We’ve settled into a somewhat regular routine over the last ten days in Grenada. Once we’re sufficiently awake, we head out for a walk to get a little exercise and burn a few calories. We usually walk 2.5-3 miles each morning, although on one morning we walked for over 5.5 miles. Cindy’s knee is holding up great! She wouldn’t have been able to do that before her knee replacement.
We return from our walk, have brunch, do a few boat chores and take care of a variety of practical matters. Then, around 3 p.m., we walk up to the pool for a brief respite from the tropical heat. Afterwards, we’ll have dinner and hang out on board for the evening. We’ve met some new friends and enjoyed hanging out with them.
Among the boat chores we’ve checked off our to-do-list: We purchased a 2 x 10, ten-foot-long plank to make exiting and entering Beatitude from the quay a little easier. We’ve removed and re-embedded a leaky hatch (so far, it seems to have stopped the leak). We’ve caulked a couple of more until we can get replacement seals for the hatches. We’ve re-drilled and re-screwed some stripped and loose screws on both the interior and exterior of the boat. And, most importantly, we’ve arranged for several other tasks to be accomplished. I’ve contacted the Garmin folks and have high hopes that perhaps our non-functioning electronics will be fixed. We’ve ordered a new mainsail (our present one has seen its better days and has had numerous patches and repairs in the past). We’ve had a mechanic look at the sail-drive oil leak and have scheduled a time for Beatitude to be hauled out for sail-drive maintenance and seal replacement when we return. We’ve ordered a hatch to replace one which is irreparable. We’ve ordered an upgraded windlass. When we almost doubled our anchor size, we hoped the windlass would be up to the task. But, almost every time we raise anchor, the windlass overheats and trips the breaker (sometimes more than once.) So, we’re getting a more powerful windlass to handle the increased loads. We’ve also arranged for our saloon and cockpit tables to be refurbished. Nine years of salt and sun have taken their toll on them.
This afternoon, we are boarding planes at the Maurice Bishop International Airport, located just a few miles from the marina, for our flights back to the United States. I’ll be flying to Maine to work, while Cindy flies to Ohio to visit family. We’ve had the past six weeks to cruise from St. Martin all the way down the West Indies to Grenada. We’ve had some great experiences along the way. Our vessel is now south of the main hurricane belt for the summer. We’ll leave it for a couple of weeks before returning later this month to spend more time exploring the spice isle, a.k.a., Grenada.