There’s a never-ending procession of waterfront activity in Bequia. Off to the left is a photo of Daffodil Laundry’s water and fuel services boat. They have several smaller boats to pick up and deliver laundry, ice, and just about anything else you desire. Services are reasonably priced. There’s another laundry service called Miranda’s, and after trying both outfits, we prefer Miranda for her personal service and for the quality of her work.
The big orange ship anchored in the harbor supplies Venezuelan fuel at a very competitive price, but we’ve heard tales of cruisers running into problems with contaminants in the fuel, so we’ve steered clear. There’s a Shell service station in town, and Daffodil supplies Shell products.
Several large ships came and went while we were in the harbor this year, and it was interesting to watch them slowly power through all the anchored boats, maneuver in the tight confines downtown, then moor to several very large steel mooring balls while cargo was off loaded. Fuel from the ship below is transferred to big tanks just outside town via a submerged pipe system in the harbor, and an underground pipe through town. It’s quite a process.
We came to dread the big green ferry boat below coming into the harbor – several times each day. At least five ferry boats service the island, and all except this green one slow down as they reach the mass of anchored vessels. Not this guy; full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes, until he’s almost downtown where he throws the engine full blast astern. He throws a wake that sets up a roll throughout the anchorage laying some smaller boats almost on their rails. He makes our life miserable several times a day. We don’t like this captain. I timed his passing relative to the others, and he saves about a minute.
But then, there are more pleasant events lie the racing sloop below.