Friday, December 17, 2010

While the night was still a bit rolly at anchor, it was quite a bit better than the previous ones, so I got a good night's sleep. Getting from the boat to the dock was a bit of a chore, as my outboard has been acting up and would start, but as soon as I gave it a bit of gas it would die on me. Luckily I was still attached to the boat while working on it, otherwise I would have drifted off quite a ways (luckily just through the anchorage and not towards the rocks).

Therefore it was serendipitous that I had found a used Caribe dinghy with a 18HP Tohatsu engine the day before and I have to admit that it was a lot of fun to go really fast in a dinghy without getting wet; those hard-bottom dinghies are a completely different class to the roll-up soft-floor Lodestar that I had used to date.

Friends of mine on a Jeanneau 43DS called Pinta had e-mailed me that they were in the lagoon, so I dropped by on one of my quick zips around in the new dinghy and said hello for a while. It was nice to see them, talk a bit in German, and be aboard a 43DS again. They told me about the Air France airbus taking off right over the boat, so I had the camera out in preparation. The aeroplane didn't show, and after it was a half hour late and another (much smaller) jet had taken off in the opposite direction I put the camera in it's special water protective enclosure, a 1-gallon zip-lock baggie, and that had been stowed in the backpack when, with a huge roar, the jet passed overhead. All I can say is “timing”. It would have been a great shot.

I just returned from a nice dinner (Pizza, but French style) and there is a local celebration going on ashore and I recognized one of the songs from my childhood, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” being played ashore, despite the rhythm coming from steel drums and congas and other nontraditional instruments!

Lagoon hulk One of the several rusting motor vessels dotting the inside of the Simpson Bay Lagoon on St. Martin. One or two of them, despite their delapidation, serve as homes.

[18°3'17.38"N 63°5'48.22"W (facing NW)]
Lagoon hulk
Budget Marine St. Martin Budget Marine and Island Waterworld are the two big chandleries on St. Martin and are a gathering place for all boaters since everything eventually breaks on a boat and needs to be repaired or replaced.

[18°1'53.8"N 63°5'5.56"W (facing E)]
Budget Marine St. Martin
Bargain boat in St. Martin This trimaran can probably be had for low price, and it is anchored not more then 300 yards from Budget Marine.

[18°2'4.76"N 63°5'16.42"W ]
Bargain boat in St. Martin
St. Martin Yachts St. Martin Yachts
St. Martin Yachts
Palapa Yachts The Palapa Marina in St. Martin caters mainly to sailboats (big ones) rather than powerboats and there are some very pretty big yachts moored there indeed.

[18°2'14.42"N 63°5'34.57"W (facing W)]
Palapa Yachts
Utopia Utopia
Hafida on Zanshin I Hafida on Zanshin I
Hafida on Zanshin I

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