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post #21 of 24 Old 08-11-2013
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I have a lot of charter experience, but used a captain in Greece because I wasn't familiar with the area. It was great. When we arrived in a crowded harbor, he called his friend, the dockmaster, and a space appeared miraculously. We got water at the local rate, not the tourist rate, and he sent us to some great restaurants off the tourist path.
We enjoy sailing all over in foreign waters and never considered hiring a local captain before, but your points make great sense and a very good reason for us to consider that. After all, getting a boat slip and a popular marina with local rates for water and dock space can pay for the captain! Thanks for the great tip!
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There are very few options in Haiti. IMHO, it's not a great place to charter.

I'd fly to nearby USVI or, better, the BVI and charter there. Many, many options, including captains.


Yeah, we were rather astonished by the harbors. Not exactly the type of place
to find proper boat slips or supplies. However, the Haitians are extraordinarily proud and hospitable, despite their horrific situation. Unfortunately, we did come across a RIVER of trash, within their Caribbean, coming from Cité Soleil. Truly sad and concerning. Whether you are a humanitarian, or not, we MUST try to stop this type of pollution, or you can kiss your sailing goodbye. :-((

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A river of trash is a disturbing image!
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Haiti is a deeply disturbing contry to visit. A very corrupt beaucracy esp. at high levels and unbelievable poverty.

But it produces some great sailors. You see them tacking out of Nassau harbour in home built boats with no engine and recycled sails patched with flour sacks to head down through the Bahamas and back to Haiti with a cargo of who knows what.
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