Friday, December 24, 2010
Christmas Eve in The Bahamas
Christmas Eve in the Bahamas is filled with highs and lows and here they are.
The motor is out of the boat, so we can’t go anywhere; the block and head appear at this time to be ok and we only need pistons, rings and gaskets to put it together (It actually looks like it’s in good shape and hadn’t been abused through it’s life so far). The parts are in the USA in the warehouse; which is closed till the 3rd of January. We’re the only boat in the marina; but the owner has given us a huge break on the cost per day. We have a good local mechanic who can help with the rebuild at a more than fair cost; but we haven’t seen him in 3 days. We haven’t given him any money yet; maybe I should have. Everyone here says he is the best. The dingy ride and walk to the little village isn’t bad at all; but there isn’t much there. The marina has Christmas music playing all the time; but it’s Alvin and The Chipmunks, Michael Jackson, Carol Carpenter, Bruce Springsteen, oh and the Muppets 12 Days of Christmas, and then it starts over again. (They have toned it down today, thank you). We have met other Cruisers and will get together tonight for a Christmas Eve Thing and hit the Beach tomorrow. They are sitting at anchor a short ways from where we are for several days because of a huge blow and storm that will be here till at least Tuesday, so no motor makes us feel a little better that we can’t move either. WE do miss our family; but and are very glad that they are spending time together. Amy, Jeremy and Jill are with Grammie and Poppy in CT and have hit the Casino again (Nice going Jill, Jeremy I can predict what your luck was) We do have the Internet and are able to Skype with everyone from time to time. We have enough food and other stores onboard to live to tell the tale of this engine rebuild. I’ve talked with other cruisers who’ve had the same thing happen to them or worst, like losing their boat altogether on a reef, and we all get thru it. So I have come up with our new statement for my Facebook Profile; We work during the Summer at a Marine in Upstate New York on other peoples boats to make enough money so we can spend our Winters in the Bahamas working on our Friggin Boat. HA HA
We hope and wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Peaceful and Joyful Time to spend with loved ones and Friends.
Jon and Arline, Sarah and Blue