Having spent the past few weeks bumping around the central Exumas – Black Point, Staniel Cay, Farmers Cay etc, we’re now back in Georgetown. We haven’t had much internet access lately and I’m a little behind with the blog – so this is a long one. Grab your cup of coffee or glass of wine and settle in. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
|The swimming pigs again! (Aka: bacon on the beach)|
|Lots of nurse sharks hanging around the dock at Staniel Cay....|
|.... this is why. People clean their catch here and toss back the guts. Shark snacks!|
|Pretty bougainvillea along the road in Staniel Cay|
|It's hard to miss this building....|
|.... but just in case, this sign points the way.|
|If the blue grocery store doesn't have what you want... you can try the Pink grocery store right next to it.|
|The road to the school|
|Skip online behind the school|
|Hanging out on lunch break in front of the school|
|The older kids' classroom|
They’ve been great to us and the kids have become accustomed to us being there outside while they’re in school. We were there one day while they were outside practicing their music lessons and the younger kids put on a little impromptu performance for us. (I didn’t have my camera with me so I shot this with the camera on my Mac.)
They have a few computers at the school and have recently started exploring online lessons for the kids in addition to classroom lessons. This would open up huge opportunities for them, so I'm putting in this shameless plug for the school: if anyone out there has an old internet compatible computer sitting around collecting dust and you’d like it to have a new home…. the school could definitely use it. You can contact Mr. Jagroo directly (by phone 242.355.4031 or email firstname.lastname@example.org) and get info about donating what you have.
|Town dock at LIttle Farmers|
|The post office.... where they have no stamps and can't send mail.|
|Like the first night of Hannukah, or Christmas day, depending on your persuasion.|
|Now we tear the boat apart to get all the tools out and start running wires.|
Skip and Steve built a stainless steel frame and attached it to both the bimini frame and the stern rail for extra stability. They created a frame for the panels and reinforced it with aluminum angle and a mahogany beam. Steve's friend Paul helped out too.
Under optimum conditions, our two new 85 watt panels give us 8 to 10 amps an hour. To give some perspective to the numbers – our fridge draws about 4 amps per hour and runs less than half the time. The fridge is the biggest energy hog on the boat so rather than buying diesel to run the engine to charge the batteries… we’re now charging the batteries with energy we’re getting from the sun. Cool! Now instead of being outside enjoying the sunny days, we sit below in front of the energy monitor oohing and ahhing when the amps go up without the engine on.
|Saralane with her new panels.|
We still had some daylight left and we rigged a line from one side of the boat running under the hull to the other side and managed to lift the centerboard up enough to clear the sea floor. This is an out-of-the-water-to-fix-it kind of break, but we came up with a temporary solution that will (hopefully) hold the board in place until we haul the boat for hurricane season. This post has gone on too long already so I’ll write up the centerboard fix in the next post. (A cliffhanger, eh?!)
PS - Happy belated birthday to my baby sister Ruth!