30 October, 2017
Our last 2 weeks in Grenada passed quickly. We woke up the propulsion engine and generator after everybody got new impellers in their raw water pumps. The watermaker remained an unknown, as there was no way that we’d run it in this commercial harbor with its many chemical and biologic pollutants. We were now texting and emailing Clarke every day, with very little progress being made on our awning. One night, while we were at Grenada Brewing Company with a bunch of other cruisers, Clarke’s name came up. Oooooh Boy! Lotsa vitriol. Seems that he used to do a great job, but as of this year, we heard the same story from 4 other boats-delays, excuses, and projects not delivered to agreed-upon specifications. All the stories ended the same way, with his customers threatening to trash him on social media, and feeling anger instead of satisfaction. Let’s just say that we got an awning a few days before our departure. We’re in the process of modifying it so that it’ll work. Unfortunately, our sewing machine took a hike after the first seam, so the 2 of us have been sewing by hand. Somewhere down the line, we’ll find a professional to remake it properly.
One night, a bunch of us went to “Patrick’s” restaurant. We enjoyed Momma’s cooking, served family-style. Will served us 13 different Grenadian dishes, including Green Papaya salad, Green Banana salad, Mashed Pumpkin, grilled Breadfruit, curried Goat, Cucumber fritters, Lambi (Conch), sweet & sour fish, etc. and etc……….., so we all had a nice “taste of Grenada”, even tho’ Manicou (Possum) and Iguana were not on the menu that night. Another evening, the crew of “Alizann” hosted a “Goodbye” cocktail party for Dan and Melissa (“Slow Dancing”) for a dozen of their friends before they departed for Bonaire. Suzanne just had to cook one more dinner for Ron. He requested Shepherd’s Pie. In 88 degree weather? Really? Poor guy came down with a bad cold, so Suz delivered his comfort food to his boat. I have to admit, the Pie was good (With the air-conditioning cranking, and an NFL game on cable TV).
We got our last delivery from “Fast Manicou”, a.k.a. John Hovan. He came to “Alizann”, picked up our empty propane tank, SodaStream CO2 bottles, and returned them to us full, as well as bringing a couple of cases of Coke (diet and otherwise), and a case of French Champagne (for $25EC/bottle), all at considerably lower prices than we could find around town.
Soon enough, all was made ready and it was time to go.