You're at a quiet anchorage in late summer. There is a slight breeze - just enough to keep you comfortably cool. Then you get out some food or drinks in the cockpit, or begin to bait a crab trap.
And then here they come.
From out of nowhere, you will find your boat surrounded by a buzzing horde of yellowjackets, come for the moisture, or more likely for the meat. Once the first scout gets back to the nest with the news of free eats, you are doomed.
We learned this trick in Canada at Ganges Harbor. The Tree House Restaurant there has outdoor seating - it should be swarming with yellowjackets. And one occasionally does fly by. But you can eat outside in peace. Why?
Because they have these brown paper bags inflated and hung all over. Our waitress explained that the yellowjackets see the bags as paper wasp nests and stay away accordingly. Maybe they are natural enemies? I don't know. But give it a try - it works!
2015 July 25
While all of my recent posts have been focused on the new Amel, it’s important to remember that there is a very beautiful and well-maintained PDQ 32 for sale, just waiting for the right owner to start making memories on her!
People may not fully comprehend the benefits of purchasing a boat here in Grenada. In most cases, the trip south from the US to the Windward Islands can be a tough one. It typically involves a number of uncomfortable passages, beating against the easterly trades. They don’t call this route the Thorny Path for nothing! Whoever ends up with ZTC will not have to deal with that though. He or she will be able to start cruising in beautiful Grenada, gaining experience at a comfortable pace by sailing here, and in the nearby Grenadines. It doesn’t get much better than that!
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