We’ve successfully cruised aboard our 50’ trawler
from FL thru the BVI’s and onward to Grenada
this past year and are currently working out way back to the USA
. There are a lot of key learnings, with the most important being able to read/get the weather and understand its impact on where you are heading. Knowing the capability of your boat is also another factor. We added stabilizers, beefed up our security
(easier access to outside lights, etc.) added another 100’ of line to the 200’ of chain as depths are greater down here, etc.
is available with careful planning. However, the fuel dock
tank might be empty when you arrive (common in the smaller islands); the fuel is contaminated/dirty much of the time unless you stick with high volume marinas
...which are far and few between. Be prepared with extra fuel filters, including an external one that filters out water
BEFORE you put the fuel into your tanks
. We paid between $4.50 - $6.++ per gallon last year on our way down.
We found Van Sant’s Gentlemen’s Passage
book not much use to us on a trawler
that can push thru the waves and winds and doesn’t need the wind
to GO. Couple of thoughts: Consider hiring a Captain
to bring you and your family
down to the BVI’s. That would be a good investment as the Capt. will have the experience AND can teach you a great deal over that period of time. Also, have you considered purchasing
your boat in the USVI? You will not have to pay sales tax on the boat in the USVI - a 6-7% savings right there.
You will be passing through some of the deepest ocean trenches in the world and then then smack onto some of the most shallow ocean shelves in the world. The result is often confused, dangerous seas if the weather is not just right. A friend, her entire family
and her boat were lost
at the Mona Passage
, between the Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico
. Only pieces of the boat were ever found.
If you are interested in our routing, where we got fuel, etc. check my blog at Finally Fun!
for the details. Click on, go to right hand side and click on the Caribbean Adventures section. Once that is open, scroll all the way to the bottom to see the Archives
and then click on the islands, starting with Bimini
for all the details.....
Best of luck to you and do be prepared....