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Back in Trinidad

Chauguaramas, Trinidad Dutchies new coat, TrinidadWe have arrived back in Trinidad and were very pleased that our boat was in great shape. We are staying in a small apartment on the grounds of Power Boats while we clean Snowaway and get her ready to launch. Snowaway still has her shrink wrap on her so it has given us some shade while we replace the running rigging, check that our dinghy still holds his air and wash and reverse the anchor rode.

Galveston, Texas Pumpkins We had a nice visit in Houston with Terri & Eric. When we arrived, our job was to carve their pumpkins. Terri had bought some great designs and Richard went to work to create a few masterpieces! We also spent a lovely day with Ilse, Dave and Katrina in Katy. We had to drive down to Kemah for lunch and then on the Galveston to view the recovery from Hurricane Ike. We were surprised at how little damage is obvious. They are still rebuilding the jetties along the Galveston beach but most of the buildings have been repaired (or torn down).

Trinidad

Crews Inn Marina    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We have spent a week getting Snowaway, our Caliber 40LRC sailboat, ready to leave for the hurricane season.  We stayed at Crews Inn Marina to clean the boat.  We hired a Trinidadian to wash and wax the boat but we did the sails ourselves…

   

Hauling outThe haul out was at Power Boats yard and it was pretty painless.  The only concern was that we had to remove our forestays to allow the boat to be lifted out of the water.

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Once Snowaway was at her “home” for the summer, we had the bottom of the boat power washed to remove the minor growth that had developed over the past few months.  We had some minor modifications done to the boat while we did the final cleaning on board.  The most significant was the installation of a rolling furler on the inner forestay.  Of course that meant that we have to have our sails recut from hankons to furlers.  We also decided to have some cushions recut and a cover made for “Dutchie”, our dinghy.  Power Boats are managing these contracts for us and ensure that the work is done and paid for.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We did not have time to explore Trinidad but are now ready to fly home.  We had to buy additional bags to take home all our cold weather gear as we don’t expect to need it for the next few years.

We will be returning returning to Snowaway on November 3rd.  At that time we will spend a few weeks getting Snowaway ready to launch and hopefully spend some time exploring the island.