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2 hours ago Trip Report and Attemped Robbery [by Thirsty_Toad]
Wednesday 4/28.
Pretty decent travel day AA from DFW-MIA-SXM. Didn't have to wear a face diaper in business class which was nice. And was served booze which was also nice. Loaded up on a bus for the 100' drive to the terminal. Sunsail Base is out of Marina Ft Louis these days. Got my boat assignment and my crew and I got settled in. Jeannie with Shop n Drop arrived with our provisions promptly at 5 and on time. She's great. Can't say enough good things about her. What she couldn't round up she either swapped or refunded. She asked how I found out about her and told her TTOL. Walked to dinner at O'Plongeoir which was very good.
We were dog tired and full of food so we all racked out by 9:30 or 10pm.

Thursday 4/29. Sometime between 12-2am some bold [censored] boarded/robbed the boat directly next to us. And attempted the same to us. I'll get back to that. So we get up about 0630 when the sun came up. About 0800 the Sunsail dockmaster asks me if I saw/heard anything last night. No, why? Well, seems someone boarded/entered/robbed the Cat directly next to us. While the couple on board was asleep. The [censored] made away with about 10K worth of items. The poor French couple thought they were safe and secure and moored to the dock. She broke down and was sobbing in her husband's arms. 3 French cops showed up all decked out in tactical plates and H&K bullpups. I don't speak French so I had to get a translator. They asked me if I knew anything. I ask my crew and one couple says they heard somebody on our deck around 1-2am but they just figured it was me the Captain checking the boat. I usually get up x2-3 times per night to check anchor but I don't do this when I snugged up all fat and happy to the dock. I told the cops this and they said it fitted the timeline. They reason we didn't get robbed is I locked down the doors before going to bed. Which turned out to be a good thing as we had lots of valuables in the saloon/galley.

Fast forward to boat return. I was swapping sea stories with a fellow Texican on the dock and he said he caught a small woman on his boat. She dove into the water and got away. Apparently the thieves come into the marina by dingy. The female is the sneaking rat that boards and does the actual stealing. She's small and quiet. She gathers up the booty and passes it to other members of the outfit.

Kinda ballsy of them to try that same tactic twice at the same marina over a short amount of time but crooks are not all that bright. Subjects are still at large as far as I know.

More report to follow when I get some free time.
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7 hours ago Marine Max 362 Power Cat-Anyone charter? [by altouchet]
Has anyone chartered the 362 Power Cat from Marine Max? Since it may be just my wife and I going, I thought this might be the most affordable and easy to handle boat that still has generator and AC.
Any thoughts on it?
Any comments or experiences from folks that have chartered with Marine Max? How's the service and response time for repairs, etc...etc.?
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9 hours ago Airfares Winter 2022? [by the captain]
$1370 round trip is cheapest Im seeing. for Presidents week. That sounds a bit high, no? Jetblue from NY. I signed up for googleflightalerts

But is that reasonable or high for this peak time?
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9 hours ago Airport reconstruction in jeopardy [by Carol_Hill]
Link

Seriously? The SXM government needs to get it's s#*t together..
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9 hours ago US CDC to allow self tests for re-entry into US [by Carol_Hill]
Link

I really don't know how all this would work from outside the country, but something worth exploring, I guess.
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Yesterday at 10:31 PM day 1 in paradise [by SXMScubaman]
Great trip coast to coast and beyond. No travel issues. Landed at 1:30 in my unit at 3. Dinner at lee's last night. Ribs were not as good as before but it was tradition and walking distance for tired travelers. Did the big shop today for provisions then BBQ lunch on deck. Pool rest of day. Thought about where to go for dinner and wife said Isola. Called Marco and we are set for dinner. Now, what to do for the next 4 weeks?
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Yesterday at 02:47 PM St John anchorages in May [by dfny36]
Hi - I've sailed the SVI but never the USVI. I'm trying to get a handle on what the USVI is like. I am looking for nature and no crowds (don't need restaurants, night life, etc). I always assumed USVI would be more busy and commercial, but am wondering if I was wrong.

If I stick to going around St John, what are the anchorages like? Also, I understand in the park area (I assume that's where it's most quiet) I must use a mooring and not anchor. Do I run the risk of them filling up and not getting a mooring?

Any experience you can share is appreciated. Specifically about end of May. I understand that's out of the main season, but maybe this year is more busy anyway due to there being a lot of charter boats moved to USVI from BVI?
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Yesterday at 11:12 AM Private A/L Charter [by jmon]
Finally going back to BVI in November. Can anyone recommend a private charter A/L to go from SJU - EIS?
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Yesterday at 03:51 AM Peter Island Resort [by GBCarib]
Does anyone know what is happened with the resort? Are they rebuilding? Their website hasn’t been updated since the storms.
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Yesterday at 03:14 AM We're booked! [by PrairieGirl]
It's a happy day. Just finalized all the details involved with returning to our beloved island for 2 weeks in December. Hopefully by then fully vaxed visitors won't have to go through the testing routine (either coming or going) but only time will tell.

This year we will be spending one week at SImpson Bay Resort before we move to Oyster Bay (our home resort) for week 2 and I'm really looking forward to trying out some different restaurants on that side of the island. I will be paying lots of attention to trip reports from y'all between now and then!

We are able to get all the way back to PHX in one day, but it's a long one. Snagged first class on Delta for only $200 more than Comfort Plus, the extra room to try to catch some rest will be most welcome.

Spending the night at JFK in the TWA Hotel on the way down, should be pretty entertaining!

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