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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Upgrades, Repairs and Maintenance Done – CHECK!

Well the weeks of putting Ambition back together again and knocking all the major maintenance items off the list, are all behind us now. A few pictures of Falmouth Harbour, Antigua...

Some of our neighbours!

A beautiful sunset....

Not sure this big guy has internet connectivity issues!

A little home away from home...

We are absolutely thrilled with the final results of the installation of the water-maker. All the pieces found a new home under the floorboards and in the cupboards without loosing too much in the way of storage places on board. The task of running all the plumbing related to the water maker installation turned out to be a far simpler task than I envisioned. I love the accessibility of most of the of the spaces on this boat. I said MOST , but not all, just most! Anyone who maintains a boat can appreciate this statement! 

Some assembly required picture

The main filtering membrane and high pressure pump
Nicely tucked under the floor

A little gauge to tell us how much we are producing
Low pressure pump and primary filter

We are making our own water now on a regular basis so that we only need to run the system for a few hours every other day to top up what we have used. We installed at least temporarily a way to connect our stern shower to the wash-down hose so we can now rinse the salt off the boat as well as clean the hull. As you know our hull is black and just like in Montreal winters, a black hull rather accentuates the salt crystals.  The black hull is beautiful when nicely shined but keeping it spotless is a task indeed. The other major downside of the black hull in the tropics is the heat. Just like a black car the hull is often too hot to touch.  This has spawned a sewing project for Maryse to create a shade panel for the section of the hull where our refrigerator and freezer are located. I believe we can save some energy if we shade the area while we are at anchor. In the prevailing winds the port side of the hull is ALWAYS in the sun – quelle coincidence – the fridge and freezer are also on the same side!

One last stop in Jolly Harbour to top up on groceries and adult beverages and off we head to Guadeloupe. As is the case in every island, you can’t leave until you clear out of one country to be able to clear into the next. In Jolly Harbour the building is comprised of 3 offices – each one is separate – Customs, Immigration and Port Authority. Each office is about 12 square feet! You start at Customs, fill in your clear out on the computer and receive a document. Take that document and two doors down to Port Authority who checks papers and provides you with yet another duly signed form which you take to Immigration – check of the passports to match the paperwork – stamp stamp stamp. Now back to Customs who does one final validation of everything and with a smile wishes us a safe voyage!

Dinghy and outboard stored and off we head early morning for the 56 mile sail from Jolly Harbour to Deshaies on the north west corner of Guadeloupe. Winds were expected to be 080 – 100 degrees (east) at about 15 to 20 knots which would have made for a great ride. The wind gods had a different plan and only gave us 6 to 12 knots to play with. None the less, full genoa, staysail and mainsail pulled us along at a nice and leisurely pace of between 5 and 7 knots of boat speed. Life is very good!

After arrival in Deshaies, now time to clear in to Guadeloupe. The Customs office in most of the French islands is a tad less official than the old English islands – here you find the customs computer in the back of a T shirt shop. After waiting out turn behind two charter catamarans – Germans with limited English and French skills try to complete the forms which entails providing all of the 10 crew members passport details …. Oh boy! Once we get done and pay our entrance fee of 4 euro, we are in! No passport check, no check of prior country documents ….. This is NOT Homeland Security!

Maryse wastes no time fining some great pate, baguettes and a chilled Rose de Provence!  A super dinner menu indeed.

We chilled on board for a few days and then plan to head further south to Les Saintes – one of our favourite places. 

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