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Old 25-02-2009, 09:46   #1
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Strike Affecting St. Martin ?

Does anyone know whether the strike in Martinique and Guadeloupe has affected French St. Martin? We will be there next week, and I'd like to know what to expect.
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Old 28-02-2009, 13:42   #2
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there has not been any chatter on the cruiser SSB nets about difficulties in French St. Martin over and above the sky-high new fees for being there. I think the French population of St Martin is considerably different from Guadeloupe and Martinique.
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Old 28-02-2009, 21:10   #3
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I live on the Dutch side of the island but everything's normal also on the other half of it.
Do come with no worries.
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Old 01-03-2009, 20:56   #4
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RE French side fees: The fees are only for anchoring in Marigot Bay. You can anchor in the lagoon on the French side for free and bridge passage on that side is free as well. You can anchor in Marigot to clear in/out without charge. And, charges seem to be voluntary for now... though one boat I spoke with was charged for a week as a compromise to the month he was there.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:57   #5
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I just went to the laundry in Marigot this AM. Aside from all the cruise ship tourists causing a traffic nightmare everything is as usual.
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:04   #6
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Thanks for the great info in French St. Martin. Does anybody there know the depth of the channel from the Sandy Pt bridge (French) down to the French side of the Lagoon? We are hoping to be there in about a week or two.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:19   #7
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Hmmmm. I'm not sure, we're a cat and have no problem in the channel. Mono's seem to get through well enough. We are told to hug the stbd. side of the channel when heading S. especially at the very last bouy. I will post the question to the net in the AM and report back manana.
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Thye channel should hold 7'+ I heard a boat with 7.5' was fine. We draw 5'9" and people laughed when we asked if was OK... 'You can go anywhere' well... almost:

In bridge channel is deep, do not turn to stbd until you are in the line of the channel markers (red to port, green to stbd) and then do a hard turn... there is some room on the inside of the turn, but it often has anchored boats.. and if not, it is a good temp anchor spot. Once in the channel, stay in the middle. The buoys are in 3' water. At the last buoy, you will see a red mark to port and it looks like you could head off that way towards the witches tit anchorage. DO NOT TURN THERE. Go further down the channel until you are lined up with deep draft boats to port and then turn towards dutch side. Move across and then up into anchorage.

Google Earth screenshot Not for navigation, just a quick hand draw to give you an idea!

A few more tips: Grand Marche supermarket in Cole Bay is amazing and will deliver to any dock for free. You can dink there via the Princess resort (name?) close to the witches tit anchorage. Tie up at dock next to bridge and walk to store.

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What are the new fees for anchoring in Marigot Bay?
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For the new fees on the French St Martin - Marigot Bay see:
Noonsite: Marigot, St. Martin - New Anchoring Fees
This now places anchoring in Marigot Bay on the par with the Dutch side fees. For a week or more stay there it appears that the two sides are virtually equal and vying for the highest fees in the Caribbean. The BVI tried to enact/resurrect and similar scheme and was reminded by the marine service sector that such fees would put hundreds if not thousands out of work as yachts stopped coming or severely shortened their stays. It seems politicians (see letter of justification from the French Minister on the same Noonsite website) never learn.
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we were there feb. 17-22 and saw nothing that would indicate any strike related problems. we went through the bridge on the dutch side and anchored in simpsons bay lagoon (7 1/2" draft) ,off la palapa marina, and then we went to st barts where all was well also.
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hi, we are in Simson Bay (March 10th) for almost 1 week and it seems to us that there is no the strike. Everything seems to be normal.
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