After my recent technical blog entry [more to come soon], here are some more “relaxing” pictures from our recent stay in Sint Maarten/St. Martin.
We always love to come back to this Dutch & French Island, probably because of the good marine facilities and supplies as well great food and grocery. Also the fact that we know the island well from previous visits plays its roll. We get easily around and have our “reference points”. And we have good friends who live/work here or are also cruising the island.
This year, the island is very green – it has been raining a lot but rarely for more than a couple of hours. We also had some windy times but the lagoon offers great protected anchorages and marinas.
St.Martin/Sint Maarten has a lot more to offer than turquoise blue seas and beautiful white beaches and lots of charm [even some of the wrecks]. Often we just don’t take the time to discover them. This time, we went for a dive [to get Nitrox certified] and I visited the bird park with beautiful parrots.
Enjoy some random pictures from around the island ;-)
There are more islands to discover around the Caribbeans & beyond, follow our journey on board Moonwave on this blog …
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Fantastic to see Moonwave continuing its journey into 2020. Question: Does Moonwave have any plans for transiting the Panama Canal and would you have the range to do so on electric power alone or would you have to kick in the diesel generator?
Thank you for your comment. Yes, we are actually planning on discovering/crossing the Pacific soon and this will include a passage of Panama. For the crossing of the canal and locks – sailing is not allowed and therefore we will have to use the electric engines and the generator. Moonwave is not set up to motor for several hours/days under battery power only as normally we are sailing ;-) For the passage of Panama the generator will keep the battery topped up and let us motor for several hours/days in comfort. The hybrid system on board Moonwave is designed for “normal” operation with life at anchor and under sail – not as a pure electric motor boat – I am sure you understand what I mean… I will share our experience of the different passages and our discovery of new horizons on the website/blog.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if further questions,
Hello Damien, we actually did it and crossed the Panama Canal recently – please check out my blog article for more details: http://www.moonwave.com/panama-canal-2020/
All the best, Sophie