Monday, December 5, 2016

Saint Martin

We feel like we are finally in the Caribbean.  The BVI are beautiful and fun – but a bit like Disneyland.  Everything is extremely expensive and the islands are manicured unrealistically to attract people with lots of money.  Also, most sailors in the BVI are from the U.S., with a small contingent from Europe or Australia.  In SXM, there is more diversity, and the boating community is 99% live aboard cruisers which lends itself to a group of people who understand each other and where you can find people to help with boat projects at a reasonable price.  We always suggest that if you have a boat project, St Martin is the place to get it done. 

The last time we were here, we replaced our standing rigging, replaced the chain plates, installed a staysail furler, and installed a wind generator.  This time, thanks to a nice French manager at the Budget Marine willing to offer discounts, we have been here for one week and we have already replaced our forward head (toilet), replaced our outboard motor for our dinghy and have other fun project plans in mind.  

Why do we love St Marten?  Because we can do all of this and still swim, take Kala to the beach, hike, have $1 Presidentes at Lagoonies and explore forts. 
Sunset as we leave Virgin Gorda behind us (over my right shoulder)
Someone is happy to have a cool breeze again.
When we woke up the first morning in St Marten, I checked the anchor we had dropped at 4am - the water was so clear.  You can see our snubber as it holds the anchor chain and the chain in the sand.
Oh la la...mon moteur est très jolie!
Marigot Bay, St Marten
We're not in the BVI anymore - Lagoonies has beer for $2, not $10

1 comment:

Mary Wootton said...

My kind of place, cheers! :)

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