Hello to all,
Well the time is passing very slowly here. we have couple of leads on jobs. One is only a slim chance and probably wouldn’t eventuate for a couple of months at least. The other a little more promising on a 45 ft French cat.
We met the American owner last night and he seems to be a nice sort of a bloke. We meet him on the boat this afternoon with our resumes. We have been staying at Jim Palmer’s place for the last 9 days, he is a really nice bloke who has become a good friend. We had to move from his place yesterday as he has friends down from Baltimore.
So after a week of relative luxury we are back at the seedy Sea View Hotel We had a day out fishing for Tuna in Jims Hataras which apart from not catching any fish was great fun. We have been spending some time with Armando the eccentric Argentinean underwater cinematographer. He showed us a DVD that he shot of a bull shark attacking him, it literally bit down on his camera housing after charging him a couple if times fortunately it did not manage to take a chunk out of him.
We have been looking at a little Pearson 28 which looks very similar to a compass 28, it is in reasonable condition apart from needing a really good clean, it has a new 2 cylinder 18hp Vartus diesel in it (less than eight hours since professional installation) and we can probably pick it up for 5 or 6 thousand us dollars. it has a swing mooring in the village marina and we would be able to live on it, do a bit of work on it and then even if we sold it for less it would be cheap accommodation with the added bonus of allowing us to do some cruising.
If we get it we may even take it to Antigua for race week. We met 2 Aussie guys who run an 85 ft motor yacht. It had a marble Jacuzzi in the owners cabin and onto the aft deck it had automated curved sliding doors. It had two 750 hp diesels that gave it a top speed of 25 knots. Thats planing! Cruising speed was 14 knots and at that speed it only consumed 70 litres an hour. They were up from St Maarten for a couple of days. After the owners and guests flew out they invited us on board for a drink or three. I don’t think I have tasted as many different rums in the rest of my life as we sampled that evening, and I don’t even like rum!
Any way it was amazing to get a VIP tour of the entire vessel. One killer hang over the next day. This morning we found a decent bakery and a place we can buy a coffee for $1.00 which doesn’t sound that exciting, I guess you would have to be here to appreciate our quest for reasonably priced healthy food. Hardest thing to deal with is there is pretty much nothing to do here unless you have a boat or are prepared to spend a lot of cash on organised tours or car hire.
We have been snorkeling out at the Indians which is a rock where Tortolas best coral is supposed to exist, glad we didn’t pay to dive there because on our standards even at home in Melb. this was crap. Apparently it used to be good! Apart from having set moorings in many of the bays there seems to be little awareness of conservation over here.
Still have not really managed to find any friendly belongers (the term they use for Tortolians with birth rights). They all really seam to begrudge others being here. We have no problem hitch hiking and it is considered safe here, most of the time we get a lift really quickly. I think it helps having Rocket. Both of us at times have been really home sick, missing family and friends and especially the dogs.
It has really made me think about the little things in my daily routine at home that you take for granted. It is not until you not doing them that you realize how much pleasure they bring. Any way thats al for now, any news or goss. from home greatly appreciated.
Any football or sporting news.
David & Mel