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Trip Interlude

sunny 80 °F

One of the nice things about being on a charter vessel, versus your own vessel, is that there is no maintenance to be done. Owners have, or should have, intimate knowledge about their boats. Any day that is a layover always has a to-do list of consequence. So today was a layover day on a charter vessel and I am doing maintenance. The mainsail has been gnarly to lower, so we bought some silicon dry lubricant and I lubed each car and guide on the sail. At least an 80% improvement; not perfect, but workable. I spotted one other issue that seems to affect lowering the sail but I am not going to pursue it. While we were futzing with the sail, I figured out why we were having such problems raising it. One of the battens came loose somehow and sticks out about 3-inches past the edge of the sail. Of course it gets caught in the jack lines. This sail needs to be repaired.

We have been communicating with the Moorings folks on Tortola. Long story short, we will return to Tortola tomorrow and swap boats. The leaky water tank and the mainsail are not problems which can be resolved quickly or away from the dock. The good news is that we will be heading in a westerly direction with a wind from the east. My next prediction is, at last, a day without a single tack.

We will continue the blog when we are underway again.

Posted by sailziveli 15:13 Archived in British Virgin Islands Tagged islands sailing british boating virgin bvi

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