Our boat neighbors have this photo shoot, brought to us and said it was a proof, so do not believe our friends, we always go on a holiday! Yes, we are slowly but surely moving forward. Finally, we could buy a vacuum cleaner and repair the grinder. The abrasive was defective and Hans Peter had to deal with a lot of improvisation repurpose a "native" sanding pad. Now he is busy grinding on underwater. I stick to the smaller objects such as bow thrusters, propellers and all that is not to grind with the machine. The employees of Lobster, our painters have 3 layers rolled epoxy primer on the fuselage. Today small holes and dents are filled and then sanded. Then again come 2 - 3 layers of primer on it but it wants Lobster applied with the spray gun. After repeated grinding another 3-4 layers Awlgrip paint are sprayed on. - We are excited and looking forward to the shiny, radiant Lady. At the moment it is mega hot. In the cockpit, the thermometer 40 ° measured in the shade. In the ship, thanks to computer fans 35 °. The best time is in the shade under the ship, there is a small breeze. So I'm always happy when there is a little break and I can go on photo scramble. Indeed, we had a visit! A turtle swims long in front of our ship when back and forth Marina dock. This iguana comes in threes snuck into our palm. But the other two were when I arrived with the camera, quickly. This one has settled for a photo shoot in a pose.
The parting was hard. With tears in his eyes, we bid farewell to our grandchild, family and friends. We get on the plane with the goal to our second to fly home on the Whisper in Trinidad. It's great to live in two worlds, but sometimes it's a not very easy.
On 14 October, we are back on the Whisper. The days pass quickly. We are already on our Whisper, which is about a week in Trinidad in Power Boat Marina in the country.
Our view from the Whisper: It's hard to get used to the heat in the ship (up to 40 °). Is it not so hot, it's raining, then it is also difficult to work. We were glad to meet our ship in good condition and were relieved to be found no mold and no damage. Besides hundreds of tiny dead weevils which of two pack spaghetti came, we had no new "roommate"! Luckily I had distributed throughout the ship ant killer on small papers, wherever we found the dead beetles! This went wegzuputzen relatively quickly. After cleaning the cockpit and bulk buying in the market we can live quite well already on the ship. Much work has yet to materialize before we can into the water. We wanted to make our new underwater and gave the order, the old anti-fouling (paint against mussels) grind. Unfortunately, the workers have roughly executed, so that in many places poking out the fiberglass and the Gelshield was removed (protection against ingress of water). So that leaves us no other choice than to rebuild the whole underwater area. That is, we need to repaint four layers of epoxy resin, then about two layers of primer and two coats of antifouling. Apart from the anti-fouling paints are two-component, which in this heat quickly dry. This is a murder work. At the moment, Hans Peter is grind away at the remaining Gelshield. Equipped with a mask and ear plugs is the "hard work"! Our Whisper gets yet another makeover. The hull above the water line will also be resprayed. (Also needs many layers of different materials). This work, however, we give in order, as we injected no paint can. After 32 years of gelcoat the Whisper is so cracked that this repainting is necessary. In between I am about other signs of age, how to remove rust on the Reelingsstützen and other places. The salt water and salt air are aggressive. The radar was repaired and Hans Peter needs him once again assemble at the mizzen to test if it really works. Yes ... so does our to-do list never ends. You see we have more to do than in Switzerland and fight with other factors such as heat, rain and mosquitoes. How we work diligently every day, so that we move our goal to get into the water as soon as possible closer. We still expect 1 ½ months of work! Now I have to stop writing, there were still many stories to tell, but work calls on the ship. Remaining Greetings to all in the cold Hans Peter and Lilian
After a stopover in southern Tobago, we sail early in the morning going to Trinidad. Along the way we catch a small tuna, are the military helicopter a few minutes seen at close quarters and get into a huge downpour with really a lot of wind.
In the evening we arrive in the port of Chaguaramas and make us firmly on a free buoy.
During three days we explore the various marinas. We opt for Power Boat. Some familiar faces greet us and we realize that we have arrived at a node of the sailors.
Our Whisper is associated with the crane expert on land and we get a great place on the water and between palm trees.
For a month, we are now in Switzerland and enjoy especially the family and friends. We especially appreciate the time to spend with our grandchild.
Many projects are waiting for us, and in between we have about time the beautiful Switzerland to tour as a "tourist", like here at the highest waterfall in Europe, the Rhine Falls.
By mid-October we will be staying in Switzerland in Uster and then it's off again to Trinidad to WHISPER.
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We wish you all a great summer!
Hans Peter and Lilian
Yesterday we brought out our dive gear and are bathed by the Bobby Iceland. We slowly floated over a beautiful coral garden with lots of colorful fish. We dived into another world. Fantastic, at this moment we were happy for long! Everything beautiful is come to an end. Tomorrow we sail in the Store Bay, about 25 nautical miles and the next day to Trinidad, another 60 sm. There, we will opt for a marina where we offer Whisper for a few months on land. At 10.6. goes our flight to Switzerland. We look forward to meet the family and friends.
With Valeria and Adrian together we spend a wonderful week. We spend a lot of time for discussions and chats. The "Skip-bo" game is brought out and while Hans Peter cooked delicious food, we often play a game of three together. From fishing we buy directly a freshly caught tuna. Hans Peter is a lesson as the fish is filleted and then there's the first an excellent tuna carpaccio - fresher can not be the fish! Read the full post »
With Adrian we visit Speyside, the nearest small village, if you go over the hill towards Scarborough. Read the full post »
Also Speyside is an idyllic place situated on a beautiful beach.
With Adrian we enjoy being together especially. In the evening there is much to tell and report. Turquoise water, jungle-fringed hills, secluded beaches, pelicans, frigate birds and parrots ... Pure nature - what else is needed?
We changed our anchorage and are now in the Pirates Bay. Now we can explore directly from the ship the great underwater world.
We discover many colorful reef fish and a variety of corals. The view is sometimes up to 14 m.
On our Hull some ship owners have sucked and fall hungry on our biolog. Waste ago.
In this anchorage you really feel like in paradise. (Pictured at center back)
There remain until our crew changes two days. During this time, it rains often. Adrian can not enjoy the beautiful drive along the east coast unfortunately, because it is already dark. In addition, it is raining again in streams and after Dingifahrt to our Whisper we are all softened. We are thrilled to welcome Adrian on board. In a week Valeria will then also be joining us.
On Monday, we accompany and beat Walter to the airport, the two board the plane with which Adrian comes to us. We were a great team and have three weeks together very much. We have done a lot, I had not the time to write anything in the blog.
Fantastic sailing conditions with sunshine and 3 -4 Bf wind, lure us to a trip. Actually we wanted to start the Parlatuvier Bay. But we find no place in the small bay, which is full fishing boats. Hardly 2 nm further in the Englishman's Bay, we throw the anchor on 7m water depth. Before long, dark clouds over the green wooded slopes. Despite this, the three men swim ashore and hope that the little restaurant has open there. Bust! It is cooked on board menu is: Alpine macaroni and cabbage salad. Next day early morning we motors with weak winds, heavy cloud cover against on back for Charlottevbille.
Charlottesville is a small fishing village with about 950 inhabitants. The people welcomed us with a smiling "hi, hello or good morning." Everything goes slow here. The people live by the motto "dolce far niente" or here called "liming". Read the full post »