Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tortola BVI
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Re: BVI budget
All should be aware that almost ALL mooring are now $30.00 / night and higher at some locations.
The store at Sopers Hole / Marina Market IS a RiteWay store as is the smaller one in Fat Hog bay that is accessible by dink. The New Main Store near Moorings and Sunsail is the largest and generally less expensive store on the island.
For short term charters of less than 10 days, you should prearrange provisioning to save time to be out on the water away from the charter companies. The back of Road Town Harbour is known locally as Cocka Bay for good reasons.
If you do not know how to properly anchor in the local conditions, do use the mooring balls. All the bottoms are NOT just soft sand. Only anchor over sand and dive the hook to make sure it is in... and this will often be 30+ feet. DO NOT attempt to anchor in FRONT of another boat unless you have double the swing distance as many locations will back wind near sundown and rise and you could end up stern to stern with a near by boat in the dark.
DO NOT ALLOW KIDS to run around the boat while underway or in the process of anchoring or picking up a mooring... or when leaving one. Just Yesterday I witnessed one kid about 6 fall off a Charter Cat and had is Dad almost run over him due to his lack of skills with the boat and probably general lack of skill and total lack of responsibility for his "crew"/ family.
Have fun on a Vacation but remember not everyone near by is on Your vacation and YOUR vacation is NO reason to make everyone else's day a problem. Many boaters will not set by quietly and allow some unqualified boat handler endanger their boat or crew just because that boat has people on Vacation and think the rules do not apply.
You have no idea what expensive is until you find you are not able to leave the island due to something wrong you did while in the Vacation mind instead of using your brain full time while aboard.
A general rule return visitors have is to bring half as much stuff down and twice as much Money to spend while here... as a minimum everything except some booze will be at least 20% higher than in the US just because of import fees... add to that convenience fees for another 15% in resort locations.
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.... Jack London