It is a strange and sometimes confusing fact that place names are repeated over and over again throughout the Caribbean eg.Cul de Sac du Marin, Soufriere, Georgetown, Cabrit, etc.
But I am in the southeast corner of Martinique anchored off the center of the charter boat industry in Martinique and from the number of charter boats at the dock or at anchor the charter industry is not doing well here.
I passed the world famous Martinique Club Med village on my way in and guess what, not a guest in sight, in fact it looked completely deserted but somehow not dilapidated. Perhaps this is their shutdown month or perhaps they are not doing well either.
I met my friends on the Polish/Canadian boat Lala and they have been living in interesting times with a leak which gave them a bilge full of water, a failed bilge pump and this led to a their transmission failing so they have to sail everywhere now. To get to their transmission means a big dismantling job then cutting out the cockpit floor with a chain saw. Still they are not dismayed. I offered to “buddy boat” them down on the next legs of their trip South to Grenada but they have to do school stuff in Martinique for a while so I will not be needed.
However I felt I was needed by some furry friends, first of all he needs to get rid of his fur coat
and they need a home. I was sorely tempted as they were cute and socialised but NO.
Marin is home to quite a few of the less well off cruising community, and their boats do tend to reflect this.
This is actually a ferrocement boat but painted to look wooden with an interesting problem at the bow.
This one is less seaworthy than most but still a home for someone.