Red Hook Charter Marinas?
I'm hoping to move to STT soon and start a very unique charter boat business. Can anyone give me the names of some of the better Charter Marinas in the Red Hook area and/or Charlotte Amalie? Anybody have an idea about the rates I can expect? The boat will be 25 feet long.
As you surely know - if it is not an Inspected Vessel with a COI from the USCG you will be limited to 6 passengers. If you are looking to attract cruise ship passengers you should also consider Yacht Haven Grande in Charlotte Amalie as a marina base.
Both AYH and YHG are owned and operated by the IGY marina group.
Nautilus runs out of Coral World and holds 100 people. It's a true glass bottom, semi- submarine. They only run on days when cruise ships are in and have contracts with most of them.
A slip in Red Hook will run you $800+ the others are probably over $1000, if there is room.
Thanks for the relevant answer Nannerz. And yes East Ender, it is a glass bottom boat, of a completely new design capable of reaching speeds in excess of 70 MPH (or about 65 knots), maybe even more if I truly maxed out the engine. Yes, it is only 25 feet long, and it is designed to carry 6 passengers or less. I am a licenced Merchant Marine Officer, and am well aware of the laws/regulations regarding USCG passenger capacities of vessels. Thanks again everyone.
Leaving Red Hook, simple travel time to circumnavigate the entire island of STJ, just as a for instance, at a cruising speed of 50 kts or better is significantly less than 45 mins, all while burning less than 5 gph. Maybe take 4, 5. or 6 brief 10 minute or less stops at the best of the underwater viewing locations, or just maybe your might take a quick side trip if dolphins/rays/turtles are spotted, and maybe try to get them under the viewing glass for the passengers..., whatever, (yes, I am aware of the MMPA). I can turn and burn an entire six passenger or less trip like this in under 2 hours, plus gratuities, lol. These types of glass bottom boats often fall into the category "thrill ride" as well. So what would a trip like this be worth to a paying passenger? 6 passengers, ability to do between 4 or five trips daily... and don't even get me started about installing a few million candlepower of u/w led lighting so you could even do this stuff at night...
I think you might want to look at something associated with the cruise ship passengers, something closer to Crown Bay or Havensight. They have a thrill ride boat now, but it isn't glass bottomed. They take folks out south of St Thomas. I am not sure how DPNR or the National Park would feel about you doing 50kts in protected waters. (td) And the million candlepower stuff. You might want to try Puerto Rico, as those guys love to put lights out under their boats to upset the nocturnal environment.
I'm not sure Red Hook is the right marina to do this from as it does sound like a cruise ship-centric experience [in and out in a few hours], although if you had good relationships with some concierges you may be able to pick different properties to hang out at and take a few trips per day.
A prudent mariner adjust. speed according to safety and comfort of the passengers, plus, while circumnavigating STJ, a significant portion of that trip could hardly be called 'open water'. South coast, maybe, North coast, majority of it is protected by BVI's. I am also unaware of any laws or regulation regarding purely passenger vessels operating in DNPR or National Park boundaries. If such laws exist, please enlighten me... Thanks