The weekend in Grenada
23 October 2016 | Prickly Bay, Grenada
Bill/ Sunny and hot
It's now Saturday and we've been working on cleaning up and straightening up the inside of poor Zephyr. When we left Trinidad, we piled lots of the cans and bottles of paints, thinners and epoxies into tubs and there they sat, at least until today. We went in doing our best at clearing out lots of stuff. As I worked my way through one area, Tracy went at our food bins on the bunks on the forward cabin. We've had bins for storing food and other things ever since we bought Zephyr. Just don't need the bunk area. We've got four big bins just full of all kinds of stuff and we needed to see what we had stowed in them. We found crackers, balloons, Cheetos, cereal and even some old cream crackers from South Africa. Add in 6 quart jars of Hellmans(Best Food)mayonnaise and now we know what we don't need to buy any more of. NO MORE SNACKS! Every week here in Grenada, we have gotten into the habit of taking the group taxi to the local IGA grocery store and just buying more and more and more, not knowing what we actually have on board. Well now we know and other than lettuce for salads, we probably won't be buying much more there. We've got tons of food stowed all over the boat. Behind and under all the settee cushions in the main salon is just packed with food. It's like we think we will never seen a grocery store again. Luckily, we don't eat out much any more(too expensive)so we should be able to put some kind of a dent into our stores in a month or so. We have far more food on board than we ever had in our house and we had a bunch there too. Another thing we got stowed was the four bags of new cat food we brought back from the vet earlier this week. They are stowed under the stern bunk along with a bunch of bags of litter. Out here, most of us live by the statement that if you see it(and need it) you better buy it as it probably won't be there the next time you come.
It's now into the high 80s or low 90's and we've at least got a decent breeze coming through the anchorage so it's somewhat decent. Yesterday a french catamaran came back to the anchorage after a few days at the boat yard getting their bottom painted and after dropping their anchor, they dropped back and are now right on top of where ours is resting. Next time we put Puff in the water, we're going to go over and see how long they plan on staying. If "Sparky" comes through with the money he owes us on Friday as he promised, we should be out of here by Sunday at the latest and making our way north along the chain. While we really enjoy Grenada, it's well past time to get out of here especially since we are now closing in on the end of hurricane season.
I happened to be on deck when our French neighbors climbed down into their dingy and I motioned them to come over. We needed to see when they are leaving. The man spoke no English and the woman just enough to let us know that they plan on getting underway next Saturday, the same day we are. I told them we needed to know as they were right on top of our anchor. their response to that was "we know, if you need to leave let us know and we will move". The French have a reputation through out the world as people that will drop their anchor where ever they want and as close to another boat as they like. Sometimes, fenders even get thrown over the side just in case. If we had been here when they arrived, we would have asked them to move. They had been in front of us before taking off for the yard but not this close and not on top of our anchor as we came into our spot after they had already anchored. We dropped ours well astern of their boat when we came in making sure we left plenty of room incase either of us spun in the ever changing winds. Jim, our other neighbor(sits normally astern of us) came over late yesterday afternoon for a short visit. When they came in(about 6 days ago) we had had a short conversation that they knew they were a bit close but were only staying a day or so to get their ProFurl roller furling fixed. Apparently a problem with the bearings in the unit. We ran into them when we went to get our gold plated batten from Turbulence. They were pounding away on the unit trying to get it apart. Jim told me yesterday when he came over that the company decided that they couldn't spend any more time on it since they were so busy and he should just order a new one from France!! How's that for service? From what Jim told me, ProFurl has been less than helpful with suggestions on how to get the unit apart and get the bad bearing out. Why help someone when you know they will most likely buy a new one from us and we will make more money that way. The big reason Jim came over was to tell us that he was considering moving as they felt that they were still to close to us. In the time we've been in the anchorage, they haven't really come that close to us so we told him it was his choice. He asked if we thought another boat would come in and drop next to us as several had left over the last few days. My answer was "Yes". He told me he would probably move. Well, he didn't and about 1900, after the sun had gone down, another boat came in and dropped their anchor right about where Jim would have if he had moved. No big deal as while they look close, they don't really come closer when the wind shifts.
Today(Sunday) is Grenadian Train Domino day again in the afternoon. We have the generator running on the stern charging up our batteries(an everyday event) and what rain we had earlier this morning(a good bit) has now passed us over. The seat cushions from the cockpit are out drying in the sun. I forgot to bring them in when I came below last night This should get a bit of the dirt out of them.