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Old 13-04-2017, 14:17   #16
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

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Heading west from Trinadad for new cruisers with children is a fool's errand. It's a long complicated passage that transits pirate waters of Veuezalea, then the wind katabatic zone off the Andes between the ABC Islands and Columbia then the ITCZ into Panama with is constant electrical storms and security problems.

You are much safer to go the 70nms to Grenada and cruise there up to Carricou.

Some of the advantages:
Clear, clean water outsude the southern bays.
Good local population that loves cruisers because they think all cruisers are Americans and the LOVE the USA because it saved them from communism.
Good history.
Lots and lots of pesky cruiser kids.
St George's is a wonderful city with close free anchorage.
GREAT bus system.
VHF repeater net so you hear weather information all around the islands.
Spices.
Chocolate.
Snorkelling and SCUBA diving.
More damn kids.
GREAT chandelries which u need for a new boat.


Drawbacks:
Too many kids.
Rum is too cheap.
Toooooo much fun.
Stop it....
Next thing you'll be telling us there are cheeseburgers in paradise
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Old 13-04-2017, 17:02   #17
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

Do you have Jesses's contact? the last email i tried came back with wrong address
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Old 13-04-2017, 21:32   #18
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

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Hi everyone,

We are a family of 4 ( 2 kids of 1 and 4 years old) buying a boat in Trinidad and Tobago now in the first week of June. I know by then it will start hurricane season until November.

What are the possibilities during this period to sail and liveaboard? Should we stay in trinidad living aboard for the whole period? Will we have to stay all the time at the same place?

Also we need some sailing school to improve our sail skills, any tips?

Also, is there a cruising/ sailing permit mandatory to the region? We have a coastal permit in Brazil and there wont be time to take captain's permit here.

thanks for the help!
I lived on land in Trinidad for 6 months. Ring up for Don's roti. So good. Richard's shark and bake from Maracas is excellent as well.
Practice makes perfect. So get out there.
Lots of good anchors and heavy warps for hurricanes and lots of protection for chafe. Normal days lots of chain if in coral especially if u are thinking of the south pacific. Rocna is an excellent anchor and sets very fast.
Get out there, be cautious, for me I won't enter unfamiliar anchorages at night. Have fun.
U couldn't do a better thing for your kids than take them cruising.
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Old 14-04-2017, 04:10   #19
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

@ 64 pilot.. Just an FYI. I've lived and sailed the Caribbean for 18 years and have set up and survived several blows. Yes I use 5 anchors and I also stay aboard in order to let out rode if needed during storm surge which is what kills many a boat. Many people don't go along with my ideas regarding storm preparation. Especially those that have never been in one.
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

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Stop it....
Next thing you'll be telling us there are cheeseburgers in paradise
Oh, that's in St Barts ☺☺
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Generally insurance companies consider St George in Grenada to be the most northerly place you can be and stay out of the hurricane zone. Technically the demarcation line cuts thru the bay, but to keep people from stacking up in the mouth the entire bay is allowed. This means for hurricane season, you really want to be no further north than that.
St George has a 12 degree latitude, about the same as Panama. The proximity to the problems in Venezuela is of slight concern.
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St George has a 12 degree latitude, about the same as Panama. The proximity to the problems in Venezuela is of slight concern.
The passage from Trinidad to Panama comes close to which country?
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

Anywhere is fine as long as you can get deep enough into the mangroves. If you do not like mangroves, stay on the S and W side of the alley.

You can get good private sailing classes anywhere in the West Indies.

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Hi everyone, We are a family of 4 ( 2 kids of 1 and 4 years old) buying a boat in Trinidad and Tobago now in the first week of June. I know by then it will start hurricane season until November. What are the possibilities during this period to sail and liveaboard? Should we stay in trinidad living aboard for the whole period? Will we have to stay all the time at the same place? Also we need some sailing school to improve our sail skills, any tips? Also, is there a cruising/ sailing permit mandatory to the region? We have a coastal permit in Brazil and there wont be time to take captain's permit here. thanks for the help!
Grenada Island It's outside the hurricane highway, the int'l airport is 11 minutes away from L'anse L'Epine (Prickly bay) my anchorage of choice & in case of social unrest you can allways call Donald T to send troups to teach "them" democracy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Grenada
Moreover, there's a full service marina: https://spiceislandmarine.com/ to get your boat ready for the next winter season... Cheers !
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Re: Where to live aboard in the Caribbean during huricane season?

We spent a Hurricane season In Trinidad 11 years ago and enjoyed it. Good place to get some work done. And, plenty of fun activities for adults and kids. And a good place to stock up for your next leg. Walk into "Price Mart" and you will swear you are in Costco.
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Stop it....
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Only ones made from frozen Bubba Burgers.
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We spent a Hurricane season In Trinidad 11 years ago and enjoyed it. Good place to get some work done. And, plenty of fun activities for adults and kids. And a good place to stock up for your next leg. Walk into "Price Mart" and you will swear you are in Costco.
Which used to be Price Costco. Wonder if it could be an old Costco store?
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