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Grenada cruising observations

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Still in Grenada and have a few observations about cruising from what I see here.

  1. This one applies more generally than just here. Seems like there are two types of cruisers. One group was called 'permacruisers' by someone. These folks find a place they like and stay there, either all year or seasonally. We know one boat that was launched from Spice Island boat yard, went about 200 m to anchor and has no intention to move until they haul in May, when they will go another 200 m to the travellift. The other type of cruisers are transients, who come for a time and then go somewhere else.
  2. The median boat size here is about 45'. Interestingly, the median was notably smaller in obscure places on our circumnavigation where we were one of the larger boats at 45'.
  3. Some countries have a lot of cruisers here. For some reason there are a disproportionate number of Danish boats.
  4. There are relatively fewer American boats here than you would expect, based on distance and the number of boats there are in the country. Not sure why this is. The proportion of Americans in the permacruiser category is definitely higher than in the transient group.
  5. There are quite a few catamarans here compared to most places.
  6. If you are on a boat less than 33' you are almost certainly to be European.
  7. If you less than 50 years old, you are almost certainly European. This of course may be related to the previous point.
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I posed a question about this to friends of ours that are in their 5th year of cruising the Caribbean, currently at anchor in Rodney Bay waiting a favorable window for a passage to Martinique, their answer:

I cannot speak for US boats outside the Caribbean, but as we sailed south of the Bahamas, US flagged boats were few and far between until we reached the EC where we began to see higher numbers. No matter where you sail you will find cruisers who have "found a home", some year round, others seasonally. There is a great variety of boats to be seen. Most older Americans do tend to sail the typical "cruising boat; the Westsails, the Perry designs, etc, are prevalent, but, there is a higher number of "performance cruisers". Older Tartans, Benes and Jennies, Pacific Seacraft, Valiants, etc. Lots of Island Packets, the cult boat; people love them who own them. IP did a great marketing job with those boats. And, they are ruggedly built with quality components, but, they have just as many problems as we do. Few Hunters, and fewer Catalinas, one or two here and there. Rarely a Morris or a Hinckley. Lots of aluminum and steel among the foreign flagged boats; some wood, but not many. Lots of Oysters, Swans, Najad, Bavaria, Malo, HR's, and other quality Euro boats.

I think there are more boats sailing than parked. In Trini, one US boat is parked there; everyone else sails. In Grenada, there are more parked US boats, but far more boats sailing. This is our 5th year here, and we've visited all the "popular" spots, and many "out of the way" spots. We prefer the "out of the way" locations. The only locations where cruisers park for the season are the major ports and harbors, Chaguaramas, the mecca; Prickly Bay; Clarks Court; St Georges; St. Martin, and other similar. I guess your [poster] has yet to visit the "out of the way" places in the Caribbean.

Much to our regret, we did not stop in St. Vincent this year; time and weather and our timid buddies. another time maybe. It is a beautiful country that has a poor reputation, yet several charter companies have bases there. So what does that tell you?
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