We spent the balance of January tied to the dock at Crews Inn, first “D” Dock, then “C”, and finally “B Dock” in a slip sized for our boat instead of an eighty footer. Not a big deal, but a bit frustrating from day to day first hearing that we would move, then No, then again, “Maybe tomorrow”. Of course, tomorrow never comes, so you know how that goes.
There was plenty to do finishing up all the little projects, getting the sails back on, inspecting all the equipment, loading up with provisions, filling all the tanks and spare fuel cans, completing our five year insurance survey requirement, and more. A word on the survey here, just in case you’re in Trinidad and need to have one performed to renew your insurance. We used Billy Wray to perform the survey, and I can honestly say his survey was the most thorough I have ever witnessed. He checked every little detail of the boat from the keel to the top of the mast; he made certain every piece of equipment worked as it should; he pulled all the floor boards to carefully inspect the bilge area including each and every keel bolt. By the way, the survey took the better part of two full days plus a few follow up visits to discuss recommendations. I cannot say enough about the excellent quality of his work and highly recommend his services.
As usual when in Trinidad, we enjoyed the weekly pot luck dinners and Saturday nights Bake and Shark dinner at the Wheelhouse Pub. Both evenings are not only good eats but a wonderful social time with all our cruising friends. Plus they serve as a nice break from the day’s hard work getting the boat ready.
Carnival came early in 2015, and we had the opportunity to attend a couple of the events with Jesse James as our tour guide. We visited the Trevor Wallace Mas Camp (short for Masquerade), some of the Pan Yard practices, and another Mas Camp or two. Nice evenings out and more time with friends.