Trinidad-and-tobago Travel Stories, Page 2

Chaguaramas Photos Trinidad Splashed

Chaguaramas Photos Trinidad Splashed

Inside of MacGregor 65 of Captain Bills on the hard at Chaguaramas Trinidad

Todo list or priority launch list for the Odessa

Historical Data on Chaguaramas

Ginger Loading, this maybe will stop seasickness, Craig and I both bought some and are experimenting now with teas, etc, chewing.

A lighthouse on top of a restaurant in Chaguaramas Trinidad and Tobago.

The unknown type of bird on the shore of Trinidad

Captain Bill -- On Land

From Left to Right - Craig from Arizona, Captain Bill from Canada - Jokob from Germany

Courtesy Flag of the country of Trinidad, the other object is a radar marker that makes our boat easier to find by radar.

Michael the man that brought our boat to the drop zone in Chaguarams, seem very competent.

Mash Sign - M.A.S.H. A sign like the one on the show Mash, Indiana is not on it.

Mr Clean without the earing... a.k.a. Craig - The Matador

Powerboats Harbor or Shipyard in Chaguaramas Trinidad and Tobago

Captain Bill, first day on the soft, nothing to do with off the sauce.

Crew Lost on Shore

Crew Lost on Shore

Jokob went yesterday to help sail with a group of boats in some type of race. He never returned to the boat, did not call with his hand held raid, we announced he was missing on the channel 68 net at 8:00 that he was not to be heard from.

Nobody on the boat was worried that he never communicated that he would not be returning to the boat�? Hmmmm

We located him at about 9:30 AM when he decided to call or radio the boat to explain that he was on the shore. We was in the process of arranging all the last moment check list of needs for the boat and was loading the boat when he called. Therefore, it was fortunately a very good time to return to shore with his one dinghy.

We are making a list of dinghy jokes.

I am surmising or trying to assess what I would do if I buy a boat; I really believe it is an 85 percent chance I buy a boat eventually for a home away from other homes. In the event I buy a boat, I will want crew for company and small helps; I need to figure out a rough guideline for how to have crew, how to deal with crew, what are the commitments between the crew and the captain.

This is a recon mission in many ways for me as I wish to learn my limitations, my desires and my capacities to sail.

What is the recommended way to deal with a situation when a crew that was planning or said they would call and return to the boat does not call or communicate. He was on many boats and had the communication ability of many boats to borrow their radios in the event the handheld did not work.

We only have one dinghy presently, we have to shuttle and communicate closely so that the four person on the boats can travel between the boat in the water at Chaguarams Trinidad Boat Yard and the shore.

First Night to Sleep On Boat

First Night to Sleep On Boat
Monday February 6, 2006, 6:43 AM

We lowered the boat into the water from the dock Sunday, proceeded a small ways out into the harbor and dropped anchor. There was a small leak in second from the bow, starboard side of the boat storage compartment. Donald the manager, possibly owner of the Powerboat Shipyard in Chaguaramas came into the boat and between Bill and him, they solved the problem. There are adjustments inside the boat that can be made to either loosen or tighten the structure of the boat; I believe this is what they adjusted. The boat presently is not leaking badly or causing many problems with water. Everyone has clothing, personal items, and various books lying in the side shelf compartments. I know that one leaks water or possible does not leak water, instead maybe Jokob does not close the windows, we are discovering a checklist of window, hatches, or doors that need closed or lowered when it rains. Therefore, Craig and I are now quickly closing them when it starts to rains. It rained yesterday for about 2-3 hours in a light drizzle, not enough to really make an opinion on the leaks from rain. The Captain Bill swept about 4 gallons of water out of the floor beneath the galley with his new shop vacuum he purchased from another boater. We needed to turn on the generator to use the shop vacuum, I believe there is suppose to be a bilge pump for this area; however, it was removed and not completed or reinstalled.

I slept well on the boat, there are no waves to speak of in the harbor, therefore zero problems presenlty with seasickness.

Batteries on the Sailboat

Batteries on the Sailboat
Sunday February 5, 2006, 6:15 AM

We have or I believe we have a large block of batteries on the sailboat, I know we have three cylinder electrical motor, I know this because Bill is talking about the broken motor mount and want me to fix or help. We was on battery power last night, thus the batteries are working, this is good, however this is a chain of events systems whereby all the parts must work. Bill has references or I felt he inferred that when the motor to the boat is running it is also charging the batteries. The life of the batteries is important.


I think to start the motor to the boat.
I think to run the radio to call the shore if a problem.

The batteries presently are being used to play the radio mostly and to run the lights on the boat, Bill purchased some very expensive German made 12-volt fans, I am thinking this is a 12-volt system, however I am not positive, and there are so many variables. We I believe are in a 220 Country, does this mean we have both a 220 and a 110 systems or do we only have a 110 and the marina only provides us with 110 because we are in a USA mentality or surround area of the USA with the mental solutions of the USA. The Caribbean is my guess overlaid heavily with the USA influence, many times more than the Central American countries, Trinidad culturally is similar to Panama, many organizational concepts of the USA, however at the end of the day not culturally the same, still a somewhat manana concept on life. Tropical weather makes person not take the world serious, priorities and getting work done is not part of the tropical cultures on the planet.

I have a book Bill gave me by a man called Chapman; this book is maybe 400 pages and has many details on boating. I am going to read it if possible; therefore, I can one-up the mental capacities and insure my safety and the crews.

My battery on my computer now says I have less than 50 percent of time on the battery, this is not accurate and when my computer gets down to about 25 percent it can just stop. There is an electrical inverter, connected by a cigarette lighter just behind a desk area close to the radio. Not a good place to place my computer to charge, because of too many people opening the fridge and moving without caution on the boat in this area. I personally only trust the judgment of Craig around my computer; the other two are like children and must be watched and anticipated constantly. The cord of the computer is like a rope where a person can trip over, pull on, or hook himself or herself, pull the computer on the floor and I have no computer because it will break. Water is abundant in this area as is water everywhere on the boat as we have found many leaky spots in the channels of storage. My Lonely Planet Caribbean now has a damage cover because it was sitting in a channel along the edges when it started to rain. Craig�s private area leaks or Jokob says it leaks; nothing actually is clear and predictable with any comments from Jokob as he is arrogantly irresponsible and not trustworthy. His judgments are based on what he wants to say and not on reality.

If I could buy a converter that would make a light bulb into a cigarette lighter connection or adapter I could convert one 110 normal type light next to my bed to a plug for the inverter and the computer would be safe. I am confused, why does this normal light bulb work, does it come on with 12 volts, I know a 110 light bulb will work normally in a 220 at least for a short while, however I have no knowledge of 12 volts and 110 and interchanging the light bulbs. I will have to quiz and try to focus Bill on the issue of electricity on the boat. I do wish to know if we are redundantly safe with our electrical, motor, and petrol systems. If the navigation abilities are not great, then the need for a motor may become more valuable than I wish. I would not go across the ocean with this boat presently we are only going along though very close islands; we are not really traveling in open sea. We are always within a short distance in many ways of the shore.

Almost Baptized

Almost Baptized
Trinidad and Tobago in the Chaguaramas Boat Yard

The boat is one yard/meter hanging over the waters edge. The yard loaded the MacGregor 65 foot sailboat in the saddle, took it to the edge, we will splash her.. - Odessa - (maybe a girl, maybe a boy) tomorrow morning at high tide. The draft or bottom of the boat is so deep it needs extra depth of water.

This boat is an enigma, who can say what we are doing or when, why, or who, it is close to the water and I will pray to various good Gods, that is floats. I am sure it will, however there is always another todo list on the horizon. The words - Money Pit - should be engraved below every boat name.

Spaghetti Head Traveler

Spaghetti Head Traveler
Saturday February 4, 2006, 7:19 AM

Jokob is a Spaghetti head traveler, Craig thinks this description is better than my other terms I am trying to coin for typical travelers.

1. Rice Virgin

2. Rice and Spaghetti Virgin

3. R & S Virgin - Craig added this.

The are Virgins, they never cooked in their lives, they start with Spaghetti or Rice, their only hope is find a restaurant, the brave new world.

Spaghetti Head Traveler: A young person leaves home, it does not matter, a person leave home to travel, they could be any age, never in their life have the cooked food. Suddenly there is this kitchen, no mother and they believe they should cook. It is like taking a child and putting them in the kitchen, they are excited and clueless.

- To me, this is my rendition, of the Spaghetti Head Travelers, this includes all the vegetarians.

Spaghetti and vegetables on one day, on the next day rice and vegetables, the next day Spaghetti and vegetable, then every day they just keep alternating between rice and something and spaghetti and something.

Jokob is a Spaghetti head in almost every way possible, every day he makes a big pile of spaghetti or rice and puts some crap looking sauce on it, he had very little money so he is eating enough carbohydrates to make anyone bloat. He is very lucky he is only 18 with the body of a 15 year old; he has the genetics that will save him for a few more years. This many calories and I would be a whale.

Bill goes to the restaurant nightly to eat, then drinks his meal, this is much better, he says or realizes he needs variety. I am a very bad eater, I have decided in the last year after going to Niger and seeing the malnutrition that I will walk into a store, choose good fruit like an apple, not look at the price and buy, if I know the price I stop myself, they are very expensive in comparison to Indiana. I believe an apple here cost me one dollar, I am not positive however, they are good apples, and cold, therefore I am happy. I will enter a store and actively look for different foods everyday, the major problem is finding the different stores, we only have the shipyard grocery here and I must take a 20-minute maxi van to the Hi-Lo store to buy variety. Now it sounds easy, however every location takes at least a week before I find the better stores, so the first week is bleak, very few options, the second week I will discover more stores, the third week I am settling in and buying items at more locations.

Spaghetti and Rice at very seldom on the menu, as the protein is low and too many calories, more or less like eating potatoes every meal. Just filler, not meant to be the only portion of food. Many people complain about the RDA labels on the back of the food boxes, or the Recommended Daily Allowances of foods, however I have almost never seen a Vegetarian eating healthy, they are more trendy in how they eat, saying these are the food you should eat and trying to make me feel guilty as the Spaghetti heads eat..

Spaghetti with cheap vegetables on one day and Rice with cheap Vegetables on the next.

I like to say, you do know that Spaghetti has egg in it, dead baby chickens.

( I know you can buy Spaghetti without Egg, however not on the road easily, we are lucky to buy food.)

Chaguaramas Trinidad on the Hard

Chaguaramas Trinidad on the Hard
Saturday February 4, 2006, 6:54 AM

On the hard ground and not on the water, the water is soft, we are not in the water.

Craig and I are estimating the sail away from the dock day; it is cynical conversation about the boat and the trip, not optimistic and excited. The boat is presently like living in a body repair shop, there is painting still be done, there is almost nothing on the boat working perfectly.

I am not in control of my trip.

This is what I am feeling, I am always in control of when I come and go from a Hotel, there is very few times where I feel this way, and I guess I do feel this way in Europe with the problem of reservations. I like to know I can stay or leave. I am in control maybe, I could leave, however I am not in control of the body repair shop. There are parts of the boat scattered from one end to the other in the many little compartments. A boat takes every hollow area, puts on a door, makes a cupboard space, then on this boat they have stuff anything and everything into every compartment.

I do believe when the boat is in the water the repairs will slow down or stop, I want to clean the boat and get it organized, however I am stopping, there is no master plan, therefore I clean up the galley and the animal house members come in an destroy the place, more correctly Bill and Jakob. I am not a person that picks up after myself, I am very capable of dropping clothes, items, exactly where I finished used them. I do like to clean the ground in dirt, or the deep-seated grime that builds up on anything. The kitchen on the boat has not been cleaned well for at least one year of living inside the boat; the level of the grime in here reminds me of India.

A boat is meant to be in water, not on the hard, to find a boat to crew a person should be careful, a boat on the water is shipshape and ready to leave; a boat on the hard is having problems.


I can go to Iraq, hang around in places where another person thinks I am crazy, however, I am worried, have no way to clearly deal with this problem. This is a worry with no clear solution, I know that I may have to work on acceptance.

I am going to get on a boat for over 10-14 hours and sail to Grenada soon...

Will I get too seasick on the boat?

I must sit in a bus just a yard or two meters being the front wheels, never read or I would for sure get motion sickness. I got seasick on a Cruise boat going to the Bahamas, not bad, but I was sick feeling.

This is not my favorite feeling, I am hoping it will only be hanging my head over the side once, then the good clean feeling after the storm will enter my body.

What are the cures?