"Not only is the universe stranger than what we imagine,
it is stranger than what we can imagine."
Sir Arthur Eddington

Four Weeks Later

No miracle transpired. The new generator was installed and running four weeks after it was ordered. Ok, so it twice as long as "quoted" but I expected that. On island time, "two weeks" is closer to four weeks on the calendar.
Actually, I think that most boat work anywhere in the world is done on "Island Time". There are exceptions, like the time we needed to repair Kalunamo's keel in St. Thomas. That took over a week but that was about what was quoted.

New 6K Northern Lights Generator
New 6K Northern Lights Generator


The good news is that the generator is working fine. We did order a sound enclosure for it as the old one was rather noisy. Its located in the quarter berth room that is used for storage but was still loud with the doors closed. Of-course the sound enclosure was "back ordered" and so was not shipped with the generator and could not be installed. After installation, however, the new generator proved quieter and with more sound absorbing panels that I can install, it will sound much better than the old one even without the enclosure. I cancelled the order and saved some money.

New welded base for generator
New welded base for generator


Installed in the Generator Room
Installed in the Generator Room


Maureen did fly back to New York, had her MRI and found that age has taken its toll on her back. The immediate problem of knee pain was alleviated with injections and also for her back. Long term prognosis is to be determined but hopefully recovery from immediate pain lasts and proper back care prevents re-occurrence. There is easy no "cure" so time will tell what needs to be done. She is still planning to go forward with her hip replacement over the summer and that scheduling will have to revolve around whatever the doctors recommend for her back.

In the meantime, results came back from the growth on her shoulder. It turned out to be squamous cell skin cancer. Fortunately, that is not as bad as melanoma and can be removed and no further treatment needed. It was a long ordeal as it started in January with various doctors and treatments but without any improvements.
Maureen was dealing with these medical issues but living on a boat in "paradise" does present problems when they are on-going. She has coped with them admirably and I must give her credit for that. Now in New York she is seeing doctors each week but at least she doesn't need to use the dinghy (only car service!). She can also see our daughters and grandkids, which is more than compensation than what paradise can provide. Yes, I miss her down here and hope she can rejoin Kalunamoo after Easter in Grenada. Being in "paradise" is not the same without someone you love.

Melanie and Dave are looking forward to their week on board. We plan to sail from here to Grenada, stopping at Bequia and Carriacou. That should be a lot of fun and they will get the experience of blue water sailing between the islands! In the meantime, the boat will be put back in order after the generator installation. Kalunamoo is at anchor now after leaving the marina. I'm also busy with provisioning, cooking and cleaning! This year has been much different than just cruising around but that is life and we must weather any storms that may cross our path, and that happens regardless of where you are.

With Maureen in NY, Kalunamoo (and its captain) is missing her Admiral
With Maureen in NY, Kalunamoo (and its captain) is missing her Admiral



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