The last day of 2011 began early for me, waking up at sunrise for no obvious reason. While drinking coffee and trying to connect to the internet I looked at my Post-It® notes wall with the list of chores left to do and thought I should spend one day attacking those tasks so that the boat can be made ready for my first set of guests. I hope my resolve lasts until after breakfast.
The generator oil change went better than I expected, I had my major spills kits spread out all over the cabin in the likely event of a mishap, but the procedure went both quickly and without spilling more than a few drops of oil into the bilges! I was so successful that I decided not to push my luck and postpone doing the main engine for another day.
Although I'd made plans for Saba Rock and then Leverick Bay for New Year's celebrations at the end of the day I realized I wasn't in the mood for a party and stayed aboard, making a light dinner and then enjoying the stars outside until the big boats hooted their horns and I dropped off to sleep below.

Making lifeline gate pulls The lifeline gates are held by Pelican hooks which use a spring-loaded metal bar to lock in place; these in turn are pulled by little metal rings which are hard to grip, these pulls make it much easier to open up the gates with just two fingers, even when the system has a bit of corrosion.
(2011-12-30 21:51:51 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.8, 1/25s] ISO 125 Focus 0.60m)
Making lifeline gate pulls
Changing the generator oil The oil pump used to suck out the old oil and the new 15-W40 oil for the generator oil change.
(2011-12-31 15:11:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 2.00m)
Changing the generator oil
Generator opened up for oil change The side and top panels of the generator removed in order to access the oil system and change out the filter and suck out the old oil.
(2011-12-31 15:40:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 500 Focus 2.00m)
Generator opened up for oil change
Paul swimming back to Tangaroa Paul, the skipper of Tangaroa, swimming back to his ship after dropping by to say "hello".
[18°30'9.24"N 64°21'51.36"W (facing W)]
Paul swimming back to Tangaroa
Preparing to sharpen knives I've got the knives lined up for sharpening and have wetted down the first stone, a 1000 grit Japanese waterstone.
(2011-12-31 19:27:34 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 400 Focus 1.50m)
Preparing to sharpen knives
Razor blade sharpening The first phase of re-sharpening one of my straight-edge razor blades is almost complete on the 1000 grit rough Japanese waterstone.
(2011-12-31 20:45:04 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/500s] ISO 400 Focus 0.60m)
Razor blade sharpening
Sharpening a razor blade Here the razor blade has been sharpened on the first of 3 stones and is already rather sharp but not ready to cut a hair that is held to the blade.
(2011-12-31 20:45:15 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 400 Focus 0.60m)
Sharpening a razor blade
Sharpening blades - 3 stones Here the 3 different waterstones that are used for sharpening can be seen. The 1000 grit is rough one, then comes a 3000 grit and finally a 12000 grit superfine stone which polishes steel to a mirrorlike finish.
(2011-12-31 21:50:31 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 500 Focus 0.50m)
Sharpening blades - 3 stones
North Sound filled for New Year's The North Sound has filled up quite nicely with boats small and large for the New Year's celebrations this evening.
[18°30'9.08"N 64°21'50.33"W (facing SE)]
North Sound filled for New Year's
Anchored in the North Sound Anchored off Prickly Pear Island in the BVI Virgin Gorda North Sound on the last day of 2011
[18°30'8.05"N 64°21'55.66"W (facing E)]
Anchored in the North Sound
Simone's voyage anchoring close Although the anchorage wasn't too crowded when they anchored, I wasn't too pleased that they opted to anchor right next to me since their wind generator is very loud.
[18°30'8.27"N 64°21'51.57"W (facing NW)]
Simone's voyage anchoring close
At anchor in the BVI At anchor off Prickly Pear on the last day of 2011 in preparation for New Year's eve.
(2011-12-31 18:27:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/11.0, 1/500s] ISO 400 Focus 2.66m)
At anchor in the BVI
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