Lesser Antilles

How to buy an island

In February 2023, we anchored off the small Caribbean island of Barbuda. Other sailors had told us that we would find the last untouched paradise of the Caribbean here. Indeed: crystal clear water, white and turquoise sandy beaches. But soon we noticed that many sections of the beach were inaccessible. “Private Property” signs were everywhere. Yet the island is also so special because the land belongs to everyone, is managed by everyone and should be accessible to everyone. What was going on in paradise? Karin started researching and came across a story that is representative of those on many other dream islands and places in the world. The report was published in the magazine “Reportagen” in September 2023.

Published in the magazine “Reportagen”, issue #72.

https://reportagen.com/reportage/wie-man-eine-insel-kauft/

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Caribbean and conflicts – life on a sailboat

Life on a sailing boat is more than just drinking gin and tonic at sunset. Karin Mandy Schielke from Deutschlandfunk Kultur explains how we had to completely rediscover our roles and why we would move back to a sailing boat at any time. Listen to the podcast “Plus Eins”:

https://www.deutschlandfunkkultur.de/aussteiger-paar-zieht-auf-ein-segelboot-karibik-und-konflikte-dlf-kultur-12b7dafb-100.html

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The finite story of the engine 1

The finite story of the engine 1

We are struggling with persistent engine problems. In retrospect, it has to be said, actually ever since we set out with Mabul in September 2022. Only we hadn’t really noticed it yet and I kept fighting symptoms but never found the causes. In this and the following blog, the failures, misfortunes and breakdowns of the engine will take us through our journey from St. Maarten to the BVIs to the south of the Dominican Republic.

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Gallery – BVI Diving

Gallery – BVI Diving

In St. Maarten we were provided with a diving compressor from Bauer Kompressoren. For the first time we filled our tanks ourselves on board and then went into the water at Salt Island to have a look at the wreck RMS Rhone.

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Gallery – BVI

Gallery – BVI

With a delay of three days we reach the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Here Jan and Florian from Berlin visit us. Just like us, they are not aware of what Mabul is planning to do with us here.

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Gallery – St. Maarten

Gallery – St. Maarten

We have long awaited St. Maarten. Here is the Mecca of boat jobs, because really everything is available, reasonably priced and accordingly long is our To Do list. Here are the few beautiful moments off the bilge.

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Paradise found and lost

Paradise found and lost

Our journey from Antigua via Barbuda to St. Maarten.

On the morning of January 21, we leave Montserrat and set course for the neighboring island of Antigua. The distance to Jolly Harbor would be 22 nautical miles by direct route, but we have to tack upwind and that takes time. The waves are high and the ride is rough. We have one reef in the mainsail and initially one in the genua. Mabul rides the waves up and down so that the seawater flows over the bow and deck into the cockpit and from there back into the sea.

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