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post #19 of Old 01-26-2007
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Kernix...Cruisers in the Eastern Caribe used to spend hurricane season in Grenada, Trinidad and Venezuela to stay out of harms way and satisfy the requirement to be out of the hurricane "box" from 7/1 to 11/1 each year. After Ivan hit Grenada...the insurance companies marked that out leaving Trini and Venezuela the only spots left to hang out for the season while remaining insured. The spate of violence in Trini earlier this past year and the increasing lawlessness in Venezuela has many 100's of cruisers wondering where to go to wait out the season. Thankfully, things in Chaguramas seem to have settled down.
The piracy is almost always close to shore and while boats are at anchor. And piracy generally means either boarding and stealing things while owners are off the boat OR the more dangerous boarding with owners aboard for the same purpose. It is very rare that any physical harm comes to the boater but it is still wise to stay out of trouble spots and always remember to lock it or lose it.
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