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At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Started engine at 8:30. Anchor up, over to other side of harbor, anchor down by 8:50 at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada. Safer place to leave the boat while I'm gone, in case we get heavy weather. But now I have to watch how the boat swings near the neighbors, and make sure the anchor settles in.

In early afternoon, pulled secondary anchor chain out onto deck, coiled it nicely, put anchor on top. So if a hurricane comes while I'm away, I can call someone and have them put out the anchor for me.

Later, detached rope from primary anchor chain, took it to stern deck, shackled it to the third anchor, so that's ready for someone to deploy if necessary. Then realized I'd forgotten to add a length of chain to it, so did that.

Ashore in midafternoon, for yoga and a walk. Hot.

In bright sunshine, running laptop and inverter and refrigerator, my solar panels aren't keeping up with the load. I think one of my panels has died, so I'd be getting 7A instead of 14A. Will have to deal with it when I get back to the boat in July.

Gave myself more of a haircut. Very short.

Grapefruit and salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

No wind in this part of the harbor, and my batteries got very low during the night. Fortunately my refrigerator is just about empty; I've been eating up everything in preparation for flying out on Wednesday.

Up several times during the night to look for the lunar eclipse and "blood moon". Suddenly at 2:30, there it was, half of the full moon eclipsed. Moon off to the W or WSW of me. A planet showing near the moon, too. At 2:45, about 80% eclipsed, can see the rest of the moon glowing faintly. At 2:50, about 90% eclipsed. By 3:05, 99% eclipsed, just a little sliver of sunlight at the lower edge of the moon. And then thick slow clouds came over and wiped out the view for the entire rest of the night. Typical. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Cloudy and still morning, and rolly. Then sunny and less rolly.

Went ashore in time for the shopping bus, but didn't get on it. Gave Dick EC$5 and asked him to buy me a couple of apples to eat on the plane tomorrow. Gave George a note about picking me up tomorrow morning to take me to the airport. Into the marina office ot use the book-exchange, and there are two Barcelona/Catalunya guidebooks ! That's where I'll be in about 2 weeks. They're slightly old, 1998 and 2003, but that's okay. Back to the boat.

Started packing. Put more plastic over anchor-windlass hole in foredeck.

Dick still not back from shopping bus by 2:45 ! Expected him back by 12:30 or so. What happened ?

Wetn ashore around 4, and there was Dick at the dinghy-dock. Apparently he came back on th elate bus, his outboard wouldn't start, so he had a long late lunch in the marina restaurant, then his outboard still wouldn't start. As I arrived, someone was coming to tow him out to his boat.

Did yoga and took a walk. Out to Dick's boat and picked up my apples, then to my boat.

Hauled outboard up off the dinghy and into the cockpit. Hoisted and stowed dinghy. Cleared jugs off deck.

Salad and yogurt and cheese sandwiches and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Various packing and stowing things, getting ready to leave tomorrow. Have to remember things to take to Barcelona, decide what to wear on the flights, etc. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Finished packing and stowing stuff. Picked up by George before 5:45. Off to airport, paid him EC$60, changed clothes, checked in, through security by 6:45. Power and Wi-Fi in the gate area.

Landed at Miami around 11:35, walked and walked to get to Immigration, then did baggage and Customs. Walked and sky-train and walked to get to connecting gate by 12:45, and my laptop AC adapter is gone ! Must have fallen out of my bag in the plane and got kicked away under a seat somewhere. And I specifically checked to see if anything had fallen out; guess I didn't check hard enough.

No free Wi-Fi here.

As I board the flight to Philadelphia, saw the screen say it's 42F in Philly; I'm going to be cold.

On the flight, realized I should have checked to see if my adapter had been lost at the security checkpoint. But even that would have taken a while to get back to, from the gate.

Uneventful flight to Philadelphia. Got my suitcase, across street to train station, changed from sandals to sneakers-and-socks, waited 20 minutes for a train to 30th St Station. Free Wi-Fi there, as I expected; emailed my brother to tell him what train I'd be on. Then almost missed the train; got confused between trains to Trenton and West Trenton, both leaving at exactly the same time. Had to dash from one platform to the other at the last second, hauling my suitcase down and up stairs. Got to the right train just as the doors were closing, and stuck my carry-on bag in the gap to stop the door from closing and the train leaving. Everything stopped for 10 seconds, I heard someone on the platform behind me say something like "Oh, my", and then the doors opened again and I got on. Then someone got OFF through the door I had just entered; what was that about ?

My brother was at the W Trenton station when I arrived. Got to brother's townhouse around 7:45 PM.

Went online and ordered a new AC adapter for the laptop, to be delivered Friday. Boat's at at anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada; I'm in New Jersey, then Barcelona, then NJ again.

Opened up all the packages that were waiting for me: books, presents to take to Barcelona, clothes, new battery for camera, new MP3 players and earbuds.

Took Mom to lunch, then went to Walmart for more stuff: Easter candy, clothes, shoes, stuff to take to Barcelona.

Laptop AC adapter delivered; back in business.

Nice family gathering for Easter, at my sister's house.

After about 4 days of wearing sneakers, for first time in 9 months, developed a nasty broken blister on one toe. My feet are used to sandals or nothing.

Day after Easter, had bad headache, took acetaminophen for 24 hours or so, finally knocked it out with a sumatriptan. Headachey again the next day, took another sumatriptan. I think the pollen up here is affecting a lot of people, including me.

Had a bit of a scare with my Mom, who ended up in the hospital for several days having tests and getting her high blood-pressure reduced.

Nice Japanese-themed party at a sister's friend's house, to celebrate cherry blossom season.

Interesting: back in Grenada, in Prickly Bay, one of the key cruiser-restaurants is closing, fairly suddenly.

4/30: Off to airport to fly to Barcelona. Trip diary at my Barcelona Trip 2014 page.

6/25: back to NJ.

Received tilt bracket part for my outboard.
Watched lots of World Cup games.
Saw Mom, saw brother's family, dinner with my sister.
Bought tickets to go back to Barcelona in November thru January.

Looking into moving to Barcelona full-time: my Moving to Spain page.

7/3: starting trip back to Grenada.

Big thunderstorm went through around 7:30; we had similar previous evening. My brother drove me to the train station before 10 for a 10:07 train, but the train sat in the distance and didn't approach. My connecting time in Philadelphia is 21 minutes, to get the last train to the airport. We saw some tree-branches down on the way over here. When the train was 15 minutes late, an announcement came over the PA saying that there were "signalling problems". So my brother said "I'll drive you to the airport", and off we went. Very nice of him.

Got to the terminal by 11:10. Sign on the status board says train to airport isn't running; shuttle busses instead, on same schedule. So I probably would have missed the last shuttle bus anyway, in center-city Philadelphia.

No Wi-Fi while waiting. Ticketing opened at 3:45 or so. Announcement that trains still not running, only shuttles. To gate by 4:30, and Wi-Fi there.

Uneventful flight to Miami, into terminal around 8:45. No free Wi-Fi.

World Cup match playing on a couple of big screens in the terminal; watched one for a little while.

Uneventful flight to Grenada. But my taxi-driver isn't there to meet me. Had to wait about an hour and a half. One local guy offered me his cell-phone, but I couldn't get through to the driver. Finally he showed up; he was stuck behind some big accident on the road.

To boat around 10. All looks reasonable. Flashlight I left out works, so I was able to see to do the combination lock. Got inside, and had a few minutes of down "why do I live on a boat ?" feeling.

Just the basics: Checked boat to make sure nothing needed immediate attention. Batteries at 10.8V, which I expected. Made sure I had some water available to drink. Got the toilet working. To bed. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Up at 6:30. Dinghy tubes all are deflated. Unlocked the dinghy, pumped up the tube I can reach from deck, lowered it into the water, pumped up the other tubes.

Hauled outboard from cabin to stern deck. Replaced broken tilt-lock bracket (pics). Hauled outboard down into dinghy and clamped it onto the transom, with some oily water pouring out of the lower unit exhaust ports; haven't seen that before.

Had a powerbar, got water system working, shaved, and listened to cruiser's net while letting the oil in the outboard settle. Added oil to it, and tried to start it. No go. Checked plug, it's oily, cleaned it, still no go. Getting desperate; I need to get ashore in 15 minutes to catch a shopping bus. Then I noticed that the kill-cord is off. Installed it, pulled twice, outboard started and ran fine.

Added water to the batteries; some cells took a lot.

Ashore at 8:30. Dropped off propane tank to be refilled. Onto shopping van, and only 3 passengers today. Bought a bottle of water at Clarkes Court Bay marina, and I'm amazed to hear that a mega-marina-resort complex is going to be built here. To bakery, and had ham-and-cheese bun for breakfast. Downtown, to ATM, bought fruit and veggies in the open-air market, a few groceries in the supermarket. Back to boat by 11:45.

Bad news: getting almost no charging from the solar panels. Messed with wiring and fuse, couldn't get it working. System at 11.6V. So I can't turn on the refrigerator. Only a couple of groceries need any refrigeration; was wary of this. Getting a little from wind-generator every now and then, but I'm shadowed by a hill. Will have to try the engine later.

Ashore around 12:45, to see World Cup and do Wi-Fi. Propane tank has been refilled; that was quick ! Paid EC$100 for it (20 pounds).

Managed to smash my elbow into the propane tank while starting the outboard; hurt like hell, got a small cut. Back on boat around 4:15. A little headachey. Took an ibuprofen-plus.

At 4:50, got the engine ready, turned the key. The starting battery had just enough juice to start the engine; that's a relief ! Engine ran fine, charging the batteries, also charging some rechargeables for the clocks, and running the refrigerator. Ran engine for 30 minutes.

Salad and hotdogs-friedonions and a warm rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Solar panel charging the batteries, system voltage up to 13.4V under no load. That's what I hoped, that charging the batteries with the engine would revive them enough for solar to do something. Still not running any loads; just want to let the batteries and solar work.

Turned on the refrigerator before 11, then went ashore. Stopped in at the jumble sale, chatted with a couple of people. Went for a walk. Back to the boat by noon, electrical working okay, system voltage 13.2 or so.

Stowed the second anchor's chain in the locker. Pulled in 10 feet or so of the primary chain.

Gave myself a haircut and a shave, then went snorkeling under the boat to scrape the prop and hull. Did a good long session, getting the job about 40% done. Then felt a lot of burning on my upper chest, something stinging me. Soon called it a day. Upper chest red and stinging a bit all evening.

Salad and chili and a warm rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Grey morning, very little solar power.

Started engine at 9:20 and started pulling up the anchor from 30 feet of water. Heavy work. Got the chain vertical and couldn't budge it. Worked the boat back and forth, pulled in some more chain, looks like lots of wraps and kinks in the chain from the boat circling around while I was gone. Pulled and pulled, hot and sweaty, wary of straining my back.

Got the chain vertical and the anchor loose; I can motor around with the anchor dragging on the bottom. But I can't pull it up. Rain.

Finally got a little smart, and motored over to shallower water, 16 feet deep and grassy. Pulled in some more chain, motored out into deeper water, can hear the chain shifting and dropping as kinks work out. Back into shallow water twice more, almost nosing the bow into the mangroves a couple of times. Finally got the anchor up, more suddenly than I expected; maybe I've just forgotten how hard it is to pull up the anchor.

Motored across to W side of the harbor and anchor down by 10:35 at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada. Water a bit shallower here, now I know the anchor will come up, shorter ride to marina, and should get more wind-power over here. But I'm sweaty and wiped out; not going to go for exercise today, after this workout.

Ashore at 1 to do Wi-Fi. Several big squalls came through in next few hours.

Back aboard after 4:15 or so. Boat swinging a bit close to a dock; wind is more NE than I expected.

Salad and leftover chili and a warm rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore for shopping bus at 9:30. Realized I forgot to eat breakfast this morning. Out at the bank, walked to Marketing Board. To resort where I've exchanged books before, but today a guy at the front desk stopped me and said "for hotel guests only". To IGA and got groceries (new discount card not arrived after 8 months; old one still works). Watched some cricket on TV. Lots of cruisers today; had to wait for second van, at 11:15. To Marketing Board, to CK's, back to boat by noon-05.

In midafternoon, ashore for yoga and a walk. Marina bar/restaurant crowded and getting noisy as a World Cup game is about to start.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-cola for dinner.

Plenty of wind; was able to run refrigerator all night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30, and walked over to Prickly Bay for dominoes. Nice game, 15 people across 3 tables, and I came in 2nd overall. Amazed to hear that yesterday's World Cup game ended up 7-1, Germany over Brazil. Watched a few minutes of today's Argentina-Holland game. Chatted with Bernard the taxi driver, who has a 3-week-old baby and also is fasting for Ramadan.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-cola for dinner.

Plenty of rain after midnight. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Grey and pouring rain starting at 8:50. A little break, then started up again at 9:25. More starting before 9:50, and going for quite a while. More at 11.

Wind started howling at 1; soon had to shut down the wind-generator. Lost a nice water-bucket off the deck.

Still totally grey and windy by 3:40. Hung the laundry in the pilothouse to dry.

Found a nut loose on deck; might be from the antenna mount on top of the mainmast ? [Later found: it's from the jib-furler assembly on the cockpit coaming, easily fixed.]

Salad and spaghetti and a rum-and-cola for dinner.

Windy and damp all night. Anchor chain sticking on a rock or concrete or something, making the boat jerk now and then. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Totally grey and windy and trying to rain.

Saw my lost water-bucket on the beach yesterday evening, but it's gone this morning.

Cleaned up the cockpit a bit.

Laundry finished drying in the pilothouse.

Ashore around 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Exchanged books at the bookshelf.

Back to boat after 4. Back ashore later and went for a walk.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Around 1:30, put a towel over the forward solar panel, with loads on the system. Voltage headed down, removed towel, voltage headed up. So I think that one's working. Tried the test with the aft panel, and a cloud interfered, tried it again, the refrigerator decided to stop running, tried again, and the aft panel seems to be working too ! Covered the aft panel again, and again a cloud came over. Ran the test a couple more times, cursing clouds, but finally decided both panels are working.

So, why did I think one of the panels had died ? Maybe the state of the batteries (at least one bad cell in every battery) was so bad that it fooled me ? Now that I'm bypassing the solar controller and charging the batteries hard with solar and wind, maybe the batteries are a little better ? At some point, I might try three 6V batteries (witgh bad cells) in series, to make one 12V battery.

Ashore at 3 to do yoga and take a walk. Then watched first half of the World Cup game at 4.

Chili and a rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Threw away sheet and pillowcase and mattress pad and pillow and got out new ones. Really need to buy a new mattress, too.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Ashore at 11:45 for dominoes. Nice game with Harry and Katie from "Purrfect" and Rhian and Rob from "Beyzano". I came in a close second to Harry. Then World Cup finals on TV at 3. Watched 15 minutes of it, but there was too much of a crowd, and I was far away from the TV. Moved back further and did Wi-Fi and kept an eye on the game from a distance.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

No wind during the evening and night; batteries very low, couldn't run refrigerator. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in late afternoon. Disposed of a big bag of garbage, and went for a walk.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-cola for dinner.

Warm, still, humid, rolly, uncomfortable night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore for 9:30 shopping van. Was going to take a bus from CK's to go downtown, but the shopping van ended up taking me all the way to the main post office, so I walked from there. Found dermatologist's office and made appointment for Friday, and got their correct email address. Bus back to shopping mall.

Had a smoothie, watched some cricket on TV, got lots of groceries. Onto van at noon, long stops at Marketing Board and CK's, back on boat around 1:10.

Ashore around 2:15 to do Wi-Fi. Exchanged some books. Skype-called Dora; I could see and hear her, but she couldn't hear me, and the connection kept dropping and reconnecting.

Chicken-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Tired and headachey; took a sumatriptan.

Ashore in midafternoon. Did yoga and went for a walk.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Got a tiny bit of Wi-Fi from the boat, and received an email from the dermatologist I was going to see tomorrow. She just broke her wrist and will be out of action for a while !

Still getting no email response from either Kyocera (who I don't need any more) or the Spanish consulate in NYC. Irritating.

Ashore in midafternoon. Did yoga and went for a walk.

Salad and leftover chili and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Very dark grey morning. No wind until about 8:15, then started blowing and raining hard. Kept raining until about noon, with wind on and off. Getting little solar power and only some wind-power. Glad I didn't have to go ashore at 9:30 to take vans downtown to go to doctor's appt.

Started pouring again at 2:45. Rained for 20 minutes or so.

Salad and spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Fairly sunny and breezey this morning.

Ashore in late morning. They're setting up for a wedding reception in the mairna bar/restaurant, so had to do my yoga in front of the office. Went for a walk. Was going to come in later to do Wi-Fi, but can't do that.

Went ashore after lunch and did a brief Wi-Fi session, sitting at a table outside the marina office door.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Headache well after midnight; took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in late morning. Did some yoga, but a muscle between right shoulder and neck is hurting, so quit early. Went for a walk.

Ashore at 1:15 to do Wi-Fi, then dominoes. Played a nice game with Harry, Rhian, Stan, and Devon. Stan wiped us all out; we tagged him with some points in the last two hands, but he won easily. Five more people playing at a second table, but they were playing at about 1/3 our speed, so we didn't exchange people with them halfway as we usually would do.

Skype-called Dora in Spain, and had a full video-and-audio connection for the first time ! Nice. It dropped and reconnected a couple of times, but mostly worked.

Hotdog-mushroom-corn-cheese-batter concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Headachey during the night; took a paracetamol-plus. Probably should stop making that batter-concoction thing for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Still headachey. Took a sumatriptan.

Galley sink faucet has started leaking a little. Took a look underneath to see how hard it will be to replace it, and the piping is a nightmare, lots of extra loops and connections and unexplained pipes. Which means I'd have to take out the sink to get enough access to figure it all out, and it probably should be simplified.

Called a marine repair place on the VHF, hoping they'd know how to repair my dinghy, but it sounds like they would have to scratch around and order stuff and figure out a fix, just as I would.

Went ashore in late afternoon, for a walk.

Typical: after wind blowing hard all day, when I didn't need the wind-power because I had plenty of solar power, at dusk the rain-clouds came over and then the wind disappeared, and stayed gone all night. No wind-power all night; had to turn off the refrigerator.

Salad and leftover hotdog-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Headachey during the night; took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 9:30 for the shopping van. A crush of people; had to wait for one of the busses to go with first load and then come back for rest of us. Long, slow, morning. Stopped at bank, ACE Hardware, then Budget Marine. Bought stuff to fix the dinghy (2-part polyurethane, 5200, hypalon material) and a new dinghy-hoist line. Total of EC$290, about US$110. They didn't have exactly what I wanted: had to settle for polyurethane primer instead of white or grey, 5200 instead of fast-cure 5200.

To IGA, got groceries. Crowded van and slow trip back, through Marketing Board and CK's. Back to the boat by 1, tired and a little headachey.

Still headchey in late afternoon. Took an ibuprofen-plus.

Big salad and small leftover hotdog-bread concoction for dinner.

Headachey again before dawn; took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Fairly grey morning. Huge storm/squall starting at 8:40.

Trying to decide how to fix the dinghy: should I repair it while it's hanging from the davits, while floating on a painter behind the boat (maybe with outboard removed), or while dragged ashore on a beach ? Need to be able to use the kayak while the dinghy is drying for several days. Need to protect the outboard from thieves. Unfortunately need to do the whole repair in one big shot, because the 5200 has to be used up within 24 hours of being opened. Need to find a couple of dry days to do the repair. Probably don't want to try taking the laptop ashore on the kayak, so need to work around my Wi-Fi sessions.

Sunnier, and went ashore in late morning. Exchanged some books, did some yoga, went for a walk.

Ashore again at 1 to do Wi-Fi. Weather report says only dry day will be tomorrow, then lots of rain. Want several reasonably dry days to do the dinghy painting/patching.

Back on the boat after 5. Tried to put the new dinghy-hoisting line on, and it's too short ! I must have mismeasured; I tried to measure without taking the old line off completely. Took the old one off now, and sure enough, it's 30 feet or so, and the new one I bought is 25 feet. My mistake. Put the old one back on.

Celery and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Not a shred of wind-power all night; nada.







At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny morning, as forecast. Waters fairly calm, too. Decided to do the dinghy-repair.

Launched the dinghy, cleared some clutter out of it, started scrubbing the tubes with soapy water and rinsing them with fresh water. When that was mostly done, lifted the outboard off and onto deck. Rinsed the tube again and left the dinghy to dry. Lowered the swim platform and launched the kayak. Cut up pieces of hypalon fabric to use as area patches. Lightly sanded both sides of the patches.

Looked at the davits, and found a major bolt has the head sheared right off. Bad. Pic.

After a while, lightly sanded the dinghy tubes, so the paint will adhere. Mixed up about 2/3 of the two-part polyurethane primer; it's white, as I'd hoped. Let it kick off for a while, then added the 5200. Then decided I had enough room in the jar to do all of the paint in one shot, so added the rest of the paint and catalyst and mixed some more.

Five minutes later, took everything down into the dinghy and got ready to work.

Immediately, it turned into a fiasco. The 5200 is kicking off, turning into lumps in the paint jar and on the brush. It's like trying to paint with large-curd cottage cheese. Tried to put on one of the patches, and it's lumpy and peeling and a disaster. Ended up skipping the rest of the patches, just painting everywhere the fabric was showing through, and everywhere I knew there was a leak. Slathered the stuff on, lumps rolling down the tubes and falling off the brush. A mess. But the fabric IS getting covered.

Kept going until I'd covered everything I wanted to, often more than once. Still 1/3 or more of the paint left. Dinghy looks pretty ugly, but that's nothing new, and if the leaks stop, I'll be happy. Before and after: pics. Done and cleaning up by 10:30, hot and sweaty and tired. Not sure what I did wrong: wrong paint, wrong procedure, wrong 5200 ? A cruiser here says he did this to his dinghy and it worked well.

Headachey yet AGAIN by 11:30; took a paracetamol.

In late afternoon, kayaked ashore. Got a pretty wet butt doing it, and a little trouble getting in and out of the kayak without tipping it. Been a while since I used it. Ashore, went for a walk.

Celery and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

No wind at all during the night. Then, at 1:05, the wind-generator started turning a little. I thought "nice, getting a little power".

Five minutes later, the squall from hell hit. Must be the leading edge of a tropical wave; we've been getting about two waves per week coming through in the last few weeks. Anyway, quickly the wind was shrieking from the SE, blowing 50 knots or so, whipping up 1-foot waves in the harbor. I'm hard on a lee shore.

I went up into the cockpit, still half-asleep, no night vision, and tried to make sense of things. Lots of noise in the rigging, and I figured out it was a towel I'd left on the lifeline; brought that in before it could fly away. Also, a loose lid on a deck-box has flipped up and might fly away; not going to try to deal with that yet. Went back down below and got the engine ready, then back up and started it. Hard to hear the engine over the noise of the wind and waves.

Turned on the VHF radio, and it seems quiet. Eventually heard that a boat has blown aground in Prickly Bay and is calling for help. My anchor seems to be holding fine, and the engine is running well. I don't see or hear of any problems in this harbor. I have decent night-vision now. Nothing to do but keep running the engine, in case something fails in the ground-tackle.

When the rain eases after 15 minutes or so, I go on deck, lash down the deck-box lid, take inventory. Looks like I haven't lost anything overboard, and dinghy and kayak are okay.

Several huge lightning-flashes, but no thunder.

Wind easing by 1:35, turned engine off at 1:40. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Grey, humid, still morning. Heard on the net that the boat aground in Prickly Bay has been retrieved with little or no damage.

Breezy by 8:30 or so; still grey and humid.

Worked to get the broken bolt out of the base of the davits. Not easy; everything is galled in place. Finally got the nut spinning on the shaft, then used a hammer to pound the shaft down. But some of the flare left when the head snapped off is keeping it from going all the way down.

Eventually trimmed off the flare with the Dremel, and did lots of hammering using smaller bolts as punches, to get the bolt-shaft out.

Sunny and breezey by 10:30 or so. Did a bucket of laundry.

Found a bronze bolt aboard that fits the davit base. Filed the hole to make it a little bigger, put the bolt on.

Thought of going ashore in late afternoon, but it's too rough to make a kayak trip appealing.

Paint job on inflatable dinghy seems to be quite dry, and the tubes seem to be holding air. Will have to do a lot of sanding to smooth out all of the horrible lumps in the paint. Bailed a lot of rainwater out of the dinghy.

Big squall came through starting at 5:10. Another smaller squall an hour later.

Salad and spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Fairly windy all night; lots of wind-power. Pretty rolly and uncomfortable much of the night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Breezey, partly-sunny morning. Squall at 7:30 or so.

Hoisted kayak onto deck and stowed it. Bailed out the inflatable dinghy.

Lifted motor down into dinghy. Sanded the paint on the tubes a bit.

Ashore after 11, to do yoga and a walk.

Several squalls starting around 12:45.

Ashore at 1:30 to do Wi-Fi. Skype-called Mom.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

No wind-power during the night.

Headachey at 1 AM; took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore around 11 to go for a walk.

Ashore again after 1 to do Wi-Fi and play dominoes. Had 9 players at one table for dominoes. I had a horrible game, but eventually clawed out of last to come in third-last.

Headachey when I got back to the boat; took a paracetamol. Later, took a sumatriptan too.

Salad and sausage-onion-noodle-mushroom-cheese and a dietcola for dinner.

No wind-power during the night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Added oil to the outboard.

Ashore in midafternoon. Exchanged books, did yoga, went for a walk.

Salad and leftover sausage-noodle and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, still, uncomfortable night. Didn't sleep well. And had to take a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore for 9:30 shopping van. To ATM, to supermarket, to Marketing Board and CK's, home a little before noon. Hot morning.

Ashore again before 1, to do Wi-Fi. Disposed of a bag of garbage (EC$10). Skype-called Dora in Spain.

There's a Tropical Depression far east of us, with very little chance of coming here, and some chance of disintegrating. Something to keep an eye on, anyway.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, still night with no wind-power. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Did a bucket of laundry. Then it rained, then the weather went totally still and grey. But some sunshine by 10:45 or so, as I was putting laundry on the lifelines to dry. Then a little breeze.

But, by noon, it was very grey and still and humid again. And stayed that way for the rest of the day.

Ashore in late afternoon to do yoga and take a walk. Hot and humid.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny day, not much wind.

Around 10:30, went ashore. (Can't find my hat; lost it overboard somehow ?) Bought EC$20 of gasoline for the outboard. Walked to Budget Marine in Prickly Bay, a long, hot walk over a couple of hills. Nice air-conditioning there. Bought another can of paint for the dinghy, and 10 mm line for the dinghy-davits (total EC$161). Got undercharged at the cashier; wasn't quite sure what happened until I got home and read the receipt. Tired and hot.

Wind declining even more all afternoon, and very little in the evening.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm and very still all night long. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Tropical Storm Bertha formed overnight. Info from cruiser's net was incomplete, but sound like the storm is weak and going well N of here. Not sure where it will hit the Windwards, but then it will go to W end of Puerto Rico.

Turned into a grey, still, humid day.

Ashore around 1:15 to do Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain.

Some tendon or muscle in my neck or head is aching; feels like I tweaked it somehow.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm and still evening. Wind finally started up around 2 AM, as forecast. Nice to get some wind-power again, and make sleeping a little more comfortable.

But later, felt headachey, took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

TS Bertha is up at 16N, no threat to us, wind in 45- to 55-knot range. I think it's crossing Dominica and will go up the Mona Passage.

Ashore in midafternoon to do yoga and take a walk.

On the way back to the boat, the outboard started giving a low-oil indicator; not good. And I topped up the oil just a few days ago. Back at the boat, let the outboard sit for a while, then checked the oil. It's always been hard to tell from the dipstick, but it seems to have oil. Added some, and very quickly oil was running into the bottom of the casing and dripping into the water. Either it's overfilled, or a gasket is leaking ? Water is too rough to deal with it more now; will check again tomorrow.

Neck/head still aching a bit; took an ibuprofen-plus.

Added water to the batteries; they took a lot.

Spaghetti and a rum-and-cola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 11 to poke my nose in at the jumble-sale, and go for a walk. Dropped off an old spare cutless bearing that doesn't fit my boat. Outboard oil seemed okay.

Ashore at 1:15, to do Wi-Fi and then dominoes. A couple of cruisers practicing saxophone and guitar, and they were good, very nice. Nice game with Karen and Mike, Mary, and another Mike. I won, and went out in 6 of the 13 hands.

Someone found my hat that I lost a few days ago, and I got it back ! Apparently I'd left it on the bench overlooking the dinghy-dock.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, fairly still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore before noon to do yoga and a walk.

Ashore again at 1:15 to do Wi-Fi. Bar is closed for holiday, which is fine with me. Big rainstorm at 3:30. Skype-called Dora in Spain, but the connection kept dropping, even with no video sent from my side.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

On the cruiser's net, someone said there was a swimmer around the boats in our harbor at 2:30 AM last night, probably a thief.

Ashore for the 9:30 shopping van. Bought paintbrushes and a cold-bag at ACE Hardware. Not much good produce in the stores.

Loafed all afternoon.

Celery and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in mid-morning to do yoga and take a walk. On the way back out, outboard giving low-oil indicator again.

Hard to read outboard's dipstick, but it seems to have enough oil. Added more anyway.

Ashore again at 12:30 to do Wi-Fi, and outboard gave low-oil indicator and quit halfway. Some smoke. Some oil coming out of the air-intake. Took out the spark plug, and it was totally oiled and gunked-up. Cleaned it and the outboard started and ran to the dock. I guess maybe the oil is overfilled.

Celery and spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all of the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight.

Warm and still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Rain at 8, then sunny. Decided to paint the dinghy. Launched it, hoisted the motor onto deck, sanded the tubes. A brief rainsprinkle from one cloud. Did some computing for a while.

Loafed too long. By 11:45, looked a bit grey to the E of us, but decided to go ahead. Mixed the 2-part paint, which has to sit for 20-30 minutes (at 20C). Fifteen minutes later, it's darker grey to the E. Down into the dinghy and started painting. Hot and sunny and the paint is drying about 5 minutes after I put it on. Got sweaty and careless halfway through, and dropped the jar of paint, spilling an ounce or two. Dinghy rocking in the swells.

About 3/4 done, some rain sprinkled on me. No problem, the paint is setting as fast as I put it on. Covered the final parts, a bit of paint left, but now very dark rainclouds are setting in. Quit about 12:35, got everything up and into the boat, and serious rain started about 5 minutes later. Really pouring, heaviest rain we've had in a month or more. I'm not too worried about the paint; I think it will be fine.

With a couple of tiny pauses, the rain kept going for an hour. Finally started slowing around 1:40. Dinghy has a couple of inches of water in it. But the paint looks fine.

Rain didn't fully stop until after 2. But the weather stayed grey and still and humid the rest of the day. No wind at night, either.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Long, warm, still night, with no battery power to run the refrigerator. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny morning. Nice to get some solar power.

A bit before noon, checked out the dinghy. Paint seems to be dry, so got in and bailed a ton of water out. Tied the dinghy in tight and carried the motor down into it. Screwed up the whole operation, which always is awkward and dangerous, carrying a 57-pound motor that is big and unwieldy down a ladder and into a moving dinghy. Managed to turn the motor just about upside-down, which you're not supposed to do, and oil and some wayer came pouring out, all over one of my nicely-painted tubes and the transom and aft part of the floor of the dinghy. Argh ! Had trouble getting the motor onto the transom, too, because since the last time I did this, I greased the motor, and now the mount rotates very freely relative to the rest of the motor. Finally got it in place.

Spent a lot of time cleaning up the spilled oil. Wiped it up with paper towels, then sprayed liquid dishwashing detergent.

After lunch, checked oil and spark plug on the outboard, cleaned up more oil, and started the motor. Seems okay.

In midafternoon, went ashore for yoga and a walk. Outboard motor ran okay.

Celery and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Fairly windy and rainy night; nice. Heard fireworks from St Georges a bit after midnight; it's Carnival. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Gave myself a haircut.

Dinghy looks okay, despite the oil spill etc.

Ashore around 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Skype-called Mom.

On the way back to the boat, the outboard quit near the dock. Tied up again, took the plug out, no problem there. Started motor, but it quit again before I could untie. Got it started and got moving, now with the cowling off the motor, and suddenly I see raw gasoline spurting out of a hole near the top of the carburetor ! This is horrible ! No help for it, just kept going. Out to near the boat, shut off the motor, paddled the last 50 feet. Argh ! Will investigate it tomorrow.

Salad and sausage-onion-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. All of my eggs turned out to be spoiled (because I don't have power to run the refrigerator at night, unless there's a lot of wind); had to throw them away.

Warm, fairly still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Looked in the service manual for the outboard; page about carburetor doesn't give much detail, doesn't say what that port near the top is for.

Launched the dinghy and started working to get the carburetor off the motor. I've never had it off before, so had to figure it out. Got one linkage cable off, got the main mounting bolts off, but can't work the fuel hose off; it's just well stuck onto a long hose-barb fitting. Eventually gave up for now, put everything back on. Started the motor, and it ran fine ! No gasoline spurting out. Ran it for a couple of minutes and shut it off.

Ashore around 1:15 to do Wi-Fi and dominoes. Outboard ran fine on the way in. Nice dominoes game with Flemming, Diana, Stan and Lann. Rain around 3.

Finished doing Wi-Fi after 5, with very threatening dark rainclouds rolling over and more approaching, and rain sprinkling. Into the dinghy and the outboard ran fine; out to the boat and got everything stowed well before the serious rain started.

Salad and leftover sausage-onion-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Rained most of the night, with a few pretty big lightning strikes, but none too close. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Very grey, fairly still morning.

Ashore at 10. Did yoga (not much fun, because lots of mosquitoes), and a walk.

Ashore around 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Bar/restaurant is closed today for Carnival.

Tomato and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Bummer: usual Tuesday shopping bus will be postponed until tomorrow, because of Carnival. And I'm out of bread, produce, cheese, butter, etc.

Ashore at 1 to do Wi-Fi. Internet access was mediocre, and power went out for a half-hour at one point.

Back to the boat, then ashore again later to go for a walk. On the way back to the boat, outboard's low-oil light was on.

Leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Forgot to get up in the middle of the night to look for Perseids meteorites. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Added oil to the outboard and it ran fine.

Ashore for the 9:30 shopping van. Walked to ATM and got cash, to IGA and bought groceries. Not much produce available. To Marketing Board and CK's. Stopped at Prickly Bay to drop off a couple of people, and the van driver looked sick for a few minutes; he's had problem before. After a few minutes and some water, he said he was okay, and we got home okay.

Windy in the anchorage at midday. Soon it was rolly; wind from NE, swell coming in from SE. And it stayed rolly all day and all night.

Chicken-rice-mushroom-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Forgot about the Perseids meteors until 4 AM or so, then stuck my nose out to see that we were clouded over pretty solidly.

Headachey; took a paracetamol. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

On the cruiser's net, two catamarans in St George's anchorage reported getting robbed last night, losing lots of valuable electronics. Apparently a couple of thieves were rowing around the anchorage, other boats heard voices and saw them, a radio call reported them on the cruiser's hailing channel, but nothing was done. One boat was robbed while people were aboard.

Went ashore around 11:30. Disposed of a big bag of garbage (EC$10). Did some yoga and went for a walk.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked the whole package of sausage so it doesn't spoil; I think the refrigerator has failed again, and I can't run it at night anyway. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Confirmed that the refrigerator isn't working; giving symptoms of no-refrigerant again.

Ashore at 1:30 to do Wi-Fi.

Back to boat after 5, dropped off computer and tried to go right back ashore, and the outboard wouldn't start ! Checked the plug, pulled and pulled, got one cough once, no go. Gave up.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Big thunderstorms from 10 to midnight or so; big lightning-strikes but none closer than half a mile. Lots of rain. Before and after the storms, almost no wind at all. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Windy from SE this morning.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Slid the refrigerator out. Don't see anywhere that the coolant leaked out; the batch I put in 9 months ago had red dye in it, to aid in leak-detection. Added refrigerant to the refrigerator, using 12-oz can of refrigerant someone gave me for free, and hose I had made after last time (it worked). Turned refrigerator on, and it seems to be cooling now.

Ashore after 3 to do a little yoga and go for a walk. Outboard ran okay on the way in, but on the way back to the boat, it was slowly choking and getting closer to quitting. Carburetor problem, I guess.

Refrigerator ran well all day.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore after 11. Trouble starting the outboard, but it started on the second round of tries, and ran okay to the dock. Went for a walk. Came back, outboard started, but started choking halfway out to the boat, and I barely made it.

Ashore again around 1:20 to do Wi-Fi and dominoes. Outboard started okay but started choking halfway to shore. Pumping the squeeze-bulb in the fuel line seemed to help a bit, for a few seconds. Made it ashore without having to paddle.

Nice dominoes game with Stan and Lan, Mary, David, Flemming.

Online, someone suggested the vent on my outboard fuel tank might be clogged. I know the vent screw is open; maybe something is wrong further down. So when leaving, I unscrewed the whole cap a bit. Outboard ran okay to get me out to the boat. We'll see if that continues.

Salad and sausage-corn-macaroni-cheese concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Ashore in midafternoon for a little yoga and a walk. Outboard ran, but choking a little, and I'm noticing that the fuel-line squeeze-bulb is contracting a little. So maybe I need a new bulb, or there's a clog between gas and bulb.

A little leftover sausage-macaroni concoction and tuna-salad sandwich and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore for the 9:30 shopping van. Unremarkable trip.

Ashore again by 1 to do Wi-Fi. But after I got all set up and bought a drink, I found out the internet all over the island (someone said) is having major problems today. Managed to get some simple web-pages and downloads done, but nothing complicated works.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Very still evening, boats turning various directions. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headachey. Still, warm, humid morning.

Ashore in midafternoon to do some yoga and take a walk.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Very still evening and night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in late morning to do some yoga and go for a walk. On the way back out, outboard choked and quit 100 feet short of the boat; paddled the rest of the way. I've been running it with the fuel tank cap loose, and pumping the bulb a bit, but those haven't fixed the problem.

Ashore around 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Outboard choked and sputtered most of the way in, but pumping the squeeze-bulb a bit seemed to help a little.

Going back to boat after 5, outboard wasn't running smoothly, but got me there without quitting.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Warm, buggy, very still evening.

Around 2 AM, a decent wind turned on, enough to turn the wind-generator. Around 3:30, it got strong enough to give some real power, but soon eased again. Still nice to have a breeze and some power. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Fairly strong wind and some rain from the S, and even the SSW, for a while.

In mid-morning, launched the dinghy and started working on the outboard motor. Took off the fuel filter. No way to open it, and I can see a little gunk in it, but I can blow through it easily, so I think it's okay. Put it back on. Took off the fuel pump, couldn't get it fully apart. Hard to see every part of the main diaphragm, but it seems okay (maybe a little stretched; probably should get a new one). Put pump back together and back onto the motor. Got the hoses off the carburetor and took it off the motor.

Took the carburetor apart a bit. Pics of fuel pump and carb. Float looks okay; someone has suggested it might be cracked and full of gasoline. Needle-valve moves up and down easily; didn't take it out because that looks like a pretty tricky operation. Took the main jet screw out, and it looks okay, but couldn't get the main nozzle out. Stuck a wire up it, and it seems clear. Messed around with a few other things, couldn't find any problems, put it all back together and back on the motor. Started the motor and let it run for only 20 seconds, and it ran fine, so I didn't break anything.

Went ashore in late afternoon. Outboard ran okay, still not good. Went for a walk, and chatted with a local lady who was walking along the same roads. Outboard sputtering badly as I headed back out to the boat, into a stiff headwind, but it lasted long enough to get me there.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

The nice wind went away around midnight. Back to not-quite-enough-to-spin-the-wind-generator wind for the foreseeable future. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Found I have an outboard carburetor rebuild kit (little more than float, needle valve, and pivot between them), but not a fuel-pump rebuild kit.

Ashore in late afternoon to go for a walk. Outboard worked well enough to get me ashore and back to the boat, barely. Fortunately I'm anchored fairly close to the dinghy-dock, less than 100 yards away.

Salad and white-spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 12:15 (barely made it) to do Wi-Fi and then dominoes. Nice game with Stan and Lan, Mary, Flemming, Denis, Jeff.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Rolly all night; uncomfortable. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Tropical wave came through starting around 9:45. Lots of wind, grey, some rain. Kept going for an hour or so. More and grey in the early afternoon.

Added water to the batteries; they needed a lot.

Investigated the fuel line and fuel tank for the outboard. Took the motor-end connector off, pumped the squeeze-bulb, and not much fuel came out. And it came out when I released the bulb, not when I squeezed it; strange. So I replaced the bulb with a new spare I had aboard, and now squeezing the bulb gives a thick stream of fuel.

In late afternoon, went ashore. Motor ran fine 3/4 of the way, so I was thinking "great, problem fixed !". Then the motor quit, and fuel was dripping into the water, I guess from the carburetor. Paddled the last 50 feet to the dock.

Mailed a letter at the office, exchanged books at the bookshelf, went for a walk (getting rained on a little). Heard someone in the restaurant saying that today's weather was forecast to be clear, the tropical wave isn't arriving until Wednesday or so.

Back to the dinghy, and the rain has stopped but the wind is strong. Could try waiting for a better window to head out to the boat, but the wind is from SE and S, and there's nasty dark weather down in that direction. So I decided to go. Wind from SE as I headed SE, motor ran, got halfway and turned the corner around a dock, motor quit. Now paddling due S, wind has shifted to due S, paddling into 9-inch chop that has the dinghy pitching up and down. Getting wet. Paddled hard, made slow progress. I was going to make it, but someone zoomed over in a dinghy and towed me the last 100 feet; very much appreciated.

Should have waited; 20 minutes later the wind had eased, and the bad weather to the S of us mushed out and everything just got grey again.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Took the steering wheel off and put it in the dinghy, and headed ashore for the 9:30 shopping bus. Motor quit halfway, someone towed me the last 75 feet.

Long morning on the shopping bus and walking. To bank, to ACE (bought a can of carb-and-choke cleaner, about US$7), to boatyard to drop off steering wheel to be welded (one spoke broken, another looking like it will go soon), into Budget Marine. They don't stock the fuel pump part I want, and it would cost US$59 plus about US$25 shipping, which is about triple the price in USA. Bought a new squeeze-bulb, about US$20. Dropped off the bus near another place, but they turn out to do only Mercury parts, don't have a cross-reference to Tohatsu parts. Walked to IGA, got groceries, to Marketing Board for veggies. Tired.

Back to boat by 12:45. Outboard quit 20 feet from the boat and I paddled in easily.

Ashore at 1:30 to do Wi-Fi. Small shot of carb-cleaner into the outboard's air intake makes the motor quit; had to use very tiny shots. Motor finally quit and I had to paddle the last 75 feet.

Huge rainstorm at 3. More rain later.

Back to the boat after 5. Motor choking halfway, but just barely made it to the boat.

Putting away the rest of the groceries from this morning, realized I'm missing one bag, containing spaghetti and mosquito-coils. I suspected my count was off this morning, but the van was empty.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

On the cruiser's net, before I could ask, someone announced that they'd picked up my shopping bag by accident yesterday, and would leave it at the marina today.

Also on the net, I offered to give away a clarinet for free. And soon a cruiser who's a clarinet instructor asked for it, delighted to have a second instrument. So I'll leave it in the marina office late today for "Secret Smile". I bought the thing ages ago to fool around with, found I had no patience for it and probably no talent either, and gave it up.

In mid-morning, wind died, and weather became still and grey and humid and sprinking rain occasionally. Ick.

After lunch, launched dinghy and took the carb off the motor, and disassembled the carburetor thoroughly (got the needle valve out, etc). Blasted cleaner through all the passages and valves; no gunk or black bits came out. Got cleaner in my face a couple of times, as it bounced straight back out, or went in one place and jetted out another. Fortunately, I was wearing glasses. Put the carb back together and back on the motor.

Local guys went to a dock nearby, and came away towing a couple of sections: pic.

In midafternoon, went ashore. Outboard quit 75 feet from the dock; paddled in. I don't think the carb-cleaning did anything at all.

Left clarinet in the office, to be picked up. Found my bag of groceries in the bar. Did a tiny bit of yoga. Went for a walk.

Back into the dinghy, and the motor won't start. Paddled out to the boat, took 5-10 minutes in extremely calm conditions.

Went snorkeling under the boat to scrape hull and prop. All the light stuff I scraped off just hovered in the water; no current to take it away. Parts of the hull I scraped a month ago aren't bad, but the parts I didn't scrape have heavy growth on the them.

Salad and sausage-onion-mushroom-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Launched the dinghy, took the fuel pump off the outboard, and completely disassembled the pump. It has a couple more parts than I thought. Pics. Nothing actually broken, but lots of cracked and stretched rubber/vinyl in there; needs a complete rebuild. Blasted everything with carb-cleaner. Turned a couple of parts around in hopes of getting a little more life out of them. Put it back on the motor.

Wind piping up from the E around 11; nice (for paddling) calm conditions gone.

Got a little bit of painfully slow and unreliable Wi-Fi from the boat, but I need to do a lot of stuff online. So:

Ashore at 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Outboard started choking 2/3 of the way in, but made it to the dock. But that's the easier direction; I'm going to need a tow to get back to the boat, unless the wind eases.

Skype-called Dora in Spain. Looked up outboard parts and emailed a bunch of places on Grenada. Big rainstorm at 3:30. Ordered a complete new fuel pump at Budget Marine Grenada (US$92 plus US$25 shipping, will take a week or so to get here from St Martin). Not a bad price; best price I could find online was US$73 new on eBay. And in person at the same store, they quoted me US$59 for just one (key) part inside that pump.

Went for a walk, but rain was threatening, and I'd left my computer open, so I cut the walk short.

Down to the dinghy dock, and my timing is good: two dinghies about to leave. So I asked Katie from "Purrfect" for a tow to my boat. But my motor started, and got me 60% of the way out before it quit. Then Katie caught up and towed me the rest of the way.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Around 9 or so, huge fireworks display over in the direction of Calvigny Resort; I couldn't quite see it behind the hills. Next morning, people on the net were saying it was awesome, and they had no idea it was going to happen or what it was for. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

The refrigerator isn't working very well again, just two weeks after I added coolant. Bummer. And the dinghy is leaking slightly again, a month after I painted it. Less of a bummer.

The list of broken things is getting longer: jib and jib-furler, batteries, outboard, refrigerator, depth-sounder, primary GPS, no anchor windlass. I'll be off to Spain again in November for several months, so don't want to be buying new batteries now. And then I'll move the boat up to Puerto Rico / USVI area, where buying major stuff should be easier. So I'm putting some things off a bit. I can put up with limping jib and batteries and no refrigeration if I have to.

Re: the depth-sounder: the LCD on the gauge has faded out to unreadability. I think I can get a new gauge that is compatible with the existing sensor, which is bonded through the hull. I'd like to get a gauge with LED numerals, more visible in daylight. But everyone seems to use LCD numerals these days.

Added some refrigerant to the refrigerator, and it started working better.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Grey, fairly dark, rainy, sometimes windy morning.

Ashore at 12:45 to do Wi-Fi. Had to wait for a rainstorm and strong wind to pass, then had to paddle the last 1/3 of the way in. Had to run an extension cord and move a table to get a spot in the restaurant.

Email response from another company here in Grenada: they can order a new outboard fuel pump for US$325 (I hope that includes shipping) ! No, thanks.

Went for a walk to get exercise.

Managed to nurse the outboard long enough to get all the way back out to the boat.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

A bit rolly all night and into this morning.

Added some more refrigerant to the refrigerator, and it started cooling more.

Ashore at 1 (outboard got me all the way) to do Wi-Fi and then dominoes. Skype-called Dora. Nice dominoes game, eleven people at two tables.

Went for a walk.

Outboard just barely got me all the way out to the boat.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Lots of rain around 4.

Ashore in early evening to take a walk. Outboard got me 80% of the way ashore, then I paddled. Got me only 40% of the way back to the boat, and I started paddling in very calm conditions, but someone gave me a tow immediately.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

In the early AM, plenty of wind started up. Nice. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Still very windy from ENE by 7:30; going ashore for the shopping bus is going to be tricky.

Got a little Wi-Fi. Email from welding shop says more extensive repairs than expected to steering wheel; bill is EC$350 (US$135) instead of the EC$200 I expected. I don't have that much cash on hand, so can't pick it up today.

Headed ashore for the 9:30 shopping bus. If I can get halfway and turn the corner around a dock before the motor quits, I'm good. But of course the motor quits only about 1/3 of the way. I start paddling, but someone comes over and tows me to the dinghy dock.

Had to wait for second bus. To ATM, where I want EC$700 but it will give only 600, and all in 20's. Got groceries. To Marketing Board (no tomatoes, celery, bananas, avocados anywhere today), CK's, back to marina a little before noon.

Wind still blowing pretty hard. This time, the motor quits only 50 feet out from the dinghy dock. I could wait and ask for a tow, but the two people behind me are being slow about getting off the dock. I paddle all the way to the boat, good exercise, takes about 5 minutes and gets me quite sweaty.

During the afternoon, got a fair amount of Wi-Fi access from the boat.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Big rainstorm at 12:30.

Ashore at 1 to do Wi-Fi. Outboard got me 60% of the way there, easy downwind paddle after that. Skyped with Dora. Went for a walk.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Got a fair amount of Wi-Fi from the boat in the afternoon.

A little too windy to go ashore; didn't bother.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all of the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 12:45; motor got me 90% of the way there. Did Wi-Fi, yoga, a walk. Heard that a woman who played dominoes with us last Sunday, I think, has Chikungunya virus (from mosquitoes).

Nursed the motor, by periodically disconnecting the fuel line, and sometimes squeezing the bulb a little, and it tried to quit a couple of times, but got me all the way back to the boat.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

A bit windy in the afternoon, and trying to shift to S, so I didn't go ashore. Got some Wi-Fi from the boat.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Rolly, uncomfortable night; didn't sleep well. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Went ashore at 1; outboard got me 3/4 of the way there before quitting. Skype-called Dora, but it was very noisy in the restaurant. Then they set up a speaker and started blasting NFL football at high volume.

Nice dominoes game with Miss Kitty, Denis, Beauticia, Flemming, Cheryl. I won by 7 points.

Nursed the outboard well enough to get me 90% of the way out to the boat.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Turned into a pretty windy day; not paddling ashore today.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Windy morning; getting ashore is going to be an adventure.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Made it all the way shore by motor for the 9:30 shopping bus. Going to be a long morning; I have to make all the stops.

To ACE Hardware. To boatyard welding shop, picked up steering wheel, paid EC$350. They couldn't cure all of the cracks on the hub; the metal is so old that new cracks appeared when they fixed old cracks. Should be good for another 5 years or so, I hope.

To Budget Marine, and my fuel pump hasn't arrived. Guy said something about things ordered after mine have arrived, which isn't encouraging. Long wait as someone had battery cables made.

To IGA for groceries. Chatted with a cruiser who's having his engine replaced, and when I asked why (bad compression ? bad main bearings ?), he didn't have a good reason, other than it's old and it has some cooling problems (then he said "probably needs a new heat-exchanger").

Onto noon bus, to Marketing Board, then CK's. Each stop went like molasses, always someone slow, people standing around chatting instead of getting back onto the bus. I'm out of energy, hungry, exasperated.

To the marina, eventually got the dinghy loaded, got the motor started. But as I pulled away, found someone had tied their dinghy painter through my painter, so I had to go back. By time I had that untangled, everyone else had zoomed off. Tough time getting the motor started again, and of course it quit about 30 feet away from the dock. Fortunately, someone coming in offered me a tow. I think he was planning to tow me back to the dinghy dock, but I got him to tow me out to my boat (only a hundred yards or so away). Onto the boat by 1.

Really should go ashore and get some exercise this afternoon, but I'll probably have to paddle both ways, and wind still is fairly strong. Heck with it.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Added a little oil to the outboard. Ashore after 12:30. Couldn't get a peep out of the outboard, even after cleaning off the oily spark plug. Had to paddle all the way in, with stiff wind on the beam, slewing the dinghy sideways. Made it in; got an upper-body workout doing that.

Disposed of a bag of garbage. Did Wi-Fi. Did some yoga. Skype-called my Mom, then Dora in Spain. Went for a walk. Check I mailed to USA on 8/25 is in process of depositing into my bank today; two weeks seems to be the standartd transit time for normal mail from Grenada to USA.

When leaving, Mark was leaving from the dinghy dock, too, so he towed me out to my boat. Wind was a bit lower, I could have paddled, but I was glad to get the tow.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Fireworks going off at Grand Anse beach, I think; could see some of the glow and hear some of the explosions. Don't know what the occasion is. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headache. Took a paracetamol.

Huge storm starting around 6:30, tons of rain and up to 40 knots of wind, and it lasted quite a while. Why are these things never in the weather forecast ? (Someone said later: it was a tropical wave, which IS in the forecast, I just didn't pay attention.) Some pictures showing how grey it got at the height of the storm, then after it had started to ease a little: pics.

More rain over the next couple of hours, and it stayed solidly grey; no solar power until 11 or so. I stayed in bed; still have headache.

Sunny for an hour, then grey and raining again at 12:30. A little more sun, then more rain later.

Took a sumatriptan, and that took care of my headache.

Installed the steering wheel onto the helm.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

I have a bit of an upset stomach today.

Put a shiny new spark plug in the outboard. Started it and headed ashore at 1. Outboard ran fine halfway, then choked and sputtered and I barely nursed it to the dinghy dock.

Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain. Did some yoga. Got email that my fuel pump has arrived in the store, but it's too late to pick it up today. Went for a walk.

Outboard got me out to the boat without any problem.

Salad and leftover sausage-onion-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Very still evening, punctuated by a couple of bursts of rain. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore around 10; outboard tried to quit 3/4 of the way there, but made it all the way. Walked to Budget Marine and picked up the fuel pump. Back to marina by 11:30 or so. Outboard tried to quit halfway back to the boat, but I nursed it to get all the way home.

In late afternoon, took the old fuel pump off the outboard. Looks completely identical to the new one. Put the new one on, started the outboard, and oily gasoline is pouring out from under the fuel pump, probably where it meets the engine block. Took the pump off, compared the two pumps again, put it back on, same thing. Took the new pump off again, compared again, put the old pump on the outboard, it started and ran with no leaks. Gave up for today.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Took the new fuel pump apart, to make sure all the parts are in there and it's assembled correctly; no problems. Took the old pump off the outboard and compared old to new, and didn't see any difference. About to put the new one on again, when I noticed a big O-ring on the old pump that wasn't there on the new pump; it seals the joint to the engine block. Moved that O-ring across, put new pump on, and motor runs without anything pouring out.

Ashore at 1. Outboard worked okay all the way, no nursing needed. Did some Wi-Fi, Skype-called Dora. No one showed up for dominoes ! Went for a walk.

Outboard worked fine to get me back to the boat.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in late afternoon to do some yoga and go for a walk. Outboard ran fine there and back, but low-oil light was on the whole way back. Added oil later.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwich and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 9:30 for the shopping van. Walked to ACE, no spark plug for my outboard. To ATM, got cash. To auto-parts store near IGA, they didn't have right spark plug either. Got groceries. 11 AM van straight back to marina.

Ashore at 12:45. Did Wi-Fi. Online, there's a message that a huge manta ray was seen in the anchorage here yesterday. I heard something big in the water behind my boat last night around 8 or 9, maybe that was it.

Skype-called Dora, but even the audio-only connection kept dropping, so I gave up. Exchanged 4-5 books at the shelf in the office. Went for a walk.

Very bad news on the way back to the boat: outboard's low-oil light is on again, all the way back. Will have to check the level tomorrow; if it's losing oil that quickly, must be a blown gasket, I think. The motor runs fine (after replacing the pump), so I doubt compression could be so bad as to lose that much oil. But I did see a lot of blue smoke when I started it at the dinghy-dock. Still, I've run it a grand total of 3 short trips, maybe 5 minutes total, since adding oil yesterday. Unless the light also indicates overfilled oil ? I don't think so. [Outboard's manual says that warning light is off if "oil pressure is present".]

Chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Checked the outboard motor. Spark plug has plenty of carbon on it, some oil on the seat where it meets the block, but looks okay. Plenty of oil in the sump. Maybe the pressure-sensor has failed, or the oil pump has failed ? Will have to read the manuals some more.

Unfortunately, getting to the oil pump in the outboard means some major disasssembly of the powerhead.

Went ashore in midafternoon. As I headed in, was thinking "why does the oil light come on only during the return trip ?". So, of course, the light came on halfway through the (very short) trip in. Did some yoga, went for a walk. Then back at the dinghy dock, the outboard wouldn't start, not a peep. Started to paddle out to the boat, but immediately two separate people offered to tow me. So a nice lady towed me out to the boat.

Too discouraged to work on the outboard today; I'll do it tomorrow.

Salad and spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Reading online, outboard's oil-light problem most likely to be bad pressure-sender, or sludge clogging up the oil circuit. (I'm guessing sludge: the oil looks very dark, and I think I've never done an oil change on this motor, just added more. I have changed the gear oil several times.) But that doesn't explain the non-starting problem.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Manuals for the outboard give fairly inaccurate pictures of where the oil drain bolt is located/mounted. But I found it. And of course it's rusty, frozen, and the hex-head strips when I put a socket on it. I'll have to haul the motor up onto deck and work on it.

Ashore at 1. Outboard ran fine, no oil warning light. I pulled the fuel line off a couple of times, and tried to run the carb dry at the end. We'll see if that helps anything.

Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora. Went for a walk. On the way back, outboard started fine and I did the same fuel-line-on-off thing. 2/3 of the way to the boat, left the fuel line off, and the motor kept running and running. I think the carburetor is getting full of fuel. I've taken it apart twice and found nothing wrong; will have to do it again.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Totally socked in with low dark grey clouds and almost no wind. Heavy rain from 6:45 to 7:15, with some huge lightning strikes, most of them out on the peninsula S of me, but one ashore within 100 yards of me. Still no wind.

At 7:40, rain started up again, now with strong wind from the S. Nice: now I can start charging batteries and running refrigerator and laptop. But within 15 minutes, the nice wind was gone, leaving just grey and rain for at least three more hours. Got some more wind around 10:45, but still grey and rainy.

The day remained grey and on the edge of rainy, and useless. Little solar power, no wind, so could run the refrigerator only about 10% of the time, couldn't run the laptop. Didn't want to open up the outboard and get it rained on.

Salad and half-sandwich for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny morning with slight breeze; nice after yesterday's gloom.

Launched the dinghy, lifted the outboard off the transom and laid in inside the dinghy, and worked on getting the oil-drain bolt loose. The head is rusty and sockets and adjustable wrench slip on it. Got out a file and then the Dremel, and carved away the rust and made the sides of the bolt-head sharper, and finally got it loose. Was afraid it was going to snap off in the hole.

Put the motor back onto the transom, let it sit a bit, then drained the oil. Wow, when the bolt came out, the oil came out in a jet ! And it doesn't look good; I think there's a fair amount of gasoline and a little water in the oil.

Put the drain bolt back in, and filled with fresh oil (for diesel engine, but it also has an SM rating, so should be okay for gasoline engines). Overfilled the motor fairly severely, but the level went down a bit when I pulled the starter cord gently a couple of times. Let it sit a little while, then started the motor and it ran fine.

Went ashore at 12:30; ran outboard with the fuel line off most of the time. Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora, but the connection kept dropping. Went for a walk.

Outboard got me out to the boat, with the fuel line off most of the time. The motor runs for a LONG time with the line off; I guess the carburetor is getting FULL of fuel.

Salad and spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny morning until 10 or so, then it turned grey.

Around 11, launched the dinghy. Was getting ready to go ashore around 1115, when dark clouds closed in and a wall of rain came in from the S. Hard rain for 45 minutes or so.

Weather stayed grey and drenched.

At 2:40, a couple of HUGE lightning strikes half a mile S of me. Soon followed by a couple of hours of light rain. Getting no solar power today.

Salad and leftover spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

A boat here in Mt Hartman Bay had their dinghy stolen last night; they forgot to lock the chain on it. Bright-yellow inflatable with 15 HP Yamaha on it.

Sunny morning at 8, but nasty dark clouds passing by just to the N of us. By 9:15, grey and rainy and wind blowing weather up from SSE. Sunny again later.

Starting battery for engine isn't charging properly; not sure what's wrong.

Ashore at 12:45. Did Wi-Fi. Did some yoga. Went for a walk.

Read online that the dinghy stolen last night has been recovered from mangroves S of Whisper Cove marina, minus the outboard motor.

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Grey, rainy morning. A bit headachey; took a paracetamol-plus. Over the last 4 or 5 days, I've taken a couple of sumatriptan, too.

On the cruiser's net, heard that a swimmer boarded a boat's swim platform in Saga Cove, across from Calvigny Resort, last night at midnight. Someone aboard happened to come into the cockpit and scared the guy away, then the alarm was raised and authorities came and two guys in a fishing boat were arrested.

Heavy rain starting around 8:30, lighter later. By 9:15, I was ready to go ashore for the shopping bus, but waiting for the rain to ease. But instead of easing, it was steady. Headed ashore at 9:2t5, and immediately the rain increased.

Onto the van, rain stopped, to bank, rained started again, to shopping mall. Got groceries and onto the van early at 10:45 or so. To Marketing Board, then CK's, then to marina. As we arrived, the rain started pouring down, and we sat on the bus for 10 minutes to wait it out. The rain eased a bit, we unloaded, and most of us hauled our stuff up into the restaurant to wait more. Ten minutes later, I was able to bail out the dinghy, and soon head out to the boat. Home a little before noon.

Still dark and grey and raining and little wind at 12:30. Everything drenched, wet clothes hung everywhere, not getting much solar power, lousy day.

The grey slowly got lighter, until we had some actual sunshine around 4 PM.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Engine-starting battery seems to be charging okay today; not sure what the problem was a couple of days ago. The combiner was cycling on and off.

Ashore at 11:45 to do Wi-Fi and see if I can get a game of dominoes. Had a nice game with Cheryl and Denis. Went for a walk.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all of the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in midafternoon. Exchanged lots of books. Forgot to take my yoga mat, but did some yoga anyway. Went for a walk.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny, breezey day.

Ashore at 1:30. Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain. Went for a walk.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

All night, just enough wind to keep the wind-generator turning and the refrigerator running most of the time. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Still have nice, steady wind coming up from SE.

Ashore in midafternoon to do some yoga, chat with some guys, go for a walk.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny and windy again today.

Ashore at 12:30. Did some Wi-Fi, Skyped with Dora. No one showed up for dominoes at 2, but then Denis came in late and we played a 2-person game, which turned out to be fun. And I found that for a long time his family had a house in a small Spanish town I'd just been looking up online, because I'll be visiting near there in a couple of months.

Went for a walk.

Celery and a salad for dinner.

Warm and little breeze and rolly all night; didn't sleep well. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in midafternoon to take a walk.

Salad and tuna-salad sandwiches and rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Again, warm and little breeze and rolly all night; didn't sleep well. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Shopping bus at 9:30. To ATM, to supermarket, stopped at a couple of veggie places, back to marina. Outboard gave me some trouble on the way out to the boat; quit a couple of times, wouldn't run unless the choke was out or halfway out.

Ashore at 1:30, and outboard ran okay (with usual fuel-hose off half the time). Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Another warm, humid, fairly still night. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Added some refrigerant to the refrigerator; I think it hasn't been cooling well.

Alternating sun and light rain all morning, then some sharp rain at 12:20, followed by some grey.

Ashore in midafternoon. Disposed of a big bag of garbage. Did some yoga. Went for a walk; chatted with an interesting local guy for half of my walk. He was in Coast Guard here, did a waterfall-pool drowning recovery, tried to learn Spanish (which I'm trying to do right now).

Checked out the new engine Gary is having installed in his boat.

There has been a rash of dinghy-thefts (to get outboard motors) here lately. And now I'm told that several motors have been stolen from locals, too, so it's not just from cruisers.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

At 5:30 AM, wind went from zero to 15 to 40+ knots over the space of five minutes, and a powerful storm blew in from the SE. Blew 40+ knots for 15 minutes or so. [Later, read online that some people here measured wind speed at 50 knots.] Wind-generator howling, system voltage up to 18.5 V or so as there is little load (batteries are toast, refrigerator refuses to run at such voltages). Managed to shut off the wind-generator after a while, although it shut down very unevenly (due to the thermal protection it has). Ran the engine for 20 minutes or so, and it ran fine. Lots of friction in the throttle; it's been sitting idle too long. Wind kept going at 20 knots or more until 7 or so.

Grey all morning. Headache; took a sumatriptan.

Ashore in later afternoon to do some yoga and go for a walk. Chatted with Dick for a while.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread omelet and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Strong squall at 9:30. Very strong storm starting at 9:45. Strong squall again at 10.

Very strong storm at 2:10 AM. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Did a bucket of laundry. By the time I started putting it on the lifelines, around 11:30, a big storm was howling up from the SE.

Stayed grey and rainy all afternoon, and very rolly.

Very strong storm from 5 to 5:45 or so, then another from 6:35 to 7:30 or so.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Right on schedule, a squall at 5:30. But it was brief.

At 8:15, an enormous, powerful storm moved in. High wind, sheets of rain. Peak of it was over by 8:35, but wasn't until 10 that the rain and wind were fully gone.

Grey all day.

Ashore in midafternoon to do some yoga and go for a walk. Got fairly wet on my walk; rained hard for a few minutes as I sheltered under some trees.

Celery and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny and fairly breezey morning; nice.

Went ashore before 11, to drop off a couple of things at the boat jumble-sale and then go for a walk. Put "free" labels on a set of shelves and a box of all my music CDs, and dumped them in the sale. Place was jammed and noisy and no table space left.

Ashore again at 1:30. Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain. No one for dominoes. Looks like someone snagged the music CDs I left at the sale, but the shelves still are here. Bought EC$20 of gasoline. Skype-called my Mom.

Back on the boat, checked my passport; need to renew my visa on the 12th I think. But the stamp in the passport says the 2nd, not the 12th: I missed the deadline ! (Also shows they gave me a WORK visa last time I flew in; strange.)

Headache; took a sumatriptan.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 8:45 or so. Walked over to Customs at Prickly Bay. Had to wait a bit, then paid EC$450 for 6 months update to my cruising permit. Long, hot walk out to CK's, and onto a bus. To the govt complex at Botanical Gardens, handed in paperwork, and waited an hour and 20 minutes. Into the office for a brief interview (no grief about the missed deadline), downstairs to pay EC$50 for 2 months extension, upstairs and out.

Over to Grenada Yacht Club. Found that their book-exchange still is in storage somewhere, as it has been since their remodeling a year ago. Long chat with a British guy who lived in Mallorca for 20 years (I'm planning to move to Spain).

Caught a bus back to Sugarmill roundabout. No tomatoes in the veggie-stands. Auto store tried to sell me a spark plug that had almost no numbers in common with the number I gave them, and they mumbled every time I asked if this REALLY was compatible with the number I gave. No sale. Started walking home, and almost immediately was picked up by George and taken right to the marina; lovely. Back onto the boat by 12:50, tired and dehydrated and hot.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Managed to step on something sharp and pierce the ball of my foot, and it bled like crazy before I could get it elevated and compressed.

Warm, still night; didn't sleep very well. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 9:30 for shopping van. Three-and-a-smidge van's worth of people to fit into two vans; it took a while to shuttle everyone out to the bank. To IGA. Groceries, a little chatting (met and heard of more people who've had severe bouts of chikingunya or dengue fever here), the usual stops, back aboard by 11:50.

Ashore again at 12:45 to do Wi-Fi.

Salad and chicken-onion-couscous-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Another warm, very still night, but I slept okay. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Gave myself a haircut.

At 1:30, ashore and walked over to Prickly Bay. Played dominoes; two tables with eight people. I did well at the start, then the dominoes turned against me and I came in next-to-last, I think. Nice chatting with people, fun.

Celery and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore in midafternoon. Did some yoga, went for a walk, chatted with Gary and Dick.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-mushroom-bread omelet and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore after 1. Did Wi-Fi. Skype-called Dora in Spain. Ordered a bunch of stuff on Amazon and EBay, to be delivered to NJ, and much of it I will then take to Barcelona. Went for a walk.

Celery and leftover chicken-couscous and rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Light wind, hot day.

Online, ordered a Spanish-English phrasebook-and-dictionary.

Ashore in midafternoon. On the way in, the outboard wouldn't run at all unless I kept the choke about 3/4 of the way out. Did some yoga, then went for a walk. On the way back to the boat, the outboard ran fine (although I did the usual fuel-hose-on-off thing).

Salad and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30 and walked over to Prickly Bay to play dominoes. About 18 people at 4 tables. I had a fairly horrible game, but still it was fun. Some nice conversation. Hot day, and this marina bar is hotter than Secret Harbor's.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Ashore in late afternoon to do some yoga and go for a walk. Hot. Chatted with Gary; his new engine is running now.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Breeze suddenly started up at midnight-thirty; nice. It's been fairly still for the last week or so. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 9:30 for the shopping van. Unremarkable trip, pretty hot. Walked to Scotiabank and used the ATM, got groceries, bought a pillow, back to boat just before noon.

Ashore at 12:30. Did Wi-Fi. Went for a walk. Hot afternoon, and I'm feeling a little headachey. Breeze has mostly faded away.

Took a sumatriptan.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Added a little more refrigerant to the refrigerator.

Ashore at 1:30. Disposed of a bag of garbage. With Flemming, walked over to Prickly Bay marina to play dominoes; nine people at two tables. I did well in the first half of the game, then did incredibly well (luck, and some skill) in the second half, and won the game easily. Chatted again with Flemming on the walk back to Secret Harbour.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all of the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight.

Rained a couple of times after 2:30 or so. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Re-caulked a couple of chainplates where rainwater leaked in.

Ashore at 1:15 to Skype to Dora. Computer decided to do long Windows-updates as I was trying to leave and as it was booting again ashore; annoying. But then Dora didn't answer right away anyway. Got through and chatted with Dora. Then played dominoes with Flemming, Cheryl, Helen, Margy, Susan, Holger. Not quite as much luck as yesterday, but I won again.

Started to go for a walk, then realized I don't have time, I'm doing something tonight. Back to the boat, salad for dinner, then soon ashore again.

Walked over to Prickly Bay marina, to go to a conversational Spanish gathering. Wasn't sure what to expect. About thirteen cruisers, several of whom I knew, and a "leader" who was from Venezuela, I think. Half of the group was at the same beginner level as I am, and most of the rest not a lot more advanced than that. A bit hot and buggy here, at first.

Got past the initial awkwardness, played a silly game that took up a lot of time and didn't really teach us much, had a little more conversation. Then chatted in English for a while after the group broke up. Interesting, a little useful, not too bad. (One benefit: while gathering stuff to take to the conversation, I found a Spanish phrasebook/dictionary on the boat that I didn't remember I had. Another benefit: someone convinced me to do my Spanish visa application more simply than I had planned.)

Walked back in the dark (with flashlight), and back out to the boat. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headachey; took a paracetamol.

Still headachey in the afternoon; took a sumatriptan. Feeling hot and tired and headachey; decided not to go ashore for exercise.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-mushroom-bread omelet and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 12:30. Did some Wi-Fi. Couldn't Skype with Dora; her laptop won't turn on. Went for a walk. Watched some of the semi-finals of the volleyball tournament they're having here at the marina. Chatted with a British guy who has lived aboard for 40+ years.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Headachey; took a sumatriptan. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30, and walked over to Prickly Bay for dominoes at 2. Hot walk. Got there and found everyone playing already, 3/4 of the way through the game. They changed the time to noon, and I didn't hear about the change. Someone else didn't hear, too; they showed up just before me. Oh, well, just got my exercise then. Walked back home and back out to the boat. Hot.

Carrot and chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Some nice breeze in the morning; it's been too still and hot for a couple of weeks now.

Ashore in midafternoon. Used the book-exchange, did some yoga, went for a walk.

Salad and leftover sausage-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 9:30 for shopping van. Uneventful trip. Gave Richard a dinghy-ride out to his boat. Back aboard by 11:45.

Ashore again at 12:30 to do Wi-Fi. Chatted with Dick. Skype-called Dora in Spain, but the audio connection was horrible.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30. With Flemming, walked over to Prickly Bay to play dominoes. A pleasant game, but I had a couple of disastrous hands in the second half and came in last out of nine people.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. Cooked all the sausage so it doesn't spoil when the refrigerator is off overnight.

Heavy rain from 3:15 to 4, then frequent rain afterward. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Totally grey, rainy morning.

Big storm from E and NE starting around 8:45. Bummer: lost my nice micro-fiber towel off the lifelines. Storm finally tailed off by 10.

At 11:15, wind started howling from the SE. Still very grey, rainy, blowing hard at 4:45. Didn't ease until 6 PM or so. Had been planning to do dominoes and then conversational Spanish today, but didn't go ashore.

Salad and sausage-onion-cheese-bread omelet and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headache; took a sumatriptan.

Grey, still clouds hovering overhead. Sunshine starting around 11.

Ashore at 12:30. Skype-called Dora in Spain, but the connection was bad. And very noisy in the restaurant today: a band practicing, usual music playing, and a leaf-blower outside. Did some yoga and went for a walk. Later, a birthday party, and a couple of clinically hyperactive kids.

Salad and leftover chicken-rice and rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Headache in the middle of the night; took a Paracetamol+, but it didn't help much. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headache; took a sumatriptan.

Did a bucket of laundry.

Ashore in late afternoon. Did some yoga, went for a walk.

Salad and leftover chili and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30. Walked over to Prickly Bay to play dominoes. A tough, competitive game, with me in contention all the way. Ended up coming in 3rd or 4th out of 18 people, I think. Walked back with Flemming. Big Halloween party for kids going on at Secret Harbour marina, with trampoline and bouncy-house and various other attractions and decorations.

Headachey; took a sumatriptan.

Salad and leftover sausage-onion-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

By mid-morning, no breeze, low dark clouds hovering overhead. Heavy brief rain at 11. Some sun after noon.

Ashore in late afternoon for some yoga and a walk. Hot, still, humid.

Salad and cornedbeef-onion-spaghetti and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

A little breeze started up around 8 PM or so; a relief. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Sunny and nice wind this morning; comfortable.

On the cruising net, starting to hear boats departing, moving N or W, as hurricane season is ending.

Ashore at 9:30 for the shopping van. Packed and hot. Uneventful shopping trip. Back to boat by 11:45.

Ashore after 12:30. Did Wi-Fi. Went for a walk.

Salad and chicken-onion-rice-carrot and a rum-and-cranberryjuice for dinner. At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Ashore at 1:30 and walked over to Prickly Bay to play dominoes. A nice game, seven people at one table.

Back to the boat by 4:30. Around 5, dinghy-loads of kids in costumes appeared in the harbor. Around 5:15, they got to my boat, and I gave out packages of cookies to about 25 kids on 9 dinghies, I think. Fun.

Salad and sausage-onion-bread concoction and a rum-and-dietcola for dinner.

Hot, still night.   At anchor at Mount Hartman Bay, Grenada.

Headachey; took a sumatriptan.

 




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