I actually do run a charterboat in the BVI, and will be at the BVI Tourist Board Booth at the Annapolis Boat Show
, for those who want to talk about chartering there.
With regard to moorings, generally they cannot be reserved. There is one buoy in Little Bay, Jost Van Dyke, which can be reserved and is free, for those who get dinner at Harris' Place, which serves great lobster. Cynthia does police that one. Sometimes, Bitter End Yacht Club will reserve a dinghy, but don't count on it. It's usually just for large groups.
Leaving a dinghy usually works, but not always, and dinghy theft in the BVI is more common than you might think. Still, people heading off for a daysail or race
do leave their dinghies. Kayaks can work too, although we once had ours "float away".
There are lots of good places to anchor
, but since you can always have a thundersquall, and the trade
winds do blow, please do it correctly and with sufficient scope
National Parks Buoys have a time limit, and are for daytime use only. The yellow ones are for commercial
diveboats, so you will get a good talking to if you use one.
ALWAYS, remember to check the mooring pennant. They do get damaged by propellors, and boats do come loose. Also, the correct procedure is to use a bridal, in which case cleat a line from each side of your bow (or each bow in the case of a cat), pass it through the eye on the mooring pennant, and then lead it back to the side it came from and cleat it off. Passing a line from one side through the eye to the other side defeats the purpose of the bridle
See you at Annapolis