Common Sense is our name, but Spending Spree might be more appropriate at the moment. A few minor repairs and additions need to be made from the survey report ... and then there are the things we've just decided to buy; folding bikes, a new dinghy, new lifejackets, wet weather gear, boots, new head pumps, freezer, flares, compass, binoculars, galley stuff ... I think we'll end up having to tow some kind of storage container along behind the boat if this continues! That said, good stuff is so affordable here that it's hard to resist. Not only are the prices very reasonable, everyone is keen to make you a special offer, do a deal or give a big discount for cash or multiple purchases. My rather splendid top of the range Musto jacket, for example, retails here for just over $600, but after various discounts it was $345. Recommended retail price in Australia? Between $890 and $1100!
Marina life is rather lovely, with all sorts of comforts including a good pool and gym, and especially lots of very friendly and generous people. Everyone is happy to share their favourite sailing destinations, restaurants, advice about gear and help with problems, and there are lots of both organised and informal social events. On Sunday we are heading out for our first real cruise, five days to St Michaels and Solomon's Island (NOT the Solomon Islands - that's for later) accompanied by Captain David Renoll from R&R Charters. We thought it was a good idea to source a bit of local expertise as we get to know this beautiful but very complex and busy bay.
Sorry I've been a bit slack with the blogging - life aboard seems to have cured my lifelong insomnia ZZZZ!