The sail drive in our boat is kaput. We have already replaced the bottom and top seals in St Martin and now it seems the cone clutch is failing. The boat has little or no forward gear, reverse is fine. and so we return to Grenada.
The Waiting Game
Day 1- After putting the hook down in Prickly Bay, we head into the closest marina and ask them to provide a quote for a fix. We also ask ANRO, the dealer for Yanmar in these parts to provide a quote. Meanwhile we wait, hoping our stay will not be longer then a week.
To pass the time we keep busy at odd jobs; we clean the boat and Al installs a second Raymarine chart plotter at the navigation station. It will be convenient in poor weather.
Day 2 and we still have no quote. So we go grocery shopping with Paul, who took us on our island tour. We also get to try a soursop smoothie while shopping. It was worth coming back to Grenada for that alone! I also find kitty food at the grocery store in Grenada and buy a bunch as Filly is close to running out. I thought we had enough but I think we’ve been over feeding him. Filbert is used to a pretty good quality food and unfortunately, turns his nose and tail up at the recently purchased fare.
Day 3 – we finally get a quote from ANRO. The marina has yet to come back with anything so we order the parts through ANRO, hoping to get them before the weekend and be under way on Friday.
That night as we are sitting downstairs reading we hear peals of laughter just outside our boat. There are two men fishing in a small skiff just off our stern with headlamps, having a wonderful time it seems. Their laughter fills the warm night air as they slowly drift through the mooring field catching small silver fish from their hand lines.
Day 4 – On Thursday, we head into customs and renew our stay for another month just in case the parts do not make it in time. And as expected, we get word that the package in Puerto Rico and will not clear customs before the weekend. This is somewhat expected and we don’t stress about it. Instead we make plans for the weekend.
Day 4 – The best way to celebrate a delay is with happy hour and a dinner. We try our first pina coloda since coming here. Neither of us gravitate towards fruity drinks but its delicious cause its made with real coconut and pineapple.
Day 5 – Saturday just happens to be my birthday and we decide the perfect way to celebrate is another hash. Hash #973 is staged on the south coast of the island. We get a taxi bus over with a bunch of other cruisers. When we arrive, its crowded, colourful and loud, typical Grenadian fun. The music is blaring – they really like their music loud here. This hash starts with a zumba session getting all the participants warned up. The trail is much longer than the previous one we participated in, 7 miles and we run most of it. The first mile is along the beach and we get pretty wet from the ocean surf. Eventually the trail becomes hilly with great views of the area. I get ahead of Al but make several wrong turns, and he ends up getting in at least an hour ahead of me. Once at the finish line there are cold beers, BBQ and oil down. Theres also the typical shenanigans that happens at Hash events. I swore Al not to tell anyone it was my birthday. One guy, who had told it was his birthday, was covered in flour, cream, and eggs. What a mess.
Our taxi driver, who also participated in the hash, must have forgotten about us and drove away without letting us know. We weren’t sure how to get back to the marina but two very sweet locals told us to tag along with them and after a couple of transfers we were back at the marina. We grabbed a pizza and went back on board. A great birthday!
Day 6 – The next day we could really feel our legs because we have not been running much but it felt great. We spend the day lazing around on the boat, swimming, playing guitar and reading. It turns out waiting is not so bad after all.
All Systems GO
Day 7 – On Monday I head out to find some suitable kitty food for Filbert. Although he’s not too picky, he is not willing to settle for anything. I return to the grocery store and this time find something more suitable to his tastes. I also take this opportunity to try another soursop smoothie. While I was out, Al got word that our parts are here and the service guys need to come and remove the old cone clutch which they do while I’m out shopping.
Day 8 – The next day I head into shore and do laundry while the guys return to install the new clutch. Everything goes smoothly, and it works. We now have forward again and all systems go!
Day 9 – Early the next day, with provisions, clean laundry, cat food and a fully functioning saildrive, we haul anchor and say good bye to Grenada, for the second time. We do an overnighter in Carricau before heading for the Tobago Cays.
We’re pleased that the sail drive is working and didn’t take too long. Nothing comes fast in the islands and expecting a quick turnaround on anything is just setting your sights high enough to have them subsequently shattered. Ordering parts can take time depending on where they have to come from and the shipping methods. There’s no point in stressing about it, so we’ve learned to go with the flow and have a good time while you’re waiting for things to transpire.