Why hello there, day 26!

Just a little update on our progress in the yard. Most, but not all of the boat has been painted its new color. Bowsprit is done. Bottom job is finished. We are currently wrapped up in paper that’s protecting the new paint job while the white, stripy accents are painted. Dare I say, it feels like we’re in the home stretch?

So optimistic are we, I went out on a limb and began provisioning for the long haul yesterday. We rented a car and buzzed around the Dutch and French sides making multiple trips to get what we’ll need for the Virgin Islands and beyond: Cost-U-Less, Super U, Carrefour, and Made in Spain – we did it all. And now I am cooking up a storm, prepping vacuum-sealed meals for the freezer. My goal is to buy only fruit and vegetables in the Virgin Islands, nothing more.

And, as always, we’ve managed to have a bit of fun as well. Earlier this week we bid farewell to Charlotte and James on Pegasus, as they return to their native Scotland to sort out some real world affairs for a few months. We also played with our favorite dogs, were the first customers at Made In Spain (the new Spanish imports spot on Sint Maarten) and participated in my first-ever cruiser dominoes tournament.

So, hopefully, just a few more days on the hard. Scroll to the end of the post for a little sneak peek of how things are coming together…

The transom will be painted last – at the same time that a final blue stripe goes on at the waterline. It’s been fun coordinating two teams of painters to meet in the middle.

King, spraying the boot stripe

Provisioning for the Virgin Islands and beyond. If you know a place to store 60 bottles of French wine, I’m looking for suggestions.

Breakfast with Neko and Pegasus

Good gal pals Mary and Charlotte

First Spanish food since we left NYC – Lunch of warm artichokes, pan con tomate, jamon iberico, manchego, guindilla peppers, and rose at Made in Spain. We were their first customers!

We stop for snuggles daily with these two on our way to the marine store. PS – they are up for adoption…

Sneak peek at the nearly finished boat – still waiting for the bottom stripe to go on.