What a wonderfully lazy day& the perfect initial vacation day for me and the noticeable switch from "The Real World" to "Island Time". I didn't weigh anchor, not even to relocate to Leverick Bay in order to say hi to my friend Nicks, Monika or Michael (Beans, the Happy Arr Show). I got the watermaker running again, the filters were black from deposits and I replaced them all and cleaned the strainer. Then I ran the generator to charge the batteries, did a load of dishes in the dishwasher and then spent the rest of the day doing just about nothing - using the internet to download songs for my stereo system, going into chat on sailnet and trying not to gloat about being in the warm sun while the other denizens of that chat chamber are in inches of snow but not doing too good a job of it.
The BBQ is clogged up, so I fixed that problem and cleaned up the grille; but that was the extent of work I did all day. It looks like a rainy night so I'll grill the second thawed steak on the barbie along with some potatoes and the meagre rest of my salad, then stay below decks and perhaps watch a movie and just be happy to be both alive and in paradise.
Difficult decisions for dinner - after a happy hour Carib and then a Presidente (accidentally opened) I need to choose between a bottle of Rioja which I cannot finish or to take another Caribbean beverage... This is the toughest decision of the whole day - what a wonderful quandary.

De-Pickling the Watermaker 1 The first step in de-pickling the watermaker. This entails making sure that the chemical solution that I put into the watermaker to keep it from going bad while I was gone is completely removed and doesn't get into the drinking water system.
(2013-02-05 10:36:39 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/15s] ISO 250 Focus 1.26m)
De-Pickling the Watermaker 1
De-Pickling the Watermaker 1 Running the Spectra watermaker to get rid of the pickling chemical solution used for storage.
(2013-02-05 10:36:45 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/13s] ISO 250 Focus 1.41m)
De-Pickling the Watermaker 1
Dirty filters for the watermaker These dirty and fouled filters needed to be replaced before putting the watermaker back into service.
(2013-02-05 10:38:27 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/60s] ISO 250 Focus 0.60m)
Dirty filters for the watermaker
Coffee, glasses & Instruction manual Reading the Spectra Watermaker instrucation manual to de-pickle the device after it had been in storage for many months on the hard.
(2013-02-05 10:38:10 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.8, 1/50s] ISO 250 Focus 0.84m)
Coffee, glasses & Instruction manual
Bitter End race A race held by the Bitter End Yacht club with a marker right next to my anchoring position off Prickly Pear island.
[18°30'7.76"N 64°21'49.91"W (facing W)]
Bitter End race
Rain in the Hills of the North Sound Rain in the Hills of the North Sound
(2013-02-05 16:10:44 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 250 Focus ∞)
Rain in the Hills of the North Sound
SKAT guarding the North Sound The military-looking megayacht SKAT looks like she's guarding us in the North Sound.
[18°29'45.49"N 64°22'21.93"W (facing S)]
SKAT guarding the North Sound
Zanshin's Bar Zanshin small built-in bar.
(2013-02-05 12:14:49 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/15s] ISO 250 Focus 0.79m)
Zanshin's Bar
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