12/29/2015 12:57 PM

Three is a charm, customer appreciation social at Budget Marine Antigua

Budget Marine Antigua hosted "Three is a charm, Customer Appreciation Social” on December 17th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm on the lawns of the Jolly Harbour store.The event was well attended by customers based at the three locations around the island.     They came in golf carts, cars, off their boats and on foot to enjoy good music by a local DJ, drinks, local dishes and kebabs off the grill. It was an evening of fun and laughter, especially between boatyard workers and boat...
12/29/2015 12:22 PM

Small competitive fleet makes the most of “Christmas Winds”

A small but competitive fleet enjoyed some brisk but manageable winds for Antigua Yacht Club’s High Tide Series that was sailed for the 24th time this year. The five races over three days were all in brisk winds, although the final day had the edge with wind speeds over 20 knots. The final race brought back a tradition, the “Curtain Bluff Race”. This race involves a long downwind leg to Curtain Bluff, on the South Coast of Antigua, and a long beat back up the coast to the finish in...
12/21/2015 1:30 PM

Budget Marine Challenge - Only Five Weeks Away

"Now only five weeks away the Budget Marine Challenge set to take place on January 23rd and 24th, 2016 is the most convenient and best racing course with a destination that St. Martin has to offer. No clearing out and you can still go home and feed the dogs whilst enjoying a whole weekend of sailing in the best conditions! There are some great boats already participating, namely Ossenfeffer and L’Esperance and all other interested parties who will only have to...
12/15/2015 10:54 AM

Budget Marine / Gill dominates the 12th Course de L'alliance Regatta

  Congratulations to our Budget Marine/Gill Team skippered by Andrea Scarabelli for being first in class in all three days to win the overall title in the 12th annual Course De L’alliance. The Regatta is a three day event which spans the three neighboring islands, Sint Maarten, St. Barths and Anguilla. Erwan Le Normand’s Carib Diesel from St. Barths was second in racing class a great achievement considering  it was the first time racing his new boat. Ian Hope-Ross's Melges, Kick 'em...
12/15/2015 9:01 AM

Hot off the press! The Budget Marine 2016 catalog

Our new marine equipment catalog for 2016 is out! The Budget Marine catalog has become iconic throughout the Caribbean and its release is anticipated by many.  This year’s catalog boasts over 700 pages of the products boaters’ need, along with helpful tips based on years of experience in the industry.  It’s available in stores now, so get your copy today in print or handy USB sticks!  It’s also available online at www.budgetmarine.com.
11/12/2015 1:20 PM

47th Annual Budget Marine Spice Isle Billfish Tournament open for Registration

Preparations are well on the way for the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament. The 2016 Grand Slam 47  tournament is scheduled for 20 – 23 January 2016 at the Grenada Yacht Club Marina, St. George’s, Grenada.  More than 250 anglers from over 10 countries are expected to participate in this Southern Caribbean’s premier sport fishing event. Richard McIntyre, Chairman of the BMSIBT Committee, extends an invitation to anglers from near and far. "We look forward to seeing...
11/03/2015 1:07 PM

Team Budget Marine 3rd place in Inaugural SIMSAF National Lagoon Championships

The first annual SIMSAF National Lagoon Championship Sailing Event was held on Saturday 31st October in the Simpson Bay lagoon where many of Sint Maarten and St Martins top sailors competed for the title. . A total of 13 races were sailed by 13 teams in 7 identical Jeanneau 20’s from Lagoon Sailboat Rental, using a rotation schedule. Many youngsters participated in the event, showing the increasing interest in sailing from this particular age group. Initiatives such as the...
10/23/2015 8:48 AM

High Tide Series sponsored by Budget Marine

This year will be the 24th time that the Antigua Yacht Club will be mixing its Christmas Celebrations with a series of yacht races.  This Christmas series, known as the High Tide Series, has stood out for bringing together visitors and locals in friendly sportsmanlike racing and at the after race events that follow at the Antigua Yacht Club. The event was originally founded by Jol Byerley in 1991 when the mid-week racing, for which Antigua was famous, had declined and is followed by the...
11/02/2015 10:01 AM

Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament Bonaire

The Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament was again part of the 48th International Sailing Regatta in Bonaire. Oddly, this year, a wide variety of fish were caught, but only one Wahoo was brought in to the scales! The winner of largest and most fish was awarded to Fish Tales a 30 ft Pursuit 3000 offshore, which is a local charter boat, for this one fish! Yuri van Kampen owner / captain of Fish Tales and first mate Fabian each have more than 15 years fishing in Bonaire waters.  Once done fishing,...
11/02/2015 9:56 AM

A Successful 48th Bonaire International sailing Regatta

Bonaire has just completed its 48th International Sailing Regatta.  This year, it took on a new beginning with a new location and a new energy.  In previous years, the Regatta and the surrounding festival were at two different locations. Many people would know that Regatta has something to do with boats, but more importantly it meant a week off from school, lots of party’s and good music at night. This year, the entire Regatta moved back to a home from the distant past, Sunset...
10/08/2015 1:10 PM

David de Vries – 2016 Olympic Judge

Budget Marine partner David de Vries has just been made an Olympic Judge for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This will be his second time officiating at the Olympics, an excellent achievement given the stringent selection process that takes place for each Olympic event. Olympic International Judges are chosen from the best of the best International Judges from the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Member Nation Authorities (MNA) worldwide.  The role...
09/25/2015 1:16 PM

Budget Marine Challenge St.Maarten to Anse Marcel January 2016

The first Budget Marine Challenge in Sint Maarten is scheduled to be held on January 23rd and 24th 2016. The original Budget Marine Challenge concept originates from Curaçao, where it’s one of the most successful sailing events on the island. The event is unique in that it involves an anchor start rather than a conventional starting line. Different from Curaçao, where the event is one day, the Budget Marine Challenge in Sint Maarten will be an overnight event which will take the...
09/25/2015 1:25 PM

Doors Open For New Budget Marine BVI Store

Our new Budget Marine BVI chandlery and marine superstore opened it's doors on the 3rd of September. Having outgrown its original premises, the Budget Marine chandlery in the attractive Nanny Cay Marina, tore down its building to make way for an impressive two level building with over 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor including offices and 2,000 square feet of warehouse space on the second floor.   Theresa Williams, manager of Budget Marine BVI, and her...
09/25/2015 1:21 PM

Budget Marine is on the move! New northern outlet for Budget Marine Antigua

Adding new outlets, moving into new buildings and expanding in size in 5 different locations is one of the highlights of Budget Marine Chandleries in 2015. Opening a new Budget Marine store in the new North Sound Marine boatyard in Antigua has been the focus in August. Budget Marine is acutely aware that a good chandlery can make a boatyard a much more attractive haul out destination. On the northern side of Antigua on Crabs Peninsula with North Sound on its west, is the magnificent,...
09/02/2015 12:23 PM

Meet the Budget Marine Grenada Raymarine Team

Budget Marine Grenada and Spice Island Marine Services (SIMS) who have a close relationship seeing that it is the boatyard where our chandlery is located, has been able to further strenghen that bond. With the help of Budget Marine, SIMS have recently been able to have two technicians officially certified by Raymarine. With marine electronics becoming more and more sophisticated, joint efforts between producer, distributor and service company to raise the level of technical...
08/06/2015 2:00 PM

Awlmix Custom Color System comes to Trinidad

Budget Marine Trinidad in Chaguaramas now has an authorized Awlgrip Color Mixing Bank to provide state of the art mixing for state of the art coating to their customers. In 2004 Awlgrip introduced Awlmix, the advanced color mixing system that enables key Awlgrip distributors to offer a color matching system for any Awlgrip or Awlcraft 2000 topcoat, including special requests for new colors. This service has benefited captains and crew globally, ensuring that no matter where in...
10/22/2015 8:52 AM

NEW AIR Silent X wind turbine from Primus Windpower

Sailboats have harnessed the power of the wind for thousands of years to propel their vessels on the high seas.  Today, with the assistance of small wind turbines, wind power is being used not only for propulsion, but also to charge the battery banks of sailboats and yachts without the use of an alternator or generator.  This is more important than ever as onboard gadgets and appliances multiply.  To supply renewable energy to these onboard devices, Primus Wind Power has introduced...
07/14/2015 8:57 AM

Williams wins 27th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament with 31.55-pound catch

The right place at the right time proved a winning combination for St. Thomas’ Thierry Williams. When the official weigh-in was complete at the 27th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, held July 12 at Hull Bay Hideaway, it was Williams who reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a 31.55-pounder, aboard the 23-foot Hanson, Oceanna. Williams was one of 210 anglers, including 33 junior anglers, on 63 boats who fished in this Northside Sportfishing Club-hosted tournament named one of the Top Ten Best...
07/13/2015 1:28 PM

Raymarine used in Freediving Challenge Bonaire

The Deepsea Challenge 2015 was an event full of energy that put Bonaire on the map as one of the best places in the world to practice Freediving. Although Carlos Coste couldn´t reach his goal of breaking the Variable Weight world record, he showed once again that he´s a machine. Coste, with a single breath, maintaining an impressive self-control and with the help of a sled, descended to a depth of 126 meters at a speed of approximately 1.6 meters per second. He stopped and changed...
07/13/2015 10:40 AM

Raymarine offers free Multifunctional Display upgrade

Are you, or someone you know, involved in racing or cruising on a Raymarine equipped boat then this is your lucky day! Raymarine just announced an immediately available upgrade for all it’s a, c, e, eS and gS series Multifunction Displays (MFDs) The upgrade adds advanced racing and performance cruising features including start line guidance, dynamic laylines and much more. You can even import polars (polar diagrams) to customize for your boat, its sail wardrobe and current wind...
07/13/2015 10:31 AM

FKG Sporting Tohatsu engines

FKG Rigging in Sint Maarten is one of the leading rigging, fabricating and hydraulic companies in the Caribbean and their technicians are constantly jumping into dinghies to attend to customers in the Cole Bay and Marigot parts of Sint Maarten. To continue this excellent service they have built themselves some very rugged aluminum tenders which are now all sporting Tohatsu engines. FKG are highly experienced in boating and their choice of Tohatsu is a reflection of the increasing...
05/26/2015 12:46 PM

Phil, Budget Marine's Fishing expert, wins at Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament

Philip Barrett, Budget Marine's very own fishing expert from our St.Maarten store, reeled in the largest Marlin weighing a staggering 612 pounds (!) at the 2015 Antigua & Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament. Phil reports still being in awe as it took him only one hour and 10 minutes, an amazing time for reeling in a fish of this size. He came just short of beating the tournament record of 771 pounds although that did little to stifle his excitement, taking in first place for Largest Fish and...
05/26/2015 11:26 AM

Budget Marine / Gill's third win of the season at the Captain Oliver's Regatta

The Budget Marine / Gill team, skippered by Andrea Scarabelli , brought in their third win of the season in the Captain Oliver’s Regatta, following wins in the Heineken Regatta and Les Voiles de St.Barth. The weekend involved a Counterclockwise Race around the island on Saturday followed by an interesting course on Sunday that took the sailors to South East part of the Island. The conditions were windy and made for great tactical sailing requiring good boat handling...
05/20/2015 1:59 PM

Ten ‘Movers & Shakers’ Share Their Views of the Caribbean Marine Industries

Robbie Ferron, founder and group manager of Budget Marine, has had lots of influence on the Marine Industry from organizing races to serving as a past President of the Caribbean Sailing Association. As such, he was among ten of the regions’ ‘movers and shakers’ asked by All At Sea Magazine to share his thoughts on What the future holds for the Caribbean’s marine industries. Read the full article here:  organizing races and serving as a past President of the Caribbean Sailing...
05/20/2015 1:19 PM

Caribbean Deepsea Challenge

The darkness of the sea is an environment believed to be impossible to enter by any natural means. However, a specialist in Freediving; a mental and physical discipline in which it is required to perform substantial self-control techniques to hold your breath and visit the most unbelievable depths of the ocean.  Carlos Coste, a world record holder who comes from a remarkable trajectory as a freediver will be faced with the Deepsea Challenge. He will attempt to dive with only one...
05/20/2015 2:00 PM

Laser donated to Anguilla Youth Sailing Association

One of the most popular single-handed dinghies in the world, with more than 200,000 boats worldwide, the robust, simple to rig Laser provides very competitive racing due to tight class association controls. It is often the next step for keen young sailors who have outgrown their Optimist and Sunfish dinghies. As such, Robbie Ferron’s donation of his Laser to the Anguilla Youth Sailing Club (AYSC) is a valuable contribution to this non-profit organization, which strives to provide the...
07/13/2015 9:50 AM

Our own Robbie Ferron in Antigua Sailing Week

Great overview from our founder Robbie Ferron about Antigua Sailing Week, amongst his crew was Shakeil from our Budget Marine Antigua store: Antigua Sailing Week really is a class act ! Great sailing and great liming following a long tradiion of a full week of racing (and other things). The conditions were as good as they could ever be. Most days were around 14-15 knots and one day a little stronger but not much. The awesome Ossenfeffer ploughed to windward fantasitcally and we...
05/20/2015 2:00 PM

Donation Unicord to Sensus BVI Gym

We are not only into boats and fishing at Budget Marine! We recently donated 25ft of unicord 1-1/2 twisted nylon to the SENSUS BVI gym located in Manuel Reef. This line will be used as a Battle rope at the gym. We can't wait to see it in action!  
04/24/2015 9:59 AM

The Budget Marine GILL Race Team Wins Again!

After winning their Class in the 2015 edition of the Heineken Regatta, the St.Martin Budget Marine GILL team went over to St. Barth to compete in Les Voiles de St.Barth and once again topped the leaderboardin Melges 24s. Having won their class in 2013 followed by a 2nd place in 2014, the team worked hard to get back into the Winning Spot for 2015. Sailing in tough conditions which covered more than 140 miles over the 4 days of racing the team ended up with two 1st’s and two 2nd’s with...
05/20/2015 11:34 AM

Project Sunshine Express

At Budget Marine we love to see the progress and completion of boat projects and how we can help to make this journey easier. The lovely Sunshine Express is one such project who's entire interior (plumbing, electrical, navigation) came from Budget Marine. Many Budget Marine staff worked hard in getting this boat ready with many last minute orders. This is one of many projects that Budget Marine has assisted in and we always want to hear more of your stories and see more pictures. If you...
04/24/2015 9:41 AM

Calling all anglers! Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament

Calling all anglers! The 27th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament – the inshore  Islands.fishing tournament that offers the best prizes and attracts more participants that any other of its kind in the U.S. Virgin Islands – will take place on July 12. First organized by the Northside Sportfishing Club in 1987, the tournament last year attracted 196 anglers, including 30 junior anglers, aboard 57 boats. ...
03/31/2015 2:01 PM

Budget Marine and Interlux / AwlGrip play mayor role in Powerade Regatta

Budget Marine and International Paints Interlux Yacht Paint and Awlgrip played a major role in the LSR division of the Powerade regatta that took place this week end in St.Maarten’s Simpson Bay Lagoon by providing the new jibs for the boats that raised the standard of this very competitive event. Six very evenly matched boats completed sixteen races in stiff breezes with two of the teams fielding crews from the Kids at Sea Program. The bouy and boat management was also done by Kids at Sea...
03/18/2015 9:32 AM

Team Gi Gi II triumphs at well-supported Budget Marine TTGFA Wahoo Blowout 2015

This tournament, which took place on Saturday 28 Feb and Sunday 1st March 2015, was a resounding success. In this, the 2nd year with Budget Marine as title sponsor, there was a noticeable increase in boats as well as anglers entering, according to Mark de Verteuil, Tournament Chairman, ”the highest that this tournament has ever seen.”  The atmosphere was one filled with sheer fun and excitement.  Anglers braved the very rough waters on both days, each determined to be triumphant. Despite...
03/11/2015 12:09 PM

Budget Marine/Gill victory at the Heineken Regatta!

Budget marine/Gill team   A BIG congratulations going out to our very own team Budget Marine/Gill who scored their fourth win in a highly competitive one design fleet in the Melges 24 Class at the 35th St.Maarten Heineken Regatta and to Robbie Ferron, who is the founder of Budget Marine as well as the Heineken Regatta and did an excellent job on the water. Competing in CSA 7 with his crew of Budget Marine Aruba he came in second after a titanic struggle with Sir Robbie...
03/11/2015 11:32 AM

Arabian Princess Takes Home BMSIBT 2015 Championship Title!

The fishing, the comradery, the organization and simply the smiling faces at the Budget Marine Spice island Billfish Tournament bring people back every year. Budget Marine is all about people and relationships and we are very proud to be associated with an event of this caliber. Thank you to all participants, guests and the BMSIBT committee for enabling us to be part of such a great event! Also a big congratulations going out to our very own Budget Marine Grenada manager Nicholas George...
11/17/2014 9:19 AM

Tahla'o Victorious at 7th Annual Budget Marine Tournament

PHILIPSBURG--Fishing Team Tahla’o from St. Barths, was crowned Champion Boat of the 7th annual Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament. Tahla’o had two impressive days of fishing over the weekend landing 25 Wahoo totaling 854 pounds. Shuggie Two from Saba came in second with eight fish totaling 260 pounds and caught the largest King fish. Jabinge Zaegers age 13 aboard Shuugie Two won Best Junior Angler reeling in a 53 pound Wahoo. Fishing team Yellow Whip from St. Martin, which...
11/14/2014 9:42 AM

Budget Marine comes in 2nd at the Triskell Cup

Christopher Marshall, manager of Budget Marine St.Maarten in Cole Bay states, “We met with some tough competition. We were up against the Le Fort Clim team who won the Voiles de Saint Barth earlier this year, and we were also up against Carib Marine who won the Heineken Regatta many years ago when we first started racing.   With 3 races on Sunday, 2 bullets and a 2nd, our team had 4 points and GFA Caraibes had 5 points putting all the pressure on the final day of racing. On Monday...
11/13/2014 12:06 PM

Budget Marine receives Raymarine 2014 International Dealer of the Year Award

Raymarine has awarded Budget Marine the title of 2014 International Dealer of the Year. Rodrigo Santos, the Raymarine Sales Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean handed the award over to our electronics guru Derek Hodge of Budget Marine during the Raymarine International Dealer Conference in Ft.Lauderdale on the 28th of October. Raymarine develops and manufactures the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine...
11/14/2014 9:31 AM

Budget Marine Gill team to participate in Triskell Cup in Guadeloupe

For the first time in recent years racing sailors of St. Maarten are participating in the Triskell Cup. Teams of the French islands regularly participate in events such as the Heineken Regatta and Voile de St. Barths and it was time to return the gesture and participate in their regatta as well. The Triskell Cup in Guadeloupe is the equivalent to the Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten and is set to take place on the 8th, 9th and 10th of November. Budget Marine and two other local...
11/06/2014 1:38 PM

Introducing the all new Tohatsu 50HP Four Stroke Engine

Budget Marine has received its first Tohatsu 50 hp four stroke, a new engine recently developed and which could well be a perfect engine for the 14 to 16 foot AB inflatables we sell. Features Lightest 4 stroke engines in their class - just 97kg/209lbs (including prop) Built in Diagnostic system through the Tachometer Intelligent Service Interval indication system Variable idle control for low speed trolling High Output Alternator...
11/06/2014 1:40 PM

First Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament in Bonaire

The Bonaire Sailing Regatta is a weeklong event, including a week off from school for the kids.  On Friday, many companies close for the afternoon and set up tents along the waterfront to enjoy the activities of the regatta.  Unfortunately, by then, most races have been sailed and there is not a lot happening. This year, Kite surfing and solar boats were added to the event on Wednesday, a lay day for most sailors. and Budget Marine added a Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament on Friday....
11/06/2014 12:49 PM

New Catfish 14 Regatta in Grenada

A new sailing event, the Catfish 14 Regatta, has joined Grenada's calendar of competitive racing, thanks to an exciting joint initiative between Grenada Yacht Club, Gouyave Sailing School and Catfish Inc., a Gouyave-based company building fiberglass dinghies and boats. The event has been created to showcase the new fleet of Catfish 14 dinghies that have been built in Gouyave and was staged over two days, combining long 'Point to Point' races between Gouyave and St. George's, and...
11/06/2014 12:12 PM

Sunbelt Realty Dash winner of Budget Marine Cup

Twenty eight teams competed in the sixth edition of the regatta hosted at Surfside Beach in Oranjestad harbor,a little bay at the end of the International Airport Runway, which is also the entry to the lagoon area where most yachts are to be found. This year in addition to the Optimists, Sunfish, Beach Cats, Keelboat Yachts, Kitesurfers and Windsurfers, the event even included the “micro yachts” that are a popular sport tradition amongst Arubans, who build some creative craft in three...
07/21/2014 1:21 PM

Preparing for the sixth Aruba International Regatta

This year on August 15, 16 and 17 the sixth Aruba International Regatta will take place on Aruba. Three days of action and competition for yachts, beach cats, sunfishes, optimists, windsurfers and kite surfers; three evenings of music and parties for all participants and spectators. The sailors will compete for the Budget Marine cup for the winner in the most competitive class. This cup will be awarded for the fourth time this year and has a value of afl. 1000. For the youngest...
07/21/2014 1:21 PM

Bryan wins 26TH Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament with 28.70-pound catch

First-timers luck and natural angling ability proved a winning combination for St. Thomas’ Melinda Bryan. When the official weigh-in was complete at the 26th Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament, held July 13 at Hull Bay Hideaway, it was Bryan who reeled in the Largest Kingfish, a 28.70-pounder, aboard the 17-foot Boston Whaler, Timeless. Bryan was one of  196anglers, including 30 junior anglers, on 57 boats who celebrated a successful tournament at the Captain Morgan, Coors Light and Snapple...
07/04/2014 10:19 AM

Congratulations Jerry Warner & Sailability!

Congratulations go to Jerry Warner, Sales Representative at Budget Marine English Harbour, who has passed his Bronze Level and is now working intensely for his Silver Level of the Sailability Course at the National Sailing Academy in Antigua. Sailability is a volunteer based organization to promote and teach sailing to persons with disability, the elderly and the financially and socially disadvantaged. Started in the UK, it has spread world wide, including to Antigua, where the...
06/16/2014 11:21 AM

Budget Marine’s “Oyster” wins Billfish tournament

The Contender 36 "Oyster" from Team Budget Marine emerged surprise overall winner of the 17th St. Martin Billfish Tournament on Saturday night, scooping up three of the evening's big awards; not bad considering at least two of their crew, captain included, are relatively new names in the big game fishing world. But there was clearly experience on board and perhaps some old fashioned luck that resulted in Oyster claiming the Most Overall Points first prize trophy, Most Blue Marlin...
06/20/2014 9:26 AM

"Oyster" by Budget Marine leads Billfish Tournament

06/20/2014 9:22 AM

Budget Marine wins Boat of the Year!

The Sint Maarten Yacht Club’s last keelboat race of the 2013-2014 season was sailed Sunday June 1st. A nice 16 knot easterly breeze and clear skies made for great sailing weather! 5 boats entered Racing Class and 5 boats cruising class. A new entry in the cruising class was “Sleeper” a 39ft J-boat owned and sailed by Robbie Ferron.  “Sleeper” was going very well in the stiff breeze, especially upwind where her narrow beam and high sloop rig allowed her to point very high. She won...
06/13/2014 11:32 AM

Bonaire ready to host the 10th Prokids Bonaire IFCA Championships

This year Bonaire will host the 10th Prokids Bonaire IFCA Championship 2014 from June 25th till June 29th, 2014. The event is organized and coordinated by a dedicated Bonaire Committee Team and the Aquaspeed Windsurfers Bonaire Association directed by General Coordinator, Mr. Gerrald Victorina. This year the committee chose two youngsters, Jurgen Saragoza and Stephard Gustowski as role models for their dedication and achievements they have shown throughout the years competing in the...
06/13/2014 10:47 AM

Prepare yourself for the best professional windsurfing championship on Bonaire!

THE PWA BONAIRE WORLD CUP 2014 EVENT IS JUST ONE WEEK AWAY! “Prepare yourself for the best professional windsurfing championship on Bonaire” Bonaire, June 12th, 2014– This year Bonaire will host once again the PWA Bonaire World Cup 2014 June 20th till June 24th, 2014. PWA Bonaire World Cup 2014, the biggest sports world champion event in Bonaire, will start on June 20th, 2014. The registration and the official opening ceremony will be held with a defile, where all the...
06/02/2014 8:48 AM

Catch a Whopper & Win Cas & Prizes - Bastille Day Kingfish Tournment set For July 13

Fish the tradition! Fishing, family and fun all wrapped into one is what you’ll find at the Northside Sportfishing Club’s Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament. Set for Sunday July 13th at Hull Bay Hideaway.   This is your chance to catch the ‘big one’ and pocket $2000 in cash plus prizes. The Annual Bastille Day Kingfish Tournament offers more ways to win and more cash and prizes than any other Virgin Islands-based inshore fishing tournament. Festivities also include live bands...
05/27/2014 11:22 AM

Tested by Practical Sailor: Maggi Chain superior in strength and quality

Replacing chain on your boat can be a sizable investment, but it’s sometimes difficult to know what you’re buying. It’s something that people often think of as being utilitarian, and unfortunately not worthy of research and comparisons. That doesn’t make a lot of sense when you consider that your safety and the safety of your boat could be riding on it. There can be a huge difference from one brand of chain to the next, even when the chain grade and strength ratings are supposed to be the...
06/20/2014 9:32 AM

Gipsy Girl wins Budget Marine Challenge 2014

06/09/2014 5:38 PM

Budget Marine Gill wins Captain Oliver's Regatta

06/09/2014 6:30 PM

10th edition of the Budget Marine Challenge in Curaçao

The 10th edition of the succesful Budget Marine Challenge, organized by the Curaçao Yachting Association (CYA), will be held this Sunday May 25th. The Budget Marine Challenge differs from other sailing regattas because of the unusual, spectacular start methods used. Racing starts at 10 in the morning in Spanish Water (Spaanse Water) with a  “Voor de windse” start (down wind start). Usually starts are up wind. The first part of the race course is set to sail to Fuik Beach. Yachts...
06/09/2014 6:32 PM

Kick off of Saint Martin Billfish Tournament June 10th

The Saint Martin Billfish Tournament kicks off on June 10th at Marina Fort Louis in Marigot, Saint Martin. The Caribbean's finest fishing teams will be battling it out on the famous Marlin Boulevard from the 11th to the 14th of June. The 2014 marlin season is shaping up to be a great one. This year there will be over $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, which will make for some intense competition! Not to mention that The Saint Martin Billfish Tournament is a qualifying event for the...
06/09/2014 6:34 PM

The 10th Annual Captain Oliver's Regatta is around the corner!

Captain Oliver’s Regatta presents to you a fabulous weekend of entertainment and racing at Captain Oliver’s Resort in Oyster Pond, with three days of fun and two days action packed sailing. Aside from the sailing, visitors can take in the ambience enjoying the waterfront facilities at Captain Oliver’s Resort where the marina becomes alive. The sails of the first regatta were hoisted in 2005 by Olivier Lange, alias Captain Oliver, for local sailors from mainly St. Maarten/St. Martin...
06/09/2014 6:37 PM

From Trade Winds to No Winds

Report by Bas De Rooij part of the Budget Marine/Gill team winning CSA5 class overall and best performance on Saturday of the Heineken Regatta 2014   The last race of this year’s St Maarten Heineken Regatta took us from Marigot to Creole Rock (Grand Case) around the ‘Reserve’ mark. At this stage we went around in first position closely followed by our nearest rivals as we were heading downwind to Blowing rock, Anguilla. We rounded the rock in 2nd place, just after the overall...
06/09/2014 6:39 PM

Rodion Luka wins Budget Marine Match Racing 2014

Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (March 4, 2014) - Capping off a solid day of competition against an international field of match racers hailing from Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and the Caribbean, Rodion Luka from the Ukraine won the 6th edition of the Budget Marine Match Racing Cup today with a 2-1 victory over Russian skipper Eugeny Nikiforov. Photo by Bob Grieser A silver medalist in the 49er Class at the 2004 Olympics, Luka was joined by another Ukrainian Olympian,...
03/06/2014 11:07 AM

Jolien Louwerse and Katarina Bohusova Lucky winners!

Jolien Louwerse and Katarina Bohusova were the lucky winners of the Special Guest VIP Tickets. With these tickets they get to follow the Heineken Regatta, the biggest regatta in the Caribbean, this Saturday on the Golden Eagle catamaran. They will be able to watch the races as they unfold. Jolien and Katarina will start witnessing every start of the most exciting classes while having breakfast. The Golden Eagle will then follow the race while serving lunch onboard with of course a...
06/09/2014 6:42 PM

Budget Marine Sponsors TTGFA 2014 Wahoo Tournament

Budget Marine Trinidad title sponsors TTGFA Wahoo Tournament 22 - 23 March 2014 Budget Marine is very proud to announce that it will be title sponsor of the Trinidad & Tobago Game Fishing Association's (TTGFA) Wahoo Blow Out Tournament 22 - 23 March 2014. Since the chandlery first opened in Chaguaramas in 1996, Budget Marine Trinidad has supported many fishing events such as the Marlin Madness and Tarpon Thunder Tournaments in Tobago among others, with sponsorships, equipment...
06/09/2014 6:43 PM

Varadero Aruba Boatyard and Marina

    Varadero Aruba Boatyard and Marina has become a prime spot on Aruba to store your boat, haul it out for repair or stay when visiting Aruba. They have 400 dry berths and 70 wet slips and accomodate for all your boatyard needs! Budget Marine Aruba is around the corner. Check out their new website with all information! http://varaderoaruba.com/               
06/09/2014 6:45 PM

2014 Interlux Regatta a Resounding Success!

The 2014 Interlux One Design Regatta with fourteen teams and with shore activities sponsored by Coors Light was a resounding success. The fourteen teams rotated through eight boats to complete a total of 16 races on the north side of the SXM airport runway. The winner by two points at the end of the two days was Han de Bruyn Kops sailing with brothers Pieter and Paul Soons. Second place went to Andrea Scarabelli of Team Budget Marine Gill who missed defending the title by two points....
06/09/2014 6:48 PM

Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament a Huge Success!

   There is never a dull moment in Grenada! This was certainly the case as the annual Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament (BMSIBT) kicked off with a roaring start on the morning of January 28th 2014. At the close of registration on January 27th, the tournament committee was set to host another record number of 51 boats and 261 anglers at the Grenada Yacht Club, home to the tournament since its inception in 1964. Celebrating the 45th anniversary of this exciting...
01/24/2014 10:43 AM

Curacao Marine Ready for Action

Curaçao Marine is Ready to Service up to 60-Ton Yachts    Curacao Marine is expanding their haul-out capacity with a 60 ton Roodberg® trailer. As of mid-January 2014 the new slipway trailer will be taken into operation. With this top of the line towed Roodberg® trailer Curacao Marine can service larger monohulls as well as multihulls; yachts up to 80 feet, weighing up to 60 ton, can now be hauled out and serviced at the marina. Both the 40 ton trailer and the new 60 ton...
06/09/2014 6:51 PM

Budget Marine Sponsors Bonaire Fishing Tournament

The Bonaire International and Local Fishing Tournament was a great success.  The Bonaire International and Local fishing tournament was a great success.  24 boats participated in the International Catch and Release event. 3 boats came from Aruba, 13 from Curacao, 1 from Venezuela and 7 from Bonaire.  While the local even saw record attendance of 19 boats.  Fun was had by all and we hope that they spread the word and bring friends for next year!  Customs and Immigration's made an...
06/27/2014 2:06 PM

Budget Marine donates new GILL all-weather Jackets to the Sint Maarten Sea Rescue Foundation.

On Saturday the 11th of January the Sint Maarten Sea Rescue foundation received new all-weather GILL coats donated by Budget Marine and Horizon Yacht Charters. The Sea Rescue team has had a busy couple of weeks due to the strong winds around the island and often came back cold and soaking wet. These coats are of the highest quality and will keep the team visible, warm and dry while they can assist people in need on the water.   The Sea Rescue team is a team of volunteers...
06/27/2014 2:04 PM

Carlos Aguilar Match Racing 2013

   A double-header hook-up landed anglers April Newland and Mike Landgraf cash prizes for the two largest wahoo caught in the Wahoo Windup, hosted by the Virgin Islands Game Fishing Club (VIGFC) and sponsored by Budget Marine. Newland’s 41.14-pounder weighed in as the largest, however still some 34 pounds short of earning the $10,000 prize offered for a wahoo over 75-pounds. Landgraf reeled in the November 17 tournament’s second largest wahoo, a 24.75-pounder. Both Newland and...
01/24/2014 12:27 PM

Big developments in the world of PFD’s

Re-Arming Kits For Life Jackets There have been two big developments in the world of PFD’s (personal flotation devices). 1. There is much more compulsion to wear them in professional and some other uses on the water. Almost any worker who is operating near the water is expected to be wearing a PDF. 2. Most authorities now approve inflatable lifejackets which was not the case before. This means that instead of a bulky contraption, a much lighter unit can be worn that only...
06/27/2014 2:05 PM

Budget Marine Antigua: Now Two Locations to Serve You Better

Budget Marine is a chain of Marine supply outlets operating in now, 13 locations in the eastern and southern Caribbean that offers the largest range of premium marine products with the highest level of product availability in the region.   Budget Marine Antigua - Jolly Harbour  After 21 years the Jolly Harbour has relocated from the boatyard adjacent to the Jolly Habour Commercial Center. Budget Marine Antigua - English Harbour The new shop is located in the...
06/09/2014 7:00 PM

Budget Marine Antigua New Location Grand Opening!

  On the 10th of December, approximately 120 persons attended the grand opening of the new Budget Marine Antigua locations, the ceremony taking place in the garden of the new Jolly Harbour store.  Both Finance Minister Harold Lovell and other speakers focused on teamwork and partnership in taking the Yachting sector of Antigua forward and its contribution to the country’s economy. Location manager Louisa Norris made awards to staff including longest serving; Junieo Stevens...
06/09/2014 7:02 PM

La Course de l’Alliance 2013

La Course de l’Alliance 2013     The Notice of Race (NOR) for La Course de L’Alliance is now available online kicking off the 10th edition of this event with registration officially open. Entries are already in full flow so don’t wait any longer and head to www.regattaguru.com and register your boat. With lots of interest and enquiries, the team at Sint Maarten Yacht Club (SMYC) is looking forward to an even better event this year. With returning sponsors Budget...
06/09/2014 6:56 PM

Budget Marine Antigua New Location Grand Opening!

On Monday Morning September 16th the doors opened for the new Budget Marine Chandlery in Jolly Harbour . The purpose build 5,000 sq foot facility will take over from the facility in which Budget Marine has been active for the past 20 years (one year was spent a previous building) . The new building will offer greatly improved exposure of products , air conditioning , street level access , excellent parking and loading .   The building was constructed in a record 7 months by...
01/24/2014 12:32 PM

Budget Marine 2013 Boat-of-the-Year!

 SMYC Keelboat Boat-of-the-Year Captured by Team Budget Marine On Saturday night June 29 the Sint Maarten yacht Clubs keelboat racing season 2012-2013 was concluded with the prize giving ceremony. Commodore of the SMYC, Ian Hope-Ross was the master of ceremony. The Racing Class a very successful  season, where  new boats came out to join this season's racing. This resulted in a bigger and more competitive fleet. It is hoped that this trend will continue, and that for next...
01/10/2014 4:37 PM

Dream Yacht Charter selects Jolly Harbour, Antigua as its 35th international base

Dream Yacht Charter selects Jolly Harbour, Antigua as its 35th International Base. Dream Yacht Charter have established a fleet of catamarans and monohulls to operate out of Jolly Harbour Marina for the coming season. This charter company own 600 boats worldwide, including 120 yachts the Eastern Caribbean. This exciting addition boosts their presence within the Caribbean to five locations. Loic Bonnet, the President of Dream Yacht Charter, commented, “Jolly Harbour is...
01/10/2014 4:39 PM

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01/10/2014 4:40 PM

Powerade Multi-Class Regatta

Powerade Multi-Class Regatta  With 43 teams from 5 countries, the annual Powerade Multi-Class Regatta has established itself as the 3rd biggest mixed fleet regatta held on St.Maarten. Competitors from St Maarten/StMartin, Anguilla, St Barths and Sweden challenged each other in the sometimes fickle breezes on the St Maarten lagoon during the 2013 edition. The racing included fleets of LSR’s, Lasers, RS Visions and 3 fleets of Optimists. In the LSR Class, the 7th and final race...
01/10/2014 4:41 PM

Excellent Conditions for Impressive Junior Sailing Action

Excellent Conditions for Impressive Junior Sailing Action   Grenada’s junior sailors enjoyed near perfect sailing conditions on Saturday 23 March when they took to the water in Grand Anse Bay for the Budget Marine Junior Sailing Championship. In past events, the youngsters have had to contend with challenging winds and choppy water, but on Saturday the elements combined to provide great sailing conditions, and allowed the keen young sailors – as young as six – to show their...
01/10/2014 4:46 PM

Nautical Fun At Budget Marine 2013

01/10/2014 4:44 PM

Budget Marine supports Olympian Sailor in historic Tobago to Trinidad Sail

Budget Marine supports Olympian Sailor in historic Tobago to Trinidad Sail   On 7 Dec 2012 Budget Marine Trinidad presented T &T’s Olympian Sailor, Andrew Lewis, with a Laser Upper-Mast and Std Sail with battens for his Wind Energy Challenge, a 50 mile sail in a 14’ Laser from Pigeon Point, Tobago to Maracas bay, Trinidad. This had never been attempted before, being the smallest single handed boat to complete the journey between the two islands. Dogged by lack of wind and...
01/10/2014 4:46 PM

International Yachting Seminar

International Yachting Seminar Budget Marine's and St Maarten Marine Trades Association board member, Robbie Ferron, represented the SMMTA and St. Maarten,  this weekend in Martinique attending an International yachting seminar sponsored by the 'Euro Institut Caribéen' (EIC) of the FWI University (UAG), and co-organized by the International Affairs Desk of French Customs Caribbean Headquarteres in Martinique, FWI. Tourism is a major component of the sustainable development...
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06/27/2014 2:17 PM

St. Croix International Regatta

The 21st St. Croix International Regatta was held last weekend -15th- 17th November, and it was a great weekend of sailing and festivities.   The regatta, famous for the winning Captain being awarded his weight in Rum, proved to be a test for the versatility of the entrants. The weather was a mixed bag of rain and 15 knot winds on Friday,  light to no winds on Saturday and gusty 25 knot winds on Sunday. The sailing action was followed by great afternoons and evenings...
06/27/2014 2:50 PM

6th Annual Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament

Fishing Team ‘’Bouffy’’ from Sint Martin, has been crowned champion boat of 2013 at the 6th Annual Budget Marine Wahoo Tournament. ‘’Bouffy ‘’ had two impressive days of fishing over the weekend keeping near the top of the leaderbord after day one and sealing the deal with a strong day 2 finish. Team Bouffy caught 11 wahoos over two days totaling 332.40lbs Also with 11 Wahoos, Fishing team ‘’Living The Dream’’ from St.Criox just missed the crown by approx. 21 lbs so therefore...
06/27/2014 3:30 PM

Fifth edition of Aruba International Regatta

The fifth edition of the Aruba International Regatta drew competitors from Bonaire, Curaçao, Sint Maarten and of course Aruba to the new regatta location in Oranjestad Aruba. With about 50 sails on the water and some 100 participants, this regatta is proving that Aruba has a growing and healthy sailing scene. The weather conditions in Aruba’s beautiful sailing waters were optimal for close competition during the 52 races that were held in the harbor of the capital of Aruba...

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