October 5th, 2002
Trinidad. The Other Hotel California.
You know how it goes, "You can check
out anytime you like, but you can never leave."
Everyone said not to come to Trinidad unless
you need to get boat work done. There's nothing redeeming
about it, and you'll just get sucked in. But nonetheless,
we here from Cary's visit, and it's on our way to Venezuela,
and after that whole dragging thing, we'd been toying with
the idea of a bigger anchor, and, and, and
so- of course
we came to Trinidad. And besides, isn't there always some
sort of boat work to be done? So here we found ourselves,
in a marina, with some vague ideas of work we could do. You
see, the other thing we had heard is that we should do the
work in Trinidad because it's so cheap "you can't afford
not to do it." If it sounds like some kind of set up,
it sure felt like it too?
Our list started small. We were smug
when we said we didn't have anything we HAD to do, but rather
there were a few things we COULD do. Service the engine, have
a new sail cover made, look for an anchor, perhaps look at
satellite phones, I wanted to re-do the counter in our galley.
But we tried to temper it and not go crazy. After all, we
were trying to look at it as a bit of a vacation from cruising.
So we agreed we would work in the day, and call it quits by
about 4:00- heading for the pool to cool down. Well, we ended
up getting stuck in Chaguaramas as if we had oil stuck to
Here's how we spent our month: polishing
stainless, getting a new windlass, a new anchor, waxing the
boat, putting in a new kitchen counter, fixing the radar that
never before worked, painting the outside "rub"
rail, working on the engine and repairing the diesel leak,
getting a new mainsail cover and side panels made, sanding
down the table, varnishing the stairs, and way too much else