After three months in Europe, we are now back in Grenada. Our time away visiting Anthony and his family was awesome. We feel blessed that we were able to spend this amount of time with them.

Now we have to sort out the remaining projects and get them completed ASAP in order to get back in the water. Life improves exponentially as soon as you get Splashed. Life On The Hard is not very pleasant. It is hot, lots of mosquitos, dirty and you have to climb about 8 feet to get into your boat.

Our immediate project was to replace our refrigerator compressor. It died a few days before we left for our trip to France, leaving us without a fridge. We have had issues with it each season but were able to bandaid it and get it to work again. This time, it had to be replaced. It was the original VitriFrigo unit from 2011, so it was showing its age.  With all the equipment onboard, the refrigerator is the only device that runs 24/7. The environment out here with all of the salt in the air is hard on all equipment in the boat.

We replaced the old unit with a Frigoboat Capri 50F.  It is larger than our original which means it should not have to work as hard. We also replaced the evaporator plate (freezer section) thinking it was probably on the way out also. This turned out to be a good decision since it was just about finished as well. The downside is that the new equipment uses more amps to run and since it is larger than the original, it could not be installed under the refrigerator box. It had to be installed in the adjacent cabinet. This means that Renée lost another storage compartment. But at least we have cold food and drinks.

We wanted to make sure 5KNOTS had a fresh coat of wax on her hull and had planned to do it ourselves as we have in the past. However, here at Grenada Marine, you cannot find portable scaffolding that we could use in order to reach the entire hull. By the time we figured out the cost of renting scaffolding, buying the wax and our time, it just seemed like a better idea to have the yard do it.  They used a buffer and did a great job. We also replaced our solar panels and the sanitary hose and ball valve for the aft head (toilet). We are feeling good about our project work list being knocked out.

With one last remaining project, it wasn’t difficult to turn Renée loose to get-er-done. We were both tired of the yard and could not wait to get back into the water. This year we decided to give 5KNOTS a new look and selected black as her bottom color. I think it was a good choice, it looks awesome and as usual, the paint crew did a great job. Thanks Renée!

We were both thrilled that we completed the remaining projects in just two weeks. This included dodging the daily rain showers and fitting in provisioning and some local fun.

Since Grenada is technically considered below the hurricane zone, it is a popular place for Yachties to keep their boats for the hurricane season. Therefore, sooner or later you will meet up with your friends that you have met cruising somewhere between here and the USA and also where you will meet new ones. There is a saying with cruisers that rings true. You never say “Goodbye”, but rather “Until we meet again”. We were thrilled to meet up with our friends Brenda, Hank and Troy.

Here in Grenada they have one of the largest Hash organizations in the world, The Grenada Hash House Harriers (http://grenadahash.com). Basically they are a group that gathers each week to participate in a 5K run/walk through a different section of Grenada followed by a huge party. Our particular Hash took us through the Bush up and down hills, across streams, through lots of mud. Upon completing the Hash, everybody gathers for music, drinks, dance and local eats. We had the usual chicken an pork. But we also had Iguana, Lambi (conch), Opossum, Racoon, Ox Tail and a few other delicacies that I am not sure exactly what they were. If you haven’t done one already, I  suggest trying a Hash. It is a great way to see Grenada and a lot of fun!

The locals here in Grenada are very kind and welcoming (as has been our experience throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas). Grenada has a relationship with the USA that goes back to October 25, 1983 when Ronald Reagan was our president. The USA came to the liberate Grenada and invaded the country. This date is now a national holiday for Grenada, Thanksgiving Day. It is a good feeling to hear the kind words about the USA from locals that remember this period in their history. The invasion only lasted a few days and you can see remains of old Soviet and Cuban planes still along the Pearls Airport.

We also went to visit the Seven Sisters Waterfall. It was about a 2K walk on a nice trail, through the bush. There are seven falls in the chain and here we stopped for a swim at a couple of them. The water was clear and felt wonderful.

After splashing we tied to the dock at Grenada Marine for a couple of days. We had to get our sails on, top off diesel, gas, water and make a last minute run to the IGA (grocery). Once this was finished we were delayed from leaving because the wind and waves picked up to 29 knots and 7-9 foot seas. You never get extra points for heading out in already bad weather so we decided to stay put until things improved.

Our plan is to go about 6 miles to Wobern Bay and hang there for a week until our friend Tim arrives in Grenada to ready Belle Marie (his boat) for this seasons adventure. It is nice here in Woburn, a large fairly protected bay and convenient to town. There are free buses that travel through the area taking you into town to do shopping, there are a number of restaurants and plenty of cruiser activities to participate in. We will head back to Grenada Marine later in the week to give Tim a hand in getting ready to go.