A boat transport ship docked nearby today and I could watch the action as they off loaded several vessels. One of the sailboats, flagged from Monaco, ended up docking in our Crown Bay Marina.
|A BOAT'S BOAT|
NOTE THE SAILBOAT ON THE LEFT
|THE MONACO SAILING VESSEL OFF THE SHIP AND DOCKED|
MOORED IN GREAT HARBOUR ON JOST VAN DYKE $25.00
We settled up our bill, grabbed a little produce from the marina market and pulled out of our slip with little fanfare and no “show”. Oh, by the way, the Garmin chart plotter decided it was OK to work today and aided us in our navigation.
|THIS IS WHERE WE CHECK IN ON JOST VAN DYKE|
|NOT THE "REAL, LIVE FOXY" BUT NOTE THE IN-N-OUT BURGER STICKER|
AS WELL AS THE ONE FROM MAD RIVER GLEN
|AND FOR THOSE AVID BOISE STATE FANS----|
MOORED AT MARINA CAY $25.00
First of all, even though we had thought to spend a couple of days in Foxy’s bay, we were so out of there this morning. However, the boating gods were not shining down on us today. The Garmin decided not to work at all, not even to show us the water’s depth. Then the water temperature alarm shrieked a warning at us! The gauge showed the temp to be 200 where it usually runs at 180. Dan turned off the starboard engine, established that there was no cold water coming in to circulate and cool that engine then we limped into Tortola’s West End and managed to snag a mooring ball, not such an easy task with only one engine and no thrusters. By 11:30 Dan had replaced the impeller for the raw water pump with a spare and we were off again. And guess what? Good old Garmin decided to, once again, come alive and give us guidance.
|WE STOPPED OFF BUCK ISLAND FOR A LUNCH BREAK|
ON QUEST BUT MOVED ON
|MARINA CAY PROVED TO HAVE JUST THE RIGHT|
ATMOSPHERE FOR OUR STAY
SATURDAY 03/10/2012 JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE
MOORED AT MARINA CAY $25.00
This is proving to be a wonderful spot. It was blissfully quiet last night with no surge to rock Quest. Even though the Tortola airport is just a ‘stone’s throw’ away, it is only used by smaller planes and their path is not directly over us. It would be a great place to pick up guests flying into the islands. The beach bars lining Trellis Bay are just a short 5 minute walk from the airport, making it the unofficial lounge for those waiting for flights off the island or arriving passengers. We were doubly thankful for our quiet retreat as we looked out across the waters to Virgin Gorda and saw two huge cruise ships anchored off Spanish Town. We were happy to be right where we were!
|TORTOLA'S SMALL AIRPORT ON BEEF ISLAND WAS JUST |
A STONE'S THROW FROM OUR MOORING SITE
|WE COULD SEE THESE TWO CRUISE SHIPS OFF VIRGIN GORDA|
AND WERE HAPPY NOT TO BE THERE FIGHTING FOR SPACE
|DAN, HARD AT WORK|
MOORED AT BITTER END YACHT CLUB ON VIRGIN GORDA ($30.00)
|TRY THIS MEGA-SAILING VESSEL ON FOR SIZE!|
|THE DANA MARIA WAS IN SERIOUS NEED OF SOME ASSISTANCE|