Back in the States

Our mini vacation in Sao Miguel ended and we are now back in the states for a month.

We are here to work and make money so that we can fund our cruising even further. While we are back, we are taking advantage of one type of store that is seriously lacking in the Azores: West Marine!

The fishermen share their store (and supplies) with the farmers. This generally gives you “marine compatible” parts instead of “marine specific parts”. Bronze fittings are limited, as everything is brass plated tin; it looks good, but it will not hold up!


I need to install a new through hull and would have to special order it and wait several weeks for it to come in. The other option is to simply wait a week until we are back in the states and go to West Marine and buy the exact part I need off the shelf!