Saturday nothing day
28 February 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
10 24.394 N
75 32.692 W
Weather; sunny, wind n/a, waves n/a
We've arrived at the weekend, time for some kicking back and relaxing. We decided that we really didn't want to be doing a great deal of stuff today. Having said that Gerry got busy for a while and fitted the stanchion back into place, it's a good thing to have back in place as it now means that the life lines are reasonably safe to grab onto once more as we get on and off the boat here on the dock. I think I have already said that we are going to get it looked at when we get to Panama where we should be able to find the trades people that can fix it properly (not that I'm saying Gerry's fixing isn't proper - it could just be a bit better!) meanwhile I was looking at making a start on cleaning down the deck, it is covered in salt, dirt and of course my blood from where I had cut my foot when we were docking, I admit I wasn't keen to start it and when Gerry asked me to hold fire until the stanchion was set back in place and he wasn't in the way of getting soaked by the hose spray, I really didn't mind waiting - forever if need be! The longer I had to wait the less inclined I felt about starting the job and it was lunch time soon enough without even turning the hose on so that meant a couple of hours sitting below in the cool and playing about with computer stuff. Gerry took a stroll into town mid-afternoon as he wanted to see if he could get a sim card and checked out the closest supermarket. Did I start on the deck at that point? - not a chance, the sun was hot and I just couldn't face being out in the heat with a deck brush trying to clean all the crap off the deck - it was turning into a tomorrow job! Gerry's trip into town was short and half successful - he bought some bread but couldn't find where in the supermarket they were supposed to have the sim cards, it was another maybe "tomorrow" job, at least we have internet in the marina and have WhatsApp and skype if we need it. By the time he returned to the boat he had found the energy from somewhere to set about with the final bit of fixing the salon table - the actual bolting it back to the cabin sole. Out came a selection of tools and some aluminum plate and he began hack sawing a couple of rectangular bits to fit under the cabin sole to bolt the table through. It should be an easy to do job but then again you have to remember that this is on a boat and the cabin sole is supported from below by a series of cross beams, in between these sits the water tank, the house batteries and the holding tank - all things which didn't allow for bolting through! He managed to bolt two pieces of aluminum plate to the underside of one end of the cabin sole where the table rests but the other end just didn't have the space to allow for any reinforcement, it was going to have to make do with just the table being bolted straight through the cabin sole, just as it was before but using bigger screws this time. With the aluminum plate in place the table was then bolted in place through the cabin sole and the plates at one end and then through the cabin sole at the other end. It should be more secure now but really only time will tell. This job doesn't sound like much but it took almost 2 hours to complete! We had a hour then doing nothing before we decided that it was time to go and see if the restaurant was open just along the way, within the fort walls which we had spotted last night. We walked the short distance to the fort and were mentally preparing for another soup night as the place seemed to be quite busy with what looked to be a wedding party, but we persisted and presented at the hostess desk with no reservation on a Saturday night!. It was a good job that we were there early as we managed to get a table overlooking the deck where the wedding party was holding its reception. It was a bit more up market than the restaurant at the marina where we ate last night, the view was similar, the surroundings were more decorated and the menu was a bit more extensive and expensive. Unlike last night we didn't get a free appetizer and we ordered just main courses, with me trying a local fish dish and Gerry choosing to have crispy prawns, we opted to share one dessert of chocolate cake with ice cream - it was more than enough for the two of us. Throw in a margarita, a beer and a couple of bottles of sparkling water and we ended up with a bill that was double that of last night, still not expensive really and the food was really good. As it was Saturday night the traffic out in the harbor was really busy with plenty of party boats going in and out of the place. The remains of the fort walls are in excellent condition with small look out towers every so often and it seems the place for people to congregate and socialize in the evenings, with many families out walking around and making the most of a warm evening.
Once we had finished dinner we headed back to the boat. My foot, where I had cut the underneath, was getting more painful to walk on by the minute and by the time we were back on board it felt like I had sprained my ankle, I could barely put my foot to the floor. Over the last day and a bit I have had more bruises appear on that foot and leg -I obviously did more to it than I originally thought so I have a legitimate reason for not walking too far at the moment.
Right opposite us in the marina there is a real "pirate boat" it is pretty cool and I insisted that we got a couple of photos of it and claim it as our boat gone rogue. So far we haven't seen anyone on it but I'd sure like to take a look inside to see what it's like below the decks.
Anyway our day for not doing much is over, it's time for a movie and bed.
In my very best Spanish - Buenas noches!