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warning:do not try this at home-part#5
...they did not aproach,but were curious.i hacksawed away a crimp on the fluke that was prohibiting it from pivoting past the shaft.then lashed anchor to pulpit,hooked a caribener on tip of fluke and to anchor chain,& started winching.got it bent back to almost original position,although probably weakend.i could some thatched roofs partialy blown off.a fishermen on the dock told me " llama de stormenta" (name of storm) was "ernesto",and"vientos 130 kph".so maybe 80 t0 90 mph.in the morning,i had to motor out thru the marked opening of reef into a good headwind,then put up the sails.all day i followed a reef that would not end.it was getting late and i wanted to get to calm water, for reasons i did not understand the east winds got stronger at nite.i came across a mooring ball(on the out side of reef?)maybe for dive boats.i hooked the floating lead line with my foot.(i had lost my boat hook long ago.)the next morn i'm looking at at least 12' rollers.i did not want to stay,raised sail,and each time on top of swell,looked at reef to make sure i was gaining distance.exciting!that day brought me to an island inside the reef w/ a .small comunity.i anchored,later a catamaran came up,told me(in a jamaican accent) that i was in san pedro, belize, & pointed that belize city was@30 miles that way.i noticed water taxis coming & going, & decided to follow them the next day.the channel was marked w/ sticks here and there & touched ground in spots with swing keel.eventually i found my way to the marina & docked.a was greeted by the" dock master",and informed him that i had no papers, and some details of the trip.he said he'd alert immagration and warned me not to go anywhere.he told me 5 days earlier,some other sailors did not stay,and were fined $ 1000.00....after 4 days of official bussiness & getting some funds sent down, I had a visa, became freinds with the belizian coasties & dock people,who helped me get my rudder pintle bracket welded.belize reminded me alot of my 7 months spent in jamaica doing relief work after 1988 hurricane "gilbert"....before leaving....2 b con...