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Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 06-05-2019, 05:23
Replies: 4
Views: 900
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Looking for a yacht manager in Chaguaramas, Trinidad

If you are in the secured, locked yard, no yacht manager is permitted inside. But if you are not in that locked yard then you can have a yacht manager if you choose. Most people don't use a yacht...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 27-02-2019, 12:23
Replies: 39
Views: 5,586
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Cruising Venezuela 2019

Zeehag has it correct (Noonsite link posted above). The Russians are working with Venezuela and keeping the sea lanes CLOSED near the ABC islands. Stay very far away from those areas if you value...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 20-10-2018, 08:40
Replies: 27
Views: 3,301
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Guatemala to the leeward islands

There might be a reason Cuba is not mentioned in Option #3 - Insurance. Most insurance companies will NOT insure a vessel in Cuba or Haiti either.


Other than that, Option #3 is their best...
Forum: Training, Licensing & Certification 20-09-2018, 14:22
Replies: 44
Views: 16,706
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Questions about USCG Captain's License

As per a USCG letter from the Commanding Officer, U.S Coast Guard National Maritime Center in West Virginia that I received on August 30, 2018:
"To meet tonnage requirements for Master 100 GRT Near...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 18-09-2018, 15:12
Replies: 6
Views: 1,303
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Planning to cruise French Guiana and Suriname

There is a Rally that usually goes to those countries. You can get the information from their web site: https://www.marinaslm.com/rally/


Unfortunately this year the Rally was cancelled because...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 17-08-2018, 09:04
Replies: 2
Views: 756
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Getting weather info in the South Caribbean

Weather is available on the VHF Cruiser Nets in Grenada, St. Lucia, Martinique, and St. Maarten, every day.

When you are out of range of the morning VHF broadcasts you can use SSB for weather. ...
Forum: Our Community 15-08-2018, 09:21
Replies: 54
Views: 13,447
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Dinghy Dock Rules? (Or Wild West?)

So to answer your question: Yes, it is basically like the Wild West out there for dinghies :)
Forum: Dollars & Cents 24-06-2018, 12:34
Replies: 6
Views: 2,102
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Sailboat insurance in the Mediterranean.

Topsail out of the UK. They will be MUCH cheaper (and better) than Pantaenius.
Forum: Dollars & Cents 24-06-2018, 12:33
Replies: 2
Views: 1,132
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Insurance companies for Carib and South Pacific???

Ask Topsail for a quotation. They cover all parts of the world and also work with OCC yachts all the time.
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 22-06-2018, 08:20
Replies: 8
Views: 1,714
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Suggestions on Passage from USVI via Puerto Rico to USA

Actually if you are coming from the USVI, you NEED to check into Puerto Rico! The USVI are not the same. Checking in is MANDATORY!

Just so you know.
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 20-04-2018, 14:16
Replies: 47
Views: 10,371
Posted By SVAspen
Re: DIY Marina Way Up a River West Coast Florida?

Apollo Beach looks good on the west coast. However, are there any on the East Coast of Florida?
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 20-04-2018, 11:48
Replies: 47
Views: 10,371
Posted By SVAspen
Re: DIY Marina Way Up a River West Coast Florida?

Oh, so Indiantown is different but I can't get there with a mast over 54 feet. So that kind of limits things.

I understand about the profit thing but you would think in Florida of all places,...
Forum: Polar Regions 20-04-2018, 11:41
Replies: 32
Views: 9,235
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Cape Horn and Patagonia

Wow, fantastic Trip!!!
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 20-04-2018, 11:20
Replies: 47
Views: 10,371
Posted By SVAspen
Re: DIY Marina Way Up a River West Coast Florida?

Question - Some Florida boatyards say they are DIY. BUT you are required to buy all materials from the boatyard and cannot bring anything into the boatyard, like bottom paint, etc. Does anyone know...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 02-11-2016, 13:56
Replies: 100
Views: 12,234
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Help with Rum

The rums from Martinique and Guadeloupe, Rhum agricole, prepared from cane juice rather than molasses are meant for a different taste than mine. I find them all very bitter but great in a Ti Punch!
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 17-10-2016, 13:40
Replies: 27
Views: 7,394
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Costs of entering countries, fees, taxes, hidden charges of caribbean cruising.

Going into the Lagoon (https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/tags/lagoon.html) and out of the Lagoon (https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/tags/lagoon.html) on Sint Maarten (Dutch side) - under the...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 12-10-2016, 13:05
Replies: 21
Views: 3,101
Posted By SVAspen
Re: BVI trip feedback

Pets in the BVI's are a problem, as you found out.

But further down island you will run into major problems as well. Some islands do not allow pets at all and other islands have poison set out...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 28-09-2016, 06:17
Replies: 24
Views: 7,502
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

The temporary import permit is for those wishing to stay longer than 30 days. Usually, boats that haul out for hurricane season get these permits. But if you wish to stay or visit longer than 30...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 27-09-2016, 06:12
Replies: 24
Views: 7,502
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

I heard that the work permit is in addition to the temporary import license. So you pay $200 for the import license and $300 for each person on your boat who works. Kind of expensive just to work...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 26-09-2016, 15:16
Replies: 24
Views: 7,502
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

Some cruisers like to secure and haul out their boat in the BVI’s for hurricane season. Then paint the bottom themselves before launching for the next winter sailing season, among other repairs.
...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 26-09-2016, 13:06
Replies: 24
Views: 7,502
Posted By SVAspen
Angry Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

This was posted in the USVI FB Group about doing your own boat maintenance in a boatyard in the BVI's:

“This is confirmed via email with Keith from Nanny Cay. (US or otherwise) VESSELS not...
Forum: Europe & Mediterranean 10-08-2016, 08:17
Replies: 3
Views: 925
Posted By SVAspen
Re: New Rigging

We had ours replaced in Marmaris, Turkey and the work and materials were excellent.

The company was M2 Yacht Service: www.m2yachtservice.com
Forum: Europe & Mediterranean 03-08-2016, 06:28
Replies: 21
Views: 4,932
Posted By SVAspen
More Turkey Problems

This was just posted on Noonsite. It is a report about the continuation of the dreaded Blue Card issues in Turkey. (Turkey — (https://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Turkey/view#1470137800664985)) ...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 27-11-2015, 15:11
Replies: 5
Views: 1,705
Posted By SVAspen
Re: Where to go in Caribbean from BVI

Actually Sint Maarten is great for provisioning, boat parts and the best place in the Caribbean to get repairs done. If you don't need any of that you can skip it of course.

St. Lucia is not a...
Forum: Atlantic & the Caribbean 12-09-2015, 07:50
Replies: 4
Views: 1,380
Posted By SVAspen
Re: 16°10'32.4"N 61°06'40.7"W Any One Been There?

Or from the Saints you can take the ferry:
The shuttle boat to Terre de Bas leaves every morning from Terre de Haut and takes a 15 minute crossing. It leaves from the main peir
The...
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