Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stadium Seats

We have found that these seats are very handy to have on board.  I use one in the cockpit when I want to face forward and need a backrest.  Some people use those padded, hinged seats for that.  But we have nice cockpit cushions so those would be overkill for us.  Plus we really don't have the storage space for those.  Stadium seats are small and fold very flat.  I specifically chose ones with no metal to rust.  
The other handy use for these is that they are great for events ashore, like the various music fests, cricket match and beach parties we've attended.  All have been seating on the grass or sand.  I simply cannot sit for hours on the grass comfortably on my own.  We take our stadium seats, loading up the mesh pockets on the back with sunscreen, bug spray, water bottles, umbrella and paero.  They are light weight, compact and easy to carry.  The backrest makes all the difference in comfort at these events.  Standard fold out chairs take up too much room on the boat and soon turn to rust in our environment.  These work perfectly ashore.

We have found that paeros make a much better ground cover than a blanket or towel.  It doesn't pick up loose grass, sand or dirt.  When we are done, we just shake it out.  They also make quick and easy shades in our cockpit on late afternoons for those times when the boat angle is just right and the sun is low on the horizon and burning straight into the cockpit.  I simply attach them to the bimini and frame with clothes pins to block out the blazing sun.   

Friday, June 26, 2015

Bequia Photo Action

Kenmore Henville is a local from Bequia that takes yacht photos.  We didn't have any good shots of sv Honey Ryder under sail.  That is until now.  Kenmore comes out in his dinghy to meet yachts arriving in Bequia, taking action shots as they sail in.  He knows cruisers like pictures of their boat sailing and the lines, where as charter people like pictures of themselves on the boat.  He has a great eye.  Then the next morning he dashes around the anchorage dropping off a printed sample, thumb drive with all the pics and price sheet.  There is no obligation to purchase but most do because they are great pics and reasonabily priced.  Check theses out Honey Ryder pics.  We are hoping to get more shots next year (full sail vs reefed and maybe one with us on the rails) now that we know about his business.  If you are sailing into Bequia at some point, keep this in mind if you want your own yacht shots. 

They Came Bearing Gifts

Sv Hermosita

June 15th
No!  Not the three fabled wise men.  Even better.
Childhood friends united after many years
Two separate sets of friends decided to charter sailboats for holiday in the Caribbean.  We were honored when both made us part of their itinerary.  The gifts they came bearing were just icing on the cake to seeing them.  Well not icing.  Something even better......TP.  Yes that's right - Toiliet Paper!  Sv Hermosita gave us all their extra rolls of TP.  They also gave us choclate, wine, spices, napkins and water at the end of their charter.  But the toilet paper was most exciting because we were down to our last roll and had forgotten to buy when we were last ashore. 
Sv Buzzbee
Nazar - protection from the evil eye

The other group (sv Buzzbee) arrived with a pineapple (the traditional welcome gift in many parts of the world), rum and limes - a party in the making.  Brilliant!  Later on their boat they presented us with a Nazar from Turkey for protection on sv Honey Ryder from the evil eye and special lounge pants that are specific to this group.  Lounge pants?  Yes.  You know how a group of friends can develop inside jokes, stories, traditions and in many cases, funny hats, t-shirts, wigs, sunglasses?  Well, this group has these awesome lounge pants made out of paero (the colorful swimsuit wraps that are sold on every tourist beach in the world).  These pants are uber comfortable.
Tom, James and Claire

Cate, Jane, Dan, Mark

Later in Carriacou we met up with both groups again.  Sv Hermosita joined us aboard sv Somewhere (full time cruisers) for a wonderful evening, sharing some of their yummy and fancy provisions.  Sv Buzzbee sailed in a day later.  We were having a lovely dinner aboard sv Ocean Rainbow with sv Freebooter.  The plan was to meet sv Buzzbee ashore later for some music.  But we never heard the music from shore, so we opted for plan B - invade sv Buzzbee for a jam session on their boat.  As proper Brits, Sv Ocean Rainbow and Sv Freebooter were aprehensive about just popping over.  But I assured them it was no worry, stressing the fact that "Their Americans.  They won't care that we invited you along.  The more the merrier."  And it was true.  Sv Buzzbee were thrilled to play hosts to a cruisers jam.  Claire brought her guitar.  Tom took his bongos and various percusion instruments.  Sv Buzzbee had a uekula and traveling guitar.  All twelve of us sang songs at the top of our lungs for all the anchorage to enjoy hear.  Note -We did shut it down around 10pm -only slightly later than "cruisers midnight" (9pm).  It was a total blast.
Steve, Sabrina, Annemarie

Big jam session

We were able to introduce them to other full time cruisers, giving them a glimps into the life of cruisers other than just us.  In exchange, both charter groups shared their bountiful charter provisions at happy hours, boat visits and a pot luck dinner with us and these full time cruisers.  A win-win for everyone.
Claire and Cate fine tune their singing act

Brett, Heather, Tom, James (on the vibraslap) and Claire

*Hint - if you are a charter boat that wants to meet some full time cruisers, tempt them with ice and your fancy charter nibblies.
Mark, Dan and Brett
Thank you to both groups for making us part of your holiday.