I decided to stay at this protected and pretty anchorage today. Since I can't go into the water until the wounds heal more it really doesn't matter which anchorage I am at, and this place is very nice. I've got supplies and drinks (Caribe, Presidente and Red Stripe) in sufficient volume so that I don't even have to think about going into my emergency MREs and the watermaker supplies more than enough drinking water.
Today my maintenance chores consisted of getting out the Prism Polish and doing the main and forward cabin stainless fixtures, including the galley hardware. While the absolute surface area isn't as much as topsides, there are lots of little items that needed attention and that took time. The door handles and hinges showed some little corrosion that has to be attacked before it progresses to a stage where it no longer can be removed. The little LED lights in the heads are most susceptible to this heavy corrosion, and I think I'll replace all 3 at some time in the near, hopefully with something that doesn't turn green and flake off. Of course this work was often interrupted with sessions on deck doing other important tasks such as napping or reading a book.
Ashore I thought I'd walk around a bit and buy bread, but the bakery/restaurant was closed up today and I'm not sure if they are still open, since their location is sub-optimal to put it mildly. They are located at the end of the road and the only people who go there are boaters and other tourists heading out to visit the bubbly pool and I don't think that there is enough traffic to keep a place like that open.
I puttered around in the dinghy a bit, but halfway through the ride the engine started making an odd noise that sounded like two metal parts turning against each other which were not meant to do so. The engine worked reliably and I didn't notice any difference in output, but that new sound might be indicative of some problem resulting from the outboard's short swimming lesson.
Dinner was a typical bachelor affair - angel-hair pasta with tomato sauce enriched with green and onions. Easy and simple, even if that tomato paste does tend to splash all over the place.

Forward cleat not rusting (yet) The starboard forward cleat about a week after the last cleaning and no sign of rusting yet.
(2012-01-10 13:35:23 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Forward cleat not rusting (yet)
Rusted tool prior to Spotless Stainless These two tools were left dirty with salt water and were very corroded and dirty. Here they have been surface cleaned in preparation for treatment by Spotless Stainless. I hope to bring them back to a usable state.
(2012-01-10 12:08:16 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/20s] ISO 100)
Rusted tool prior to Spotless Stainless
Little Jost van Dyke beach The secluded beach on Little Jost van Dyke, with a private group of buildings just hidden by the curve of the beach.
(2012-01-10 13:34:56 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Little Jost van Dyke beach
Pelican searching for fish This pelican, just off the dock at Foxy's Taboo in Diamond Cay on Jost van Dyke in the BVI, is searching for prey just under the surface.
(2012-01-10 16:44:58 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Pelican searching for fish
Classic yacht Roseway This pretty classic yacht anchored at Diamond Cay, with Sandy Spit and Tortola in the background.
(2012-01-10 15:43:39 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Classic yacht Roseway
Zanshin at Diamond Cay Zanshin anchored just outside of the mooring field at Diamond Cay on the island of Jost van Dyke in the BVI.
(2012-01-10 17:05:05 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Zanshin at Diamond Cay
Chronos running with the wind Chronos between Jost van Dyke and Tortola running before the wind with just one foresail raised.
(2012-01-10 17:18:13 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-105.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/100s] ISO 100)
Chronos running with the wind
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