Ahhh, cruising on a sailboat is the opportunity to fix your boat in exotic locations! I spent 8 hours today trying to run some power cables from the instrument panel to the back of the boat, run 3 wires from the right hand cockpit instrument panel down below decks, hook those 5 cables together with a dimmer switch and then output 2 wires from that assembly to the cockpit Bimini LEDs. The toughest part was getting from the cockpit down below, since the cover wouldn't come off due to a stripped screw holding down the cockpit VHF mount; then once I had completed (I'll need to purchase another Raymarine mount) I couldn't run the cable down the conduit and I ended up having to partially disassemble the steering mechanism. Once that was run, I managed to get a power line run to the instrument panel 24V system and then realized I hadn't enough cabling to complete the project. By now it was 16:00 and I dinghied ashore to find the chandlery closed already but luckily the bar was open and I connected to the internet while sipping a cold Carib beer.
My motivation for further work decreased concurrently with the level in the beer bottle but I returned to the boat to clean up a bit and take a shower to wash off all the grime, then returned to The Mad Mongoose and subsequently had an early dinner at a nearby restaurant called "Le Cap Horn" with a wood-fired oven for pizza which tempted me to get their daily special pizza with spicy sausage and other savory ingredients.
Back aboard Zanshin I had just enough energy to sit on the foredeck and watch the stars go by for a bit before retiring to yet another early evening.

Megayacht A docked This yacht really does make a statement; but to each their own.
[17°0'45.44"N 61°46'24.4"W (facing E)]
Megayacht A docked
Distant Montserrat smoking The island of Montserrat is dominated by this smoking volcano and everything to the left of the plume in this picture remains out-of-bounds after the eruption years ago that devastated the island.
[17°0'46.1"N 61°46'38.29"W (facing SW)]
Distant Montserrat smoking
Starboard instrument panel The instrument panel opened up so that I can install a dimmer switch for the cockpit LED lighting aboard "Zanshin".
(2013-03-15 11:27:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 1.68m)
Starboard instrument panel
Screwdrivers are dangerous My screwdriver draws first blood. In the tropics any injury is potentially a problem so I got out the disinfectant and bandages once I cleaned up the mess on the fiberglass and teak.
(2013-03-15 11:31:00 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Screwdrivers are dangerous
Recalcitrant radio mounting This recalcitrant mounting for the Raymarine handset caused me a lot of delay. The one screw left is stripped and I cannot remove it, and without that taken off I cannot open up the instrument panel!
(2013-03-15 10:46:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.2, 1/80s] ISO 100 Focus 0.50m)
Recalcitrant radio mounting
Mad Mongoose drinks menu The drinks menu at the Mad Mongoose in Antigua. The EC$ prices quoted have a fixed exchange rate to the US$, I believe it is 2.7EC$ to US$.
[17°0'43.17"N 61°46'8.07"W (facing NE)]
Mad Mongoose drinks menu
Mad Mongoose bar The bar staff and owner at the Mad Mongoose bar during the happy hour rush.
[17°0'43.13"N 61°46'8.04"W (facing E)]
Mad Mongoose bar
Wood-fired pizza oven The wood-fired pizza oven at Le Cap Horn in English Harbour, Antigua. The pizza I had here was awesome!
[17°0'40.91"N 61°46'6.64"W (facing SE)]
Wood-fired pizza oven
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