I am brand new to this Forum so please forgive any newbie protocol missteps
chartered the BVI a handful of times (for a week each time), I finally decided it was time for a longer trip, and am taking my family
of 4 for a month long bareboat charter
out of Tortola, BVI from June 15 - July 15, 2016. I have a 2010 Lagoon 400 catamaran
reserved for the month (have chartered a Lagoon
previously and enjoyed it), and intend to have some other family
and visitors join us periodically for portions of the cruise
At first glance, this seems to be a very helpful and active community, so I figured I'd reach out to you lovely folks for some expert advice.
Understanding that planning for a 1 month trip may be significantly different than planning the prior 1-week trips, and also keeping budget
and crew ages in mind (myself 39, wife 37, son 7, son 5),
Here are the topics I could use some assistance with:
In the past I have always used Riteway Food
Markets (Riteway Food Markets
), and have pre-ordered my entire trip's provisions which were delivered to the slip on our departure date. I've learned more each time, but normally tend to over-provision. My questions are:
a) for a 1-month trip, how much initial provisioning
is recommended (full month? 2 weeks? 1 week?),
b)should I utilize this (or other) delivery
services, or is there a substantial enough cost savings to warrant going provision shopping
myself for the initial batch?
c) what other BVI islands, aside from Tortola, should I consider as a destination
for re-provisioning (esp. perishables ie. fresh produce) ?
2. Mooring / Anchoring
Some basic math and common sense tells me I could save $ by anchoring
. On 1-week trips I normally pick up mooring balls, but for a month living aboard
that really starts to add up. questions:
a) are there anchoring fees
if I anchor
in a mooring field?
b) any general opinions on doing more anchoring than mooring, aside from the obvious avoidance of dragging anchor
in more inclement weather
c) any particular overnight spots where anchoring is NOT suggested?
3. Water / Trash / Ice
My prior trips have all been on SVs with water
makers and ice machines. This vessel will not have either. Also, I'm used to buying
Ice, and disposing of trash, via the vendors who dinghy
up to your mooring. So a few questions:
a) Where are the best spots to refill water? any free water (not including rain!)? if not, what can I expect to pay?
b) Any suggestions on Ice pickup & trash drop-off, aside from paying a vendor in a dinghy
a) what is the best/most reliable sources/vendors for purchasing internet
connection and suggestions for having wifi
on the boat?
b) Same question for cell phone service
? (perhaps these are one and the same?)
5. Family / Kids
My prior trips have been all-adult trips. Any advice on:
a) family-friendly areas or family centric must-do activities?
b) suggestions on where my kids
might meet other cruising kids
? or we might meet other cruising families w/ kids?
Any other tips from those of you who have spent several weeks at a time cruising the BVI? Or families w/ kids doing the same?
I realize there is no single
'right answer' to these, but any guidance from your experience and knowledge would be greatly helpful!!
Thanks in advance for replies !!!!!