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12-08-2012 06:43 AM
Re: St Maarten

There are many smaller charter companies for both power and sail in Marigot on the French side and the main Sunsail/Moorings location in Oyster Pond.

But I don't know how much sense it makes to charter a big sailboat for day; or are you looking more for hobie-cats or lasers?
12-07-2012 09:23 PM
Re: St Maarten

I am staying in Netttle Bay on French side this Feb 2013
We would like a sailboat to charter for a day.
Any suggestions??

03-22-2008 11:07 AM
speciald Don't expect that the change of goverence will be notiable. Rather than being governed through Aruba, Sint Maartin will fall directly under the Dutch rule. Only government workers speak Dutch as it is a requirement for government employment. St. Maartin is enjoying a building boom and real estate is not faltering as in the U.S. Mega yachts make up a large % of boats on the island. IGY is buying up all the marinas and building more. It is like Annapollis in that any boat work can be accomplished there at island prices.
03-18-2008 09:30 AM
Zanshin I guess I must have had the wrong island
03-18-2008 09:00 AM
hphoen Zan, he did say St Maarten, not St Martin.
03-18-2008 05:58 AM
Zanshin Actually, only half the island is dutch, the other is French.
03-17-2008 03:24 PM
Overstag Later this year there is going to be a big change in St. Maarten.
The whole relationship with The Netherlands is going to be changed. As you might know, SXM is a part of the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
The changes that are going to be implemented might change the taxation / residency rules.
Better check with the authorities.
03-17-2008 08:42 AM
hphoen TT,

I've only visited there on my boat, and so am a "tourist". It's one of the major, if not THE major, sailing centers in the eastern Caribbean. Antigua and BVI might argue the point.

You might be able to get a little of the local flavor from the Daily Herald newspaper: St. Maarten News - The Daily Herald Newspaper Online | St. Maarten-St. Martin | West Indies - Caribbean News
03-17-2008 07:23 AM
Davidrogerson I spent a season working in the caribbean and i can assure you that when the locals call saint Maarten the friendly island the mean it.
03-16-2008 10:59 PM
billyruffn Simpson Bay Lagoon is a good hurricane hole (although they lost a lot of boats when they were directly hit by Hurricane Lenny (?) a number of years ago. Some of the people working in the yacht trades are live aboards who permanently moor their boats in the lagoon. The cost of living is comparable with the US, although you should expect to pay less for your heating bills.

I'll post a photo of the Lagoon. Most of the permanently moored boats are tucked in close to the hill (known as the "Witch's Tit") which is on the right side of the photo just above and to the left of the guy in the striped shirt.

One downside of leaving a boat in the Lagoon is that after a few weeks they grow beards, and after a few months they are connected to the bottom by the slime colony growning on the hull. Leave a boat in one spot long enough and you don't have to worry about hauling for a hurricane. That said, there are lots of yachts there and the tech services are first rate.

Where is your work? The lagoon is about 10 miles from Phillipsburg (sp?). My guess is that the schools are taught in English.
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