Guadeloupe’s surprise

Friday’s forecast was perfect for our sail east to Guadeloupe. We left at 4 am, increasing our chances of arriving at Deshaies by Dark. We pass the south coast of Montserrat with the sun reflecting off the dusty lava still evident of its 1995 flow down the mountain of Soufriere. The eruption wiped out the…

Sundays in Paradise

Sundays on most islands is still considered a day of rest, usually the only businesses open are those run by Chinese. On Nevis, this is true also, except for the restaurants that cater to tourist. The season is short and they have to catch them while they can. We had moored Corcovado off the Four…

Aqua Drives and thrust plates

Keep in mind that Bill isn’t a mechanic, or mechanical. He a thinker, contemplator, intellectual type guy.  When I tell you he thought for months and months about how to make our boat power better, it’s an understatement. He approached the problem the way he does everything, with lots of research, posting questions on internet boards for…

One bad day

Making a big project out of one bad day. For the past few years, my husband has had a performance problem. Not that kind, he’s good there. I’m talking boat engine and speed. I know we’re a sailboat but we want to get there and the sooner the better is okay by me (I get…

Mice and power needs

Hooray, we’re finally back in the water. We were lifted out of our storage cradle by a huge crane and gently placed between the inflatable folds of the amazing sealift for our short trip down the ramp and our splash. I hope the little mouse that ate my crackers last night got off the boat…

On the hard in St. Martin

We are on the hard, (when a boat is on land, usually having repairs or maintenance ) and St. Martin’s airport runway is just across the street, just off our bow. If we were in the water and a boat came as close as the planes do I’d be on the radio asking ‘what’s up’. I understand…