The web-site ActiveCaptain has excellent information and reviews that you might find useful. You'll have to register but it's free and easy and the interactive charts/cruising guide is very worth while.When people share stories of their cruising adventures, they rarely share information such as marina fees and mooring fees. What have been your favorite ports? How long did you stay? What are the monthly rates?
Thanks for sharing!
Perhaps you'd feel more lucky on your bayliner if you had it insured.I'd love to sail to USVI,but after 7-10 yrs. sailing the 32'CC bayliner buccaneer up and down the east coast. I don't think I want to try to take it from FL to USVI, just not feeling that lucky.
I think I would prefer something more sea kindly. maybe an old Pearson or such. the Hull shape of the bayliner isn't very comfortable in nasty seas, great at anchor, roomy, head room etc.
All good points. The $30/night moorings are in the BVI. There are very few moorings to rent legally in the USVI. The 30 day max stay in the BVI is easy enough to reset for US citizens by simply sailing over to St John, a couple of miles, to clear into the USVI. Then you can sail back to the BVI the next day and get another 30 days. I know of some people who did this for 7 months without issue.The only folks that make much use of marinas are those that have their boat there for the long term. Exceptions are regattas and flotillas that may arrange an arrival party for a few days. Suffice it to say, they can be expensive, but I find the short term rates are pretty reasonable and the longer term/seasonal rates are high. I think they like turnover. Here's a random website for a nice place in the BVI.
Nanny Cay Resort, Marina & Boatyard - British Virgin Islands - Marina Rates
Many/most anchorages are filling up with moorings at $30ish per night, as I recall. You can still anchor, if you have the right tackle and get there early enough.
The other issue is how long you are actually allowed to stay. Most get 30 days max in the BVI, regardless of where you are from. The USVI is variable, depending on whether you are a US citizen.
Good to know. Thanks. I've not been for more than 10 days at a time, but my wife insisted there had to be a way around this. I've seen the condos/townhouses for sale in Nanny Cay and wondered what you would do, if you owned real estate, but could not stay more than 30 days. Wondered if there were different rules for owners........The 30 day max stay in the BVI is easy enough to reset for US citizens by simply sailing over to St John, a couple of miles, to clear into the USVI. Then you can sail back to the BVI the next day and get another 30 days. I know of some people who did this for 7 months without issue.