As you'd expect from a "sticky" place like this, there is an active cruisers VHF net at 0730 on ch 66. Lots of goings-on, commercial ads and typical yachtie stuff. We ate 1/2 price pizzas at Prickly Bay Marina restaurant with Paul & Gina; most restaurants run specials on various days of the week to entice business. Finding our way back to the boat at night is always a bit of a challenge, but no drama. This morning, we re-anchored closer to the hub of things; it's calmer, we anchored in 25' instead of 35', and it's a closer dinghy ride to shore.It appears that boats are arriving and departing all the time; we're planning a sight-seeing excursion soon.
The seas were running about 6' and we rolled quite a bit with the wind and seas off the quarter and behind us, but the hardest part was slowing the boat down to make a daytime entry into Prickly Bay. Overall, it was a good passage, our first overnight since arrival in Trinidad. The island of Grenada showed up where it was supposed to...and entry was straight-forward. There's a flotilla of boats here, but we found a place to anchor without a problem. After breakfast and a brief rest, we dinghied to Budget Marine and I walked about a mile to the closest ATM to get Eastern Caribbean currency; present exchange rate is 2.67 EC/1 USD. I'm on the hunt for a boost pump for the watermaker. The Jabsco Water Puppy died, and the plan is to replace it with a March centrifical pump. Finding one is a challenge, and it looks like it will have to be shipped to Grenada, incurring an additional modest tax and charges. But, sometimes if you can just find the right item, it's worth all the hassle.
We went into town for last minute stuff and a good lunch at the Suck Hole (ya, really...that's the name...) Bar & Restaurant. After, we bought some wahoo steaks, 4 for 40TT. Returning to the boat, we stowed gear and planned for a late afternoon departure. It's about 83 nm to Prickly Bay, Grenada, so makes for a (hopefully) easy passage.
We had purchased a small turkey in Chagauramas, and had Paul and Gina from sv Solace for dinner. Paul was kind enough to loan us his BBQ bottle of propane, which was a good thing as we had run out of propane and that turkey would surely have languished. The girls did an admirable job, and Paul made his famous margaritas. Good times. Prior to that, I had a hard time getting the dinghy thru first gear, so figured I had stripped the thrust bearing. Sue helped me pull the motor up so I could lay it down in the dinghy, and it was quickly apparent that the propeller had stripped its hub. Replaced, problem solved. We managed to Skype and exchange emails with family, and felt blessed to share another beautiful day.
Pic:The quaint small village of Charlotteville is the fishing center for the island.
Pic: Map of Tobago, approximately 7 miles wide, 22 miles long. We're in the SW corner by the airport. We'll travel the north coast eastward.
Pic: Arriving at the mooring field in Store Bay. We'll have to catch a ride to Scarborough to check in with Immigration and Customs. We were so entertained by a pod of dolphins swimming alongside us as we hugged the north coast of Trinidad for over 2 hours.
Pic: The many boats here at TTSA (Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Association), are seasonal on moorings with bow & stern line .