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OK - the Shell gas station in town that used to do fills no longer does - I guess there is some new safety rule in Tortola/BVI.
The only place in Tortola to get refills while you wait is at the SOL filling station. This is on the LHS of the road as you leave Road town heading East - in the Baughers Bay section. It's open from 7am-3pm (others told us from 8am), closed for lunch from 1pm BUT when I turned up at 2pm it was closed, they returned at just past 4pm and refilled the tanks of everyone waiting by then. At this point I was VERY glad not to have a cab waiting with me. You may be better to call ahead, or just expect to be on Island time.
Filling Depot is called the Baughers Bay Depot - phone to depot 284-494-2258 (Phone to main office - Jean Hill Depot - is 284 494 2107). If you are coming from the water it is NOT the place where the conspicuous big gas tanks and loading docks are - just a bit more N of here towards Road town along the Road Town bay coast line. I couldn't see an obvious place to dock/tie up - but marked on the chart the "Ferry Dock" area would still be a bit of a walk to carry a full 20lb tank
If you ask for directions you'll be told its opposite CSY (Caribbean Sailing Yachts) - however you won't find CSY on any maps/charts or signs since it is long closed... There a a number of nearby warfs and docks, but full of crusty older fishing boats and the types, no obvious place to tie up/come ashore that I could see. Perhaps someone can add a note if there is a good place to tie up.
Throughout the Island there are a number of petrol stations where you can SWAP tanks. and some where you can leave a tank one day, and they'll take it to be filled - you collect the next day (just ask around wherever you happen to be). From Trellis Bay the nearest is 3 miles away (Alphonso's garage in East End), so it made no sense to make 2 trips there for me, I decided to just do 101 jobs in a day with a rental car.
My refill of 20lb tank cost $27 each - much more than I'm used to paying elsewhere (even in the Caribbean so far - most to date has been $20)
I asked around about propane/LPG deliveries, but I could only find tanks being swapped out, nobody arriving with a gas truck. :-(
I ended up renting a car for the day to achieve this and a bunch of other chores (groceries, immigration extension etc). Best deal on a rental car was through Travelocity and National at the Airport (Since I was anchored in Trellis bay - that was just a 2 minute walk away - perfect) - I paid $37 including taxes (not taking insurance) for my rental for the day.
Thanks for your help and tips - Good luck to the next guy.
Gemini 105Mc - Cruising
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