söndag 26 maj 2013

Our vacation in Grenada!

Under these two weeks we have tried to upgrade Snowbird. From the beginning we noticed that the teak had really been worn by the sun, rain and the wind. But the interior was almost in the same condition as we left it. We had really tried to conservate the boat before we left the last time, so it really paid off.  We clean the whole boat inside and out for 4 days and we were really happy that everything looked so good. 

We stayed at La Sagresse hotel for 5 nights and then we moved over to Snowbird. It really felt good to be onboard again although we didn´t have the rocking feeling( on land):) 
During the days, we worked really hard to get the teak in better shape,re-did the chart table, sewed new curtains, checked the engine, resealed the cockpit lockers, installed a new 5 Watt solar panel, removed old wax and put more restoring wax on, clean the engine/engineroom, clean the chain and put restoring spray on etc.

Sagresse beach, view from our hotel room

La Sagresse resort under the palms

Under these 14 days we just didn´t have time to do anything more except getting Snowbird in the good shape as we left her. One day we took a trip into St George(the capital). In Grenada they have small busses that you can take that only cost you 3 EC( 5 US)( 6 SEK). In this minibus we were 17 people squeezed in, but it really is fun to get that experience:). They play loud Socca music( Greanda music) and no air-condition except that the windows were down. Getting into St George , there are a lot of people. Because it was one of our first days , we were really pale so a lot of selling men/ guides were really excited to see us:)

One of the side streets of St George

The market

In town we bought some food in the local store and then we head back to the marina. The bus driver 
were so nice so he drove us all the way in to the marina, which no one seemed to mind of the passengers., island time!!!!

When we did our cleaning of the boat, we noticed that we had a lot of Sunbrella fabric left after our last sewing for sail covers etc. Sunbrella is a great material for boats and we really needed a cover to protect the teak and chart table.  The marina is a great help if you don´t have a good sewing machine so they did some measurement on the boat and after a few days we had a great tarp to cover from sun and wind.

The New Suncover

Sometimes you can really feel that you have been working really hard and getting real dirty, this was a everyday feeling for us:) so then it was great to have the facilities that the marina offers, with showers, toilettes and washing machines. The marina also have a fruit lady that comes every thursday to sell many different types of fruit and juices that you haven´t seen before.  So it was great to buy some after running out of some fruits.

Cleaning the hull

Here are some pictures of what we have been doing!

Using the head gun to remove old Cetoil.

New Cetoil on.

Damaged from the sun and wind 

Nice and clean

New dashboard 

Cetoil the bow and cleaning the chain

New white curtains( 14 curtains)

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