Owning a dingy on STT?
I am interested in purchasing a 10-12ft dingy for snorkeling, exploring the keys, and exploring the coastline. I have no clue on the rules and regulations. I Iive on the northside close to mahogany run. Is there a place to dock close to there or maybe in redhook somewhere?
Also is it feasible to take a 12+ft dingy to st john on a clam day? While on the ferry I've seen some dingys make the trip but could tell the size of them.
You may be able to keep it in Hull Bay or in Mandahl Lagoon - more of a security problem in Mandahl but much calmer -- No dock in either location - putting it on a dock anywhere can get pricy - keeping it on a trailer and launching for use may not be a bad plan since then you can change locations by land not on the water, depending on what area you may want to explore or to avoid N. swells at times.
It must be registered with DPNR and have a current sticker - and if you are on a mooring a mooring permit and sticker.
Going to STJ on a calm day is fine once you feel confident in the boat,motor and skill level.
A small dinghy is really not the vessel for much island exploring except on the best weather days.
Thanks for the info.
You have made me lean towards getting a dingy trailer. Is there a list of launch off points somewhere?
And, FYI..........most dinghy docks permit temporary (like, for lunch, shopping or errands.......up to 2 hours) tying up if your dinghy is 12 feet or less. If over 12 feet, you are not permitted to tie up at the dinghy dock and instead will have to register/pay at the marina for the "parking" fee.