Yes we are STILL in the “Pocket”. Three months have passed since we first dropped anchor here to start the next round of maintenance and repairs after leaving St. Augustine.
We have settled in and are now nearly one of the “locals”. To some we are somewhat of a novelty still, coming from that far away corner of the South Pacific – many have no idea actually where NZ is, and others surprise us saying they have travelled there. We met a lovely gentleman in his eighties in the supermarket and we are now the best of friends. He and his wife have taken us out on a sightseeing drive around the area, then out for a meal. They too were keen boaties up until about five years ago and have given us lots of tips about the Bahamas. After some considerable consideration we decided as our jobs were taking longer than we first planned, that we would stay here for the Hurricane Season, well most of it, and as it turn out that was a good decision.
|A meal with new friends|
Thunderstorms are still a very regular occurrence, but I can’t get use to them. About six weeks ago we had a phone call from friends whom we met in the St Augustine Marina, and who were then out in Freetown in the Bahamas. They were devastated as their 52ft catamaran has been hit by lightning. They have lost ALL their electrics. After a couple of weeks they managed to motor back into Fort Lauderdale, and have been hauled out of the water to start the job of major repairs. Since then we have brought a lightning rod which Alec has fixed to the top of the mast. Now no one can say for sure that they work, but we are prepared to give it a go.