Sailing and Boating Near St. Martin

Sailing and yachting are popular pastimes in St. Martin

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The Caribbean is a popular spot for sailing and yachting adventures. These water sports are particularly popular in St. Martin, because of the dual-nation island's good marinas, moderate seas, and short-sail neighboring islands.

Although sailing is a more popular pursuit on the Dutch side of the islands, sailing to and docking in St. Martin has its merits as well. Quiet waters made in part by a stream of sheltered bays makes sailing conditions favorable, while the ease of finding a spot to dock makes this side recommendable.

If you're simply wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the complications and cost associated with renting a boat you can take an excursion. Curious about this option? See the listing that follows for contact information for area excursion services.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Bubba Charters (059) 049-7980 Marigot
Caraibes Sport Boats (059) 087-8938 Marigot
Keloa Private Tours (069) 088-2054 From the Radisson Marina - Anse Marcel
Scoobidoo (059) 029-1576 Quartier D'Orleans - Marigot
Voyager Charters (059) 087-4345 Rue de la Republica - Downtown Marigot

Boat Rentals and Charters

There are several kinds of boats that vacationers can choose from: Bareboats are the most available boats for charter. With this kind of boat, you are completely in charge of the navigation of the vessel, and have to do everything yourself. Sailors who rent these boats should have ample experience as a skipper before setting sail. Some charter companies will even make renters present documentation of their sailing experience before they allow you to charter a boat.

If you are unsure how to choose a charter company, get in touch with a charter broker. Paid for by charter companies, these brokers can help you find the perfect charter for your needs.

Considering renting a boat? The following chart enables you to contact charter services that operating in this area.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location
Anchorage Multicoques (609) 033-4338 Fort St. Louis Dock - Downtown Marigot
Boat Rental Company (059) 087-9174 Marina Port Royal - Marigot
Catacaraibe (059) 087-5949 6 Rue du Palais de Justice - Marigot
Catamaran Charters (059) 029-3593 3 Rue du President Kennedy - Marigot
Centurion Charters Reunis (059) 087-3049 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) South of Orient Bay
Compagnie Des Goelettes (059) 087-1016 Res. Amandiers - Grand-Case
Cruise St. Martin (059) 087-4320 Marigot
Discount Activity Center (059) 027-1563 Baie Orientale - Orient Bay
Grenadine Sarl (059) 027-1194 Marina Port Royal - Marigot
Luxe Caraibes (059) 029-5193 Marina Port Royal - Marigot
Master Ski Pilou (059) 027-9179 Presquile de Gustavia - Marigot
Moorings Saint Martin (059) 087-3526 La Croisade
Nautor's Swan Charters (059) 087-3548 Anse Marcel
Offshore Boat Rental (059) 052-4055 Sandy Ground
Offshore Sensations Anse Marcel (069) 035-3510 Pic Paradis - 2.1 mi. (3.4 km) South of Grand-Case
Offshore Sensations Marigot (590) 690-1616 Marigot
Omega Hotels And Yachts (059) 087-3788 2.0 mi. (3.2 km) South of Orient Bay
Out Of Africa Ll (059) 039-7005 Marina Fort Louis - Marigot
Pelican (059) 087-9223 Sandy Ground
Privilege Vacances (059) 029-0996 Marina Port Royal - Marigot
Scorpion Offshore Rental (059) 087-7854 Morne Rond - Marigot
Sea Class (059) 087-0822 Res. Amandiers - Grand-Case
Speed Boat Rental (059) 077-1161 Sandy Ground
Sportsail (059) 087-8521 Rue de Hollande - Marigot
Stardust Yacht Charters (800) 772-3500 Captain Oliver's Marina - 2.0 mi. (3.3 km) South of Orient Bay
Sunsail (059) 087-8341 Rue de la Republica - Marigot
Tahuna Ll (059) 027-3343 Marigot
Tropical Yacht Service (059) 029-5231 Anse Marcel
Vpm Yacht Charters (059) 029-4135 Anse Marcel

Once you have decided what kind of charter is best for your vacation, it will be easier to find out the overall cost of your charter. There are several things that sailors can consider when trying to estimate what you will be spending.

The type of boat you charter will also have to be factored in to the cost of the boating excursion. Skippered and crewed boats are going to cost more than chartering just the boat itself, but crewed boats are the best option for inexperienced boaters. Also, the time of year during which you are taking your vacation will effect the cost. Everything in the Caribbean Islands tend to cost more during the high season, which is during the winter months. Travelers may want to consider this when planning their island retreat.

When going over the paperwork that the charter company has sent you, don't forget to read the small print. Most charter companies let you put the cost of the deposit and damage insurance on a major credit card, this is considered one of the best options in case anything unexpected should happen during the charter.

Maps

Sailing to St. Martin isn't as simple as deciding you want to go. There are a lot of decisions to be made, particularly regarding the type of yacht you'd like to charter. There are three basic yacht charters: bareboats, skippered bareboats, and fully crewed charters.

Bareboats are for the experienced sailor who doesn't have his own vessel, or wants to sail something a little different than what he has docked at home. These boats allow the renter to be completely in charge of the vessel the navigation, and everything else. Some charter companies will want proof that you can handle the vessel before you set sail, so be prepared to present documentation detailing your experience.

Skippered bareboats are for those who want to help navigate and sail, but don't necessarily feel comfortable being completely in charge. For a skippered bareboat, you'll typically pay for the cost of the charter, plus another $80 to $120(USD) for the skipper.

Fully crewed charters are the most expensive option because they come fully crewed and captain. You are basically a guest on the yacht, enjoying the ride without having to do any of the work. In addition to the cost of the charter, you'll be expected to tip the crew 10 to 15 percent.

Docking

Sailing can be a dangerous hobby if you aren't properly trained, or if you are unfamiliar with the waters through which you are sailing. Although the waters around St. Martin are generally calm, strong currents and large waves on the Atlantic side of the island can be tricky to navigate. If this is your first sail to the island, plan a trip between January and March, when waters are at their calmest. Only very experienced sailors should plan a trip from July to November. This is the region's hurricane season, which means by default that the waters are more dangerous.

Thinking about sailing to St. Martin using your own vessel, or a charter from a different area? Take a look at the chart below to find basic information for marinas in the area.

Marinas
Name Phone Location
Any Way Marine (059) 029-3593 BP 939 Marina Port la Royale - Downtown Marigot
Captain Oliver's Marina (059) 087-3347 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay
Marina Fort Louis -- Marigot
Marina Port Royal -- Marigot
Port Lonvilliers (059) 087-3194 Radisson Saint Martin Resort - Anse Marcel
Privilege Marina (059) 087-3737 Anse Marcel
Regie Du Port De Marigot (059) 087-7047 Downtown Marigot
Nearby Anchorages
Location Latitude Longitude
Grand Case Bay - Grand-Case 18.1042249733 -63.0562663078
Baie de Marigot - Marigot 18.0664384876 -63.0902552605
Anse Marcel 18.1157401825 -63.0400389407
Cul de Sac Bay - French Cul-de-Sac 18.1066927949 -63.0224597454
Baie Nettle - Sandy Ground 18.0624250736 -63.1019496918
Orient Bay - Orient Bay 18.0844709512 -63.0136728287
Oyster Pond - 2.2 mi. (3.6 km) South of Orient Bay 18.0551264536 -63.0174922943
Simpson Bay Lagoon - Cole Bay 18.0355763306 -63.0878090858
Simpson Bay - Simpson Bay 18.0349846328 -63.1011128426
Great Bay - Philipsburg 18.0201303262 -63.0492925539
Tintamarre Beach - Ile Tintamarre 18.1162326208 -62.9885673313
Baie Longue - Las Terres Basses 18.055998886 -63.1410884857

With all of this in mind, you should be well prepared to head out on the adventure of a lifetime – a private sailing trip to St. Martin.

 

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