Posted by: rosyroadsadventures | November 29, 2011


N 18° 03.77′   W 63° 05.31′

Simpson Bay Lagoon, Marigot, St. Martin

After a couple of rainy days the horizon is looking more promising

It has been a wet couple of days. Normally tropical showers are brief and the sunshine returns quickly. Sunday we were totally boat-bound. It rained so much we couldn’t even find a break to get the dogs to shore. They were so disappointed. That is one of the highlights of their day.

The rain spoiled a Happy Hour we were invited to on a neighboring French boat. I hope they don’t think we were impolite or wimps for not showing up. Does a deluge excuse one from an accepted invitation? Or should one assume the event is automatically canceled since the host might not appreciate wet guests arriving and expecting shelter below?  We are still learning basic Cruising Etiquette, which includes things like when to BYOB or an appetizer to share and when to bring your own plates and utensils.  Figuring out cultural differences adds one more interesting twist.  

There is lots to do aboard, but being unexpectedly boat-bound can be boring. Bob spent the time researching ways to conserve energy since he is worried that with our current utilization patterns and heat in the tropics the life of our battery bank will be severely shortened. That has included looking into solar and wind generators, and converting our household refrigeration to a marine type of system. It has not involved considering how to shut down the freestanding ice maker, the sole purpose of which is to supply ice for gin on the rocks 🙂

I spent time working on boatkeeping projects, but then created a bigger cleaning dilemma when I left the galley window open by mistake last night. The kitchen counters flooded and the carpet got soaked. To add to the mess we had a doggie accident on the fresh linens below, a result of not going outside in the rain to take care of business. So the laundry pile grows. A couple of sunny days are sorely needed to get things back in order.

As my mother reminds me “Elaine, it rains in the tropics”. What did I expect?

Although we may be soggy, we are glad to be spending the winter in a warm place.




  1. Soggy days in St. Maarten are very rare outside of hurricane season. So, I’m confident you will be drying out real fast!

    Cruisers etiquette for BYOB, it’s always ok to bring a bottle, as long as you’re willing to share! LOL Hopefully, you can obtain a raincheck (Cruisers termed that phrase) for Happy Hour with your neighbors!

    If you’re looking for some time on solid ground (hopefully no earthquakes!), hiking to Pic Paradise via Lotterie Farm is a fun activity! It’s a ten minute cab ride from Marina La Royale.

    • Thanks for the tip! Weather clearing and we will try to out to explore some each day.

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