Barracuda's Blog

The adventures of Kate and Graham and our OVNI 395.

21 January 2018 | Ilet a Cabrit, Guadeloupe, France
20 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
19 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
18 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
18 January 2018
17 January 2018 | Isles des Saintes, Guadeloupe, France
14 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
13 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
12 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
11 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica
09 January 2018 | Portsmouth, Dominica
07 January 2018 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2018 | Saint Pierre, Martinique
05 January 2018 | Anse Mitan, Martinique
03 January 2018
02 January 2018 | Grand Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
01 January 2018 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
31 December 2017
31 December 2017 | Petit Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
30 December 2017 | Rodney Bay Marina, St Lucia

Nice to be legal

02 January 2018 | Grand Anse D’Arlet, Martinique
We managed to check in today, so are feeling better that we are now legal. The process here is very simple. You fill in an online form in the internet café and the lady at the desk prints it and stamps it – job done. I guess the French are not too worried about the comings and goings out here.

Today we moved the arduous mile north to the next bay – just for a change of scenery really. This bay is much more popular with the boatie peeps than the last for some reason – probably due to the lack of swell – and the anchorage is very crowded, and lots of swimmers in the water. It looks like there are some nice low-key restaurants ashore, so we may go in for supper tonight. It also looks quite busy with all the onshore French holiday peeps. So we will see…

One notable difference between Martinique and everywhere else we have been is there are no ‘boat boys’. For those not familiar with this I’ll explain a bit. ‘Boat boys’ are the vendors who will generally try to get to you fairly quickly in a brightly coloured boat to sell you something – it could be a mooring, fruit, fish, etc… They have a bit of a reputation for being aggressive and so we were a bit nervous about our initial encounters. I’m sure that we have many more to meet and our views may evolve, but for now we will sing the praises of the ‘boat boys’. They are basically local lads and lassies making a living by bringing services to the yachties – often in very out of the way places. The best advice we were given was just listen to their pitch, be polite and if you want to do business great, else part on good terms. In our various encounters we met some lovely hard working people providing a good service, usually with interesting names like ’Daddy Boy’ or ‘Daffodil’ or ‘Didi’; they were polite to us, always fended their boats well whilst coming alongside us, and brought us things we generally needed and were not pushy (with one exception). Services available from them have included fresh bread to your boat, fresh fish, live lobster, ice, water taxi, fruit, moorings, diesel, water, laundry, BBQ ashore, taking away your garbage…. and the list goes on. But basically it’s all stuff you need on boats, that would take some effort to get otherwise. Their prices might be a little above what you might pay onshore but then again they are bringing the items to you in their boat. Our experience to date has been great – they have been fun to meet and have brought us things we wanted. They have been a real plus in the locations we have visited – perhaps with one exception where we ended up with a surplus of fruit as we were keeping both vendors happy – but then again the fruit was delicious and we did eat it, contributing to our ‘5 a day’. This is how they make their living and we can also see the ‘boat boy’ community working together to improve security – if the yachties don’t come because of a security incident, then it’s their livelihoods at stake. So let’s hear it for the ‘boat boys’. Thanks for supporting us in our travels.
Vessel Name: Barracuda
Vessel Make/Model: OVNI 395
Crew: Graham and Kate
About: Learning as we go....
Extra: Look to this day for it is life...
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