We are still in Grenada, starting to plan our way west, but not doing it with any rapid speed. The kids are really enjoying their time here, socializing with someone other than a parental unit. Porter and Ana have no shortage of kids their ages to hang out with, but Zander is finally finding some like minded teenagers. Beyond just hanging out, he has been sailing almost every day and several times has been invited to go diving for lobsters. He loves the free diving aspect, although he hasn't actually perfected the "catching" of the lobsters yet! We are currently tied up in a marina and we are justifying it by having a few more tasks to do on the boat. Mike is doing some work on the wind vane that hangs off our stern and it is certainly easier to work on, on the dock. Zander and I switched out the anchor chain. We have 300 feet of anchor chain and the half that is usually in the water is starting to get rusty. Chains can be re-galvanized, but we haven't found a place to do it. Maybe Columbia. In the meantime, since the 150 feet we rarely use is in almost perfect condition, Z and I pulled the whole thing out on the dock, switched it up and labeled the chain in increments of 30 feet. Mike has also been working on our solar panels since they have been working only intermitantly. Mostly though, we are enjoying the pool, the access to Hobie cats, the wifi on the boat, as well the camaraderie that comes with being part of a small group (potluck dinners on the dock and instant friends at the pool). The marina is quite small and we only planned to be here for a few days, but since they have a weekly deal we felt like it made financial sense to get the best rate! Anyway, we are indulging ourselves a little, but we will be back at Prickly Bay on Tuesday with the other hundred or so boats waiting our the hurricane season.
The big news for the kids is we bought a "new to us" Tinker. A Tinker is an inflatable dinghy (the only one we had on our first trip), it rows well and also has a rig for sailing. So far the sailing hasn't been great, but Z has plans to try to improve the design a little. In the meant time we have put our 2.5 HP (even with this small of an outboard the kids can get it to plane with just one or two people) outboard on the tinker and the kids have their own ride and we have a spare dinghy.