While Arthur whiled away the day in his hummus punnet, we decided we ought to practice some man overboard recovery. We started with the last part: getting back on board. After the person has been recovered and is secured to the boat, how do you get them back on board? You can try the sugar-scoops (steps) at the back, but in a heavy sea they will be bouncing up and down and could cause injury. The safest way is over the side on the lee of the boat.
On Friday, we discovered our first stowaway or pet or capture — hard to say.
During routine cleaning of our sea strainer, Pete found the usual seaweed detritus plus the tiniest octopus we’d ever seen.
Yesterday we hit Georgetown, the last cruisers refuge before you leave the safety of the bank (protected shallow water). A lot of people get stuck here … forever! There is a hurricane hole on the north side of the harbor that is packed with boats that no longer move. Some are cruisers too scared to go further, some are just retired people living on their boats, and some are drop outs in floating plywood shacks like you would see in Sausalito. They all seem to walk over the hill to the beach everyday and then back to the boat at night with weekly trips to town across the harbor for provisions. It seems like it might be fun for a little while, but a ‘Sartre’-like prison in the long term. Continue reading