Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I didn't get going until late, although I did listen in to the 07:30 cruiser's network on the VHF. I puttered around on the boat and went to Lagoonies for a lunchtime sandwich, checking for a mail from the shipping company with no luck. Then I decided I'd really be happy with a French café au lait with a croissant and took my notebook in there as well - success, they told me that the container was going to be unpacked in the afternoon so I zoomed back to the Dutch side for a rental car. Unfortunately all they had was a Jeep for a bit more money, but I took it and drove to pick up my cases.

I made it to CaribTrans and paid my $50 fees, then proceeded to their container unloading facility as seen in the picture and picked up my 5 cases, dropping my camera on the ground in the process. I was too worried that I'd broken it so I didn't try to turn it on until I'd arrived at the dinghy dock; luckily only the lens cover was bent and twisted and the camera and lens were still functioning well. Getting the heavy cases from the car to the dock, then to the dinghy, and from there onto Zanshin was a big task, but I finally made it and started to unpack the contents, bit by bit. The first case contained the rest of the Froli mattress pieces for the 2 aft cabins, so I spent two hours getting those installed and making both beds comfortable for future guests.

Lagoon seen from Barnacles Lagoon seen from Barnacles
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Lagoon seen from Barnacles
Carib Trans depot I shipped a number of cases from Germany to St. Martin and the containers in the background are where the shipper stores the items. Luckily I used Peli Cases, which are air- and watertight and don't mind being out in the elements.
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Carib Trans depot
Peli shipping cases My cases with goods and spare parts finally arrived after a lengthy journey from Europe to St. Martin (via Florida). I rented a car in order to pick them up at the shippers and bring them back to Zanshin I
Peli shipping cases
Cases filling the car My cases with goods and spare parts finally arrived after a lengthy journey from Europe to St. Martin (via Florida). I rented a car in order to pick them up at the shippers and bring them back to Zanshin I
Cases filling the car
Cases unwrapped My cases with goods and spare parts finally arrived after a lengthy journey from Europe to St. Martin (via Florida). I rented a car in order to pick them up at the shippers and bring them back to Zanshin I. Here the cases are stacked on the dock, awaiting being loaded onto my dinghy and taken to the boat.
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Cases unwrapped
Peli cases aboard After a lot of heaving heaving and carrying, the big heavy cases that I sent to myself are finally aboard Zanshin I
Peli cases aboard
Froli mattress springs Froli mattress springs
Froli mattress springs
Steffen in St. Martin Steffen, a fellow German, lives and work in St. Martin and is also an excellent source for LED lights.
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Steffen in St. Martin
Simpson Bay sunset Simpson Bay sunset
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Simpson Bay sunset
Sunset behind a D400 Another fine Caribbean sunset seen from the Simpson Baie Lagoon from Zanshin I with the D400 wind generator pumping out the amps.
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Sunset behind a D400
Full Moon in St. Martin The full moon over the (unstayed) mast of the big catamaran upwind of me.
Full Moon in St. Martin
St. Martin takeoff During my happy hour routine on Zanshin I while anchored in the Simpson Baie lagoon I would sit in the cockpit and watch the jets take off over me.
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St. Martin takeoff

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