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Old 22-09-2011, 18:43   #1
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BVI for Easter 2012 - Mooring Balls

4 adults, 3 teens, 46' CAT sailing the BVI...is it possible to visit most places & only use a Mooring Ball for overnight anchorage...I know near the Bitter End & Leverick Bay there are plenty, but how about some lessor travelled beaches/bays?.Would the CRUISING GUIDE detail that type of information for me...thank you, I have enjoyed the information shared on this forum.
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Re: BVI for Easter 2012 - Mooring Balls

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, mojerzgirl.

The overnight moorings are white and are all 18 inches in diameter. It is advisable to get to your destination early, as overnight moorings are limited and fill up quickly. The overnight buoys are privately managed, and cost US$20 to $30 depending on the anchorages (as of January 2004).

The BVI National Parks Trust has also installed over 200 mooring buoys, for day-time use only at many BVI dive sites.
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Re: BVI for Easter 2012 - Mooring Balls

You could visit most of the most popular places and use mooring balls. If it's your first time there you'll find plenty of great places to see and play. If you decide to spend some time a little off the beaten path there are very good anchorages throughout the BVIs.

If you have specific areas that you want to go, I've found that you can see the mooring balls by zooming in on an area in Google Earth.

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Re: BVI for Easter 2012 - Mooring Balls

It is difficult to have a bay not filled with mooring balls today in the BVI. It is difficult to find a place to anchor. As Gord May recommended, try to be at your mooring by 15:00 because 'anchorages' fill up early and Easter week is a popular time for charters.

BTW, in 2007 most of the mooring balls in The Bight were $30 per night. Rumor is that in Gorda Sound at the Bitter End Yacht Club there is talk of increasing those moorings to $50 per night. But probably that is just that -- a rumor.

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Re: BVI for Easter 2012 - Mooring Balls

At Easter there will be tremendous pressure on the mooring balls...15:00 is the latest you will get one.

Better to find anchorages and it is worth a trip to St John in the USVI where there are fewer charter boats, quite a few balls but no anchoring.
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