Above: The "Marietje Andrea" carrying the new swing bridge for the lagoon through the Simpson Bay bridge. Yep, the bridge going through the bridge...
On the day we were meant to pick Janneman and Robyn up in the British Virgin Islands, we received news that our overhauled injector pump will take another week to arrive in Saint Maarten. As a result, Janneman and Robyn decided to stay on with family in New York until we have a running engine again.
As cruising life goes, we luckily have enough other things to fix/maintain on the boat to keep us occupied for a week....if not longer.
After a very easy couple of weeks, we decided to pull our act together and have had a few very productive days in the last while. In cruising terms, a productive day is classified as a day in which you manage to take on and complete more than one task(s).
After sending away the injector pump I took on the long delayed task of cleaning the heat exchanger tube bundle on the engine and installing a temperature gauge for the engine cooling water. We further managed to install a new shower sump with an integrated pump and float switch; two new engine starting batteries (the old ones were shot); new cigarette lighter sockets in the cabins and saloon area; new furler line on the genoa and manufactured a stainless steel linkage to replace the plastic one on the windvane self steering unit.
Between all the hard work.....we have also been able to socialize a bit. It was lovely meeting up with Clement and Severine, who we met a few months ago down in Tobago. Together we celebrated the amazing news that they are expecting their first baby later in the year.
We have had loads of awesome times with Liesbeth and Joan from the Swan 57 "Bachatelle". They were our neighbours during the Les Voiles de Saint Barths regatta a few weeks ago. It was sad saying good bye to them this afternoon as they departed for Europe.Wilhelm