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Old 25-02-2018, 14:27   #16
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Re: US to Virgins - a Trip Description and What the Virgins are like after the Storm

I feel what carsten is talking about, though. Maybe it's because our boats are our homes, but the sight of so many dead boats, all at once, for me, it's sort of like finding the bones from a mass murder site from ancient times. It is very sad-making. And, it's a reminder of one's own mortality, and frailty before forces of nature.

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I would suggest the Bight on Norman Island, where Pirates (but not the Willy T) are functioning.
Is there any news at all about the Willy T?
Is the boat still on the beach?
Is it salvageable?
Are there plans to replace it?

Thanks, their website doesn't say much.
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Is there any news at all about the Willy T?
Is the boat still on the beach?
Is it salvageable?
Are there plans to replace it?

Thanks, their website doesn't say much.
As of a couple of weeks ago, it was still on the beach. An ill-fated attempt to pull it off resulted in the very big crane's strap parting, and the arm of the crane bouncing back hard, breaking it off. It crashed down onto another vessel on the barge, damaging it spectacularly. Quite a mess, but I don't think anyone got hurt.

Since an attempt was made, I assume another one will be or has been made, but I don't know the result...guessing it's still on the beach.

A new Willy T has been located in the US, and my understanding is that it is already on its way. Bigger and better!
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As of a couple of weeks ago, it was still on the beach. An ill-fated attempt to pull it off resulted in the very big crane's strap parting, and the arm of the crane bouncing back hard, breaking it off. It crashed down onto another vessel on the barge, damaging it spectacularly. Quite a mess, but I don't think anyone got hurt.

Since an attempt was made, I assume another one will be or has been made, but I don't know the result...guessing it's still on the beach.

A new Willy T has been located in the US, and my understanding is that it is already on its way. Bigger and better!
Thank you sir! Sorry to hear about the failed rescue attempt, but glad to hear a new Willy T is on the way!

Best of luck to you and yours.

BTW....Contrails is the name my good friend ( retired airline pilot) uses on all his sailboats....he took his last "Contrails" a Stevens 47 around the world.

Another good friend in OZ (also a retired B-747 pilot) uses "Four" Contrails.
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Thanks for the description. I sailed all over both USVI and BVI last season a few months before the storms. It is incredible to think so many boats are still washed up, I imagine some of them will stay for years.

Did you do any diving? How is the fish life? Are there dolphins, turtles etc? Are there still plenty of birds and iguanas? Do the small islands still have goats?

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WE had to reduce the length of our watches from our normal 4 hours to 2-3 hours – it simply wasn’t possible to be up there longer.
Do you sail without autopilot? If you are beating, can you not lock the helm?
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Thanks for the description. I sailed all over both USVI and BVI last season a few months before the storms. It is incredible to think so many boats are still washed up, I imagine some of them will stay for years.

Did you do any diving? How is the fish life? Are there dolphins, turtles etc? Are there still plenty of birds and iguanas? Do the small islands still have goats?


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We've done some diving and there are lots of fish and turtles Haven't seen any goats or dophins (surprise). Lots of iguanas.

We do use autopilot - but 2-3 hours in the cockpit alone getting sprayed by seawater or all all the time is numbing - we double-hand so there is no third or fourth person to relieve us.
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Just came back from an AWESOME week there with family and friends in a Cat. For the force of the storm the place looks fantastic!!!! Excellent sailing, excellent snorkeling, lots of sea life, mooring fields working and the place wasn’t crowded. Several restaurants already open!!!! I believe by 2019 will look mostly normal. What impressed me was what happened to the vegetation.... it’s is clear that in some places the trees were gone with the roots... Marina Cay is naked on top ( now there is “grass” ). ALL places all the foliage is brand new!!!! Quite impressive. The physical structural damage was as advertised, no surprises. The surprise was that the groceries stores had excellent supplies of meat, vegetables, wine, etc. The companies ( Moorings/Sunsail/DYC , etc ) are full of new boats and ready to do business. I don’t think my next spring break will be this calm.... we could get to any anchorage any time and find only a hand full of neighbors...
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Re: US to Virgins - a Trip Description and What the Virgins are like after the Storm

Thanks to everyone for the update on BVIs and USVI.

Six of us plan to bareboat first 2 weeks of July to support one of our favorite place to sail in the world. Will any of the opened BVI Restaurants be closed due to late season?
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"Spend money – lots of money so we can get our businesses back in shape again. We would have loved to spend more than we did – but there literally isn’t anything to spend money on."

We visited Thailand years ago post Tsunami and they said the same thing. "Tell your friends we are open for business and to come and spend money." Not near the devastaion of a Hurricane though.
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