Pool Party in Bonaire

There is almost always a steady breeze in the Caribbean. However, as I mentioned in a previous post, the hurricanes north of us disrupted the normal wind patterns and created windless days. When that happens, you really notice the heat and humidity. One afternoon on just such a day, our group of cruising buddies agreed that the best way to escape the glare of the sun and the oppressive heat was to jump in the water and hide under the bow of one of the catamarans. So we all congregated beneath the bow of Kattami. We brought lots of floatie devices, but something was missing - there was no bar access! Kattami has a tiny wooden dinghy that would serve perfectly as a makeshift drinks platform. We stocked her up and the party got underway. Even though we were floating in the ocean, it reminded me of the many swimming pool parties we had when we were in our 20’s. As a result, the gathering was dubbed “The Pool Party”. As the sun started to set and we were able to venture out from under Kattami’s bow, the party migrated to the stern of Panache. I got the appies going and the gang partied on until dark. See the video below.

Sean instructed us in the fine art of back flips. See video below

I’m not sure if the Dutch are universally keen on water polo, but they sure seem to be on Bonaire. Various teams practiced 6 days a week right in front of Panache. It was a treat to watch them. See the video below.

We had been having some trouble with our water maker, so Sean and I contacted the manufacturer and he diagnosed the problem over the phone. The only issue was that we had to completely remove and dismantle the unit, right down to the piston rings (which were ultimately the problem). It was a big job, but we got through it and, miraculously, the water maker works perfectly! See photos.

Next week – Bonaire Day celebrations and island tour.

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  1. Ginny Bell on October 10, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Don’t say you are not having fun?. Looks fabulous.!Wish we were with you. Such fun to follow you around and hear all about the islands. Thank heaven Maria did not go near you. What a way to spend a year. Love being with you all the way. Love to all, Cheers Ginny

    • pricepowell on October 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Ginny, this is just the first year of our 5-year circumnavigation plan. There are many more cool places to visit. The area at the bottom of the Caribbean rarely sees any hurricane activity. That is precisely why we are here. Hurricane season starts in June, which is why we were already in Grenada at that time. Any boats that stay north of there during the June-November season are definitely in the risky zone.

  2. Tony Gibb on October 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Certainly doesn’t look like all work and no play!

    • pricepowell on October 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      Whenever we are feeling over-worked, we ask ourselves, “What would Tony G do in this situation?”. Then we smile, calm down and open a beer.

  3. Lynda Price on October 17, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Wow! what an amazing life. So interesting to read about the history of the islands. Thank you for sharing.

    Cheers, Lynda, xoxo

    • pricepowell on October 17, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      I’m not sure how many people are interested in the Background pieces I write at the end of a post that describe a little of each country’s history. But I’m glad to hear that you appreciate it.

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