Saint John VI
We attempted to make a change in our lifestyle, a major change; actually life is a series of course corrections. We have put the house up for sale and moved aboard our new house. Our new house is a floating house, it is a 1984 Young Sun 43’ Pilot House, cutter rigged sail boat. To quote the master, Jimmy Buffet, “a change in latitude and attitude”, we will do more with less and hopefully live a more fulfilling life. For sure our carbon footprint would be less.
have dreams of living in
the Osprey is lying in
have a SSB radio and will be in contact with both HAM Radio stations and other
sailboats on the Net. Next fall and winter once we have Osprey to our liking we
are thinking the first cruise should be to
our plan did not go as we hoped. You can read about it in the log pages
below. We have headed back home and
will be returning to the 18 wheeler, this time driving for SRT hauling
refrigerated freight in all 48 states and
Some pictures of our time in the
Bonnie is waiting for the room to be ready; once it was ready the view was fantastic. We watched the sun go down and headed to the bar for a sundowner. Coconut rum of course.
to Cousins for dinner. It was most
excellent. I looked down the street and could almost see the pirates of the
lounging in the galley watching over our beer and rum supply in the
refrigerator. Now he is lounging in the Saloon.
All he does is lounge. He likes the many
places that he can hide on the boat. We
have the boat on a Mediterranean type mooring at the marina. Cecilia told us about a nice walk of 3 miles
to around the island that allowed you to see the Atlantic side as well as the
at the top of one of the hills we climbed.
The water in the background is the
Osprey viewed from the road, as Bonnie and I were on our way to have dinner ashore. Bonnie is happy waiting for our dinner at Fat Bob’s. Bonnie and our waitress posed for a picture. Uh Oh! We forgot to leave a light on for Tiger. He will not be happy with us.
Our friend Frank from Tobacco II and Bonnie, Jim (the marina owner) and Egbert one of his technicians and Cecilia and Bonnie posed for the camera. Frank lives aboard his boat at the marina he was a delight to meet and he had much valuable information for us. Jim and Cecilia the owners made us feel like family, it was difficult to leave. We will definitely come back to their marina. All marinas have the same things, theirs has the addition of a genuine caring attitude. They can be reached at Pro Valor Charters.
Read the log below to see what happened and how we wound up changing our plan.
Log of the S/V OSPREY
N 18° 18’ .967
W 064°50’ .600
16 Jan 2008 10:00. We went to Saint Thomas Yacht Club and met
16 Jan 2008 11:40. Jeanne departed and we started the engine checked the things out below. Todd pushed us off and we headed out. Todd took the helm while Terry and I raised the main sail.
16 Jan 2008 11:50. We were under sail. We soon after unfurled the foresail. The boat assumed a nice gentle ride and hiked itself out to the rail making Bonnie happy. We were making 7.5 knots. The new Raymarine autopilot was working away. Course corrections were entered and the helm responded. This will take some getting used to.
N 18° 19’ .487
W 064°51’ .136
16 Jan 2008 14:15. We tied up at the
21 Jan 2008 13:00. We cast off and headed to Christmas Cove
where we would spend the night on the hook.
On the way out of the marina we had about 5.5 feet of water under us in
some spots. We ran aground and the Captain of Aeolla
II and Mistral tried but could not get us off the sand bar. Along came an
22 Jan 2008 08:00. We weighed anchor and set out for West End
N 18° 23’ .867
W 064°38’ .164
23 Jan 2008 08:00. Todd arranged for Lincoln of Aquadoc to
come and look into the problem in no time he and Edward his assistant found the
problems to be clogged oil filters. We
25 Jan 2008 11:00. Lincoln and his assistants looked at our head problem and after many attempts to rebuild the head we gave up and replaced the head with a new one. The windlass problem was solved with some new wiring. It was determined that the starting battery and 3 of the 4 house batteries were bad so they will be replaced. The dinghy was assembled and the motor tested. Dingy placed on davits.
31 Jan 2008 12:00. We are still in Nanny Cay Marina sorting
things out. We fix one issue and find another.
The gray water system is back feeding sea water into the boat. We had to replace the macerator and that has
been done. Now we have water migrating
into Osprey. The gray water system is
below the water line and there is not enough room to make a siphon break so
there is a one way valve in the line.
This has seen better days so we replaced it and the vessel is no longer
taking on water. The batteries had to be
replaced 4 of the six were not able to hold a charge so we replaced the four
house batteries and the starting battery.
We were ready to head out when we noticed the refrigeration that the
previous owner installed was not cooling.
It seems that the Freon leaked out of the connections he made to the
plate in the refrigerator. We had to
remove the system and have a repair guy put the Freon back into it. We then replaced the unit in the head sink
cabinet. We are ready to sail well
almost, we tried to do a load of laundry but the door to the washing machine
refuses to open. It is being a bit
bothersome as we need some clean garments.
We repaired the door, well we actually just greased the latch and now it
works and cleans clothes for the crew. Tomorrow we are going to head to
1 Feb 2008 15:00. We took on water 400 Gallons and 100
gallons of diesel fuel. We motored out
of the marina and headed due east. The
wind was out of the east so we motored to
1 Feb 2008 16:30. Arrive at
2 Feb 2008 00:00. Check anchor. All secure. Retire to cabin. Wind from East @ 23 knots with gust to 35 knots.
2 Feb 2008 06:10. Check anchor and find we are
dragging. Weigh anchor and motor out of
anchorage looking for a less crowded and more protected anchorage. After crossing reef we discover that the
autopilot is not functioning. It was
recently installed by the previous owner.
The helm still answers manually.
We decide to head back to
2 Feb 2008 10:00. Secured to a mooring ball, with winds increased to 30 knots with gusts at 35 knots, several squalls move through the area. Refrigerator temperature has increased and continues to rise. We discover that the compressor is not running. On investigating the DC voltage is less than 8 VDC, however the house batteries are at 13 VDC. It is apparent the previous owner did not install the DC supply to the refrigerator correctly, instead of connecting to the house batteries it is connected to the engine starter battery. We trace wire and remove it from starter battery and route it to house battery breaker panel. Temperature begins slow descent to 40 degrees.
3 Feb 2008 14:00. Lowered dinghy and motored into the beach. We stopped at the Cyber Café to log onto the Internet and to have dinner. They have the best Jerk Chicken and I ordered that while Bonnie ordered Roti, which is curried chicken and potato in a thin flour wrap. We should have shared one of these dishes as they were more than one person could eat. The dinghy strained to get us back to the Osprey.
4 Feb 2008 11:00. Dropped mooring ball and head towards
4 Feb 2008 16:00. We motored into the
5 Feb 2008 18:10. Frank joined us for sundowners along with marina owners Jim Gulczynski and Cecilia Donegan his wife. Frank invited us over to his boat to watch a movie so we accepted and brought over our DVD of “Captain Ron”. It was an enjoyable night.
7 Feb 2008 09:00. We are coming to the realization that we are running out of funds and the house is not selling. Our plan is beginning to unravel. We talk to Jim and Cecilia about options we have. We decide that we should head back to the states and seek employment while we still have the price of an airline ticket. Provalor will monitor the boat while she is on a mooring ball. They will start all systems and run the engines to charge the batteries.
13 Feb 2008 16:00. We say good bye to Frank, Egbert,
Jim and Cecilia, it is a sad day, we are headed back to the states to find work
and get our selves back on solid financial footing. We will come back and get Osprey and bring
her to the