When it comes to hosting long-term cruisers, Trinidad and Venezuela share a similar, competitive, and remarkably short history. Before 1990, there was virtually no marine industry in either country to accommodate transient boats; today, cruising boats represent the second biggest tourism sector in Trinidads economy, ahead of cruise-ship tourism. That said, the overall economies of both countries are based not primarily on tourism but on industry, so theres been a workforce in place, at least indirectly, to take on the kinds of jobs sailors need done: welding, mechanics, woodworking, and refurbishing. The exchange rates of both countries favor good bargains against the U.S. dollar, though more so now in Venezuela than in Trinidad. Perhaps most important, both countries lie below 12 degrees 40 minutes north latitude, the magic hurricane line; according to leading insurance carriers, insured boats must either duck below this line between July and November or leave the eastern Caribbean altogether.