In Saint Martin

After a remarkably pleasant 22 hour transit from Charlotte Amalie we arrived in Simpson Bay in time to make the 5pm bridge. Tired but happy we are out to dinner eating Thai. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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TowBoat US

As you may remember our last attempt to make it to Saint Martin was interrupted by engine problems. We sailed back (the entire trip to Saint Martin is upwind) to Charlotte Amalie harbor. We contacted SeaTow as there is no TowBoat here in the USVI. I was quite surprised when the SeaTow Captain suggested that I contact TowBoat for reimbursement. I have unlimited towing so I thought – why not. Well I did, and today I got my mail that included a reimbursement check for the SeaTow tow. Good stuff. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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We missed again!

We set out day before yesterday for St. Martin (French side.) It was a uphill slog all the way – some 90 NM planned. When we were about 40 miles from St. Martin (past the point of no return) the engine decided to overheat again. Not to worry, we knew what to do. Sure enough, there was an air lock in the exhaust. Popped it open and got good water. Yea! About 2 minutes later the engine overheated again. Further investigation showed that one of the cooling hoses as a small crack – just enough to evacuate all of the anti-freeze (its a closed loop – open loop system.) We put up the sail (remember no mainsail) and sailed along for about an hour waiting for dawn. Since St. Martin was dead down wind we of course could make no progress in that direction. We decided that taking the engine further apart while in the middle of the ocean was not a good plan. Upwind were the British and United States Virgin Islands. Since we had just left the BVI and Forrest had good friends in Charlotte Amile (USV
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