the image flipped in my mind. Part of this store was still there, but the largest part was gone. Just flat ground. Big store like Home Depot. Asked across the street and yes the place burned to the ground. Ended the day in downtown Punda where the bus station is, caught the big, air conditioned bus back to Spanish Waters. Air conditioning, what a concept. Really down here on the water it's not needed. If you get out of the breeze it can get hot quickly during the day. So now I can paint the inside of the boat again, do this about once a year.
I am at anchor in Spanish Waters, Curacao. Second time I have been here. The wind blows here almost all the time. Not sure how long I'll stay here, want to see Aruba, and Carntegna, Colombia and the San Blas islands before going through the canal. I find this anchorage a bit remote, it's hard to go anywhere without using the public buses. I like riding the local buses, but the schedule, especially on weekend is pretty constraining. There is a free bus to the grocery store at 10 am and 4 pm. I can use that service to get farther into a more populace area, then the public/private buses run much more frequently. To go into Punda, the big town, is a half day affair for me. There are not nearly as many boats here now as there were in 2011. Just a few American boats. Not too many English speaking people. I can always find someone who does speak English, but at the "happy hour" on Tuesday and Friday at the dingy dock it's almost all Dutch speaking, with a few French thrown in for smell. I hope to rent a car and tour the island this time, didn't get to the last time I was here.