I originally had planned to use the calm seas and light winds for a quick sail down to Saba for a day or two, but once I'd left the sanctuary of the anchorage I realized that the wind had picked up and was causing mare's tails on waves (meaning 15kts or more) and there was a pretty big swell coming around the island so I quickly changed plans and took a comfortable half-wind sail back to Grand Case via Île Tintamarre. When I passed the island I saw that the anchorage was very crowded so I continued on without stopping and anchored in Grand Case. I spent some time catching up on e-mails and then took my Ace Hardware paint stripper and scraped the accumulated sea grass off the waterline on both sides of the hull and then spent two hours trying to figure out how to repair the sump in the port forward shower - I can read electric plans and know how relays work, but couldn't for the life of me figure out how the thing was wired -- until I realized that the shower sump switch wasn't electric (which explained why I couldn't find the wires) but was actuated by a thin tube to a pressure-sensitive relay. This tube had fallen out... problem found and quickly fixed.
By this time it was 18:30 and I rang the happy hour bell as dusk settled on the anchorage and I think I'll head ashore in a bit and have a pizza, which I've been craving for a couple of days.

Yacht Krisujen lowering dinghy The motor yacht Krisujen in the act of using their crane/boom to lower the big dinghy to the water. It looks easy but requires 2 crewmembers to do so perhaps I'll stick with what I have.
(2012-02-19 10:48:57 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/160s] ISO 320 Focus ∞)
[17°57'15.4"N 62°54'36.11"W (facing E)]
Yacht Krisujen lowering dinghy
Chartplotter view while sailing Life is so much easier with a chartplotter showing the exact location and surroundings - especially when the radar and AIS are turned on (there is no radar overlay on this chart at the moment as it is bright and clear daylight with few ships around)
(2012-02-19 12:31:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
[18°6'48.48"N 63°0'3.95"W ]
Chartplotter view while sailing
Weekend Ile Tintamarre is full The anchorage at Ile Tintamarre of St. Martin is a popular weekend destination - as I noticed while sailing by and not seeing a single open mooring (one isn't supposed to anchor there as it is a national park, but many do anchor against the rules).
(2012-02-19 12:30:02 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/13.0, 1/125s] ISO 320 Focus 10.60m)
[18°6'56.41"N 63°0'6.42"W (facing E)]
Weekend Ile Tintamarre is full
Repairing the shower sump I've removed the timer relay on the shower sump to see if it was malfunctioning (it wasn't) and after a long search saw that the sump switch was pneumatic and not electric and discovered that the hose end was disconnected.
(2012-02-19 16:38:29 PENTAX Optio WS80 [f/6.3, 1/60s] ISO 320)
Repairing the shower sump
Water filters air drying I've washed these used filters by hand with dish soap, then let them soak in dilute bleach for a day, then cleaned them and finally hung them up to dry. Now they can be re-used (they cost $15 a piece so it is worth the effort. The generics are only $5 but would void my manufacturer's warranty)
(2012-02-19 12:30:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/640s] ISO 100 Focus 1.68m)
[18°3'16.12"N 62°58'22.6"W (facing SW)]
Water filters air drying
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