Michael and Susan left Florida in 2007 aboard their Westsail 43 INFINI to fullfill a dream of full time cruising.
4-1 Road trip
We took the #20 bus from English Harbour to St. John, then the #17 bus from there to Jolly Harbour Marina. We had heard from a number of our cruising friends that they had hauled and stored their boats there, and all had good things to say about the experience. We saw the countryside close-up, the way we like it, and had a chance to interact with few local people along the way. The marina complex looks first rate, and the haul-out and storage facilities appear to provide ample protection should a dreaded tropical storm or hurricane come close. Of course, with a direct hit, all bets are off. From a financial perspective, I did a spread sheet between Power Boats and Peakes in Chagauramas, Prickly Bay Marina in Grenada, Antigua Slipway here in English Harbour and Jolly Harbour Marina. It's a complex thing. Amongst other considerations, any applied VAT, access to skilled workers, monthly add-ons, electricity costs, fares to airports, air fares home and back from the various islands, insurance requirements, and many other items factor into an overall picture of costs for a haul-out and storage period. We haven't made up our minds yet but are considering our options. It was late afternoon by the time we returned to the boat, so we went for a swim and relaxed after. Lots to think about.
Pic: VC Bird Monument near the central market, downtown St. John