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Old 28-01-2012, 16:51   #1
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Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

Any suggestions on the best way to pick up or drop off passengers and crew at STT airport in the USVI.

Anchor out, dinghy in, dock or what?

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Old 29-01-2012, 06:52   #2
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Re: Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

I always took a slip in Crown Bay marina at the sub base, or even American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook and had them catch a taxi. We had to do some provisioning, so the marina made it easy to do that. Crown Bay is only 10 minutes by taxi. Red Hook is a much longer trip.

I've wondered if it would be possible to anchor in Lindburgh Bay and use the dock at the resort that's located right across from the airport parking lot. It would be an easy walk for your guests, if the resort was OK with that. You can see the dock in Google Earth.
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Re: Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

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I always took a slip in Crown Bay marina at the sub base, or even American Yacht Harbor in Red Hook and had them catch a taxi. We had to do some provisioning, so the marina made it easy to do that. Crown Bay is only 10 minutes by taxi. Red Hook is a much longer trip.

I've wondered if it would be possible to anchor in Lindburgh Bay and use the dock at the resort that's located right across from the airport parking lot. It would be an easy walk for your guests, if the resort was OK with that. You can see the dock in Google Earth.
I anchored there and did just that very thing once.... didn't ask though, just did it! BTW on the side of the resort facing the bay is all sand beach, so even if you don't use the dock, a clandestine landing would not be difficult. That said, I bet the walk is nearly a mile (although only a couple hundred yards as the crow flies)... a lot to walk if there is any amount of luggage!

Perhaps a quick landing on the seawall in Charlotte Amalie and hire a taxi?
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I would pull into Crowne Bay to top off with water/fuel at the fuel dock and send my guests on their way from there. A short walk down the dock. Nearly always taxis there. Short ride to the airport.
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Re: Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

For a quick landing, I think I'd go to Crown Bay marina--much closer than Charlotte Amalie. Have the crew there and ready to go if picking them up. The marina has a small charge for brief docking at a T-head to drop or pick up guests, unless you're buying fuel, then it's free at the fuel dock.
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Re: Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

The main Charlotte Amalie harbor is a fine anchorage for both brief and longer time periods. Then dinghy to the seawall inside at the Coast Guard station where all the other dinghies are tied up. A taxi is about US$10 to the airport and if you have the time and are really cheap, the jitney buses go there for a lot less. There are major taxi waiting areas just across the street from the downtown seawall. Plus a major last minute T-shirt bazaar across from the dinghy seawall. (And free trash bins).

Lindbergh Bay is popular with extreme minimalist budget cruisers but it is a walk to the terminal and finding a secure spot to lock your dinghy so it is not stolen is tricky. And you save what? $10 taxi fare if you anchor in Charlotte Amalie/Long Bay.
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Re: Passenger / Crew Pickup USVI

Thanks to all. At least I have a couple of good ideas now.
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