Since today is Saturday, that meant that last night was Friday night, and the very loud and aggressive/obnoxious music was blasting from the Soggy Dollar Bar until about 03:30. It might be the distance from the speakers, but whenever I heard a voice over the deep bass rhythmic thumping it sounded like he was trying to incite a riot rather than let people party.
I headed in to Lagoonie's for the Saturday swap meet, but apart from the LiFePo4 batteries there was little of interest and I realized that many of the group of sailors I hear on the VHF every morning are not part of the stereotypical yachties who only ask each other for Grey Poupon mustard, but are people who are on a tight budget despite having a sailboat and travelling in the in Caribbean.
The one solar panel that had been on the foredeck during storage had turned milky, so I gave it a very long good cleaning (I got most of it off, I believe the discoloration was wax residue that hadn't been removed) before putting it up on the bimini in preparation for measuring the location and subsequently having the Velcro panels sewn on for it. The solar electrical panel is now complete and hidden away and the ugly wires that had been strung across my main cabin are now finally gone and I'm quite happy with my solar panels so far.
I headed ashore for my fill of weekend entertainment and watched the 17:00 bridge opening and later saw the sunset with what might have been a bit of green flash from the beach at Buccaneer's and then wandered around for a while watching the revelers; just as I started feeling peckish I walked past the McDonald's by the Dutch bridge and, in a moment of weakness, went in and got a Big Mac. This was my first in a couple of years and it was very tasty, but I was surprised that purchasing a Big Mac all by itself was more expensive than getting a combination of big soft drink, fries and the Big Mac!

Cruiser's Swap Meet The Cruisers in St. Martin hold a weekly swap meet at Lagoonie's. There were some interesting articles for sale, but unfortunately no real bargains to be had.
(2015-03-21 09:27:11 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 1/500s] ISO 100)
Cruiser's Swap Meet
Flexible Solbian panels on the dodger The semi-flexible Solbian solar panels are affixed to the dodger by means of Velcro strips sewn into the cloth and glued to the panels.
(2015-03-21 15:49:41 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/22.0, 1/30s] ISO 100)
Flexible Solbian panels on the dodger
Shiny solar panels The flexible Solbian panels have just been cleaned and given a protective coat before being Velcro'd to the dodger.
(2015-03-21 15:46:57 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/16.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Shiny solar panels
Sleek yacht Panacea through the bridge This sleek and elegant yacht, "Panacea", glided through the 17:00 Simpson Bay bridge opening.
(2015-03-21 16:58:54 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/7.1, 1/250s] ISO 100)
Sleek yacht Panacea through the bridge
Sunset at Buccaneer's This photo was taken sitting at the bar at Buccaneer's in Simpson Bay on Sint Maarten.
(2015-03-21 18:03:28 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/13.0, 1/50s] ISO 100)
Sunset at Buccaneer's
Live Duo at Buccaneer's This duo did a very good job and interpreting some R&R classics while performing at Buccaneer's during sunset.
(2015-03-21 18:23:47 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.8, 1/20s] ISO 200)
Live Duo at Buccaneer's
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