Our last couple weeks in St. Maarten were just fun. We needed to recover from the trying week dealing with the diesel tank cleaning and repair.
Tom and Anne Rose sailed their 67 foot Little Harbor into the lagoon with Joe and Casey McClash aboard as crew. They’d brought the boat up from Martinique, mostly stopping only overnight along the way We had a great time for a few days with them catching up, eating and drinking too much, and laughing a lot. It’s always great to see friends in exotic places.
Then there were the Bries on the beach at Explorer Island organized by John from “Out of Africa”. The first BBQ had about 50 people attending, mostly cruisers, and a group from the French side of the island. The French group left behind piles of trash and beer bottles that John went back to clean up the following morning. Thanks to John, the beach was still clean at the next BBQ, and the island remains available for public use. A few bad apples like those could spoil it for all us in the future. Shame on them.
Since the end of the cruising season was fast approaching, we found fantastic deals at the chandlers; bottom paint at 50% off; line at 30 to 40% off. So we stocked up our bottom paint and replaced several pieces of running rigging; new halyards, new Genoa sheets, new traveler control lines, and a new anchor rode snubber. Just a few lines remaining, the spares, and all our running rigging will be brand new. Clean fuel tank, clean fuel, new rigging, new sails, new running rigging – wow. Almost a new boat.