We and most voyagers I know, are self insured... That is, we don't
from Lloyds or orher firms. We invest in Vigilance...
Our 600 watt array is now installed and operational...
We had to hire the welding done because our new Everlast TIG welding machine would not work after 5 months sitting beneath the salon
I opened it up IAW the request of the makers, and it is spotless. No evidence of corrosion
whatever. Also, the regulator
supplied with this machine, cracked in 4 places, being unusable after sitting 5 months in a box.
The solar panels
have eliminated the need to run the engine
to charge batteries. Our engine
time is now on the order of tens of hours per month, while doing passages. For example, in the run from Trinidad north, we have run the engine a total of 30 hours, most of which were used in the run from trinidad to Cariacou, ie: hard on the wind
still is the best place to provision in the Caribbean
. Some Prices:
5 Euro / 5 Liter
Lamb 12 Euro / NZ lamb leg
Ham 12 Euro / 4 kg ham
13 Euro / 4 Kg turkey
Canned Tomatoes 0.55 euro / can
Canned Mushrooms 1.03 euro / can
Wine Baron de Valac 2 euro / bottle
3L for 14 euro
Ocopus 2.5 euro / 3 kg pack
Shrimp 2.5 euro / kg
Scallops (Coquille St. Jacques) 6.5 euro/ Kg
Bacon 10 euro / kg
Swiss Cheese 7 euro / Kg
I realize that the Pacific coast of Mexico
is an important cruising ground for those from California
, but there are many other places folks go, and I'd like to see those cruising there mention their experiences too.
costs, the experience shown above reflects my experience too. I soon realized that banking the money
demanded by the insurance companies into a rainy day fund, was a better use of my funds, than purchasing
insurance, the experience regarding local surveyors is not unique to Mexico
, it is demanded in South Africa
and Namibia, where it became the practice in the Merchant Shipping
Act of 1953. It is also normal practice for the authorities to deny authorization to prosecute claims for losses due to Marine
Casualties, until a board of enquiry has been convened and it's findings published. This practice is codified in US CFR 41 too. It was instituted to eliminate spurious claims and fraud.
We are now in St. Martin, and will leave shortly for the Virgin Islands