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post #10 of Old 02-23-2013
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Re: Retirement

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
It was not our impression that there were a limited number of anchorages in most of the Eastern Caribbean. Since the winds are so consistent there are lots of spots on the leeward sides of the islands. The obvious exception is the BVI which is a victim of its own success. It is pretty crowded and moorings now fill some (many) of the best anchorages. In some places like parts of the USVI, moorings have been installed to protect the coral. These are relatively inexpensive compared to BVI which are really expensive. When we go through the Eastern Caribbean next year we are just going to skip the BVI. There are not a huge number of marinas considering how many boats there are. You rarely see 'ordinary' sailboats in marinas. We never spent a night in a marina anywhere in the Caribbean.

The OP is from Britain. He is likely used to honking winds ... and they won't be warm like in the Caribbean. You can pick your windows and rarely have more than 25 knots and you will be reaching. Generally great sailing, although Bequia to St Vincent (8 miles) was quite miserable.
Person after person I've spoken to has said that the Bahamas and much of the Caribbean are really losing a lot of anchorages. The developments have resumed in some islands and what were previously open anchorages...are frowned upon. Honking winds are fine for a day sail, but really grate at your nerves in an anchorage when you face 3-4 days in a rolly anchorage.

I'm just trying to highlight that Caribbean sailing/cruising is going to involve more time spent in marinas than you'd imagine.

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