That seems like an odd rule, when some boats down there stay on the hard for years, while being sold. If you're in a jam, you have plenty of time to get the boat renewed. You don't need the renewal notice, just go online to the NVDC and have at it. Perhaps there is someone at home who can fedex it down to a local post office or the marina, if you trust them.....Most want to see they are valid for the period the vessel is on their premises.......
I saw the same thing last week when I renewed mine. I figure they just have not gotten the site updated to allow the multi year renewal. I read some other thread that you have to mail it in to do the multi year.When you attempt to renew on the internet the only option is one year although the instructions say you can do multiple years. The pay.gov doesn’t allow it.
I don't have davits. When I want to get the boat out of the water at night time I have the spin halyard preset at about 4 feet above decks, and I have an old mainsheet pulley system hooked to that that I use to haul the dinghy out. 6 good pulls on the mainsheet has the boat up level with the rail.Mel, do you (or anyone else) ever use a bridle to pull the dinghy half way up the topside, via a mast halyard? Seems a common anti-theft approach.
I've never done it, rather I pull it up the davits, when I'm concerned. However, it is more of an exercise than I'd like and wonder if a bridle and halyard is quicker/easier.
A bit off topic. I’ve been noticing that I keep running past the same boats in every anchorage. It got me thinking, just how many American/Canadian boats are actively cruising down here? I think it’s less than it seems. We come into a new harbor and see a bunch of boats and think “Wow, lots of folks cruising.” But a lot are locals/charters/Europeans. And then we keep seeing the same boats over and over again.
I’m starting to think there are no more than maybe 300 in all the Eastern Caribbean, if you limit it to North Americans.
Am I about right or way off?
Yes. They are the most compartmentalised. They appear to have great fear of speaking English though they all learn it at school. They also believe the stuff about 'all French are arrogant' so they try desperately not to be arrogant by not interacting as much lol.Mark would you agree the French are the lease likely to mingle or to be helpful.
I'm presently in Martinique. Been here 10 days.. Not seen one french cruiser be friendly.. Canadian yes, German yes, Swedish yes. American boats in over a 1000 boats here, only seen 3 with USA flagged. But that is just a quick look around as I dinghy past boats. Granted most boats here are charter boats. I think I found out why Lagoon and FP are making a killing. Dang there is ton of catamarans here.. I think the entire production line is here including the big boats over 65'..Mark would you agree the French are the lease likely to mingle or to be helpful. This seems to strike me as true even when on a Spanish speaking island. Have found the Germans, Italians and even the Russians to be more engaging. So far the Aussies and kiwis are the friendliest. The Brits stiff but with a little effort become most pleasant when they realize you don’t want anything from them.
Gross exaggerations with many exceptions but feel the French are currently the “ugly Americans “.