With the electrical problem hopefully resolved, we headed south to Rodney Bay, St Lucia where we hoped to work a deal on a new dinghy. I’d done some looking and price shopping while in Martinique where I found the dollar to be a bit weak against the Euro this year; consequently, the prices for the dinghy I wanted were more than I was willing to pay. We’d done business with the Inflatable Center in Rodney Bay in years past, and I’d always found them to be fair, so I dinghied over there one day to talk price. Jim from Capers tagged along with me as he and Pat were also thinking about a new dinghy. We thought two of us shopping might just be able to work a better deal.
We met with the owner to talk price, look at his inventory, and found that he was very interested in taking my dinghy on trade. Long story short, I negotiated a very fair deal on a new aluminum bottom AB Lamina 9.5 RIB. The new dinghy with its lockable bow locker comes in 25 pounds lighter than our old Caribe, and best of all, I would not have to find a buyer for the 20 year old Caribe RIB. All in all, a very good day.
One afternoon we joined Jim and Pat on Capers, their new-to-them Hylas 46. Jim and Pat had carried out a number of refit projects, and they had the yacht in impeccable condition. Of course, the work never ceases, and as Jim walked me through the boat, he explained all the improvements he still planned to make. Knowing Jim as we do, we’re sure the yacht will be in Bristol condition when he is done. You’ll never find a more meticulous owner. After the tour, we relaxed in the cockpit for Happy Hour and hors d’oeuvres and spent a nice evening together.