All Play and No Work Makes a Dull Cruiser

  Wednesday, May 29, 2013 / Stephanie / Uncategorized  

During our passage from Great Inagua, Bahamas to Port Antonio, Jamaica while doing sail changes I'd noticed that the railing around the bowsprit was a bit wobbly. Shaking it quite vigorously, I pointed this out to Brian who took one look at the base and said, "OH, it's cracked!" So for the duration of the passage I couldn't rely on the lifelines or the railing for stability up on the bow. We wanted to get this fixed before our next passage because it just wasn't safe to have a cracked railing. So Brian went to work disassembling the railing from the bowsprit.

Fortunately, Brian found a welder nearby and was able to take the railing to be properly repaired. The welder dropped what he was doing to complete the project, what service! $800 Jamaican dollars later ($8.00USD) we had a neatly welded base.

Brian reinstalled the railing in no time! Now we're ready once again to get underway.


  1. From stephanie on May 31, 2013
    Thanks, Ann. There is always something in need of fixing or improving...I'm equally impressed with Brian's newfound handyman skills! Although, I have put in an order for a newer and potentially larger sailboat :)

  2. From Ann Landau on May 29, 2013
    Good work! I am so impressed with your fix-it skills or finding someone who can help you! I love following your adventures and your photos are amazing!