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Re: To voyage or not?
First Antigua, especially Jolly Harbor, has a great way of storing boats over the summer. They dig a pit and put the keel in it so the boat is a foot or two in the soil and would be unlikely to fall over in a storm. Lock it and leave it; no care taker involved. Of course, you couldn't use it during that period, but it should be safe from storms.
Antigua is not the easiest or cheapest Island to get to, nor does it have the best sailing around it, though the island does have some lovely bays, if you are primarily interested in an abode that's warm, and not channel sailing.
As for your question, I think it all revolves on whether you will use the boat down here enough to warrant the expense of getting here and moving it.
If you are thinking of hiring a captain and chartering a bit when you aren't using the boat, consider one thing. There are no weather windows for a charter boat! Your boat will get some serious wear and tear.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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