Our fuel tank on Water Lily developed a leak


Our diesel fuel tank began a slow leak. The tank was built to conform to the curved hull and the leak was on the hull side, so I couldn’t get to it for a repair.

This all took place as we sailed near Martinique, so we stopped there and had a  new tank built.


As you approach a foreign country, it’s normal to fly a courtesy flag of that country at your spreaders. Martinique is French, so Marie raised the French courteous flag.

It took about two weeks for the tank to be built and installed, and it rained almost steadily the whole time!

I had brought a small chess set from home, so Les and I played a lot of chess to kill time. Les and I were evenly matched and had some exciting games.


George and his wife, Marie, sailed professionally, chartering boats in the Bahamas, then in the Virgin Islands. They then leased an uninhabited island, Little Thatch, in the British Virgin Islands, and turned it into a small hotel. After six years, they left the island and bought a lovely beachfront property on Jost Van Dyke (BVI) where they built Sandcastle Hotel and the original Soggy Dollar Bar. George is now the author of Incredible Virgin Island Adventure: A True Story.

One comment on “Our fuel tank on Water Lily developed a leak
  1. Monica Janik says:

    we do not know each other, but I will be visiting the island soon.
    Can’t wait to meet you and your wife. Please, tell her that I am a Horticulturist and I will be glad to talk about plants with her, and buy your book while visiting.
    Sorry to hear that your are sick, hope you fell better soon.
    My regards,

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