Ok, so I really envisioned our blog to be all sunny skies and clear sailing....I had actually debated how much to share of our adventure so far that was anywhere near negative....I decided after reading Chris's comment that if you want to come along for the journey I better share the lows as well as the highs. So here it goes.
Yesterday was a day of disappointments. We had a fellow we know come over and we asked him to do the 1-2-3 on how to repair leaks on deck. Well as we started down the deck, Ian noticed a few problems. We found that the caulking on board in between each strip of teak, needed to be redone. We also found that the deck has been plained or sanded so much that there isn't a lot of wood left so the staples are starting to show that were used to nail the teak down. As we headed for the back of the boat things got a bit worse. We found some dry rot and then as Graham was taping at the wall of the raise back cabin, his finger went through.
Now finding these problems, couple with the fact that we had finally just finished fixing the starter problem on the engine (bad wiring to the start button) and we were troubleshooting the fact that the alternator was running beyond the 12 volts that it should and we were having dinghy engine troubles, suffice to say we had a hard time not being a little discouraged.
So, aside from all of this, we did manage to move on board and everything is unpack and we had loads of room, even empty cabinets! Our first night on board went well. Amelia woke up and said that was the best sleep I have ever had and then decided to go back to sleep. Graham is just making coffee, eggs and bacon. We are going to sit down and talk about options. We are making a list of the things that need doing and what could wait til we get to Grenada and what can't wait. We are also going to email Dad in Grenada and find out about the skilled labour in those parts. We have so many connections here that it seems to be easy to find help and resources and people that friends vouch for. So we have lots to think about.
I will keep you posted. Don't worry about us. Everything always happens for a reason. Graham actually has already started with his...."All we need to do is...."! He uses this intro for almost anything that I find way overwhelming and he basically breaks it down into the steps for completion. Everything is just doing one thing and then the next thing.
Oh and we did manage to get to our friends (Tanner and Sherry) last night for a big b-bque and we all had a great time. We are so happy to have Tanner and Sherry here, to bounce things off of. Big help. And we have already made some new friends here on other boats. So lots of positives. Gotta run, time to talk business. Take care everyone. WE miss you tons.