Hello, oldvarnish, and welcome to CF. There are a number of members here with significant experience in the Caribbean
, so I'm sure you'll get a lot of good advice. I'm going to assume you refer to the Lesser Antilles when you say "Caribbean", so if you're thinking about other areas, please let us know.
There are a number of possibilities for you, and the one you choose will depend on your preferences. However, for a location "outside of the hurricane
belt", at least as most insurance
companies define it, you'll have to go to Trinidad, the Dutch ABCs, or Venezuela
. In the Lesser Antilles proper, you can find a number of boatyards
that are capable of securing yachts for the hurricane season, either with straps attached to yard anchors, or with steel
cradles. You can find these in the BVI
, St. Lucia, and Grenada
. Others may recommend St. Maarten, but my own opinion is that for off-season storage
, there are better options.
If I were in your position, I think my preference would be Antigua
, since it is easily accessible by air from the UK, has several good boatyards
, chandleries, marinas
, a vibrant yachting community, and is well located in the island chain. I've kept my own sailboat in Grenada
for one hurricane season, and in Antigua for two, and was very satisfied with each.
As a cruising base, Antigua is very well-positioned, as is St. Lucia. The boatyard at Rodney Bay, St. Lucia is less desirable than those that I've mentioned above, however. Their ability to secure boats with yard anchors was somewhat limited the last time I checked.