[QUOTE=Muckle Flugga;1962791]The skepticism about mooring balls above is well founded. I have known several craft lost
(of friends) and heard of many more due to failed moorings. QUOTE]
It pays to be skeptical about mooring balls, but it also pays to be skeptical about anchoring. Haven't you ever heard of anchored boats dragging down on other boats or onto rocks? So there is some risk either way you go.
I can't vouch for every mooring ball in BVI/USVI but I've used a lot of them and never had a problem. They are better maintained there than in many places around the world. And although anchoring is fairly easy and rather secure in most of the BVI, in some places such as Manchioneel Bay on Cooper
Island it is impossible due to thick grass. If you get there too late to get a mooring ball, I hope you have enough time before dark to go to another harbor. Great Harbor on JVD where Foxy's is located is notoriously difficult to anchor in. Also, as another poster said, a lot of the best anchoring spots are already taken by mooring balls, and you cannot anchor in a mooring field.
My advice is to not sweat the whole issue. A $30 mooring fee is chump change on an expensive charter
. Anchor if you find a good spot, or take a mooring ball if it's easier or more convenient. Spend your time enjoying the BVI. And sleep like a baby while the boat rocks you to sleep.