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2017 Caribbean Boatyard Update

Subbase drydock in St. Thomas

Over 90% of the Caribbean’s one million-plus square miles is water. It’s no wonder that boats, everything from pleasure craft and professional yachts to workboats like barges, ferries and cargo ships, are essential to the region’s way of life. Boatyards, …

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Rough Seas Hamper Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament

The Budget Marine and Trinidad and Tobago Game Fishing Association Wahoo Blowout held March 11-12 out of the Trinidad and Tobago Yacht Club, Bayshore, had more to contend with than just fish. The Tournament comprised two days fishing with 66 …

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Budget Marine Trinidad celebrates 20 years 1996 – 2016

The outside of the Budget Marine in Trinidad

In November 1996 Budget Marine Trinidad opened for business in an historic building that originally housed 2nd World War American military equipment in Chaguaramas. Robbie Ferron, Founder of Budget Marine, says: “The first goals for the company were small, but …

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Caribbean News: Budget Marine Trinidad & Tobago

Budget Marine Trinidad Tobago : Customers look around Budget Marine’s new outlet at the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club

Budget Marine opens new outlet at Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club Budget Marine Trinidad has opened a new outlet at the Trinidad & Tobago Yacht Club (TTYC) on Western Main Road, Bayshore. This project was initiated over a year ago in …

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Caribbean News

Sunsail confirms support of St. Maarten Heineken regatta

Sunsail confirms support of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Sunsail has once again established their partnership for the 36th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta. “For Sunsail, participation in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is a perfect fit. We have a full fleet of boats …

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Pan American Games

Philipine Van Aanholt

Thirteen sailors from five island nations represented the Caribbean in sailing at the Pan American Games, held July 10th – 26th, in Toronto, Canada. Two teams won medals, two sailors earned Olympic slots and the rest gained valuable experience as …

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Friends Set New Trinidad & Tobago Sailing Record

Legacy in racing trim. Photo: Tim Wright

  While giant multihulls and monster monohulls flew around the Atlantic and Caribbean setting records this summer, a group of sailors from Trinidad and Tobago quietly broke a sailing record of their own, one that has stood for 55 years. …

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2015 Boatyard Round-Up. What’s New?

IMM Guadeloupe

Business at Caribbean boatyards booms during hurricane season. Here’s what’s new at a sampling of yards in both the Eastern and Western Caribbean. IMM, Guadeloupe People power is making this full-service yard in Pointe-A-Pitre an even bigger draw to owners …

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Five Must-Do Grenadine Anchorages

A perfect sunset at Bequia’s Admiralty Bay. Photo: Sharon Matthews-Stevens www.sherryspix.com

Plying the passages of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the waters are at times limpid—sometimes great blue heaving mountains. Picture green islands with white beaches and pastel-painted houses, visit villages where music flows like the tide from whimsical beach bars, …

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Top 10 Snorkeling Spots in the Eastern Caribbean

Underwater sculptures, Grenada

What could be better than to jump in and snorkel straight from your boat? It’s the epitome of cruising. Everyone has their own preferences but there is something to see in almost every anchorage. And you don’t need to snorkel …

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Leatherback Turtles on the Coast of Trinidad

The author and his wife gently touch a leatherback turtle. Photography by Charles Shipley

On July 4th we joined a number of other cruisers for a trip with Jesse James, of ‘Members Only’ Maxi Taxi Service fame, for a night-time visit to the shore near the village of Matura, in the northeast corner of …

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Calypso Marine: The Art of Boatbuilding

  Time-tested craftsmanship combined with state-of-the-art technology. This is a great way to describe the boats built by Christopher ‘Chris’ Scott and his team at Calypso Marine, in Chaguaramas, Trinidad. There’s no doubt about the popularity of Scott’s Pirogue and …

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El Zorro Comes Back to Life!

El Zorro as she looks today. Photo: Gary Clifford

The famous El Zorro – the mothership on which the late St. Thomas-based sports fisherman Jim Edmiston traveled around the world in search of a 2000lb blue marlin – has come back to life thanks to a loving restoration by …

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