It's been a very challenging cruising year so far with all kinds of 'little' things going wrong, that add up to money being spent. Had to buy a new macerator and a rebuilding kit for it (if you don't know what it's for, you don't want to know). Started off with the rebuilding kit, and when that didn't work, ended up putting the new macerator in. I'm tired of cleaning down below with bleach and water, burning candles, etc. to get rid of the 'eau de shit' odor! But, Dennis is the one dealing with the 'eau de shit'. Finally admitted defeat on the water pump, that we just installed in October, brand new. It wouldn't shut off and then started spewing water out the side. Okay, this is the fifth water pump in as many years. Only two have worked for any length of time. One worked for 3 weeks, this last one for 3 months. Frustrating!!!! The new solar panel wasn't working, but when the two of us worked on it, I discovered that the deck fitting wasn't working properly, so that was an easy fix. Then, woke up one morning, only down 20 amps. I'm thinking, 'way cool' - Dennis is thinking, 'what now?' There goes the fridge! Turns out it was the thermostat, only a $200 fix. This can stop any time now!!!
Have caught up with cruisers we've met before -- John and Marie on Metalia and Phil and Mel on Samji are here and we've had fun spending some time with them -- and meeting new people as well. Myrl and Glen on Kokopelli we met back in Martinique, and Margo and Bob on Ivory Star we met hiking, and they're anchored in front of us. Bob paid for drinks because we 'babysat' Margo by having her go hiking with us while he worked on stainless on the boat. Wow, how does that work?
Back in English Harbour now for three weeks, but ready to leave, weather permitting. Still doing lots of hiking, but the waves have been so bad that we have not been snorkelling. We have company coming down in February and March -- Rick and Elaine first, and then John and Brigitte -- and we're so excited to see all of them.
Hopefully off Monday, the 19th to Green Island to finally explore the eastern side of Antigua. Renewing our Immigration status for another two months was a challenge and different, but we lived and we're here till the beginning of March.
So, until next time, cheers! ~~_/)~~