@UpstateNY - thanks for the thorough report. We just came back from a 7-night charter from Dream Yacht Charters in Marigot/Marina Royal. Got a Bali 4.5 flybridge cat. Given it is a new model, I was surprised at few design oversights but overall was good. There was no AC/generator but it had a water-maker and ice-maker (which went off half way) which proved invaluable piece of equipment
given the 9 people on board and being out of civilization most of the trip.
Unlike your experience, we felt it is quite empty even in Gustavia to anchor as close as possible to the main marina and Port office.
Marigot / Marina Royal
, Sandy island, Road bay (noisy bar on the beach), anchored
, Prickly Pear Island, Crocus Bay at anchor (we were the single
charter boat overnight)
Sailed via eastern tip of Anguilla to Ile Tintamarre (3 boats overnight), mooring ball
Anse de Colombier (as you well described), only 5 boats overnight, mooring ball
Gustavia and Ile Fourchue (only 3 boats overnight) (anchor and mooring ball)
Grand Case (last night), then 30 min motoring to Marigot for 9am bridge opening. (anchor).
We did partial advance provisioning
through DYC which worked ok, and ordered separately from Le Grand Marche, which we got only after 10 phonecalls to 10 different persons. They seemed a bit disorganized so if you order in advance, stay on top of it. Otherwise lots of good and well stocked supermarkets but it is time consuming.
We had great weather
except for some 20-30 kts gusts when rounding the eastern tip of Angulla. Other than rounding Anguilla, all other legs were on a single
or few tacks.
Overall, prefer it over the BVI exactly because there are longer stretches for sailing, stronger winds and open seas. Also, uninhabited islands to feel really disconnected.
Grand Case/Marigot/Gustavia - great restaurants.
Very convenient in/out if flying from NYC
. We had two French speakers on board which made it easier. Well stocked supermarkets.
Highly recommended - will do it again.