Originally Posted by corona
Thanks for the info. However, I read that another spot to anchor, is in the lee ( SW) of Protestant Cay. I draw 6-7 and the chart shows an average depth
of 8' to 10'.
That is in the guide books
along with Gallows Bay - but both are not available for anchoring
. Gallows Bay is very small and is the "commercial" harbor for the ferry
and freight boats.
- - The area SW of Protestant Cay is the "permanent boats" anchorage and is so full of boats that are anchored/moored almost bow to stern that I had difficulty in maneuvering between them trying to get back out to the channel. So was not a viable anchorage in spring 2009 unless your boat was less than 30ft. Also the bottom there is littered with sunken wrecks from the Hurricane
a couple of years ago.
- - The eastern side of Protestant Cay is also shown in some guide boats as an anchorage and I have seen one or two boats there but the swinging room is extremely tight if you intend to stay out of the channel used by the commercial
- - I used to tie up at St. Croix Marine
, nice folks, but the rates were astronomical for short stays. So I anchored where I saw all the other transient boats which is the area I outlined in red on the little chart. I tied my dinghy
to the dinghy dock
in St. Croix Marine
- no hassles, nice place and an easy walk to the shopping
areas. There is a shopping
complex just down the street from St. Croix Marine before you get to the official downtown area by Kings Wharf. Lots of shops, good restaurants and shopping downtown.
- - We drove to Fredericksted and looked around by the cruise ship
pier and had a great lunch there. Another day we drove to Salt
River and looked at it as it is listed as the only "hurricane hole". But it is over-populated with permanent boats and finding space at the marina is quite difficult.
- - The northern coastline west of the Salt
River has major scuba diving
opportunities and is reputed to be very good for wall diving