Last Monday, the 18th of July, we eased back into Grenada’s Port Louis Marina for a few days before returning back to the States. We were unable to reclaim our previous spot along the quay which is supplied with the 60 hertz electrical power (American), so instead we were directed to one of the other docks with 50 hertz power (which we can’t use without a transformer). This meant we would be without electricity for the week. There was very little wind blowing, which meant we were pretty toasty on board. On three of the evenings, we ran the generator for a couple of hours so that we could turn on the air for a respite from the heat and humidity.
We’ve performed more boat tasks and maintenance during our time in Grenada than we have at any other time. The work continued as we finally (after several months of effort) were able to complete the repairs on our Garmin electronics. We’ve been without water temperature readings (no big deal) and wind speed and direction readings (bigger deal) since we left the Bahamas. When we replaced our electronics one year ago, we opted for wireless wind instruments. Big mistake! We finally decided to pay the extra labor to run the wiring up the mast to convert to a wired system. Alas! It works!
Our tables were returned from the woodworking shop at Grenada Marine and they look great! A few years of salt water had weathered them pretty badly. The initial plan was to restore the finish on the old tables, but that didn’t work as planned. So we, in effect, have brand new tables for a the price of a refinish. We’re very happy with the results.
We also pulled out our gennaker (a large, light air head sail) and practiced rigging it up for use on coming passages. Now that we have some downwind sailing in front of us, we hope to finally be able to use it. We are committed to becoming better sailors (as opposed to motor-ers) in the future.
Otherwise, I spent a couple of days wading through piles of paperwork and red tape, applying for state medical licenses and hospital privileges for future locums work. We walked downtown to have few forms notarized and had lunch at The Nutmeg on the Carenage. We cooled down in the pool on a couple of afternoons. And, one evening, we enjoyed a potluck dinner at the marina for cruisers. Its always nice meeting and mingling with others who share a similar passion.
I am now in Maine where I am working for a couple of weeks to keep the cruising kitty replenished. It needs it after the extensive work we’ve had done. Cindy is in Ohio with her family during this time. In eleven days, we’ll return to Beatitude once again.