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wahoo
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Good afternoon!
I'm planning my PMV to STT.........
Having been a recreational boat owner my entire life here in the Southeast I am planning on shipping my boat to STT.
I could not imagine life w/o her.
I am figuring it would be alot more expensive to buy on the island than to ship what I have now.
I have a 25 Contender CC w/ twin yammi 200's.
Will it be difficult for me to find a boat slip for her?
What kind of cost am I looking at?
I have decided on the south coast for several reasons incl. less boat traffic, somewhat calmer conditions overall and I
love to fish/snorkel on my day off .
I figure a run to the South Drop is more feasible for a boat my size compared to the North Drop on a nice day.
And I just love the south coast.
Would appreciate any leads on marinas, privately owned docks ect...on the South Coast.
Also, here in the southeast the routine when a hurricane or severe weather is forecast we usually pull smaller vessels out on a trailer.
Will finding a place to store a trailer be an issue?
What do you folks do that own boats my size?
Any help/comments appreciated, thank you.

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Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2012 4:54 pm
East Ender
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When you come to visit, you can also check with the places in the lagoon. There are lots of smaller marinas and docks like Tropical, Saga Haven and East End Marine (?). Probably best if you go look and talk to the owner. Can your boat be put on the lift and stacked? Several places for that, too.

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Posted : January 15, 2012 7:26 pm
wahoo
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I will do that.
I will be checking wherever you folks suggest!!!!
I have always kept my boat in the water but yes, it could be rack stored.
I did not know there was any dry rack storage on the island...I have never seen one when I have been there.
That is a good option as far as a boat being under cover and protected but its just so much more convenient
when its in the water....its ready to go when you are.
I will keep the rack option in mind thou and will look into those marinas you suggested on my PMV.....thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2012 8:04 pm
OldTart
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Compass Point Marina, American Yacht Harbor are two on the East end which have slips. Independent Boatyard on the East end has tier storage - mainly used for boats being put up during hurricane season. Otherwise during hurricane season there are some sheltered local areas such as the mangroves on the East end, Mandahl on the North side, Hurricane Hole (on St John). You MIGHT get lucky with a mooring on the East end but they're in pretty high demand. You'll be able to pick up most of the information you're looking for on your PMV. Eliminate "South Coast" from your vocabulary as it's not a location term used here! Have fun planning!

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Posted : January 15, 2012 8:39 pm
wahoo
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Great information OldTart.........I will be sure to stop in and talk to the folks around there....
I get the impression I should be able to find something ......Thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : January 16, 2012 12:42 am
Exit Zero
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Your boat is well suited to the conditions here - having Yamahas is also a great choice - one thing you might want to do is make sure you have a really strong Bimini top - not the thin aluminum fold down type but a good strong 2" or more thru bolted with backing plates type - that will provide solid handholds. It will be cheaper to have it fabricated and installed stateside if you don't have it already.
There are some dry storage racks - it does add a layer of inconvenience for immediate use but the added security, cleaner storage than dockside and keeping the boat out of the sun and keeping the bottom clean is a big help though - there are limited slips and it can be an expensive tradeoff to just have one for the convenience factor unless you plan to use the boat a lot without notice.
Make sure you get the vessel shrink wrapped for shipping - unless you are shipping a closed container - even if you are shipping via Dockwise or other vessel transports the shrink wrap keeps it much cleaner.
If you are bringing a trailer it will have to be licensed and inspected - that is DMV - you will also have to register the vessel here and possibly get a mooring permit - that is DPNR.
Hurricane season is a concern - it will be better on a trailer with secure tie downs for both boat and trailer and you can find space once you have been here awhile and see the terrain.
keeping the boat in the Lagoon area will offer you the most options for dockage or storage - Red Hook, Crown Bay and Yacht Haven Grande all have dockage but are somewhat pricy and unless they are so much more convenient to your house, work or cruising grounds may not be worth the difference. There is also some dockage in Frenchtown.
Some boats are kept on moorings - it is not always easy to find a legal space and secure the proper permits, install the ground tackle and set up unless you have been here long enough to make the right connections and decisions about it in my opinion - but an option nonetheless.
Shipping to Puerto Rico may be easier and just drive it over here - worth looking into - it is a much bigger port.

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Posted : January 16, 2012 3:29 pm
VIsnorkeler
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Ha! OldTart, you do make me smile. It is South Side or North Side, East End or West End.

I often get to be the first person a tourist hears say, PLEASE don't call it St john's. They get really testy over there about it. There is only one John and he doesn't own the island. And, of course, to let them know that we have been on some strict water rationing, so expect to order water at a restaurant -- not being stingy or lazy, just still conserving.

Wahoo, I also love fishing and snorkeling. Your best bet is to do an island lap and hit everywhere you see a sailboat mast sticking out of the water. I know some folks at Compass Point and AYH who I'd be happy to introduce you to. I say a friend with a boat is better than owning a boat (tee hee.)

Good luck to you!

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Posted : January 16, 2012 3:35 pm
OldTart
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Ha! OldTart, you do make me smile. It is South Side or North Side, East End or West End.

I often get to be the first person a tourist hears say, PLEASE don't call it St john's. They get really testy over there about it. There is only one John and he doesn't own the island. And, of course, to let them know that we have been on some strict water rationing, so expect to order water at a restaurant -- not being stingy or lazy, just still conserving.!

Now you're making me smile! In close to 30 years here, the only time I've seen or heard "South Side" referenced is on this forum by the OP and on Trip Advisor which has it designated as a St Thomas area. Maybe I just don't get out enough. 😀 Reminds me of the comings and goings of "Charlotte" as a term for Charlotte Amalie or "town" as we commonly term it. That crops up every couple of years as a new flock of newbies descends for seasonal work!

St Johnians aren't the only ones who "get testy" about an "s" and an apostrophe added to St John. If I had even a nickel for the number of times I've corrected both that and the spelling of "Magens" I'd be rolling in it by now!

As far as the drinking water is concerned, I never provided tap water at my restaurant. My cistern water passed the monthly testing for potability but just didn't taste "right" so bottled water at a minimum charge was the order of the day. For the same reason I've always ordered bottled water when out dining, particularly after several experiences when I've either asked for or been given tap water which tasted nasty. Conservation of water is simply a part of life here but that aspect of it was never an issue where drinking water is concerned and the latest water problem affecting those hooked up to "city water" is something I never recall having happened before in all the years I've been here.

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Posted : January 16, 2012 4:21 pm
wahoo
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Thank you for the advice/information. Thankfully my boat has an over sized factory 2" top. I will be sure to check all those areas and I appreciate you taking the time to help.

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Topic starter Posted : January 19, 2012 9:23 pm
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