Today was a mix of cleaning up the boat and finally getting around to updating my blog pages and pictures. There was a party planned at Barnacle's on the Dutch side which included dinner of "Greek Lasagne" which tasted pretty good but also rather close to an "Italian Lasagne" which shouldn't have come as a surprise as both countries are close to each, are part of the EU and are also currently experiencing some economic issues.
After dinner there was a gift exchange which was quite a lot of fun; each boat was asked to get something out of their bilges or storage that they didn't require anymore and wrap it up as a present. In my case the boat is new, as are the contents, and after wasting a half hour going through the boat looking for something surplus to requirements I gave up and headed ashore to the local equivalent to a 7-11 and found a bottle of Bordeaux. The store didn't have paper or ribbons, so I opted to wrap the bottle with duct-tape in lieu of better packaging.
The present system worked in that everyone drew a number and, beginning with number 1, each person would go to the pile of presents and select one. After opening it in public, he or she then had the option of trading the newfound present with one that had gone before. In this case a lower number was worse, since all the following people could exchange their unwanted present for your goodie. I was lucky, sort of, with number 33 (out of 38) and when I opened up my selection it was a new wire stripper, but I'd set my sights on a fine bottle of rum and quickly exchanged the presents. My joy didn't last long as the next person in line opened up their present to discover an old and abused roll of electrical tape, which quickly changed hands and is now in my possession and will be cherished and nurtured.

Fort St. Louis Yachts A couple of bigger yachts at the Fort St. Louis marina, seen from my anchoring spot in Marigot.
[18°4'3.89"N 63°5'17.85"W (facing NW)]
Fort St. Louis Yachts
Voyager 3 Ferry This is one of the frequent ferries that traverse the waters between St. Martin and the country of Anguilla. They are considerate of the boats in the harbour and don't turn up the power until they've turned the corner after the marina entrance.
[18°4'3.98"N 63°5'18.39"W (facing N)]
Voyager 3 Ferry
Marigot and Fort St. Louis From my secure anchorage in the harbour I can see the Fort remnants atop the hill and the ferry terminal and dinghy dock of Marigot.
[18°4'4"N 63°5'18.97"W (facing E)]
Marigot and Fort St. Louis
Typical cockpit view in Marigot This is a typical view of a boat's cockpit - the nice scenery in the background and then some metal polish and drying filters.
(2011-12-24 21:08:11 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/7.1, 1/200s] ISO 100 Focus 2.24m)
Typical cockpit view in Marigot
Spectra water filters drying These 2 pre-filters on the watermaker went from "new" to "clogged" in short order in Marigot so I replaced them with new ones and washed these. They are drying in the sun and will get re-used, hopefully a couple of times.
(2011-12-24 21:08:30 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.3, 1/250s] ISO 100 Focus 3.16m)
Spectra water filters drying
Xantrex LinkPro display Here my main 24V battery bank is charging at 202Amps, that is equivalent to 404Amps at 12V or almost 5000 Watts.
(2011-12-25 13:12:09 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.0, 1/60s] ISO 800 Focus 0.50m)
Xantrex LinkPro display
My Christmas present This is all that I got for Christmas. I attended a pot luck dinner at Barnacle's where everyone brought presents and then drew numbers and subsequently could choose a present and, optionally, trade it for someone else's. I had a bottle of fine rum in my possession for about 1 minute before the next person in line exchanged it for this wonderful roll of electrical tape.
(2011-12-25 13:52:50 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/3.5, 1/50s] ISO 800 Focus 0.50m)
My Christmas present
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