Originally Posted by glenroger
We have friends who cruise 4 months a year... and spend the rest of their time as "normal" people back home in suburbia. We are a year from retirement and planning to emulate their lifestyle. One couple keeps their boat on the hard in Trinidad - out of the hurricanes - during the summer. Another stays closer to home and starts out from Florida (Indian River) every year.
I'm interested in hearing from others about good dry storage - from Florida to Venezuela… cost, convenience, security…
We too, have friends that enjoy the same lifestyle, except they are retired and do it 6 months south and 6 months north. They leave their vessel (36'sail) on the hard April to November in the yard in Tyrell Bay, Carriacou (about 40 nm north of Grenada).
They are extremely happy with the conditions and service in this smallish yard. Despite the location being below the "hurrican belt" and satisfying the insurers requirements, they have been hit by a couple in recent years. The efforts put forth by the crews to secure the yachts has been amazing, with no damage reported. The boat is a Bene 367, not exactly sitting low to the ground.
We have found Carriacou to be an extremely laid-back place, low keyed tourism (the odd B&B and restuarants, no cruise ship visits etc), with little to no crime reported. Theft and vandalism have not been issues for our friends - quite the opposite.
As far as costs go I have no details but got the sense that it was not exhorbitant.
Other acquaintances doing a similar routine have left their boat in Venezuala (afloat) the last two summers with good results as well.