We've been in Yasmine Hammamet marina for three winters now. It's been excellent, very safe and we've enjoyed the hospitality of the local people. Unfortunately we don't live aboard but get out there as often as possible. I've been in close contact with friends in the marina over the past week and hear that all has been and still is quiet, in fact shops have now re opened and life is returning to normal.
What concerns me is the reaction of the population after the elections which are due in 60 days I believe. If these are not free and fair I'm expecting another flare up. Also, the holiday trade will have been decimated for this year at least. I checked a couple of hotels in Yasmine yesterday and one has discounted rooms during April from £150 per night to £29!!! . This indicates that a lot of locals who work in the toursit industry will be out of work. How will they earn money? I hope it's not by selling my electronics!
So I guess I have to decide whether to stay or go and with potentially the whole investment in the boat at stake I more inclined to move than not.
Strange isn't it, if I sail off into the sunset in bad weather I am insured but if I stay put I may not be!
Sadly, because I do like the Tunisians, there may be some very empty marinas this summer.
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one you have.”
(French philosopher Emile Chartier)
Calm down eh, calm down!
Dee do doh dont dee doh!
Insurance wise I doubt very much that my O/B and VHF are now covered. We spent the yesturday running around on wild goose chases, instigated by the fuzz, who seemed to want to impress us without substance. We were told variously that they'd caught the guy, got the stuff back and that it was ready to collect at a number of different stations. All turned out to be nonsense.
I'm more upset about the radio because I'd just fitted it. The O/B, although a great starter was only a 2.5hp mercury which we'd found a bit gutless at times last year and were looking at upgrading anyway. PITA all the same though........
We may have been a little reckless in staying but wanted to see it through if we could. Anyhow, what would the locals have thought if the British had turned tail and fled at the first sign of trouble? Just wouldn't do!
Very 'educational' for the boy too...........
I personally did think you were a little reckless, however you did stick it out and well done to you. Stiff upper lip etc! I have been "educated" in these scenarios many times, it will be useful in the future!! Take care of your selves, maybe see you in the Ionian or somewhere else this year!
March 24, 2017
March 24, 2017