June 2017: Isla Mujeres, Key West, and the End of the Voyage

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May 30th:  Isla Mujeres, Mexico

After arriving, we checked in with the marina, and then went into town for our official country check-in. We remembered that it was fairly easy to check in at this port, and not nearly as time consuming as it had been at Cozumel. The marina staff made all of the many, many document copies we would need. Symbiosis did not have an import permit, but since we were only staying for ten days ...

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May 2017: Jamaica to the Cayman Islands

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May 3rd: Port Antonio – Discovery Bay

In order to transit around Jamaica, one has to get a “coastwise clearance” and a “customs transire”. These are issued free of charge, but you do need to get them in advance. As our journey would include an overnight stop in Discovery Bay, which did not have a customs office, we were cleared to Montego Bay. I have to say that the officials in Jamaica are very courteous, but getting ...

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April 8th – 9th: Cap Cana – Barahona

We had originally planned to make a few stops along the southern coast of the D.R., but the delays rebuilding the Symbiosis engine changed that plan. Now we would go straight to Barahona, the last port of entry before crossing into Haiti. It was a 173 n.m. cruise, so we would leave in the morning and arrive the following afternoon. We thought we had arranged the check-...

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February 27th – March 12th: Marina Puerto del Rey, Puerto Rico

After getting Scott settled in, we needed to report in to US Customs. Although the USVI is part of the states, it is a duty-free port, so you have to clear US Customs when traveling from there. During our previous stay, we had not bothered to call in, and neither did anyone else we kne...

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January 21st – February 14th: Simpson Bay Marina, St. Maarten

We settled in at Simpson Bay with plans for maintenance, provisioning, and of course, having fun. Aftermath would be staying for a just a few days, as they were planning to leave for Florida, taking the northern route back. Symbiosis elected to anchor out in the bay to save the marina fees.

The satellite antenna, part deux...

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November 30th: St. Pierre – Portsmouth, Dominica

We left the following morning at first light. For the past few days, Rosé had been having some abdominal pains, and overnight, it had gotten worse. She was taking some codeine pain pills that we bought in Antigua, but they were knocking her out. As we approached Dominica, her pain was getting much worse, and we decided we needed to get her some medical attention. There was a ma...

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