While it is great to be back aboard the boat and take a couple of days of “Time-Out”, I did feel the need for stretching my legs so I took the dinghy ashore to Prickly Pear island and walked along the path to the north side. The path to the top was faint but I followed it for a bit until I realize I was following a goat trail and not a human trail but the undergrowth on the island is quite sparse so I muddled my way to the top of the hill and was rewarded with some pretty views of Sir Richard Branson's private island "Neckar" and I could make out distant Anegada from this vantage point.
Back aboard I tackled cleaning up the lazarette locker (not a fun task as some machine oil had spilled and I had to clean out every item in there. I then clean up the windlass which had been gummed up by the rusty chain. The rust flakes had stuck to the magnet used for the chain counter, rendering it unusable and the rust had done a job on the smooth surfaces of the winch as well. That task took longer than expected, as do most tasks on boats. I also fixed the solar charging system and put some silicone sealant around the through-hull so that no water can get in through the wooden teak planking.


Salt pond on Prickly Pear The brackish water of the small salt pond smooth on this almost windless day
(2017-02-18 11:22:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Salt pond on Prickly Pear
Eustatia Island A private island just off Prickly Pear
(2017-02-18 11:38:18 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/80s] ISO 100)
Eustatia Island
Looking north from Prickly Pear The view from the top of Prickly Pear island shows Neckar Island and the distant shores of Anegada
(2017-02-18 11:28:50 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/160s] ISO 100)
Looking north from Prickly Pear
North anchorage on Prickly Pear This anchorage looks beautiful but I'm not sure that I can get in there with my deep draft
(2017-02-18 11:38:12 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
North anchorage on Prickly Pear
Zanshin anchored off Prickly Pear The wind is making Zanshin point in an unusual direction for this anchorage. Note the small black anchor ball that shows that the boat is officially "at anchor"
(2017-02-18 11:24:32 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Zanshin anchored off Prickly Pear
Rusty Chain and anchor windlass The sensor on the bottom of the windlass uses a small magnet to close a reed switch; but the rust flakes from the chain stick to the sensor and prevent it from making a reading. The windlass needed a thorough cleaning and polishing to make it functional again.
(2017-02-18 14:33:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Rusty Chain and anchor windlass
Rusty Chain and anchor windlass The sensor on the bottom of the windlass uses a small magnet to close a reed switch; but the rust flakes from the chain stick to the sensor and prevent it from making a reading. The windlass needed a thorough cleaning and polishing to make it functional again.
(2017-02-18 15:13:22 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Rusty Chain and anchor windlass
Cleaned up anchor windlass The sensor on the bottom of the windlass uses a small magnet to close a reed switch; but the rust flakes from the chain stick to the sensor and prevent it from making a reading. The windlass needed a thorough cleaning and polishing to make it functional again.
(2017-02-18 15:25:14 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Cleaned up anchor windlass
Neckar Island panorama Neckar Island seen from atop Prickly Pear Island.
(2017-02-18 11:38:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/9.0, 1/640s] ISO 100)
Neckar Island panorama
Saba and the Bitter End panorama Panoramic view of Saba Rock and the Bitter End from atop Prickly Pear
(2017-02-18 11:40:40 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/10.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Saba and the Bitter End panorama
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