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mooring prices caribbean

We are going to cruise the Caribbean for a year or so. We are planning a budget. Can anyone tell us the cost of "parking" in a Marina. If there are other options to this, please tell us. We should have a 35 footer by then. Thanks.
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If you're going to the Caribbean for that long a period of time, you'd probably be better off setting up the boat to be on an anchor rather than needing to be in a marina. Your budget will quickly get used up if you're staying in marinas most of the time.

Most long-term cruisers I know spend a majority of their time at anchor and only go into marinas when necessary.
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Figure about 500 a month plus electric for marinas outside of the Virgin islands. It can vary widely and you also need to think about different VOLTATGES if you are planning to stay in marinas since MANY islands have 50 cycle 220 like europe. Most marinas can provide converters which drop the voltage to 110 BUT the cycles remain at 50 and you will burn out plugs and anything with motors that runs on AC like airconditioning. An alternative is to get a generator and anchor out...get full sunshades for your boat if you plan to do this!
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types of mooring

When we were last in the Caribbean, the yacht club we visited had mooring on the pier, but also offered mooring where the yachts were away from land tied up to dedicated buoys. There was no electricity supplied.
Is there a diferent term for this type of mooring, and what are the prices for something like that? Thanks
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When we were last in the Caribbean, the yacht club we visited had mooring on the pier, but also offered mooring where the yachts were away from land tied up to dedicated buoys. There was no electricity supplied.
Is there a diferent term for this type of mooring, and what are the prices for something like that? Thanks
If you're at a dock, it's a SLIP, and if you're tied to a buoy, it is a mooring. The two terms are NOT interchangeable. Slip fees are usually quite a bit higher than mooring fees, and slips also leave you far more vulnerable to theft, vandalism, etc. Moorings are really only an option if you have a decent dinghy.
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Thanks for the advice. As novices, and Polish, our terminology is a little sparse.
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Re: mooring prices caribbean

Novice question. If a yacht drops anchor in a port are there dockmaster and port fees? What about if the yacht ties up yo a mooring?
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Re: mooring prices caribbean

Dancingmachine - when anchoring there is no dockmaster and usually no fees. Some places have special rules or charges, particularly if the anchorage is a nature reserve or the like. Moorings are generally not free (someone went to the not inconsiderable expense of putting them in) and should not be indiscriminately used (a big mooring ball doesn't necessarily mean a big mooring underneath or one that is in good condition). Some countries such as Nevis or St. Barths provide free moorings but in exchange you may not anchor.

So the correct answer to your question is "it depends upon the country or area".
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Re: mooring prices caribbean

Zanshin,
Not sure if my response went through so I'm re sending.
Again thanks for your previous response.
We anchored in Dominica, moored in Soufrie st Lucia, and I think may have anchored (but may have moored in Martinique). Our bill for these three by the charter company was $2100 USD and listed as "dockage/port fees". Do you think we were overcharged?
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Re: mooring prices caribbean

Anchoring in Dominica is free, the moorings in Portsmouth cost a nominal fee and is paid directly to the "boat boys". I don't know about Soufriere, but anchoring in Martinique is free. Any "port fees" for those countries are paid directly by you when clearing in and out and nothing is billed to a charter company.
Dockage prices vary by country and boat size, but $100 per night including power and water is at the high end; so you would have had to stay 3 weeks at a dock to rack up charges like that. Perhaps the costs of fuel were added to this line item? Was it a big (or reputable) charter company? I'd certainly ask them to itemize those costs.
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