Marin is the place to go to if you need to stock up and get some jobs done. So after a couple of months cursing around we had an ever growing list of jobs to get done. After leaving Montserrat we had a pretty hard sail beating into wind and swell, so making the decision to stop the night in Deshais, Guadeloupe, was an easy one… and what a decision that turned out to be (check our ‘swimming with dolphins’ video)!
After leaving Guadeloupe we then had another sail where we continued to bash our way through the swell before arriving in Marin, Martinique. As I said before, this is most defiantly the place to come to get jobs done. Everything is in one place, most of which you can dinghy right up to, from food shops to the rigging guys. Unfortunately for us, one of the jobs on our ‘to do’ list was to fix our outboard which made getting ashore with sails, LOTS of shopping and to buy several screws (over multiple trips) which we just couldn’t find on the boat a bit of a nightmare.
The main downside to Marin is that the water quality is not the best, so swimming off the boat is an ‘at your own risk’ kinda thing and when you’re working down below in 30+ degrees not being able to swim to wash and cool off can make work very tiring. Because of this we had a break on one of our days and took the bus into St. Anne, a lovely anchorage just by the entrance to Marin with clean water and long sandy beaches. A day spent chilling on the beach was exactly what we needed, especially as we had half of our boat apart in order to access the chain plates!
With all the jobs almost complete (apart from the blasted outboard which is still reluctant to give any signs of life!), and our cupboards and tanks are full to the brim we plan to leave in the morning to head south to St.Lucia. We’re super stoked to have the wind behind us again!
There’s lots of space for anchoring with 360 degrees protection, you just need to watch out for the reefs and shallows, but these are all fairly well marked. Our favourite spot is to the port as you are heading up the fairway in the turn in to the boatyard. It is close to the food and boat shops over 4 – 5 meters with good holding. The only downside is the water is murky and pretty polluted due to the old banana plantations that used to be in the area – swimming is not advisable.
Provisioning / Facilities:
5 stars! Pretty much everything you can need is here at your fingertips. You can take on water on the fuel pontoon as well as check in and out and there is even a fairly well stocked second hand shop just above the chandlery that is on the boatyard. We seemed to spend half our time in there!
We love Marin as a place to come to get some jobs done and re-stock. The food is reasonably priced and the facilities are good. We are however always keen to leave the anchorage to find some clear clean waters.