Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Splicing an Eye

The first step in doing any boat project is finding the proper tools.
That means completely emptying the lazarette because they are always on the bottom.

One hour later I find the tool.

Using a splicing needle to splice a shackle into a halyard.

The core in this line (Marlowbraid) is slippery and difficult to work with. I use a slevagee hitch (the red line) to get a grip on it.

It requires a great deal of pressure to pull the needle and core through the braided cover. One end of the line is connected to a winch and the other to a cleat. Start cranking!

Work the last bit of core manually and

there it is.

Finished and it only took a few hours.

Then there are a few other projects.

Finding and double patching 3 dinghy leaks that mysteriously showed up one day.

Checking the fresh water impeller and greasing it before its first use of the season.

The only access to check the oil levels on the dipstick. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Grenada Chocolatefest

We spent another day playing tourist in Grenada when we took advantage
of a tour during Chocolate Fest.
The trip started with a drive up the beautiful west coast of Grenada to
the Diamond Chocolate Factory, the home of Jouvay Chocolate.

The Diamond factory is in a historic building built in 1774 as a part of a
sugar plantation.

Cocoa beans drying in the sun.  The trays are on wheels so that the trays 
can be quickly rolled under cover if it rains.

Stirring the beans so they dry evenly.

Sorting the beans after roasting.

Grinding the beans into velvety chocolate.

In another part of the factory they press the chocolate to extract the cocoa
butter.  Now they have a 35 lb block of pure cocoa.

The cocoa butter drips down into the buckets and then is poured into 

This is a very manual, labor intensive process for making chocolate.
Each chocolate bar is made by hand.

Our tour was also an excuse to have lunch at 
the Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant.
Located on the north coast, this boutique hotel boasts stunning views
and great food.

Another wonderful day exploring this beautiful island, the Spice Island
but also the chocolate island!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Westerhall Rum

Sometimes you just need to take a day and play tourist.
This is true even when you've lived somewhere for a long time.
We've been coming to Grenada since 2008 but we had never
toured Westerhall Estate, the home of Westerhall Rum.
I know, you're shocked!
I didn't say we never drank the rum,
I said we never toured the estate.

Westerhall no longer produces the rum here but they maintain
the historical site and a museum and do the bottling here.

The black and white photos are from the museum and give you
a glimpse into what the estate looked like when they were
producing rum here.

Back at the tasting room and our guide Anika let us crush some
sugar cane which is delicious on its' own or with a little rum.

Anika and Jim swapped rum recipes.

Wendy with Steve and Hope (S/V Starshine) and
Gary and Margi (S/V Inspiration)

Lunch followed at the beachfront restaurant in Grenada Marine.

Pop-up farmer's market in front of the restaurant.
Oh good, they have limes!  Grab some!

What a great day spent with friends and playing tourist.
Already planning our next adventure!