Thursday, January 5, 2017

OK, update from St. Lucia.

We left Martinique in less than ideal conditions as we needed to meet our cargo in St. Lucia, we have a shipment arriving from Florida via Tropical Shipping. Took us 4 months to get here from Florida by sea, Tropical, 5 days.

Called Tropical this am, yes your cargo is here but......"the container port is full, we cannot offload the ship. Please call back Friday".

OK, what can you do, stuck in port at Rodney Bay Marina, with friends and meeting new ones!

Cheers all, K&S

Friday, December 23, 2016

A few days in Anse a L'Anne






Love to be at anchor, this spot is one of our favs here in Martinique. Take the ferry to FDF or take the tender to Anse Mitan.

TOP SECRET!

Spotted in Martinique. Is this the Kadey Krogen Mega Expedition yacht? Kadey Krogen Expedition 286?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Windwards?

Are they called the Windward's because it always seems to blow? It sure seems that way, an excerpt from Chris Parker's morning weather briefing:

Brisk ENE-E trades with little day to day change will continue indefinitely due to repetitious RIDGES moving E thru the CAtlantic from the E Coast. Only deviation may be today with some E-ESE winds possible.

and then the forecast winds..........

StLucia-Guadeloupe: 080-100@17-23g30/6-8' thru overnight; 090>070-060 @17-23 g30/6-8' Friday 23-Mon 26


they then go on to state that this trend may continue well into January. What to do, what to do? We need to travel to Rodney Bay to change out batteries, looks like we may be forced to suck it up and deal with a rough crossing.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Battery Upgrade?

Our house battery bank needs replacing, the battery guys tell us no battery survives very long the way we use our boat and the heavy AC load from the refrigerator does not help. So we are sticking our neck out and trying a newer AGM technology. Nigel Calder has been testing these and so far (year 2) is impressed. These batteries we are told can operate at PSOC for extended periods resisting sulfation that combined with high temperatures (our batteries are in the engine room in the tropics!) has been killing our batteries in 3-4 years. There are some important considerations though, the new batteries benefit from a balanced bank and you most have programmable charging sources as the float charge must be 13.2V or less. Below is our plan to balance the battery bank.

Important, all cables interconnecting must be the same length and gauge.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Launch Day

Always exciting, we splash today. Carenantilles Boat Yard, Martinique.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Busy Place

Yesterday the area around Sylken Sea  got quite empty, by 9 am this morning......this

And I thought they were tying to clear a path to launch us...........?

Very busy yard, haul, scrape, paint, launch.