Chris Doyle usually approaches Statia during the day, from the north. A flashing orange tanker buoy lies about one mile west of Jenkins Bay. The half-mile exclusion zone around it leaves plenty of room to sail inside closer to shore. When I take this route
, I see numerous unlit tug and tender
moorings off the coast between Jenkins Bay and Oranje Baai, some with long floating lines streaming from them. They would be a danger
at night. When approaching from the south be aware of false shoal which extends about 300 yards offshore
, and note that there are numerous unlit diving
buoys put out by Statia Marine
Waves roll up from the south into Oranje Baai, the only anchorage, and they used to make it uncomfortable. A few years ago the Dutch built a small harbor with a fair sized breakwater, and now you can tuck in behind the breakwater for a more comfortable rest.
It is best to pick up one of the moorings put down by the Statia Marine
Park (VHF: 17). The moorings closest to the harbor wall are the most sheltered. Should a serious swell come from the north, the whole area would become untenable.
Once secured, you need to clear in with Statia Port Authority (VHF: 16), and pay your dues at the Statia Marine Park.
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