Cruising Means Repairing Your Boat in Exotic Places

Profurl C430 Furling Unit on TahinaAfter exchanging e-mails and photos during the last two days of our broken furling unit, with the manufacturer – Profurl in France, they have offered to replace the unit under warranty. It’s good to know they stand behind their product. Now, I just hope they can deliver the replacement unit quickly. We also have to return the defective unit back to the manufacturer. We can’t sail practically until the unit is replaced, so we’re anxious to have the work done.

The new laptop is on its way and won’t arrive until Monday. So, we were planning to stay at least that long here anyway. We’re still waiting on a basic maintenance kit I ordered two weeks ago here in Bequia. They claim its been in customs for two days now. The kit will help repair one of our two fresh water pumps which has been leaking.

Meanwhile, its time to do some basic maintenance on the engines. So, I’m going to take advantage of our time here to do that work, and a few other odd jobs. Internet has been pretty good here this week, so we are definitely getting plenty of communications and computer stuff done! Speaking of which, here is my latest 360 Panorama – of our favorite beach in the Caribbean: Macaroni Beach in Mustique (from our visit there last week – added photos in that post):

Macaroni Beach, Mustique – St. Vincent and the Grenadines in Grenadines
The title of this post is an old adage – you really do spend a lot of time repairing your boat as you cruise. But, the locations you do the work in certainly makes up for it! The process of finding, ordering, and having parts delivered is actually more challenging than most repair jobs. Hopefully I don’t find I’m wrong about that someday.

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4 Responses to Cruising Means Repairing Your Boat in Exotic Places

  1. Fred Burke says:

    Beautiful beach. I really like the 360’s you take, they really give you a sense of what you are seeing. BTW, I’d be curious to see a picture of the broken furling unit if you can add one to you gallery.
    Take care,

  2. Joel says:

    Hey, I’ve been following your blog. How do you get mail (such as your parts) delivered to you when you live on the yacht? Do you have to set up a delivery address in the port you are docked in? Or do they deliver straight to your boat?

  3. Frank Taylor says:

    Good point Fred! I updated the main picture for this post with a shot of the furling unit. I couldn’t get a very good picture of the damage (it’s inside the wheel). But, what I did get – along with my description – was enough for the manufacturer.

  4. Frank Taylor says:

    @Joel: Its always best to contact a location to hold your mail before you send the package. Usually you have it sent to your boat c/o a local marina. In Bequia, a place friendly to boats, you send it to yourself c/o your boat’s name, and the local post office (and/or customs office) will hold it until you pick it up.

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