I needed to clear into St. Martin and didn't want to go to Marigot, so I was going to try Anse Marcel. It was just a bit too far for the dinghy, so I took the mother ship around the corner and anchored off the beach, taking the dinghy in through the narrow channel. As I was tying up at the Capitainerie the dock master came out and we spoke for a little bit and he informed me that I couldn't clear in from St. Barths despite my having cleared out of there; both islands are France and he said it was not necessary - although I felt odd about, he is in a position to know so I returned to Zanshin and then went back around Creole Rock into Grand Case and anchored there. My depth sounder read 3 feet and I dove on the boat, seeing that this was in actually over 6 feet of water under the keel (I did this by standing underneath the keel and raising my hand up to guesstimate the clearance. I then adjusted the depth sounder, which took me a while because I found the user interface a bit confusing and I kept on getting very strange readings. It turns out that the settings are mutually exclusive and when I changed one value the others were zeroed out. In the end I got the system adjusted to my satisfaction.
I headed ashore for dinner but after walking up and down the street I realized I didn't want a fine meal without company so I grabbed some ribs at one of the LoLos before returning to my book aboard the boat.

Anse Marcel entrance channel This channel is narrow, but according to the dockmaster it can accomodate 3 meter draft. It certainly doesn't look like it.
(2015-05-20 11:22:52 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/6.3, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Anse Marcel entrance channel
Le Shambala restaurant I had a drink at the bar during the day (mainly to get a WiFi password) and the restaurant itself looks wonderful and perhaps I'll stop by here one night for dinner.
(2015-05-20 15:16:48 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/11.0, 1/125s] ISO 100)
Le Shambala restaurant
Grand Case shore by night Grand Case beach and shoreline on a calm night
(2015-05-20 19:48:08 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/4.5, 16/10s] ISO 250)
Grand Case shore by night
Grand Case shore by night Grand Case beach and shoreline on a calm night
(2015-05-20 19:19:30 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/3.5, 4/1s] ISO 250)
Grand Case shore by night
Grand Case shore by night Grand Case beach and shoreline on a calm night
(2015-05-20 19:17:07 NIKON D7100 with a "18.0-250.0 mm f/3.5-6.3" lens. [f/5.6, 3/1s] ISO 250)
Grand Case shore by night
 
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