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Re: What's up at the Moorings?

We chartered again from the Moorings in Tortola in May. We had a better experience than the previous time; there are signs that they are investing more in boat and base maintenance. A number of our pet peeves are still true (fancy "spa" bathrooms never clean, on-base provisioning doesn't provide the "unpack and stow" service that they advertise.)

The briefings are surprisingly casual (and inaccurate in places), given the boats they trust people with. Neither our chart or boat briefer had much in the way of local knowledge. Fortunately we had done our research on both.

But the boat (Moorings 4800/Leopard 48) was pretty nice. It sailed well for a big cat, and was nicely laid out. I think late model large cats get a bit more TLC than some of the smaller boats. The only big problem was that the pump direction for the fuel transfer pump was reversed. Fortunately we noticed this before creating a big mess, but it could have been pretty bad.
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Re: What's up at the Moorings?

Originally Posted by dinghygoddess View Post
So we got off and on our own arranged to stay at the Mariner Inn. A word of advice for anyone considering a charter out of that marina. Pay the extra money and stay on the boat for the night before. Stay away from this Mariner Inn. For $250 per night it was a dump! Pool had papers and plastic bottles floating among other debris. Our room had two 40 watt bulbs for lights and it was dark all the time including daytime.
Not going to defend Moorings but perspective does play a role. You mentioned that Bertha had just hit and I know what my pool looks like after an ordinary thunderstorm, so debris in the pool isn't unusual unless it remained there for several days. We also stayed in the Mariner Inn at the end of our charter and although not up to 5 star standards (don't know what the actual rating is), it was a welcome respite from a non-A/C, getting kind of funky smell, couple of rough weather days on a 36 footer after one week. It isn't because of the Mariner Inn that we won't plan to stay there again, it's dealing with the ferry and the ridiculous scene at the Cyril E. King Airport on departure day that we'll spend the last night on St.Thomas instead of Tortola.
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Re: What's up at the Moorings?

We chartered one way from St Lucia to Grenada last winter. The crew on both ends were excellent. Had one problem with the barbecue bracket which we fixed in Bequia with some bailing wire. My only complaint was they didn't fix it, in the past if I had a problem, they'd contract with someone in Bequia to do the work, this time they didn't follow through, or their contractor didn't follow through, I don't know for sure.

They closed the Canouan facility. Prices were up, one way delivery costs up. Seemed like fewer boats available, but I'm not sure of this.

I'd still use them.

Every boat charter company has some problems, usually the Moorings had been perfect or at least "quickest to repair" whatever went wrong.
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