I am still working on completing the boat registration, now it turns out that the British Registry needs a signed single piece of paper from me stating that I've affixed a carving with the boat registration number and tonnage to the hull and have the name and home port outside; but they need an original and won't accept a scanned .PDF file or fax. I went to the French post office and, after a very long wait, was told that airmail would take 8-10 days... if I was lucky. The alternative was to use the French courier system called Chronopost but they wanted €68 for a single sheet of paper so I am going to head off to UPS to get a similar service but at a fraction of the price.
I don't want to head off to the fuel dock alone in these boisterous windy conditions, so I am going to fill up my fuel tank with successive trips with my 2 20L fuel canisters. I have a wonderful siphon system, but unfortunately the hose won't fit in the canister and my little siphon, pictured below, took a bit over 30 minutes for one fuel tank due to the small diameter. I'm going to have to figure out something better if I want to continue with this refuelling plan.
A couple of days ago a German called Matthias arrived from the Canary islands after a 20 day solo sail in his Contessa 26 and as his dinghy has no engine and I'm sure he was looking for company and cheap drinks I went over and asked if he wanted to head out to Barnacle's on the other side of the lagoon for happy hour and he came along; we stayed there a bit too long and I had not really eaten all day and those few beers hit me hard.

Simpson Baie Lagoon View of the boats anchored close to the border in the Simpson Baie lagoon on St. Martin.
(2012-01-30 16:43:54 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/4.0, 1/1000s] ISO 100 Focus 5.96m)
[18°2'58.34"N 63°5'52.03"W (facing SE)]
Simpson Baie Lagoon
Filling up on diesel I opted to slowly fill my diesel tanks with my 2 20L canisters. The big siphon I had didn't fit in the opening, and this siphon took over 30 minutes to transfer the diesel - but at least it didn't spill a drop.
(2012-01-30 21:35:06 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/16.0, 1/40s] ISO 100 Focus 0.89m)
Filling up on diesel
Matthias' Contessa 26 Matthias singlehanded this Contessa 26 from the Canaries in 20 days.
(2012-01-30 21:35:41 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/5.6, 1/160s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°4'4.83"N 63°5'21.67"W (facing SE)]
Matthias' Contessa 26
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