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sailing and diving around the world
Departure day finally here! We spent a leisurely day getting things prepared. Did some last-minute emailing and skyping, grocery shopping, etc. We cleared out at the Customs and Immigration offices, and it cost us 55 TT dollars, around 10 dollars US. Last thing we did was pick up some gas. There was a slight drizzle all day, so we sat in the dinghy, fueling up two small jerry cans, in this gentle rain. Went to Cafe Feel Oh to say goodbye to everyone. On the way back to the boat, I heard a voice call out from one of the fishing vessels, and it was Captain Patrick, wishing us well. I'm going to miss those guys- Patrick, Randy, Cory, Jeff, and the others.
We weighed anchor at 5pm and headed toward the 'Mouth of the Dragon,' the pass that leads out to the Caribbean. It was a beautiful evening, and it had stopped raining by then. Grenada is our destination, 80 miles away.
Another great bunch of guys. Satish, Wazied, and Wazir. Ran into them in Chagauramas, and found out they have a machine shop conveniently located between Coral Cove and Power Boats. They do everything that a machine shop would be called on to do. They are primarily industrial marine machinists, who will come to your boat, no matter what kind of boat you have. The company has been around since 2012. They do work for the Trinidad Coast Guard, Offshore Technology Solutions (OTSL), Tube City- IMS, Inter-Isle Construction, and Third Party Inspections (TPI).
The guys regularly do prop straightening, cutlass bearings, tail shafts (any diameter), sleeves, pressing bushings, special diameter flanges, cutting keys for props, etc. Typical problems, such as pitted props, due to stray currents, are easily fixed by these guys. They can do line boring on site.