Are there any restrictions to anchoring/mooring a sailboat long-term?
Hi! I am considering dropping anchor in the USVI's (likely St. Johns) in the next couple of years and would like to live there for at least several years on my sailboat while working part-time. Are there any restrictions to anchoring or mooring for an extended period of time? (I would be sailing around on my days off).
Yes, there are very strict regulations and enforcement, particularly on St John (no "s") whose waters fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
These links will help steer you in the right direction:
Private moorings for long-term use are available only in non-NPS waters around St John, mostly in Cruz Bay, Coral Bay, Great Cruz Bay, and Chocolate Hole. Legal private moorings are difficult to come by and expensive when available (usually the mooring transfers with the sale of a boat, or in an unadvertised private transaction).