New boat (well new dinghy)

We are back in Rodney bay AGAIN this time to collect the new dinghy and outboard that we ordered. It is a Zodiac 2.7 with inflatable keel and aluminium floor and the outboard is a Tohatsu 9.8 hp 2 stroke, so we will be able to whizz around on the plane like everyone else or we will once the engine is run in anyway, only allowed half throttle for the first 10 hours. It seemed to take them a long time for them to make the Chaps sun cover (apparently the material took a long time to come) it was promised Tuesday then Wednesday and then they had forgotten to make up the lifting bridle so we had to wait another hour or so. We said a sad goodbye to our old faithful Avon dinghy which we traded in. We bought it 2nd hand in 1984 so it is well over 30 years old.

Have just spent half the morning in the chandlery buying security stuff for the new outboard and dinghy. We have checked out of St Lucia again with the customs and paid our Marina dues, then we will probably spend the night at anchor in the bay before at last heading north again on Friday.


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