07 February 2013 | Ecuador
Our final days in Ecuador are counting down. We are looking forward to heading to the Galapagos Islands. Of course we are having issues with our agent who is a shifty character, at best. Somehow, we manage to get things done here but it is never without scratching our heads and doing battle.
Maestro's bottom is painted! We hauled out a few days ago and found some electrolysis damage on the propellor shaft due to insufficient grounding in the marina. To be safe we had a brand new shaft machined and it is being installed as we speak. Woodworker is repairing the aft deck cap-rail and installing new chicks - damage caused by constant extreme swell in this marina. Len has gutted the bow thruster and is preparing to put the old props. back in with the hopes that the barnacle buildup will be less. Thru-hull repair has brought to our attention a few leaking hoses which will be replaced. Everything is going well so far but we arent in the clear yet. The workers here are beyond slow and need to be monitored at all times. It is the worst we have ever seen.
Its 90+ degrees with quite a bit of humidity which makes for lots of lemonade breaks! It rained for the first time in over a year which brought MILLIONS of small flies, mosquitos and termite looking creatures landing on deck. Fortunately, it was a two day hatching and the air is back to normal.
I have been preserving pesto, jams, chili and salsa for the long passage. I have managed to fit all of our dry provisions with room for last minute storage additions.
We are getting very excited - enjoying the preparations for our trip to the South Pacific!