Most problems are electrical. A couple of broken toggle switches in the binnacle for the fuel gauges, another bad switch on one of our new cabin lights and then there is the “breakers”. All of our new circuit breakers are dying a slow death, compliments of a little saltwater. When we made our crossing to the Virgin Islands, we had a whole lot of wind and waves which translates to green water going over the deck. Here is a photo of when we set off our spot beacon during our crossing (thanks, Barry). You can see where Tropical Storm Sean became a personal friend for a few days.
We had been in the Islands for a few weeks when I opened the electrical panel for some unknown reason. I was shocked to see salt crystals all over the inside of it! Not a good thing, bad, bad and more bad. What is slowly happening is, even though it looks like the breaker is working and 12 volts is going through it, the amps won’t. The cause of this was a small leak at one of the life line stanchions that trickled down a shelf and dripped on the electrical panel. Damn…………
The new Xantrex battery charger quit and the company replaced it with no problem. Our Garmin auto pilot is bad and so is Garmin support. But that is a rant for another time.
The rest of the work stuff is tightening this and that back up. Mother Ocean has a way of loosening things up.
Back to where we are Bahia de Almodovar; Don Street says that it is one of the finest anchorages in the entire Eastern Caribbean. He is right on with that. It’s Day Two of 20kts plus and we are not even rocking! Life is good listening and watching the waves break on the reef 200 yards in front of us.