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British Virgin Islands
3 minutes ago
Originally Posted by BaardJ
I really wonder what kind of ride you'll get on the Manhattan trying to run at 18+ kts outside the SFD with typical tradewind seas of 4-6'. In other words, is the high speed capability of that hull shape (and associated engine cost) of practical use when running through the BVIs and to other nearby islands such as St Croix, SXM, and SVIs.

That is a great question BaardJ. In fact that is the question. The answer to that question is the exact aim of the thread... I hope there is someone who has the direct experience to answer it smile
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:23 PM
Hey there!
My daughter and I leave for our trip tomorrow, wasn’t sure if you would be able to go due to the fact my dad and grandma have been in the hospital. We booked accommodations last minute and won’t check into our place on St. John until Monday. We fly into St. Thomas tomorrow afternoon and I’m wondering if anyone can tell me if the ferries are running to Tortola? Was thinking we might go there and spend the weekend there before going to St. John on Monday. Any other advice on islands to visit or suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:02 PM
Some boats fell over at nanny cay. That may have been more jarring than the hurricane winds
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:38 PM
In honesty, you can’t miss with any of them and the flights to St Bart’s and Saba are both incredible. Flying around those volcanos and then landing in Saba was the experience of a lifetime and the take-off is mind-boggling, and particularly so if you’ve viewed the runway from the hilltops above it. The taxi tours of Saba are great but in honesty, having seen the roads, you couldn’t pay me to drive over there. A taxi tour is really the way to go whereas, on St. Bart’s driving is not a problem but please remember to check your rental car’s gas gage before you leave the lot in it.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 09:17 PM
We loved going to the Casino. If the NFL season was in progress, they had a majority of the games playing on the TV's, and if you didn't see what you wanted, they would change one of the TV's to the game you wanted to watch. NFL Football for me, and slot machines for Wifey.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 08:46 PM
We went to the dock at Oil Nut Bay this year and have spent many afternoons anchored off the backside of Prickly Pear. The channel to the dock at Oil Nut is marked to the right after you pass Saba Rock. We made lunch reservations a few days ahead of time and then radioed the resort as we got close on the day of arrival. They have dock hands that find a spot for you and catch lines. Then they take you to and from the resort. They also email you a chart to the dock when they confirm your lunch reservations.

We have anchored off the backside of Prickly Pear by going in both ways. Either from The SABA BEYC channel and then going left while the sun is high and you can see the coral heads or going between Eustatia and Prickly Pear when coming in from Anegada or the Francis Drake Channel. My wife finds a day on the beach there with only 1 or 2 boats around to be the highlight of her trip.

I have a Navionics screenshot of this years tracks in and out if you want to PM me.
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SXM People Talk
Yesterday at 08:05 PM
Thanks for the wishes.
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United States & Canada
Yesterday at 07:14 PM
We just returned from a five day trip to the Oregon Coast and it was awesome! Highs in the low 70's with 40% humidity. Great day at Cape Arago State Park just south of Coos Bay which is where we stayed. If you stop in Coos Bay I recommend Fisherman's Seafood right on the boardwalk for Clam Chowder and seafood or Sharkbites one block off the bay on 2nd street for their amazing chowder, ahi tuna salad, and adult beverages. You can read my review of Sharkbites on TripAdvisor.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:23 PM
Originally Posted by PreK176
Craig/Bob lives nearby and does provide a great service. We have only had to rent chairs/snorkel equipment from him once but he was awesome. Some friends have rented his villa and others have seen him entertain at local spots. He is a great guy!

We've watched Bob entertain several times -- always a fun time!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 06:09 PM
Ah, Lesley! The Frigate! It was probably my favorite of all the SXM restaurants back in the day.

I think they had the first and possibly the only salad bar on the island back in those days. Their grilled steaks were delicious and the wait staff was incredible. Some nights they used to almost dance their way through dinner - must not have been any ‘big cheese’ managers working on those nights! 😊😊
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:47 PM
Not sure how anything in that press release is any different than the original Daily Herald article that was posted to start this thread?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 03:26 PM
Originally Posted by SammyM
What an interesting question. For me and my wife the answer is definitely yes, but it's important to remember that on SXM Club Orient really sets the tone for just not this island but all of the Caribbean. There is no other place quite like it, but if it didn't come back (rebuild) I would still visit St. Martin for the many reasons that 'Pat' and others listed above. The people, the dining, the shopping, the attractions, and so much more make SXM a very special place. Some people may not like what I am about to say, but in certain ways Club Orient has also hindered St. Martin. Before everyone gets their 'ire' up, please let me explain.

Many of the folks who visit and stay at Club Orient year-after-year have developed a type of 'right of ownership' here. Not everyone, but some people. Some are less than welcoming when people from cruise ships and other visitors in general walk down through the clothing optional section in front of Club 'O'. Warning signs about cameras, cell phone pictures, and the security personnel who watch over this area sometimes creates an atmosphere that is overly restrictive for those who are nothing more than curious. I have seen this first hand, and I often wish that those who choose to go without clothing would inter-mingle with those who keep their suits on. And, by all means stop treating the word 'textile' as some kind of negative thing.

Recently, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea, and made it a point to spend a full day at Es Trenc beach near Campos on the island's south side. We had never been here before, but had heard about what a beautiful beach this was similar to those on Ibiza. After our driver dropped us off, we walked through different inter-connected beaches that lined this coast. First, there was a very calm beach that was occupied heavily by young families with small children. Then, a more standard beach similar to the primary section of Orient Beach. Next, was a gay section with primarily male couples, and then a large nude section which was comprised of people from all ages. There were single men, single women, families, couples, and so on. As we continued our walk, the nude section slowly faded and a more standard beach returned (although one in every four women went topless). There were no security guards watching everyone, nor warning signs regarding photography, or any type of rules that warned if you "crossed this line" the police will swoop in and fine you. It was refreshing watching the people who chose to wear swimsuits mix in comfortably with those who chose to go nude. Everyone was enjoying the day with or without apparel.

Here, my wife and I set up our beach umbrella and enjoyed a wonderful day under the sun. I couldn't help but compare this to Orient Beach and Club Orient. And, I must honestly say that as much as we have enjoyed all of Orient Beach in the past I wished at that moment it was more like this Spanish beach where everyone could do whatever best 'suited' them without all the rules and regulations. So, if Club Orient didn't return we would indeed return, but only if the new beach truly mirrored the clothing optional beaches of the French Riviera and the Balearic Islands. Either way, we will still be coming back to SXM for so may other reasons.

Great response! Thanks!

I wanted to correct what I posted: If Club Orient closed and the property sold to developers that built villas and beach bars similar to the other end of the beach then we would not return. The way it stands now is Club Orient controls the beach in front of the resort even though the resort is closed so it is fine with me to go and carry in and carry out my beach chair, umbrella and cooler.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 03:24 PM
Originally Posted by windward2c
How did the 42 do keeping up with the 2x 450??

The rig of the 42 with its smaller main and the self tacking jib meant that it was maxed out at about 8 knots, while the 450s managed about 9-10 quite easily, while beam reaching. We had a few races, and the 450s were happily in front - but much of the traveling was in small bursts of cruising so we didn't end up too far apart... When it came to Painkiller consumption in the evenings the skipper of the 42 more than held his own!
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
Yesterday at 01:22 PM
They haven't announce a specific opening date other than Summer 2018.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 01:08 PM
This story

was in the St. Maarten paper about the Beef Island crash. Perhaps it was an engine failure, as the plane was supposedly outbound when it crashed.
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US VI and Puerto Rico
Yesterday at 01:07 PM
Thanks RickG, thats exactly the type of stuff I am looking for, its just me. Thanks for the input, have a great weekend.
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British Virgin Islands
Yesterday at 11:21 AM
Originally Posted by tradewinds
Nothing to be confused about. I can start a whole new thread about the plane crash.

Please do.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
07/19/2018 11:49 PM
It's not just the lack of visitors it's the lack of businesses on the orient beach stretch.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
07/19/2018 11:47 PM
Every place you asked about have been open for months. Go and enjoy.
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
07/19/2018 11:20 PM
Typically many restaurant close sometime between August-October. This year may be the exception to the rule.
I'm planning to reach out to our favorites and will post their replies.
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British Virgin Islands
07/19/2018 10:59 PM
I would expect Columbus and Quito's will make it open by December if not a little earlier. We are shooting for the same date at Agape Cottages (fingers crossed).
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British Virgin Islands
07/19/2018 09:18 PM
Also the final green was missing when we were there
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British Virgin Islands
07/19/2018 09:01 PM
WineFusion we will be on a 514 PC from Moorings with 8 of us. Will be flying the Pirate Flag that says "Hunt for Treasure and Treasure the Hunt"... pirate
We will be leaving the dock morning of the 28th and heading to the Rhone and night on Cooper.
29th Baths and to Saba.
30th Oil Nut Bay and night at Levericks.
31st Dogs and then JVD White's Bay
1st Sandy Cay and JVD Great Harbor
2nd Sandy Spit and then CGB
3rd Pelicans, Caves at Norman and then Peter Island to the Willy-T
4th Depart
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
07/19/2018 07:22 PM
Anything about Coco Beach at Esmeralda?
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St. Maarten - St. Martin
07/19/2018 07:18 PM
We were there for lunch a couple of weeks ago at Leandras and they were working down their inventory and closing the following Sunday. We saw owners of La String and they said the bars just north of Pedros probably would not open before November or December.
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