As somebody who has been in and around Grenada for the last 6+ years, if you are looking for a "safe, sure" place- weather-wise- to leave the boat, it is a Trinidad boatyard; Venezuela
; Curacao; Cartagena
or Bocas del Toro in Panama
. Those are all in the "southern" areas of the Caribbean.
- - Any other place is a matter of luck and your good fortune. Unless a hurricane makes a "direct hit" over where you have the boat - simple, complete preparation will normally result in no damage to your boat. What does cause a lot of damage is other boats that are not well prepared and they break loose and damage your boat.
- - There are "sheltered" areas, in-water, in just about every Caribbean Island that will provide decent protection unless you take a direct hit. The further "south" you go, the less storms impact as a statistical matter. Unfortunately, Mother Nature does not pay too much attention to our statistics and does what she wants to do.
- - Positioning your boat below the northern edge of the ITCZ normally puts you out of the "zone" of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes. Powerful storms can warp the ITCZ and "hit" areas not normally prone to such things, but that is exceedingly rare.
- - My practice and opinion is that if you are going to "store" the boat and fly back home for the season, then go with a boatyard in Trinidad or the A.B.C.'s for the highest possible degree of confidence that your boat will be untouched when you return. If you are going to remain on the boat during the summer season, then I prefer Grenada. You have places you can sail to and a large community of cruisers to associate with while you are waiting for November. If a storm directly threatens you are only 84nm from Trinidad (14 hours at 6 knots) and its relatively much better safety
from the weather
. It is the ability to use your boat to cruise
Grenada and the Grenadines during the "season" that makes the place my favorite for waiting out the season.