Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The work begins in Roatan

Well we have been moved out of our home for several days now. Internet has been touch and go. We are staying with the Bodden family.  They are in Fiddler' Bite. They have been a blessing. Trevor Bodden works on boats and is friends with Luven Cook who is actually doing the work on Saga Sea. That's what I call a friend, a competitor, but a friend first.

This is Trevor and his sister, Audrey. 

We are staying with Andrea, Trevor' grandmother 

We moved the boat to Oak Ridge to Luven' yard.  This is Luven guiding us to his yard with is BEautiful dog. Love that dog

Signs the job needs to be done. 

First layer is off revealing the rotted core 

We knew it needed it but the thick layer of fiberglass really hid it. 

Here is where we are staying while the work is being done

Up there in the green wood frame house. 

This is Trevor' home he is slowly bulding 

Here is Luven and Trevor' contact information. If you ever need work done Roatan is a good place to do it. 

Luven Cook
011-(504) 3310-3817
-In and Outboard Motor Mechanic & Workshop
-Fiber Glass & Paint Work
Roatan, Honduras, C.A.

Trevor Bodden
-In and Outboard Motor Mechanic & Workshop
-Fiber Glass & Paint Work
-Gas Station
Roatan, Honduras, C.A.
011(504) 8903-6822 or 8890-2942

Monday, March 23, 2015

Re-core the deck, Last thing on the refit list

Well we have decided to go ahead and do the last thing on our refit list. We planned to do this in Guatemala but we were convinced it could be done here for the same price. We love Honduras' Bay Islands so why not.  

Why re-core the decks? 

The boat originally came with screwed down teak decks. That allowed water into the wood core. The previous owner had them taken up and reglassed and painted. They did a terrible job. It looked good but they didnt replace the wood core and they reglass over gelcoat in some parts without grinding it down. We knew of this issue when buying the boat. It was all figured into the price. It has been on the list. We were quoted 30k in the states and figured we would do it in Guatemala where its a fourth of the price. Then we were told we could do it here in Roatan and sure enough we found someone.

This will be a huge project. We will have to get off the boat for probably two months. This will allow Steve and the workers a chance to remove all the deck hardware and pull up the first layer of paint and fiberglass on most of the deck. They will dig out all the rotted wood and replace it with marine grade plywood. They will then put a new top layer of fiberglass and repaint. 

Hopefully while this is all being done I can find some volunteer work.  Maybe I can get in with a local school in some fashion. I would really like to take this time and get immersed into the community and culture. 

We are going to move the boat tomorrow for the repairs. I promise to post pictures and have give you the details as the work is being done. We will also post information on how to get in touch with the guy doing the work. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A week in Roatan

Well tomorrow will be a week. We have been busy looking for fiberglass workers. We have gotten one quote and working on getting another. It looks as though we will have the work done here in Roatan starting in April, that is if we an find a responsible prices place to stay while the work is being completed. We are looking for where the locals stay. The work will be done in Oak Ridge so we need to stay close so Steve can help daily. 

Yesterday we joined a few other cruisers at a local music festival. It blew our month' spending but it was good to get out and be able to see more of the island. The Bay Islands are just gorgeous. Lush green hills with green/blue waters. 

We just had to try the local rum. Lol. We might have to go get a bottle or two. 

Oh today marks 24 years since my first born came into this world. Sure seems like yesterday. I had a shot for you baby boy. My Sonnie Bunny. Lol
Happy Birthday! 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Roatan, Honduras

Well on Monday we pulled anchor and headed to the nexr Bay Island. Our friends, The Holder Family, joined us. They were needed to take care of some things in Roatan, so they rode along on an adventure. They flew back to Guanaja. 

The next day, we woke to a beautiful sunrise. Then Steve and I took off in the dinghy to explore the area. 

Dang healthy Aussies. Making me feel lazy. Lol. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Sociologist Coming Out In Me

As I dive into this society I am welcomed with open arms by several local restaurant owners. So I thought I would share what I have learned about these sweet people.  They are not just sweet they actually bring you into their life as family.  This couple Im going to tell you about has literally made us feel so loved. They will forever be in our life, as our baby girl, Fairlane' body rest under a large tree on their beautiful mountain over looking the Caribbean sea. They are a Blessing. 

First a little detail info

Guanaja, Honduras
Population 10,000
Average wage $10-$20 a day Primary revenue source: Seafood Industry

Mi Casa Too owned and operated by Shawn and Lisa Holder

Shawn and Lisa both born and raised in Guanaja, Honduras. Shawn was raised by a single mother on the Cay. His mother did multiply jobs to put food on the table for her four kids. Guanaja does not have a social program to help their poor. As soon as Shawn was 18 he moved away to the Cayman Islands. He felt Guanaja had little for his future. 

Lisa grew up off the Cay in Guanaja. Her father was a freestyle diver. He would set and pick up lobster traps without using oxygen tanks. It is a very dangerous job and hard on the body. He now suffers medical consequences from this profession. 

Her mother makes and sells fresh fruit juices on the Cay.  Every early in the morning she loads up her coolers and rides by boat to the Cay to sell her juice. She sits on a bench in a busy area of town from 5am to 4pm selling her fresh fruit. 

Like Shawn, Lisa knew Guanaja had little for her future. She too set off to the Caymans, she actually met Shawn there. They married and had their daughter. It became time to renew their work visa. Shawn would have to prove that he made enough financially to support his family to their standards. Luckily, his brother' company was expanding and needed some help. But they would have to return to Guanaja. 

Now, he is a broker for his brother' company. Lisa worked for a local resort for a several years then opened her own snack shop at the local airport. She was able to support the family while they used Shawn' salary to purchase land and build their dream home on a hilltop with a miraculous view. 

Shawn always dreamed of having his own bar and restaurant. Since mortgages are rare in Honduras and loans come with very high interest rates, they had to save and do a little at a time. 

Once they had it enclosed they moved in and slowly completed the plumbing and wiring. They added a lovely wrap around porch where they now use to entertain their customers. Once they completed the porch, kitchen and utilities they closed the snack shop and opened Mi Casa Too. 

Mi Casa Too is known for their local island style flare. They serve local plates of chicken, pork and fish at decent competitive local prices. They are the only place that also offers Lion Fish, Conch and Calamari. 

Shawn still works as a broker during the weekdays. Lisa takes care of the kids, home and the businesses financial books. I say businesses because besides the restaurant they also produce Holder's mutton pepper sauce. Lisa created it and gave it away at the snack shop. One day a customer told her she needed to sell it. So since 2011 they have producing and selling Holder's Pepper Sauce to all of Guanaja. 

Once Shawn gets home he turns into a bartender and waiter and Lisa turns into a chef. Some how they seem to find a balance with it all. They say its a struggle and look foreword to the tourist business to increase with the upcoming plans of cruise ships stopping in Guanaja. So perhaps within a few years Shawn can retire from his day job and they expand the porch to accommodate more customers. 

We wish them much luck with their future plans. Im sure it will be promising with their past proof of being consistent and patient. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

RIP our little Fairlane.

Our baby girl went with God last night. She will forever love her. We cry for the empty space that is left but we are happy for her because though we treated her well she was very sensitive little girl. She will never have any more health problems.   We love her company while traveling the world. 
Here are some photos of our precious baby girl

RIP June 16, 2009 - March 13, 2015