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.