Finally getting around to posting
some notes from our BVI trip. These are just some misc notes, but I would have liked to have had them before my trip. Hopefully this will help others planning their trip...
We chartered a power cat from Moorings. Mixed review for the Moorings staff to start out trip, but mostly negative. We arrived and spent the night on the boat the first night. Arrived late and I had to go straight to the chart briefing meeting. My wife went to the boat with our luggage. I didn't need the chart briefing as I've chartered with them before in BVI's, but it is required now. The briefing was excellent. Fellow made it casual and fun, and did a great job of answering all questions.
It was, however, downhill from there. After the meeting, my wife informed me the boat had a terrible smell from the holding tank
. We had two 17 y.o.'s with us, and they didn't want to spend the night on the boat. Wife already had someone come check on the boat, and they had replaced the smell with a strong chemical smell. After supper, we decided to stay on the boat as the smell was dissipating. What I was most unhappy about was the attitude of the front desk person. No real interest in the problem at all. I also tried to talk with a lady at the desk, but her accent was so strong I had real trouble understanding her.
We used Bobby's Market for groceries, and they did great. Highly
recc. them. My wife decided last minute to get groceries delivered instead of going the next morning for groceries. Bobby's was more than accommodating and the groceries were on the boat when we got there.
The boat orientation guy was pretty good. No problems there, although there is never any encouragement to check the boat for problems. It's more just showing you details of running that particular boat. As to problems with the boat, the salon
door wouldn't stay shut without locking it. That was an annoyance all week long. The other negative for me was Raymarine chartplotter
. I just don't like Ray chartplotters and it took me a couple of days to get the hang of it. Fortunately I took Navionics
on my tablet, so I used that all week and turned the Ray on just for a backup. It was far easier to use the tablet than the Ray chartplotter
. I know you don't really need electronics
in BVI's, but running a vessel in foreign waters, it's really comforting to have them. I would have been very unhappy had I not taken the tablet. The Ray autopilot
would hold course for awhile, then veer off 30-40d. Useable but you had to keep an eye on it. That said, I think most of the charter
boats down there use Raymarine
. No idea why. No DVD
onboard as advertised. No deck
key for the fuel tank
fill (but fortunately two screwdrivers). Other than those two small things, the electronics
brand and the salon
door, the boat did great.
A couple more negatives...
*the waitresses at most restaurants just do not seem to care. I know it's island time. I'm used to the slow service
. But it really is the attitude that bugs me. You would think with tourism being the lifeblood of the BVI's that people would try to be warm and welcoming. Maybe it was because it was the end of the season.
*Taxi from Moorings to Pussers for supper was $50 for 4 people. What is that, two miles.
*Meals are expensive. Even pizza and 4 waters for lunch was $90. We always say we're going to eat on the boat or at the place, and we always end up going out. The eating out makes it an expensive trip. Part of the experience, I guess.
*I couldn't fish
. The new fishing regulations
BVI's passed earlier this year will keep me from ever going back. Which is really disappointing, as the BVI's are our favorite destination
. We got married down there and have been back often. But if I can't fish
, I'm not going. Simple as that. If we hadn't already had this trip planned with friends, I would have changed destinations this time when I learned about the new regs.
*the girl at Pussers store at Leverick Bay
*Darren at Foxy's Taboo
guy at Bitter End
*native lady on the ferry
For me, the attitude of the people I interact with have a huge impact on my opinion of the trip. More of them should take lessons from the four above.
I was concerned about going in August (we were there something like 6-13th), both heat/humidity and being too close to hurricane
season. But we had beautiful weather
all week long. The only time we had anything bad at all was the afternoon breeze kicked up going from White Bay to Cane Garden Bay. No big deal but I did slow down and tack some to give the ladies a more comfortable ride. Met some really nice folks from Alabama
at White Bay, and I waited too late to get to my destination
I suppose we'll be looking for another destination now, due to the fishing regulations