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captain conrad 11-02-2011 11:05 AM

Chartering in St Maarten
Has anyone been to St Maarten? My wife and I have booked a trip for five days and are excited to sail there. We have been to the BVI's and are trying SM for somthing new.
Should we have them ( the Moorings ) provision the boat or can we get what we need there we intend to eat only breakfest and lunch on the boat, then hit the local spots for dinner.
Are there any must see's or don't do's?
What aer the conditions like in early December?

speciald 11-02-2011 01:44 PM

I live across Oyster Pond from the Moorings base and will be there in late November. They were supposed to open a small grocery this Fall at Captain Oliver's Marina but I don't know if it has happened. There are great U S style grocery stores a taxi ride away (Gran Marche) but if you only have 5 days with the boat it may be better to go with their provisioning. Did you mean you are there for 5 days or that you have a week? You will loose time on both ends of your charter! Grand Case is the best for eating - LoLos to 5 star dining. If you go to St. Barth's, plan on mooring in Anse de Columbier and eating dinner aboard. Let me know if you want any other infomation. I leave Annapolis tomorrow for Fort Lauderdale and then will be in Sint Maarten after the 14th.

WanderingStar 11-02-2011 10:08 PM

I'm going to St Martin on 11Nov for 5 days. Not chartering, but would love to sail some. Where can I find sunfish or hobies? I'm staying in Orient Bay.

captain conrad 11-03-2011 01:47 PM

I have the boat for five days we arrive Dec 2 (hotel) then on the boat untill the 8th

jtsails 11-07-2011 07:22 AM

chartering in St Maarten
I did a 6 day charter with Sunsail out of Oyster Pond this summer. Check out my write-up here:
Traveltalkonline: SunSail 39i St. Martin Trip Report

Hope this link works!

sevent 11-22-2011 08:17 PM

hi - did you find a hobbie or sunfish on orient bay? I was there in early october but they were just starting to get things open from hericane season.

speciald 11-22-2011 10:41 PM

I'm in Oyster Pond finally having been delayed by the late tropical storm.The grocery is NOT at the Moorings/Sunsail base. The road from the airport through Cole Bay is a disaster. I would recomend Grand Marche and Cost You Less ( a Costco clone) for provisioning. They are both on Bush road. You can take a taxis from your hotel - the drivers usually will wait for you. I would plan on eating on the boat most nights. By the way - we have what they call the Christmas winds where the strngth may be greater than 20 knots each day. This week has been great with less than 3-6 foot seas in the passage to St. Barth's and 10-15 knot winds.

captain conrad 11-28-2011 12:04 PM

I'm comming in this Friday. Are the Christmas winds a danger or just uncomfortable?
Whats the weather are the Xmass winds easterly.
We have the boat provisioned for three day and plan eating off the boat most of the time. What about Road Bay in Anguilla.

WanderingStar 11-29-2011 05:32 PM


Originally Posted by sevent (Post 799712)
hi - did you find a hobbie or sunfish on orient bay? I was there in early october but they were just starting to get things open from hericane season.

Yes, there are some rentals on the beach. Hobies were about $50 an hour, less per hour for longer. I didn't rent one in the end, but did love the island.

fallard 11-29-2011 07:26 PM

We've chartered twice out of Oyster Bay and a lot more in the Virgin Islands (US, British, Spanish). The winds might be higher in the St. Martin area, but it's not that far from the BVI and a lot of your sailing will be on a reach, say between St. Martin and St. Barts.

Agree with speciald about provisioning, given your short time aboard, and you should plan on eating dinner aboard more often than not. Given your 5 day schedule, and assuming the conditions are not too rough, you ought to visit Orient Bay and spend a day on the beach. We prefer the Ile Pinel anchorage for snorkeling and staying overnight, but the Green Caye anchorage is more convenient to the beach. We'd recommend you approach the beach in your dinghy at the south end of Club Orient to avoid a shallow reef.

Grand Case is a must for the fine dining. There are so many choices, so you'll need an hour or so to check out the menus. You'll also need to use a stern anchor for your dinghy, assuming you are coming in at the pier.

Marigot is interesting ashore, but we've not been tempted to stay there overnight. Going in the other direction, you might stop at Ile Fourche (uninhabited, but you can hike there) and/or Columbier on St. Barts proper. You'll be eating aboard in either case. Columbier has a hiking trail over to Flamands beach, which is worth the time. If you go on to Gustavia, you will likely anchor in an open area and dinghy in to check in with the Harbor Master and pay an anchoring fee. I think its worth the bother. You can also get an original Cheeseburger in Paradise or have a nice dinner elsewhere.

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