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A New Day

Being grumpy and moping sure feels good. But you don’t accomplish a thing. We finally sit down and list our options. Go back to Fort Lauderdale. Call the season quits. Cruise the Eastern Seaboard where it’s easier to get parts. Sail und Genoa only to the Exumas. None are really appealing. Then Ashley remembered a blog she used to read of a couple that cruised on a Lagoon 380. Same problem – Bat car blew up. What did they do? Reef the main and use the bottom most car at the top. Bingo! We just salvaged our season. Things all of sudden look brighter. Much brighter. Time to crack a beer and get to work. 

Back stateside, the question would have been ““Who can we hire?” “Who can we call?” When you face adversity out here, you need to get creative. There are no spare parts stores. No ‘technician’ to call. We’re slowly learning this. “How can we improvise?” “How can we fix this ourselves?” Slowly. Maybe after many lessons we’ll not even get upset.

Today we finished fixing what was destroyed in 20 minutes of sailing. Mainsail bag is sewn back together. Bat cars are all switched out. Except for the bottom most one. We will be sailing permanently with one reef in the main. Oh well. There could be worse things. 

Tomorrow, onwards to Nassau. Attempt number two.

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5 Comments

Michelle
May 12, 2015

That picture of Ashley sewing is priceless <3

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    Ben
    May 14, 2015

    I know right? I think she’s found her next profession whether she likes it or not 🙂

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Ala
May 12, 2015

Ben / Ashley:

Way to go you guys – now you are shaping up to be great cruisers. Remember this, cruising on a sailboat or yacht has be defined as “the art of fixing your real estate in exotic locations”.

Now that you are on “island time” it is worthwhile paying close attention to the weather and setting out in comfortable and forgiving conditions. Better to stay hunkered down and wait out bad weather or a front, than have to pound through it when you don’t need to. Once in the Exumas you will be able to tune in to the various “cruisers radio nets” that are out there – George Town is the most popular.

Also, never be afraid to hail another vessel that may have more powerful electronics aboard and get weather schedules from them – some folks have SSB radio and can pick up Chris Parker early in the morning each day – his forecasts are excellent. Learn to watch the skies and understand what the various cloud formations are telling you – lots of info on the web and in many sailing books on this subject.

Being a cruiser is being resourceful – it sounds like you are both well on your way.

Alan and Christina

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    Ben
    May 14, 2015

    Thanks Alan & Christina!

    We’re starting to figure it out. Slowly. Listened in on other VHF conversations yesterday. Amazing what you can learn about weather, anchorages, etc. We’ll definitely be investing in a SSB next season.

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Carley
May 11, 2015

Glad things are looking brighter, and positivity is shining through. Thinking of you guys!

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