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St Martin Yacht Charter

Essential Information

The Sunsail St. Martin location is scheduled to re-open February 1, 2018. Please refer to our latest Caribbean Updates for more information.

 

 

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Address

Sunsail St. Martin
Captain Oliver’s Marina
Oyster Pond 97150
St. Martin
French West Indies

St. Martin is an island of dual nationality, the Northern section is French and known as St. Martin and the Southern section is Dutch and known as Sint Maartin.

Location

The base is located to the east of the island in the French part, in Captain Oliver’s Marina at Oyster Pond. The marina is about 30 minutes from Juliana International airport and 15 minutes from Grand Case local airport.

Base Open Hours

The Base is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week.

Base/Shore Facilities

Facilities: Hotels, Restaurants, diving center, car rental (Hertz), shops and a beautiful beach.

Customs feeFree
WaterYes
Ice2 bags free and 2 euro/$ per bag thereafter
Fuel US$ 1.07 per liter
ShowersUS$1.50 / 1 Euro
Laundry5 mins walk from base; $2.50 per kilo
Garbage disposalFree
GasYes
ProvisioningYes
AccommodationOn site hotel (see below)
Bar & RestaurantYes
Money ChangeNo

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Arrival & Departure

Time Difference

Standard Time Zone: UTC/GMT -4 hours

Flights

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend traveling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage while flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance. You must not include in Checked Baggage money, jewelry, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

If an incident occurs, immediately report it to airport officials.  Claims will not be considered once you have left the airport.

Alcohol may be taken but only in checked luggage (well secured from breakages) not as hand luggage due to airport security restrictions.

Airport

Princess Juliana Airport is located on the Dutch side.  The facilities at the airport include a restaurant, some small shops and snack bars and a bureau de change.

Transfers

Sunsail can assist with transfer details; please send your travel arrangements to us so we can make the necessary arrangements.
Please note: Guests arriving separately should bring a copy of the charter contract / invoice.
Clients should give drivers the address of Captain Oliver’s Marina, Oyster Pond. However, most of our clients are picked up by our dedicated taxi driver by the name of George Menta. Taxi drivers should be paid direct. The cost is US$30 for 2 passengers, US$35 for 3 passengers, $40 for 4 passengers. US$10 for each additional passenger. Taxi prices are increased by 25% between 10:00 pm and midnight and by 50% from midnight until 6:00 am. 30 minutes approx.

Luggage

We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Passport and Visas

Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return.
Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

It is the responsibility of each individual to ensure relevant visas are obtained where necessary. Sunsail cannot be held responsible for refusal of entry or travel due to lack of visas. If you are in any doubt please contact your Embassy for full details.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html for the latest information before you leave. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs and Immigration

Before leaving the airport, you will have to clear Immigration and Customs.
A landing card will be given to you on the plane, along with a Customs declaration form. It is not possible to take fresh food into most Caribbean islands and airlines will assume no liability for perishable articles that may be confiscated by Customs.  
The departure tax depends on where you fly out from:
St Martin - US$35 per person
Anguilla – US$10
ST Kitts – US$10
Nevis – US$10
Some airlines include the tax in the flight ticket price.

On Arrival

Your yacht will be ready at 6:00 pm for boarding. The yacht briefing introduces you to your yacht, its systems and rigging. It is carried out individually for each yacht. It is important that all systems and equipment are fully understood. Briefings are mandatory. A time for this will be agreed on your arrival.

There will also be a chart briefing in the morning at 9:00am. The chart briefing describes the cruising area and any potential hazards.

Out of Hours Arrival Procedure

For late arrivals a representative will be there to meet you. As a back up, you will find a marina map with your names and boat location taped on the office door. The boat is ready with lights on, cold fridge.

On Departure

At the end of your charter your yacht will need to be vacated by 11:00am


Please call the base by VHF channel 16 and then on 72 on your way in so that someone can give you docking instructions. 
Before departing your boat you will need to collect a debrief form from reception.  The debrief form is to let us know if you have encountered any problems with the boat or broken anything during the trip, this enables us to rectify problems for the next charter.

In addition to filling in forms we also require guests to bag your dirty laundry and leave in the cockpit, empty all cupboards and fridges of food and throw away, return snorkel gear and any lifejackets borrowed from reception and ensure that the boat is handed back to us in a clean and tidy state.  We reserve the right to charge clients for boats left less than shipshape.

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Sailing Information

Sailing Experience Level
St Martin is a Level 2 sailing area
Experience levels are based on the sailing conditions and length of passages within your chosen sailing area. Follow the link for more information on the sailing conditions.

Sailing Licenses

Although no sailing licenses are required by the authorities, we strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on vacation with you. This may be useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. If you have not already done so then both your boats Skipper and 1st Mate will be required to fill in a Sailing resume to confirm that you have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Cruising Permits & Taxes

No cruising permits are required in this sailing area. A cruising tax of 4.5% of the charter fee is already included in the charter fee.

Clearance in St Martin

On the French side in Marigot, the office opening hours are 9am to 11:30 am and 2pm to 4pm. Original boat papers are required and there is no fee. Anse Marcel: open from 8.00am to 11.30am and 2.00pm to 5.30pm fee: 5 Euros.
On the Dutch side, Philipsburg or Simpson, for clearance out, they ask for the paper of the clearance in from Dutch side. Fee US$5.50. Sunday overtime.
Anguilla: US$2 per person and may stay at port of entry free of charge. Cruising permits to outer islands cost: 5-20 tons US$40 + US$2 per person. 20 tons +: US$60 + US$2 per person.
St. Barts: US$7 for yachts 35-45ft. Minimum 20 Euros for a cat and 2 euros/pax for “la réserve Naturelle”
St. Kitts & Nevis: EC$20.
Prices above are subject to change.

Night Time Sailing

You are not permitted to sail at night unless it has been agreed with the base manager prior to departure.

Cruising Area Limits

BVI: All the British Virgin Islands, including Anegada and US Virgin Islands
For Bareboat Charter with Sunsail Crew. No sailing in US Virgin Islands and Spanish Virgin Islands
To sail with St Martin boat to Guadeloupe/Martinique, please check with your sales agent if the boat has the necessary flag/registration (French/Octroi De Mer)
Rest of Caribbean: No further than 20 miles out from Puerto Rico to Grenada,
Montserrat, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago
There are some other restrictions throughout the whole Caribbean, which are detailed in the Caribbean Introduction section.

Mooring Fees and Taxes

Optional moorings are at present being installed in many of the St Barths anchorages and plans are underway to install these in some St Martin anchorages. Saba and Statia provide moorings. Furthermore, moorings can be arranged inside the harbour of Gustavia, St Barts with the Port Captain at US$15 a night.

Area & Sailing

More information on the sailing in this area.

Charts & Pilot Book

All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. Charts and pilot books can be purchased through the Sunsail booking location.

Fuel

We would highly recommend that all clients’ pre pay fuel due to the distance of the nearest fuelling station from the base – i.e. the boat will not be full when they hand it back to us! Cost is approximately US$0.86 per liter. Fuel is available at the base.

Coolers

Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Clients must sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise they will be charged for replacement. Only one per boat.

Skippered Charter Information

The skipper’s time is booked from 12:00pm to 12:00pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6:00pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12:00pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the check out skipper’s time is booked from 6:00pm to 6:00pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are the responsibility of the client. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.
The skipper must have his own cabin.

For one-day check out skipper’s it is the client’s responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 15 to 20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at the client’s discretion.

More information on Skippered Charter options.

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Banks & Money Exchange

 
Currency

Currency: US Dollars & Euros on both the French & Dutch sides of the island. ALL the islands accept US Dollars (US$), however ONLY Anguilla, St Kitts, Nevis and Antigua accept Eastern Caribbean Dollars (EC$).
US$ and US$ travelers checks are accepted.
Banks are open 9am-3pm, weekdays only.
Please note that you can change money at the base.
 

Credit Card Information

Credit cards can be used for payment in larger establishments and restaurants.

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General Information

 
Language

French and Dutch are the official languages although
English is also widely spoken.

Restaurants

Captain Oliver’s Restaurant, located right at the base, offers French and American cuisine.
The Yacht Club Piano Bar located on the Marina
Quai Ouest, located right at the base, French cuisine.
Le Planteur, 5 minute walk from the Sunsail base & offers French food.
La Fregate, 10 minute walk from the Sunsail base & offers French food.
The Dinghy Dock, located next to the base, is a great lunch bar.
Mr. B’s Beach Bar, located on Dawn Beach, specializes in BBQ and fresh seafood.

Restaurants tend to close at approximately 11pm.

Restaurants closed during September – Low Season
If you are looking to travel in low season please be advised that you will have a limited choice of restaurants to eat ashore.  Therefore, please provision accordingly. This would be a perfect time of year to enjoy a BBQ off the back of your boat.

Tipping

If you have Sunsail crew on board your boat, tipping is at your discretion but standard is 15-20% of the crew fee.
Tipping is standard and expected in all restaurants / bars and for other services undertaken during your holiday. The rule of thumb is generally 10-15% of the amount charged. Some establishments automatically add this onto the bill.

Shopping

Shops open 8am-6pm (Mon/Sat), however, most are closed on Sundays. Supermarkets open 9am - 1pm on Sundays.

Mini market: 5/10 minute walking distance; a small convenience store (no fresh food). It tends to be expensive.
Oyster Bay grocery: on the other side of the marina, access by dinghy. Open from 9.00am to 10.00pm.
Aux Pains d’épices: 5 minutes walking distance.
Open from 6.30am to 8.30pm

Match: 40-minute drive from base, on the French side of the island, accepts Visa and MasterCard. Regular full service grocery store: large selection of fresh produce, canned, frozen and baked goods. Open from 9AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM - 1PM Sun. Le Grand Marché: 15-minute drive from base, on the Dutch side. Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods, also has bakery, deli. Open from: 8AM-8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM-2PM Sun.

Fresh market: 10 minutes drive from the base, on the Dutch side; Regular full service grocery store with wide variety of goods. Open from: 8AM - 8PM Mon-Sat, 9AM - 2PM Sun.
Please note all shops are Duty Free!

Hotels

Captain Oliver’s Boutique Hotel on the marina was designed to integrate with nature - the hillside bungalows along the waterfront are nestled among tropical plants, natural rock outcroppings and winding paths. The spacious junior suites have private terraces or balconies offering spectacular views. The guest rooms have high beamed ceilings, tile floors and are simply decorated with white rattan and local art. It's a small intimate hotel that focuses on friendly service and guest comfort.

Sol Hotel, which is 3 minutes by foot from the base.

St Barts

Large areas of St. Barts are a marine park (St. Barthelemy Natural Marine Preserve.) Both Ile Fourche and Anse de Columbier are part of this park, as are Pain de Sucre and Les Gros Islets to the west of Gustavia. The park rules are excellent. In these areas you may scuba dive, hand-line for fish, snorkel and swim. You may also collect a maximum of 3 adult conchs. You are not allowed to spearfish, jet-ski, water-ski or hunt lobsters. You may only anchor your yacht or dinghy on sand never on coral – though a few yellow moorings will be placed in coral areas for snorkelers and scuba divers. You should never take coral or throw garbage in any coastal waters. Always pass divers slowly giving them at least 100 yards clearance.

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Electrical, Phones & Music

 
Electricity

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts.

Cellular phones

We provide free phones for our clients during hurricane season. The cost is (approximately) $0.40/minute for calling USA and $0.35/minute for local calls. We also have boat phones at the base which we provide on request. For your convenience, your personal cell phone (if European or US) may be activated upon your arrival through Eastern Caribbean Cellular Company. Bring a car type charger with you. For further information call 011-599-542-2100. Clients can also ask their provider before they leave to get international roaming.

Music/Ipods

All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your IPOD while sailing you will need to bring along an I-trip or FM radio transmitter.

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Activities

 
Car and Jeep Rentals

Car rental costs are from US$40 per day dependent on type and time of the year. Please note you will require a current valid driving license and you must be 25+ years old.

Watersports

Website address for renting a windsurfing equipment in St Martin: www.windsofsaintmartin.com Clients can book a windsurfer and pay with a credit card online by clicking on the link below.

Book and Pay Online

A 10% discount is available to Sunsail clients at time of reservation.

Fishing

There is a scuba shop in the marina that rents fishing gear. No license is required.

Scuba Diving

Diving equipment can be delivered to the base. To reserve your gear, please contact The Scuba Shop. Other dive shops are also available on the island.

Snorkeling

We have a range of snorkeling gear which you may wish to use. We are limited on children’s sizes so if you have your own you may wish to pack your own, as children may be more comfortable with what is familiar to them.

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Provisioning

Provisioning ahead is recommended, packages are available. Please call us for details. No provisioning order 7 days before the charter.  More information on Provisioning

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Health & Safety

 
Illness or Injury

If you get sick and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip contact a member of Sunsail staff as soon as possible at a Sunsail base.
If you need to make a claim for curtailment due to illness, ask the base manager for assistance and contact your insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.
Your insurance company will assist with travel arrangements, advice and payment of bills.
Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Safety

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets harnesses we leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.
We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only) if you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.
We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.
Children under the age of 16yrs should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

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