Back in Jail!

So, after a brief respite, we’re back in Lagoon Prison, St. Martin (the French side this time). We had to come back here to pick up our new watermaker membranes – and also to pick up Laurie’s new washing machine! Yes, Toodle-oo! now has a washing machine aboard and after her first load she expresses satisfaction. Storage of the bloody thing is a pain – since it encroaches substantially on my ‘garage’ space, but it’s not too bad – and at least I’ll be able to ditch storage of the home made washing machine (two 5 gallon buckets) to compensate a little…

We want to start heading south now but unfortunately, we are kept in prison for several days due to the weather – which is rising to 30 knots sustained tonight – and there’s a huge swell outside the entrance making coming and going through the bridges challenging – but also making our desired destination, St. Barts untenable as apparently, the anchorage there is extremely rolly at the best of times and hopeless in a northerly swell. Hopefully we’ll be able to wait for decent weather to head there – or we’ll just make a B-line for Antigua…

Had a nice get together with a couple of OCC boats last night on Toodle-oo! – Steve and Mary from Willow, fellow Salty Dawgs and Bob and Leslie of Moon Rebel – who lived in Leyburn, just a few short miles from the place I call home, Muker… Small world…

 

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