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Old 04-12-2011, 05:52   #1
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Docking Assistance

Doing research, it seems that most charter companies have their staff take the boats off and on the dock in Tortola for Cats & Mono's. Is this common throughout the Caribbean? Just curious, it seem kind of odd.

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Old 04-12-2011, 05:58   #2
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What doesn't make sense?

It might be insulting to the charter customer, but it saves the charter company money, I'm sure.

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Re: docking assistance

The boats tend to be stacked like pancakes at the charter bases with little room for error. Let someone else scratch the gel coat. Here in Oyster Pond, Moorings and Sunsail will also put up the main the first time and shepheard the boats out around the reef.
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Re: docking assistance

Both times that I've bareboat chartered with Moorings ( 47 cat) We left and returned unassisted. We called them when returning, to see where they wanted it left; main dock at the end of a fairway, as I recall, that's a little tricky..twin engines help. They'll jump on and park it, if you want.
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Re: docking assistance

The one time I chartered in the BVI (Moorings, Tortola), I docked several times at several places during the week, but it was blowing like stink when we got back to the Moorings base at the end of the week. I was able to dock the boat on an open stretch of the pier, but didn't have confidence to get it into its designated slip. One of the Moorings guys moved it to the slip, maintaining control by using lots of revs and a lot more way on than I would have been comfortable with in close vicinity to other solid objects.
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