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St. Maarten - St. Martin
8 minutes ago
Nice report. We were at Mullet yesterday and Chester took care of us with the chairs and umbrella. Rosie’s chicken good as always. Beach full of families having a great time!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
8 minutes ago
Many of the people who frequent that beach, including Dany, who operates the concessions there, are local residents. As Todd says, it's been accepted as a clothing optional beach for decades.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
35 minutes ago
Agree.
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British Virgin Islands
47 minutes ago
Peg legs pre Irma
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
1 hour ago
Originally Posted by cvo
While on sxm currently, I feel that my social security number was stolen. Any suggestion as to what I can do?

I would first contact the Social Security Administration. SSA CONTACT

Just curious as to what makes you feel the number was stolen?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
7 hours ago
Thanks for the very nice and detailed report. I admire your easy-going attitude toward your misfortunes and am surprised at your reaction to Anguilla. I love day trips there and usually go to Madeariman; same owner as L'Astrolabe in Orient Village. Thanks again for the nice details!
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British Virgin Islands
9 hours ago
Originally Posted by jphart
George,
Which bow cleats? Difficult to see from your photo.
I’m only familiar w Moorings sail cats, but have seen some use the cleats on the bar between the hulls. duh
Isn’t it preferable to utilize the cleats affixed to each hull?

And of course, I concur the use of two lines to avoid chaffing of a single line.

Originally Posted by jphart
George,
Which bow cleats? Difficult to see from your photo.
I’m only familiar w Moorings sail cats, but have seen some use the cleats on the bar between the hulls. duh
Isn’t it preferable to utilize the cleats affixed to each hull?

And of course, I concur the use of two lines to avoid chaffing of a single line.


Our Moorings cat had lines too short to tie from the hulls. We had to use the forward cleats (despite the warning stickers saying not to.)
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British Virgin Islands
10 hours ago
Originally Posted by bjack0013
Last Saturday we took the 8am ferry from Tortola to Red Hook then a taxi to arrive at STT around 10:30am. We had no line whatsoever to check bags, clear customs and go through security.

Our captain told us to take the 8am ferry because lines at STT get really bad from noon-5pm. While it sucked docking the cat a little earlier, the logistics were a breeze on our return home.

We did the same. 8 am ferry to Red Hook, customs at Red Hook, cab to STT. No wait at airport, other than waiting for United desk to open.
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British Virgin Islands
10 hours ago
Trellis Bay isn’t worth it. Full Moon Party is just bars and music— you can find that anywhere in BVI and there’s not much else at Trellis. This may be an unpopular opinion but we felt like we wasted a day of our itinerary on the Trellis FMP.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
10 hours ago
IMO its become a total jungle. From the road that is next to impossible and dangerous to get down on a busy day to the over crowding of the chairs and music way to loud. The night time crowd has really become a bunch of undesirables. We went there in Jan and left after an hour. The quickest way to go out of business to me is to not listening to your customers the lack of safe parking without hassle getting there has become to much to even bother going. Cant even image why they would want to add to that parking mess and over crowding by building more.
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Nude Resorts, Beaches and Cruises
12 hours ago
Our first time experience was at the former Desert Shadows, (now Desert Sun Resort) in Palm Springs, CA.

I purposely chose an upscale type of resort for our first time, as many of the locations nearer to us were more rustic, and I knew my wife wouldn't love that part of it. I also chose Desert Shadows because of their nude requirement around the pool. I didn't want my wife to feel out of place sitting there among other women that chose not to disrobe at all, or among a bunch of men whom were nude and some women that chose not to be fully nude. My rationale was that we would be all in this together, nobody would be different in terms of clothing. She wouldn't have to feel like others around her were being more modest than she was.

It went very well. Almost 20 yrs. later and Desert Sun is still our most favorite resort, and we've tried 5 or 6 others. Some had a CO rule, and we find ourselves more comfortable with everyone nude at least around the pool. For other activities and meals, dressing is fine with us. We don't hate CO, we just prefer nude.

To be clear, Desert Sun is CO anywhere on the resort, but complete nudity is required in the pool, in the jacuzzi and on the pool decks.

You might look into trying somewhere that has other types of accommodation in the immediate area should the experience not be to your liking. It would be no fun to pay the rates for a nude resort and determine that you want nothing to do with it but have no other options to move to, especially in another country.
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British Virgin Islands
12 hours ago
In my view, the biggest problem with the MIT crowed arises if you are trying to take a ferry at the same time as them.

If you think that may be the case, get to the ferry extra early. A reserved seat is merely a suggestion.
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Nude Resorts, Beaches and Cruises
12 hours ago
Wow! $450-$490 December 16 - April 15.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:59 PM
Thank you. Very helpful!
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Sounds like a great trip, thanks for the report!!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:17 PM
Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Huh. Interesting. I knew that they have to pay in order to go through the bridge, or to dock. Didn't realize they had to pay to use their own anchor at sea. Are you sure about that, Lesley?


Yep. They have to pay clearance, harbor, and bridge fee if applicable. At the police station by the bridge.

http://www.portstmaarten.com/index.php?id=20

http://yachtingstmaarten.com/clearing-0
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 07:52 PM
Bottom of the keel is about 60 feet. Decks about 30 to 40. Vis has been poor in that area. Usually can’t see the ship until down 10 feet or so.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 07:46 PM
Ah, I misread that. Wind action waves, not wrap around swell prevented making a B line to B Line. 😀
Originally Posted by GeorgeC1
Nanny Key will not be affected by a North Swell.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 07:25 PM
Yes from May 8-28 and again July 11-25 celebrating our 50th and our daughter and son in laws 20th anniversary which they were married on island.
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Nude Resorts, Beaches and Cruises
Yesterday at 06:54 PM
We were there about 2 weeks ago & spent 5 days on the beach in front of Club O. I never say anything inappropriate in the wrecked cottages. Saw Cedric quite alot & usually about 3 or 4 other guys that looked like they were keeping things safe. Don't worry, be happy
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:14 PM
Afternoon folks, well wife decided to get her hair cut and went to Benguin. She was quite happy with the hair cut. It was $50 for wash, cut, style. Good price. Thanks for the many replies.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 05:56 PM
Daily Herald story

I would love to go down that slide myself!! grin
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Southern Caribbean
Yesterday at 05:26 PM
I thought I'd throw this out to anyone who might comment on a basic ROUNDTRIP sailplan aboard a 42' sailing Cat out of Marin, Martinique (southern Martinique). We are looking at a 16 night charter sail trip late June through early July. I'm an experienced (35+ yr) sailor with over 5k ocean miles including many multi-day offshore trips. 2 families of 3 each (6 total) aboard with 3 of the 4 adults having pretty solid sailing experience. I like having a "general" plan subject to all changes due to weather and general desires. Still, I like having a general plan.

So, here's the basic plan concept:

2 days/nights on southern end of Martinique after checking out boat.
Approx 4-5 days cruising down west coast of St Lucia.
Overnight sail out of southern end of St Lucia to Bequia (bypassing St Vincent to east)
Around 5 days cruising Grenadines (probably northern rather than southern islands/anchorages)
Transit up to St Vincent and spend 2 days
Overnite sail north (past St Lucia to east) onto Martinique
2 nights in Martinique before returning boat to charter base in Marin.

So someone might ask a few questions about the basic plan. Why skip over islands (St Vincent) just to then go to them on return (northern) trip back. Good question - we want to see the mountainous northern Windwards but do want to visit the low lying Grenadines - we think we'll have done this after St Lucia so skip over St V. with the option (plan) to return for a stopover on way back. We want to make certain we have enough time in the Grenadines in case weather changes our plans for return. And to be clear, we won't do the trip this way if weather is an issue and I'm used to weather planning.

As for the overnites - my wife and I love/understand them and the other family aboards wants the experience as well. We love experiencing overnites but even in good weather (the only way we'll do them) they can be a bit exhausting. They also allow us to jump around for longer trips (like this one) without sacrificing the days. Ultimately these will be a crew decision. We've got 2 overnites of approx 60-70 miles which is the distance we like that time of year (long days/short nights) spaced a week apart - we like that plan. Yes, its a charter and we've sailed charters (and many other sailboats) overnite - we have the experience, particular gear, and training to handle them. Don't worry about typical charter requirements - I have that one handled.

We've taken a quick look at C&I regs/ports of entry and it all looks reasonably doable without killing the trip with time spent in offices. (needs some more research tho)

We are looking for sportier, longer sails than typical in Leeward (Guadeloupe thru USVI) which we've done many times, and getting away from overly populated cruising grounds though a couple of nights in places like Rodney Bay, St Lucia and elsewhere isn't going to kill us - in fact, we like that in moderation - just not day after day.

We will need to figure out our safe "hole up" spots/options - I'll confirm those are always within reasonable shooting distance.

We also want to see/visit a high degree of varying landscapes - we think this trip/sailplan offers that.

Thanks for any thoughts - pro/con/other - that anyone might offer.

Best,

Kevin
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 05:16 PM
Thanks for the updates.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 04:38 PM
In addition to those mentioned above, Grand Case has several nice spots. Our favorite is Le Temps des Cerices, commonly known as LTC. The chairs are comfortable, the service good, and the food and drinks are excellent. Many people recommend Rainbow, but I find their chairs to be very uncomfortable. I understand that Captain Frenchy has comfortable chairs now, but we haven't been there since Irma. The three are next to each other on the beach, so it would be easy to compare.
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