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sailing to St Martin #202037
08/09/2019 04:45 AM
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I am sailing over from the BVI tomorrow. My pre Irma guide book makes me think Marigot Bay is a great anchorage. Is this the case now? Looking for access to dinghy docks, supplies, food etc.. Or the big question is should I go around to Simpson bay on the dutch side? This is my first trip over to explore the area. Any good tips from sailors will be appreciated.

Terry

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Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: Knotthead] #202046
08/09/2019 07:32 AM
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There's not a lot of sailors on here, not sure you will get many responses. Simpson Bay does seem to be the most popular area for sailors, or more properly, the Lagoon. Best wishes.


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Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: Knotthead] #202076
08/09/2019 12:41 PM
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Yes Marigot Bay is an excellent anchorage. You will find a accessible dinghy dock, Super U grocery store a 10 min walk away, excellent bakeries, ATMS etc. Also a good selection of restaurants in which to choose.

Clearing in is easy and a short walk from the dinghy dock, its is in a building across the road from the Port Louis marina - before you see the bistro O Plongeoir. Ask Customs at the ferry terminal and they will give you directions to walk there. In addition it will be far more convenient and cost effective to clear in and cruise on the French side. No bridge times to wait for openings and cruising permit far cheaper than on the Dutch side. In fact I prefer all anchorages on the French side versus Dutch side.

Enjoy St. Martin, it is a fabulous place to explore!

Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: d_fish] #202077
08/09/2019 12:44 PM
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Thanks for posting!


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Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: d_fish] #202101
08/09/2019 03:36 PM
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thank you for the info. Is the dinghy dock near the ft louis marina or down towards the bridge?

Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: Knotthead] #202108
08/09/2019 06:13 PM
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The dinghy dock is by the ferry terminal.

Re: sailing to St Martin [Re: Knotthead] #202142
08/10/2019 12:16 PM
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While Marigot Bay is a large, easy and good holding anchorage, it tends to roll quite a lot when the tropical waves march through every 4-5 days now. If you are tired of rolling then it is best to go through the Dutch Side bridge and into the Lagoon where all the services are located too. The Lagoon is flat calm without any rolling. But the water is not something to swim in!


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