Moored in Belize, At Least That’s the Idea
As we learned in the last update, Maldague had an interesting and 'character-building' jaunt through the seas off the coasts of Guatemala and Belize.
Now moored in Placencia, Belize, it appears Maldague is mostly doing just what he was doing in Guatemala, boat repairs and preparation. He has been getting some assistance from people we have not been properly introduced to yet, someone named Kristoffer; and Tim and his wife Pamela, a couple who built their own schooner 30 years ago and are still traveling in it at over 70 years old.
Maldague's biggest accomplishments this biweekly cycle? Welding a new triangular bar of metal that connects the boat's rigging to the mast, and refurbishing a hatch that was filling up with stagnant water.
Stagnant was not a word however that would describe Maldague's boat. He had a little adventure while preparing a late dinner at 10:30 PM on July 9. Though the boat was thought to be anchored in a protected area in Placencia, a squall rocked and shimmied the boat. Maldague looked out the window and noticed that the scenery was completely alien! The boat had broken free from it's protected area and was already half a kilometer away.
It had dragged the anchor with it. Without an anchor windlass, it was a lot of work for Maldague to keep straightening the ship and pulling the anchor back inside while it was raining. Finally, he remedied the situation and successfully brought the boat back, this time firmly anchoring it. The entire ordeal took two hours and Maldague returned to cooking a very late, 'after midnight' meal!
Maldague has also been busy promoting a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo: https://bit.ly/2Y2GV6r