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I’m imagining that glorious feeling of watch schedules terminating, the boat requiring far less attention, and the great sense of accomplishment. Exhausted, I’ve never been able to go right to sleep. I even try not to, if it isn’t evening.

I hope they’re celebrating and assume they do not have internet access yet, as they’ll be in quarantine for a few days.
 

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I believe that they're in a Marina for a few days. They should have internet, but they probably have lots to do. PCR tests, re-provisioning. Washdowns, He mentioned that his outboard wasn't working and he had to get that fixed. and probably try to get some uninterrupted sleep. I believe his final destination is Grenada by the end of June to get out of the hurricane zone.
 

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Arrived.
We could have kept on sailing. 😊
The last night was a bit of a pain the way the watches fell, a coupla squalls, navigation near land, anchoring, waiting for bridge, going into marina, Covid testing, clearing... Etc

Cleared including quarantine HALF A DAY! 😂😂😂😁😁😁

The used à new instant test that's done on the boat by a Doctor who then photos the test and emails it by a special App to the Lab who check it and emails the result.
And the swab doesn't go right up your nose into your brain! Bonza!

Then 3 heavy beer nights.

So really just relaxing / settling down for a day or 2. Piles of emails etc to attend to.

So give me a day or 2 to make a report 😊

Mark
 

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Talked to a very good friend of mine who is the dean at the university at Antigua: they have not had any death from Covid in the last 2 weeks. It appears they have turned the corner and as a result they are a little less afraid of admitting travellers. Also, Mark used an agent and I think that is very smart.
 
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I hope they open up. These island communities are too small to survive without tourism.
 

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You wanted to know about "sinking my boat": In the early 70's I built a 37 ft sailboat using a mold that belonged to Bill Buchan. Gene Wadhams, who worked for Bill, did most of the work. In 1990 I entered the Pacific Cup that started from San Francisco. First, we had to sail from Seattle to SF. A few miles North of Pt. Reyes the watch came below, tapped me on the shoulder and said: "Pete, there is a big ship real:cry: close" He was right, it t-boned us just about amidships. There were five of us, 2 women and 3 males. We got into the liferaft and got picked up by the Coast Guard. Ever since I get real nervous when someone is on watch. If we ever meet I'll tell you the long story. I plan to visit John in Antigua in November or April. He has a very nice Swan 44 and trusts me. :cry::cry:
 
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I hope they open up. These island communities are too small to survive without tourism.
Agreed, but small is relative. Most, especially St Martin, have significantly increased their population to serve growing tourism over recent decades. Now they have an exponential poverty problem, without the tourists.

In the 1970s, I believe SXM had much fewer than 10,000 residents, today is has something like 80,000.
 
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It's really a problem for any area that relies almost exclusively on one industry for their entire economy, when that industry goes south. Back in the late 70s, early 80s, the economy of the city of Denver was completely dominated by the oil industry. Then the oil industry went bust and Denver's economy went completely into the toilet for a period of years. Eventually the city leaders figured out that, rather than just attracting a different industry, they needed to attract multiple industries to the area, so that they would not be so dependent on one thing.

How you do that on a small island, with very limited natural resources, is the trick.
 

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Easy: do it like the Indians around here: Establish a casino with gambling, nice and willing women and establish a lottery. This is not being sarcastic, it is a proven business model.
 

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Casino's still need a gambling, drinking, etc. population. Likely tourists. I don't think the island's residents can afford to gamble their money away.
 

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The locals are to be strongly discouraged from gambling, they are to be the workforce for the casinos. The idea is to attract tourists just like the cruise ships attract passengers by offering gambling, food and entertainment. Right now, with the Covid plague the islands have to enforce quarantine and health measures and that impacts tourism in a very big way. But times will change. Tourists will come back because the islands are beautiful and now is the time to plan for the future.
 
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Easy: do it like the Indians around here: Establish a casino with gambling, nice and willing women and establish a lottery. This is not being sarcastic, it is a proven business model.
Seriously, you are advocating gambling and prostitution as the way forward for a small island nation??
 

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There's casinos on every corner in St Maarten. Really everywhere.
It's a disgrace.
 
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I didn't know that. Never been to Saint Maarten only to St. Thomas.
 
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And bordellos all over the place. Last time I went . . . into a Casino was on Playa . . . Playa . . . next to Puerto . . . Puerto Plata. Too much DING DING DING. Bought an ice cream and sat on the steps outside while the friends wasted their money. Never went into any of the (used to be 2 of them) casinos in SXM. And I don't think there were any on the French side? Can't remember. But I'll bet the Seaman's Club and Cats are still there (on the Dutch side).
 

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Too much DING DING DING.
Me too. I don't get any joy from gambling. Went to a couple of "guys poker nights" in the neighborhood I moved in to 30 years ago. Thought we would all drink beer and eat pretzels, which I brought. Turns out they were really into cards and the game would just never end. I really hate the sound and feel of the typical casino. Free drinks for a reason, of course. Odds are totally against you. I just can't shake the feeling of being suckered.

I was once on a trip, with friends, where the hotel casino was one of those that required ladies in evening gowns and gentlemen in suits and ties (many wore tuxedos). Almost obligatory to see what it was like. Less ding, ding, ding. Almost felt like it was out of a movie. It didn't take long to see the looks on people's faces were the same and those who were gambling addicts just had nicer clothes on. Next time anyone goes, look around and note how many happy faces are in the room, at the tables. Almost everyone at the blackjack tables look like they are either suffering from intestinal problems, or impassive like they were taking their college entrance exams. That's fun?

I'm not critical of those that enjoy gambling responsibly, just like it was any other legal vice, it's just not my thing.
 
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Oh you know a woman can be a wonderful thing: they have much more endurance than a male and a compatible woman is great company. I think they make a man better. I have had some wonderful women in my life and I would certainly not be where I am today if I would not have had the support of all these women in my life. But it is a two way street and if Mark's woman wants to go shopping she has earned it. Or would you rather have a smelly, know it all male around for a 36 day no stop passage?
 
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Discussion Starter · #180 ·
So.....
Has she booked a flight home....or is she picking out fabric for new curtains?

New fabric. 😢

I think I am stuck with her. 😭😭😭😭
 
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