Shopping in St Maarten

Having been anchored with just a metre of water under the keel in a crowded bay, Beyzano is now anchored in St Maarten where there is plenty of room. It was a 3 hour trip in reasonable winds to do the 18 miles. Rob found clearing in a bit tedious as there are so many mega-yachts in the marinas, with huge crews to clear in, so there was a bit of a queue. Port fees were 40 US$ but that was for a week. Clearing out in Anguilla was easy though and the officials very helpful and friendly, despite Beyzano leaving a day later than originally stated due to a late night for Rob and Mikaela in the beach bar, or should I say early morning/almost dawn 🙂

Anchorage at Anguilla

Mikaela has settled in really well, interested in learning how everything works and taking the helm. Also doing more than her fair share of cooking! She is pictured below, helming in 20 knots of wind. Rob is obviously busy taking photos!

Heading for St Maarten

He also found the chandlery, Island Water World, to relieve them of a 15 hp Mercury 2 stroke outboard, which came with a remote fuel tank and fittings. It is also very light, not much heavier than our 6 hp one, so we can still handle it easily with our hoist. Budget Marine was also huge and well stocked and the island is duty free. He is picking it up tomorrow before leaving for St Barts to meet up with our ARC friends John and Susan, on ‘Chiscos’. Drinks and food are also much cheaper than in the BVI, for instance a beer is now 1.25 US$ rather than 5!

Simpson Bay - Saint Maarten

I have had a sunny weekend in Edinburgh but am back in Oxted tomorrow. Sailing in the Caribbean seems a long time ago now and it is the longest I’ve ever been away from Rob and Beyzano! Coping with family issues long distance is one part of the cruising life we have had to learn to deal with and sometimes coming back is the only option. Something to bear in mind for practicalities, such as where to stay, if you no longer have a home here and what to do with the boat, plus having additional funds in the budget for flights and emergency marina berthing.

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