Crater Bay is a larger Bay than Hellville. Depth
ranges from 30' to 60', and shallower along the edges where there are moorings. There isn't perfect protection from the afternoon breeze, but it switches back in the evening; and it's the same in Hellville. On breezy days it can be a little lumpy, but not to bad.
The fee schedule is posted on the wall in at least 2 of clearance offices. The other office was busy and I was distracted with my kids
, so didn't notice it - but we were charged correctly. Fees were NOT per head
Thanks for the lecture, but I'm pretty certain I have a handle on the relative value of things. And as to encouraging theft and moral dimensions all I can say is wow - you must have had terrible experiences.
In our recent countries, Comoros is the only one with fluid fee schedule - we made a case with each office and all but one reduced the "set" fees. The harbormaster didn't change because he said it was officially set by the government
- which we confirmed as true. It took 4 days of back and forth - some cruisers would've done the same and others would've just moved on and complained about Comoros with no value to anyone.
One cruiser crossing the Indian Ocean this year checked into Maldives, with their agent as required. Fees are very high ($1000+ with the agent fee being only about 5%) - the cruiser defered payment to the end of his stay and then simply departed the country paying zero. The agent (who was excellent) got stuck with the entire bill to the government
and fined on top of it. In Trincomolee, Sri Lanka, some cruisers complained as if they were victims of injustice - when in reality Trincomolee just 1 cruising boat
visited in nearly 30 years because of the war. They simply treated us as ships instead of tourists by boat, and after few meatings with officials many bumps were sorted - but that didn't stop a few cruisers who did nothing to help the situation, from complaining on and writing noonsite with completely negative reports and bad information.
We all go about this cruising thing differently. When you say, "what we need" it sure sounds like us (cruisers) against them (locals) statement - and with the BS behavior I've seen by some cruisers this year I cannot understand such views.