Whew, where to start...been a head
When we got here Moorings asked us to please go out and sail and try everything. Even "Try and find broken things". After some delays on their side getting this and that we did. 3 days later we came back and we did find things. They have been good getting to them but I think they hoped we would have found smaller quicker fix things than what we found. Just if you buy ex charter from Moorings be very open minded and realize they will get to things but you really best find all you can right up front and not let it drag on. We keep finding this and that (which the surveyor
missed) and have to then bring it to them and do the dance of how to get it taken care of.
Head's up. I know you probably heard but yes this is the most expensive place (it seems) to buy anything for a boat (maybe anything period). I needed two 30' lengths of dock line to make up a bridle
for moorings. The black rope
(cut from a reel) was 3.00 a foot. So the 60' was 180.00! Chain was around 9.00 a foot for about the size it looks like came with the boat. We have only 100' of chain and a 44lb anchor
. We realize now that's way insufficient unless we anchor in 10-15' of water
Anyhow, none of this is really a bad thing. Just I feel everyone here is trying hard to make our family of 4 comfortable and get things done but as time goes on it's clearly a burden for them as they are in the business of making money
off tourists chartering now hosting families for extended periods. We go to the store (about 10min walk) to buy food
instead of going to the 40.00/plate restaurant.
But I need to say no one (except the dock master) is anything but super friendly. Somehow I think the dock master is upset with us. No idea why but he won't make eye contact with me and if I say good morning he just stares silently. Everyone else is super friendly for the most part. Also, heads up, the locals are all super friendly. We are so happy to find how nice people are. They are a bit rough looking on the outside but inside everyone is super polite and friendly. Do not be afraid to just be nice and find it returns back.
Our plans now. Well, we can't afford anchors, chain, rope
etc here. We have no cell phone
or anything outside this Marina so I feel this push to go to USVI now. Hopefully find a Budget Marine
and get these things. Looks like there is one in St. Thomas. Also FWIW the Budget Marine
listed here is not an official one I hear. There is also a 20pct tax on all imports. In about the next 1 maybe 2 days Moorings will have sorted us out and we will be off. This will be a big relief and a big weight. We will listen to VHF
stations for weather
but no one here has offered (even when asked) help if a storm comes. I just get told essentially "talk to others around you".
Is there anyone else around me now? We are in the Moorings base in Road Town Harbor. We will likely soon head
out and would really appreciate any sort of help with getting sorted out as far as the stations to listen to on the Radio
. Where to get Internet
(wifi passwords I suppose I'm asking and where). PM me if you need the one for here. Just not really sailing advice I just need what you need to know if you're in the BVI or USVI advice. Even better if you're here let's meet up. Here can be like over here in this anchorage around here. We will in the next day be renamed "TRAVELLER".
Please if you're sitting at home somewhere and once came though here please don't start a reply with old experiences. I really need current
right now info and a buddy boat I suppose to just brainstorm with. Even better if you have kids as our kids would love someone to play games with and swim with. Our 7 and 9 year old have become quite good swimmers suddenly and can snorkel about now on top of the water.
Well, list of things to get to ATM so time to leave this nice air conditioned coffee shop (Ginger's) here. Looking forward to hearing from you if you're also around here. Hear about your plans. Also ask us anything you like about our last week here.
Oh, speaking of that, before heading out last week I needed to get the "cruising permit". Moorings told us since we now owned the boat we had to go to customs
and get the permit
or possibly face a fine if caught around here without it. Turns out after taking a dinghy over there (quite an experience there as it's rough water to get there and far), I find if you are on your own boat and just sailing around you do not need a "cruising permit". You simply need a National Parks permit
. We paid 25.00/week for 2 weeks (50.00 total). I also paid .50 for a form that will be the form we clear out with. No passports were shown or anything asked to get the permit.
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