Beatitude is like a fish out of water. Well… actually she is a boat out of water. She is “on the hard” (as opposed to that squishy stuff called water).
Sunday was out last day on our mooring in St. David’s Harbour. It was a pleasant day spent relaxing and enjoying God’s great creation. We took Dalí around the harbour looking for a suitable place to snorkel, but we weren’t impressed with any particular spot. So, we headed back to Beatitude to snorkel off her stern. We tried out our new full-face design snorkeling masks. I found it a little claustrophobic at first compared to the usual mask and snorkel, but Cindy actually liked it more than the old style. We’ll try it again in a better snorkeling area to further test them out. In the late afternoon, we dinghied into the Grenada Marine dinghy dock and had dinner at the waterside bar and grill. The scenery from our table was stunning.
For some reason, at 5:40 a.m. on Monday, I had the urge to get up and go sit outside for a while. After 1 1/2 hours on the bow, soaking in nature’s beauty in the morning stillness, I was ready to head back inside. At 9 a.m., we received a call on the radio that they were ready to haul us out of the water. We weren’t quite ready (they had told us it would likely be after noon), so we scrambled around in preparation. The haul-out went flawlessly, and the massive lift deposited our vessel on solid ground not too far from the water’s edge.
Although this was the 4th of July, in Grenada it was just another day. While all the workmen continued performing their quotidian duties around us, we had an old fashioned holiday picnic in the salon: Hotdogs on the grill, homemade potato salad, and yummy baked beans. For dessert, later in the evening, I made my infamous rum cake.
It took several hours to get electricity to our boat, but by five in the afternoon, that was taken care of. The saildrive mechanic started work on replacing the lower seals. Unfortunately, due to the leaky seals allowing water in, there was some damage to the starboard saildrive. So, we’ll have to order some replacement parts and wait on their arrival before installation. Our initial plan was to splash back in the water on Friday, but now, that looks like next week (we hope!). We’re also getting our tables refinished. They were picked up and that work was started. Our bottom was pressure-washed upon haul-out and looks pretty good. I don’t think we’ll have to apply more bottom paint at this time.
This next week, work will continue on our home. We’ll be around accomplishing some minor tasks while all of that is underway. But, we’ll also likely rent a car and do some exploring of the Grenada countryside.