SmartMove, Thanks for the thoughts. I appreciate the honest first-hand account. I've had similar apprehension other places -- some areas of STT and SXM to name a couple and I'm not saying I enjoy that. If I go, it is not for land-based activities, which would seem to limit the negative aspects. The main point is to do the passage
just to do it (it's very tempting sitting there on the horizon) and then to scuba
dive in some different places. Sound like an appropriate plan would be to sail down, spend a couple of days diving
and sail back, spending little time ashore in well-lit, populated places carrying no valuables.
I'm still wondering if anyone has experience permitting a bareboat
at Buck Island. Anyone have any insight on that?