No Productions
Saturday January 19, 2002

Poor sleeping here, with several squalls and lots of boat creaks and groans. Over morning coffee, Dave, who arrived around 10 p.m., observes, "Nobody mentioned rain when I signed on."

Mid morning an employee comes by and asks how the air conditioning was last night. Yes, the boat has central air, but I couldn’t figure out how to turn it on. And since the engine probably has to be on, I wouldn’t use it.

We spend the morning picking snorkels, getting ice, exchanging a few provisions, and waiting for the boat checkout so we can leave.

Lisa T. says it feels like we’re running behind, but we decide it’s just that there’s no frenzy. "On past trips everything was a production," she says. "There are no productions on this trip."

We dub it the "no production" trip.

Receipt for the use of a priceless mooring at Marina Cay

Freestanding windscoops. Cool!

Lisa has volunteered to be the purser. She’s the image of organization with an envelope for the money and receipts and a calculator. She collects $75 from each of us. This will cover the cost of those priceless moorings, as well as ice and other incidentals along the way.

I ask more than once about our checkout. Finally Glasgow, who seems to be the dock boss, comes aboard grumbling that as he can’t find any of his guys to do it, so he’ll have to try. Clearly he doesn’t know this specific boat. But then, it’s only three months old, how many quirks can it have?

He addresses our specific questions, shows us how to use the generator to power the outlets into which you plug the toaster, hairdryer, and blender. The generator also powers the AC. We review stove usage, bilge pumps, water tanks, engine. Up on deck, we prevail upon him to show us how to set up the elaborate windscoops. I suspect he thinks this is a poor use of his valuable time, but we know we can figure out what line does what, it’s this strange new gear that we need to understand. We do test the windlass and the dinghy motor, ask what RPMs to charge the fridge and for how long, etc. The windscoops are strange because they’re self-supporting – you don’t have to tie them to anything and they stand upright and don’t blow away. Very cool.

Glasgow disappears and we’re alone on the dock, not an employee in sight. Lisa and I watch a boat coming through the zig-zag channel. I decide we’re taking the dock lines, having received no instructions. Dave takes the bow, Lisa the stern. We remove the spring, and I put it in gear. We’re away.

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