We spent a few days excavating the boat and trying to add our things in slowly as we cleaned out other things. Then we moved on in. Our AirBnB time was up, they had another person coming in and we couldn’t extend. We still had several boxes of stuff that we had busted open all over the place. We gathered batches of things to take each day that we thought we might have a spot for, but after a few days we still just needed to move out. We figured that if we were going to all the hassle of loading up our random stuff, we were going to move once. Into the boat. Not into another hotel room, we would just do it. We probably looked like the Clampetts leaving the townhouse, cardboard boxes don’t really keep their structural integrity in this kind of humidity. Not much does. The rental car was full and away we went, to move aboard Aviana.
We were plugged into shore power so we had electricity (no actual shore, but whatever) and we had hoses to fill both our tanks. The marina building was maybe a block walk on the other side of the yard with hot showers, restrooms and a great waterfront restaurant with pretty diverse food. We quickly had a favorite server and the margaritas and pizza were fantastic. The cool breeze and shade in the heat of the day were a lovely escape.
The boatyard also has multiple businesses operating onsite including a chandlery, woodworking, fiberglass, marine systems and safety systems business. And a laundry facility and a small farmer’s market that sets up on Wed mornings. Now we’re talking. We definitely need to figure out the food shopping as we have given up the rental car along with the AirBnB. Time to get it dialed in.
We live here?
The first night aboard we slept like the dead. Lucky for us, the boatyard we picked has a ton of wind, which means no mosquitoes and the sleeping was fantastic. Opening up the shower hatch on one end and the hatch over our bed basically turned our owner’s side hull into a wind tunnel. It was fantastic and surprising. We had been battling all week over the UBER effective AC at the AirBnB that basically gave us the ability to store penguins in our bedroom if we wanted. It took us a week to realize that me being sick + being in the direct draft of the AC unit resulted in me freezing and him sweating. We figured it out the last day. I had resigned myself to dying of heat and sweatiness on the boat since the AC on the boat couldn’t be operated if it wasn’t in the water. Or most of the time anyway.
Every day we woke up and tried to clean out another area and learn something new about the boat. About day 3 we called for some tech support from the local sailing school, someone to help us figure out a few things on the boat that we weren’t familiar with. I called the school and they started telling me about the awesome skipper they had named Grace and how she had done the Great Loop and racing and was very knowledgeable. I told them that while it was all well and good, I just needed someone who could show me how to turn on the freezer…!!! So they sent us Grace, and she will get her own post as she was one of the best things that happened to us in Grenada!
The guy from Iguana Marine came out to teach us how to use the watermaker and he solved the long running issue of why we couldn’t get the freezer to turn on when we had it on the other day. It’s wired separately on this boat and directly to the windlass, so when we flipped the breaker to the windlass to turn it off…we killed the freezer. Lucky for us, the local guys had done a lot of work on this boat so they had done these little one-off things and could explain them to us. And we are in email contact with the previous owners, so they send us emails telling us about the idiosyncrasies of the boat when we are scratching our heads for an answer.
Then there was a whole other issue of why the freezer would freeze tuna and marlin, but NOT ice. Luckily, that has been resolved and we can stay in the West Indies.
I’m not living an uncivilized life without ice, there are limits people.
Peace, love and margaritas-
Frankie and Henry