Fiu in Adriatic
FIU’s Outhaul in Bobby’s Marina, Phillipsburg, St Maarten - April 16 – April 19, 2004
Having arrived in St Maarten in Marigot Bay earlier that week and enjoyed a couple of days of French life style (coffee and croissants in open air cafés), we face the fact that there is work to be done – "The Outhaul". Sailed round to the Dutch side of the island, to Bobby’s Marina in Phillipsburg where we have booked the travel lift for the outhaul for Friday morning.
Bobby’s Marina in Phillipsburg is a good place to outhaul – plenty of space with shower and toilet facilities, a chandlery and a supermarket run by Chinese just across the road - and best of all, all tax free and reasonably priced!! It is an easy 5 min walk into the small town of Phillipsburg, with a nice bar on the way.
After 4 days of sanding, polishing, cleaning and painting Fiu got a layer of primer and 4 layers of anti-fouling paint - this time a French paint, Horizon 44 - hopefully it will work better than Internationa Micron Extra!?. Various other jobs needed doing, such as installing the new folding propeller, measuring and labeling the anchor chain, etc.
onboard a boat in a boatyard was also an interesting experience, but not
particularly pleasant. One cannot use any of the onboard facilities
such as cooking, washing, shower which makes a life a bit more complicated. Due to
lack of breeze, it was unbearable hot during the day - although the new awning
that covers most of the boat did keep us safe from being baked under the
Ivo’s greatest pleasure was the installation of new toys. What a treat!
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