Trinidad

I’ve been getting a lot of “where are you now” questions and this is the answer: Chaguaramas, Trinidad!

Trinidad is the southern most island in the the Caribbean string, very close to the Venezuelan coast of South America. We’ve been here for almost 2 months now and 99% of that time has been on the hard in Power Boats. For those of you that don’t speak ‘boat’, the ‘hard’ is means ‘land’. The boat gets lifted out of the water with a travel lift and plonked on the ground in, in a boat yard, with supports to keep it upright. 

The reason we’re on the hard is to work on Melody – upgrades, repairs and add-ons (can you say “water maker”!!). We have worked almost every single day (with the occasional half day rest if we are too stiff to move/lift things) from 8am till after dark sometimes. We don’t want to do this again till we reach New Zealand, hopefully in a year or two, so we are making sure to do as much as we can now.

Unfortunately my camera battery got fried a day after we arrived here so I only have the photos from my iPhone. A new battery is on it’s way from the UK, where Rufus has been for the past 2.5 weeks – more on that trip a little later. These are a few shots from my Instagram account, of what’s it’s like here.

the travel lift that transports the boats out of and back into the water.

the travel lift that transports the boats out of and back into the water.

view of the yard, looking at the slip where the boats get lifted in and out of the water.

view of the yard, looking at the slip where the boats get lifted in and out of the water.

our first project, the day we arrived, open up the two back cabins to make one huge master!

our first project, the day we arrived, open up the two back cabins to make one huge master!

Rufus designed and built a new frame for the solar panels - not an easy job...

Rufus designed and built a new frame for the solar panels – not an easy job…

dry fitting the new toe rail

dry fitting the new toe rail

new friends: Luuck (met him and his wife in Grenada) and Andy from Brazil

new friends: Luuck (met him and his wife in Grenada) and Andy from Brazil

Melody on the move: after Rufus left to the UK Melody moved from te back corner of the yard to a prime spot at the front water's edge.

Melody on the move: after Rufus left to the UK Melody moved from te back corner of the yard to a prime spot at the front water’s edge.

but I had to wait an extra wee because we were 'parked in' by this old fishing boat. the owner kept giving me mangos and fish - sweet deal!

but I had to wait an extra wee because we were ‘parked in’ by this old fishing boat. the owner kept giving me mangos and fish – sweet deal!

the view from our new spot, right on the water's edge.

the view from our new spot, right on the water’s edge.

just because we live in a boat yard doesn't mean we have to suffer - we have made friends from all over the world, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada etc and they have spoilt us with the most delicious food and treats.

just because we live in a boat yard doesn’t mean we have to suffer – we have made friends from all over the world, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Switzerland, Canada etc and they have spoilt us with the most delicious food and treats.

every morning we are up at 6am and we make our fresh espresso to start the day. Brought espresso maker from SA to Zambia to NYC and now to Melody. 

every morning we are up at 6am and we make our fresh espresso to start the day. Brought espresso maker from SA to Zambia to NYC and now to Melody. 

late nights on top of te doghouse roof trying to catch a wifi signal.

late nights on top of te doghouse roof trying to catch a wifi signal.

 

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