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post #6 of Old 11-19-2002
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St. John''''s bareboat charter


We own a charter boat with VIP in ST. Thomas. We find St. Thomas a very easy and convienent starting point. There are many, many very nice anchorage''s on St. John. We especially like the South side. Very few people visit there so the anchorage''s are usually very quite and empty. Cruz bay is my first mates favorite place to shop. We grab a mooring ball at Caneel and dingy to Cruz. We usually vist on our first and our last full day. On our last full day we go to Caneel visit Cruz Bay, next morning early we sail to Buck Island and snorkel. This is where the tourist boats from St. Thomas take the guest from the cruise ships (get there before 9:00AM. It''s about a 1 1/2 sail, we spend the morning eat lunch and then sail back to Compass Point Marina. We usually get the Delta Flight back that leaves at 5PM. Actually gives us almost another full day.
St. Croix is a very nice sail and the snorkeling is good at Buck island next to St. Croix (Buck Island is a popular name must be at least 4 islands named Buck in the area). We sail from VIP to one of the anchorage''s on the south side the first day, Salt Pond is a good spot and has good snorkeling, Lots of sea turtles when we visited. Early the next morning head for St. Croix. There by noon. Shopping, some resturants, casino, bakery etc.
The Spanish virgins are also a great place to visit, and in reach from St. Thomas or St. John''s.
If you are interested let me know and I can outline the many anchorage''s on St. John. As I said very few people visit the south side, we love the peace and quite.
If you interested in VIP let me know if I can answer any questions. They supply free snorkel gear, we bring our masks and snorkel, use their fins. All boats have micro waves, inverters, mobile phone, deck showers, the list goes on. We do our own provisioning. We have the cab stop on the way through town before we get to Compass Point Marina. Saves a few bucks.
It is very easy to check into the BVI if you decide you''d like to make a few stops there. You don''t have to check back into the US the charter company does that for you. We usually play things loose and decide as we go. What ever you decide to do or go, leaving from ST. Thomas gives you many options.

Good Luck,
John _/)_/)_/)
CV/ "Better than Popcorn"
ST. Thomas, USVI
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