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July 16, 2019 4:12 pm  

Looking to move to the USVI in September. I currently own a 17' center console bay boat that I fish and pleasure cruise on. I was wondering others' experiences with having a boat this size down in the islands. One of the draws of moving down is the ability to island hop when I have free time. I am looking to stay on STT, possibly in the Hull Bay area. I would hopefully be able to leave the boat on the trailer there unless there are better recommendations. Any thoughts or concerns are greatly appreciated regarding functionality, safety, storage and anything else about having a boat this size down there.

Thanks in advance 

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July 16, 2019 10:35 pm  

17’ is too small for island hopping beyond the Virgin Islands (BVI, STT, STJ).

Between STX and STT its 12,000’ deep. It doesn’t take more than a mile off shore to run into completely different conditions from what you see from shore. 


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July 17, 2019 7:46 am  

and it would have to be kept in your yard or at a marina 

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July 17, 2019 8:14 am  

Be sure to lock up your outboards very securely. They tend to disappear!

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July 17, 2019 9:40 am  

If you are a boater - bring the boat. Ship it down on the trailer.

There are plenty of flat calm great weather days that you can use it. I don't know if the small boat trailer yard at Hull Bay is still operating but there are yards in the Lagoon area that would work. Also Hull Bay is a longer distance from the most common day trip destinations. all boating is weather dependent anyway, but the hull design will also affect the times you will find it to be much more useful. 

plenty of boaters go to Water Island, christmas Cove, inshore fishing and even STJ on vessels that size or smaller - STX would be a stretch and not recommended - The BVI on a calm day is certainly workable - good seamanship and safety practices are your best resources.

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