|Passing time in the Miami Airport|
Brian had filled out all of the custom's forms and had the receipts organized. We were the last people to go through immigration/customs that night and I think the officer was tired. She added up our sales slips and calculated 6% duty on everything for the boat. There was no searching through our suitcases and no studying the forms to see if they matched the receipts. It was quick and a relatively pain free experience.
|If you are in the neighborhood.......|
We stayed at the Cool Runnings Motel for three nights while we cleaned the boat and put away all of the 'stuff'. Cool Runnings is a short walk from Spice Island boatyard, which makes it most convenient. Plus, the staff is extremely nice.
A new inverter was ordered before we left in June. We thought that we would pick it up Saturday morning so Brian could install it over the week-end. When we got to Budget Marine, the door was locked and a sign announced that they were closed for Thanksgiving. I asked several locals what they did to celebrate their Thanksgiving. They all said the same thing -- sleep! I said, "what, no turkey, no stuffing, no mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie?" They all laughed and agreed that it was a sleeping holiday.
Randy and Michele from Nautilus stopped at the boatyard for a couple of quick visits. We met last Spring and traveled to several of the islands together. They are waiting for two skids to be delivered to the marina with their solar panels and 60 cartons of wine. I'm sure there are other things, but those were the most memorable!
|Can you see how close we are to the|
pole and the other boat? About 8 inch
clearance on either side. A flat bed
tractor with hydraulic arms carries her
to the travel lift.
Finally, it was Monday. The boatyard was a very different place. Workers were bustling from one boat to the next. We had some repairs made to the hull while we were gone that required painting and then the entire exterior polished. There were a few last minute touch ups before our 3:00 splash. Gotta Smile was looking mighty fine when she was eased into the water.
It was good to hear the engine start after sitting for four months. All systems were working! Only our memory had trouble restarting! After a short cruise to the other end of Prickly Bay, the anchor was dropped. Now, we really were home!
|Look at all of those sailboat masts!|
|Our first anchorage in Prickly Bay. What a|
|One of our favorite marinas in The Islands.|
|We did take time for lunch at the local|
bakery. Sitting under this huge rubber
tree, we hardly noticed the heat and
Wow, suddenly it was Wednesday and we still had so much to do! Actually, Brian had lots to do, because I am very limited in the maintenance and repair departments. Derrick, one of the harbor masters at Port Louis Marina, kept our frozen food for us this summer. He delivered it early in the morning and everything was perfect. I was very happy to see the freezer filled again. At 3:00 a rental car was delivered for two days of sightseeing, grocery shopping and meeting John and Gail as they arrive for a month. They have been onboard many times for equally long trips. It will be fun to explore some new territory with them.
Gotta smile -- we're lovin the ride!