That $20 is obviously per foot per month as the daily rates average about $2/ft/day +/- when I was there at the begining of 2011.
- - I would agree that "trashing" someplace is more fun than pointing out the parts
that are nice and/or good.
- - After coming from the other eastern Caribbean
Islands where there are rich, expensive islands and poor, economical islands - the U.S. Virgins are not much different. However, coming from the backwaters of coastal USA the Virgins can appear to be quite expensive and totally targeted at liberating you from your wallet. It's all a matter of perspective.
- - For a US citizen, the Virgins are a blessing as you don't have to deal with customs import taxes
or mail and shipping
systems that are relics of the old British colonial days.
- - If "gpshepe" actually spends a month there and talks to other cruisers there, he will find very reasonable economical ways of doing things - If he stays away from the "tourist" traps and zones.
- - Buying a boat
there is going to be a lot less complicated than trying to buy one in a "foreign" country and then bringing it back into the USA. But the thing about "buying a boat" is you have to go to where the boat
you really want is located and if you really "want" that boat
then you will have to deal with whatever is needed to close the deal. That the boat is located in Rhode Island
, D.R., USVI, St Martin
, Trinidad, etc. is really secondary to your quest for "your boat."