Archive | November, 2014
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After another day’s hard work on Ocean Rainbow – all the dobie laundered, the doghouse spruced up (and yes, we did get silicone all over ourselves!), James up the mast to check all the fittings and the boat hoovered and polished – we sat down at 5.30pm to a well-earned cup of tea and then, […]

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Everything comes in threes?

Well not on OR!!  So: the electric autohelm is broken but we think we know a man who can fix it; YamaHaHa is ill again and we spent two hours last night stripping the engine to no avail – however we know where to find a man to fix it so all is not lost;  […]

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We hate shopping!

If shopping on dry land is a nightmare, it is absolutely horrendous on a boat!  First you have to assemble all the bags you need, load them into the dinghy, make the trip to the dinghy pontoon, tie up and lock up your dinghy.  Then walk to the shops, get trolley, load trolley and still […]

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Serendipity Sundowner

Once more back in Rodney Bay to book out of St Lucia!   This time a little more leisurely so on Saturday night we were able to invite David (from Serendipity, an Oyster 58) on board for a sundowner.   On Sunday, after a very good sing-a-long at church in Castries, we returned to Rodney Bay in […]

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Puddle Mk II

Here’s the picture you’ve all been waiting for …… Puddle Mk II in all her glory!   She’s a great little foldable dinghy with an inflatable tube that creates a ‘V’ in the floor and allows the dinghy to plane if you have a large enough engine.   You’ve guessed it – YamaHaHa is only 2.5hp and […]

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The Demise of Puddle

Puddle’s disintegration has taken us by surprise.  Although we knew her seams were worn and we would have to replace her before next season we had no idea that, during our time in UK when she was stored in the wetlocker, she would start to fall apart.  We inflated her on Friday 7th and she […]

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Back on dry land!

Well our time afloat was short lived!  Once we were safely tied up to a buoy in St David’s Bay we had a swim around Ocean Rainbow and discovered that during the launch process our antifouling had been badly gouged by the lifting strops – back to the gelcoat – not good news.  The yard have been […]

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Splash Down!

At last, after a week of hard grafting we’re in the water!  We’re delighted with the new boot top and cove line – all we have to do now is put the main and yankee back on and we’re away ….. well, that was the plan until we discovered that Yama HaHa is feeling Boo […]

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Peppered Bottom and Pepper Pot

After lots of comments about our blog while we were back in UK we decided to try and turn over a new leaf.   There’s going to be less about sundowners and more about adventures, people and, I guess, food!  Well, we can always hope and since we haven’t had a rum punch yet it’s looking […]

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Home Sweet Home

After a really easy flight to Grenada we are now back on board Ocean Rainbow (admittedly after 2 nights in La Sagesse’s wonderful boutique hotel to help acclimatisation!).   We are settling back into our life afloat, although we’re not exactly afloat quite yet we’re still on the hard!    Ocean Rainbow is in great order.  Her […]

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