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WelcomeIII 09-23-2007 05:28 PM

Antigua - Marina or Yacht Service Recommendations
Hi all - we are taking our Pacific Seacraft 37 back to the Caribbean this November. We had a good experience two years ago at a BVI marina where we could leave the boat on a mooring where it would be tended to when we were stateside. Cost was about $500 per month. The marina also did requested work in our absence. Looking to sail in a new area, we were thinking about Antigua this year. Leaving from Boston. So far, we have been given a long list of marinas to stay away from, but no recommendations. Will also consider other islands. Thanks in advance. Welcome III, Boston, MA

speciald 09-23-2007 07:18 PM

I've used the Catamaran marina and boat yard in Falmouth harbor. The marina is on your port side as you enter the harbor. As most, it is stern to with nice docks, a restrauant, WiFi, a hotel, supply shop, grocery, and small boatyard - all owned by the same guy. They have a 50 ton lift. We had the bottom done there two years ago. St. Maartin (Bobbie's) is less expensive. Bobby is building a new marina in the lagoon to replace his Phillipsburgh facility. We like St. Martin more than Antigua. People leave their boats on anchor in Simpson Bay Lagoon and have a boat boy check on it. The lagoon is inshore with little wave activity. The Marinas are expensive.

SanderO 09-23-2007 07:45 PM

I have lived on the hook in English Harbor and I believe you can still anchor there and find someone, for a fee to check on the boat. As far as repairs and refits... many marine service companies will work on an anchored boat. Heck that have to often. Contact the Signal Locker or Marine Power Services... both are reputable.

I wouldn't feel safe leaving an unattended yacht anywhere on a dock where people can "help themselves."

Go way in in English Harbor and the boat is pretty safe.

sv shiva

Chuteman 09-29-2007 01:03 PM

I stopped in (May '07) Jolly Harbour for water & provisions plus returned on land for drinks, internet, etc................met cruisers who used services & were very happy. Plus large group who use dock, moorings or anchor too.

speciald 09-30-2007 07:19 PM

Jolly Harbour is more expensive than Catamaran by alot.

dohenyboy 09-30-2007 08:45 PM

I have a boat in Jolly Harbour (I will be there tomorrow).
Moorings in Jolly Harbour-I don't know what they cost, a stern-to slip would probably cost you about $500, but call them up and ask. Only problem with mooring in JH is the powerboaters who storm in at 20 knots and kick up a wake. The marina has no "no wake" buoys and they won't let me install any at my own cost, I have them sitting in the boat house.
JH is in my opinion more convenient for provisioning and hanging out, much less snobby than Falmouth/English Harbour, and closer to the main town (St. John) but there are more sailboat services in English/Falmouth Harbor. I mean in JH they can paint the bottom,change your oil but there is no sailmaker in JH. All the marine electric, refrigeration etc. people work out of the English Harbour area. They don't like to come to JH and the last time (Antigua Sails) did work for me, they also agreed to change the bulb in my tricolor, and reinstalled it backwards. I cannot get them to come out to fix it.
If you just need someone to tend the boat, make sure it does not sink, I would go for Jolly Harbour, but if you want work done on it English/Falmouth.

hphoen 10-06-2007 04:17 PM

Two Antigua marinas
I've stayed in both Jolly Harbour and Catamaran Marina. Their dockage rates are not that different, on a monthly basis. JH has moorings for $15/night. I can't say which I prefer--Jolly H is in a cozy little cul-de-sac surrounded by residential properties; Catamaran is open to Falmouth Harbour (cleaner water). I think I'd pick Catamaran--it's a half mile dinghy ride over to English Harbour town. My sailboat is stored in Catmaran owner Hugh Bailey's boatyard right now, waiting for hurricane season to be over.

Check the websites; the rates are posted there:

Hudson Hoen
Nevis, West Indies

p.s. have you thought about St Lucia (Rodney Bay Marina)? It puts you closer to the Grenadines, Martinique and Dominica, some great spots to visit.

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