I remember the winter of departure still very well . Hope was not ready for the trip and I worked from morning to evening for my company . I prepared Hope in about 15 months. In the evenings I often did work on Hope until midnight . Around four o’clock in the morning the alarm went off again . Winter 2010 – 2011, was exceptionally cold. A 2000 watt heater kept me warm during the evenings on board while I soldered wires and sorted the electronics. And while at the same time I still had to earn a large portion of the money needed for the trip . But I persevered and got it done.
Meanwhile when we had a few weeks in Trinidad before the work got finished I got a little in despair being on land for so long. My father sent me a picture of the heavy winter in the Netherlands and that cheered me up . Here in Trinidad , the sun is shining, it is warm and it’s cozy in the yard . I regularly run into other sailors which stroll along for a chat or a cup of coffee . It’s a lot less stressful than it was in the Netherlands .
The Powerboats yard is doing well
I ended cooperation with the first contractor which wrongly removed the old waterline. I spoke with the yard manager of Powerboats and he told me they want me to be happy and to take good care of me. It helps that I regularly write articles I guess. Nobody likes bad promotion. I get a really good deal from one of the best painters on site and the manager gives him instructions to deliver a TOP JOB. And he does. He repairs the bumps in the hull, restores all scratches and dents and sprays three coats of primer and four layers of top coat on. Hope seems like new again !
Thursday my buddy Vini is coming in from Brazil. We will sail around the Caribbean for a month before I will slowly start moving towards the Panama channel. Katia will go to Sint Maarten with a friend. It will be different to sail on a party men boat again!