I woke up early again and felt the same as yesterday, so now I'm fairly certain that I've only got a cold. I headed ashore early and watched some very big mega yachts negotiate the bridge opening, then topped up my internet with another gigabyte of data; it seems that Microsoft has come up with an update that used up my last 1Gb of data while it was loading in the background. Once back aboard I could check whether the bank transfer had gone through (it had) so I finally went to Budget Marine and got a new outboard today. A nice, shiny Tohatsu 18HP to replace my beat-up Tohatsu 9.8HP outboard! What I neglected to consider was that the new outboard is quite a bit heavier than the old one and lifting it into the dinghy and back onto the transom is a lot more work and just borderline for my upper body strength. I think I might have to hit the gym before I come back next season, or figure out some way to use mechanical advantage to get this lifted up/down. After getting the engine mounted the first thing I did was to replace the nice cover with an old and beat-up one supplied by Andy from Five Star Yachting - this will hopefully make the outboard less of a target for theft. I'm breaking in the engine, and took my old outboard to Five Star at Bobby's marina; this trip takes just a couple of minutes each way when the dinghy is planing, but as I was idling the engine it took close to 20 minutes each way; but I'm still breaking in the new workhorse.
For dinner I joined Mark and others at the “Pink Iguana” for a cruiser's night with live music followed by dinner at Maho at “Cheri's Café”


Grace E Lining up Grace E slowly getting set up to go through the Simpson Bay lagoon
(2017-03-15 08:31:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/8.0, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Grace E Lining up
Grace E going through the bridge Grace E slowly going through the Simpson Bay bridge. She took a very long time to get through and it looked like a very close fit indeed
(2017-03-15 08:37:45 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/200s] ISO 100)
Grace E going through the bridge
Megayacht departing Sint Maarten Megayacht lining up to exit the Simpson Bay lagoon
(2017-03-15 08:43:20 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/400s] ISO 100)
Megayacht departing Sint Maarten
Visione This is by far the biggest German flagged vessel I've seen and she is a beauty. Built by Baltic Yachts and owned by Hasso Plattner of SAP
(2017-03-15 17:17:35 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Visione
Tohatsu packaging It was a bit clumsy getting the big outboard onto my dinghy and off of the dinghy onto my transom.
(2017-03-15 11:00:55 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100)
Tohatsu packaging
New Tohatsu 18HP mounted The outboard looked nice and shiny for about 10 minutes before I changed the cover/cowling for something less attractive to thieves.
(2017-03-15 13:40:36 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/125s] ISO 100)
New Tohatsu 18HP mounted
Tohatsu with old cover I changed the cover/cowling for something less attractive to thieves. I think I'll embellish the old and grotty look a bit more.
(2017-03-15 13:52:16 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Tohatsu with old cover
Cheri's Cafe dinner Dinner at Cheri's Cafe in Maho
(2017-03-15 20:41:21 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 800)
Cheri's Cafe dinner
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