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Gtod25,
I do not want to steal this thread, so I will give the answer in my original thread here (in short: we did not invade USVI)
sailing time is here: BVI (BVI to Saba)
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My wife is also susceptible to sea sickness. She has been sick in the BVI. Scopalomine took care of the problem well, for her. You do need a prescription for it.

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Regarding checking in and out of customs from (Sopers hole) BVI into US at Cruz bay and then back again. Is it very time consuming?
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6string...the actual checkin-checkout at customs might take twenty minutes or a half hour. The real problem is that Cruz bay is dirty and crowded and you often cannot get a mooring or have space to drop the hook SO....you end up going to the next bay over...Caneel Bay...anchoring and making sure it is holding...loading everything and everyone into the dinghy and heading back around the point and down into CruzBay Harbor....do the customes thing...and then head back. On a typical tradewinds day, the trip can be quite wet in the dink and take several hours to complete the entire transaction before moving on.
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Thanks Cam,

I think we will avoid that situation. With a 9 and 13 yr old and only 1 week, there are plenty of other things to do just staying in the BVI

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You all have gotten me very excited. We head to the BVI for our first bareboat charter in 3 weeks! I'm really looking forward to it. ANy other suggestions for families with kids who like the wilder, less occupied adventure?

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Here's a question... I have done a lot of reasearch on the BVIs...particularly cruising...where to go...what to bring...mooring...anchoring...etc. One thing I have not seen any comments on are bugs....and insect repellent. Do I need to worry about it ...do I need to pack repellent...?
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Ladyhawke,

I've been to the BVI twice now and only encountered bugs on shore while eating and drinking. They were sand flees(noseeums), so a little spray would be in order. Most of the places have a can sitting around for customer use. While on the mooring balls, on the boat, the wind was always blowing enough to keep the mosquitos away, both trips were in November. You're going to have fun.
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The only place I would worry about is off Anegada both for mosquitos and no-see-ums. That is the only place (on the water) where I will rig flyscreens.
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Ladyhawke, I have had great success with ginger. I always travel with crystalized ginger - the kind you get in produce section with oriental foods. It is tastier than fresh ginger and not as hot. Some recommend ginger capsules but I go for the real thing. Preferable to chew some (a piece about size of finger tip) before getting underway. Keep ginger snaps and ginger ale on hand. If all fails and someone gets sick you can't beat the remedy used by the old Cunard Docs - a good tablespoon of corn syrup, Karo works great.
And, vitamin B1 works as a bug repellant. Ask your pharmacist for dosage and start a few days before needed. An old hunters trick. Have fun.
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