Sleep this past night was a pleasure - no rocking and rolling and creaking or untoward movement of the boat! I had my "Q" flag raised and dinghied in to shore for the walk to the Customs & Immigration offices in English Harbour (the next one over). These offices are housed in the historic sheds at the historic Nelson's Dockyard (the oldest working docks this side of the Atlantic). Clearing in here was always a chore as one had to fill in detailed address & passport information on several different forms several times, going from one desk to the next and then back to the starting point with a handful of paperwork. They've now started using a new computerized system called eSeaClear and have set up a new room with 3 terminals and a helpful staff for those who haven't done the clearance from their own PC elsewhere. Once the pages are filled in one gets a clearance number with which one goes to the Customs & Immigration offices and they print out about 8 documents for you to sign and then you perform the same steps as before, but no more writing and the whole procedure is certainly much more streamlined and efficient.
Subsequently I returned to the boat and attacked some of the open chores - getting the port running light functioning, running the wires to the cockpit LED assembly and replacing the radio instrument panel. I started with the latter project and got everything set up and marked for cutting the new wooden panel. I'd purchased a complete set of Dremel tools including the cool cutter which Bill Trayfors had used when setting up the panel originally. Unfortunately, these tools are 100V 60Hz and I'd purchased a small 600W inverter which overloaded when I turned on the tools to the low power setting! In the end I gave up and decided to get the work done ashore tomorrow.
The running light project also got started but not finished, as it turns out that the wiring has an issue (there aren't 12 or 24V going to the cabling) and it was getting close to happy hour and dinner ashore time, so I postponed that task as well - after losing an uncaptured nut to the sea and I'll have to get a replacement for that tomorrow as well.
Happy hour and dinner was at the Mad Mongoose ashore, I met a very nice lady from Italy crewing aboard one of the mega yachts in order to save up enough cash to pay for her PolySci internship somewhere. Life aboard one of those mega yachts is not as glamorous or luxurious (for the crew) as one might assume.

eSeaClear office at English Harbour The new eSeaClear office with helpful staff and 3 computers for completing the entrance and exit clearances using a computer system.
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eSeaClear office at English Harbour
eSeaClear terminals Two of the 3 terminals in the new eSeaClear office that is located 2 doors down from the Customs & Immigration offices in English Harbour, Antigua.
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eSeaClear terminals
Classic Ketch in Falmouth Classic Ketch in Falmouth
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Classic Ketch in Falmouth
Falmouth Harbour Marina The original docks in Falmouth Harbour, still home to many big and beautiful yachts.
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Falmouth Harbour Marina
Distant Montserrat smoking The volcano whose eruption devastated the island years ago is still smoking and most of the island is off-limits as part of their exclusion zone to prevent loss of life in case of another eruption.
(2013-03-13 11:53:58 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus 7.94m)
Distant Montserrat smoking
Falmouth dinghy dock The small dinghy and boat dock, close to the Mad Mongoose and other attractions. The other dinghy dock is at the marina, but is a bit more of a walk.
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Falmouth dinghy dock
Akula and other big ships The new docks in Falmouth Harbour built to accomodate many very large yachts.
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Akula and other big ships
3 Megayachts Three big yachts at the docks - two beautiful sailing vessels and one -big- power yacht, the A
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3 Megayachts
Megayacht A Megayacht A
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
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Megayacht A
Megayacht A Megayacht A
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Megayacht A
Freezer emptied and cleaned My freezer, which had been chewing up a lot of my power keeping a mere 2 steaks and some hot-dogs frozen, finally turned off and cleaned.
(2013-03-13 13:58:07 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/100s] ISO 250 Focus 1.00m)
Freezer emptied and cleaned
Old radio panel removed The old radio panel, with it's misplaced holes, removed and the only instrument still in place is the Xantrex power monitor.
(2013-03-13 15:33:39 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/30s] ISO 250 Focus 2.00m)
Old radio panel removed
Main cabin workspace The main table covered with a thick plastic protective sheet and with the new panel marked for cutting. Unfortunately, the power tool is 110V and blows the little transform I have so all this work and setup was for nought.
(2013-03-13 16:16:25 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/60s] ISO 250 Focus 1.68m)
Main cabin workspace
Falmouth Harbour panorama Falmouth Harbour panorama seen from the inner dinghy dock.
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Falmouth Harbour panorama
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