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Dial ISLAND FAX (404) 399-3077 Select Code 1128 Boats Are Our Business Our Only Business At Tortola Yacht Services Center we specialize in providing professional services and quality products for boat owners. These include hull, spar and rigging repairs, electronic sales and service, Awl-grip refinishing, outboard, inboard and diesel engine sales and service, a woodshop, a machine shop, a sail loft and our own Golden Hind Chandlery. All services are coordinated by knowledgeable, responsible...

Virgin Weather

Located in the northeast trade wind belt, ihe Virgin Islands are blessed with almost perfect weather the year round. The seas from the north are broken by the island chain, providing the seafarer with ideal weather conditions. Unlike that of most other parts of the world, the weather in the Virgin Islands is extremely stable. Forecasts are broadcast daily on most of the local stations St. Thomas WIVI-FM 99.5 MHZ (forecasts at 7 30 and 8 30 a.m., 3 30 and 4 30 p.m., daily and hourly updates)...

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THE ANCHORAGES OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS SANDY CAY, GREEN CAY, LITTLE JOST VAN DYKE___80 EASTERN END OF TORTOLA AND ADJACENT ISLANDS BUCK ISLAND FAT HOG'S BAY 110 TRELLIS BAY BEF.F ISLAND 111 EASTERN TORTOLA_& THE CAMANOE PASSAGES 114 MARINA CAY _117 THE BIGHT & THE CAVES NORMAN ISLAND U8 TREASURE POINT, BENURES BAY, PELICAN ISLAND _ _119 LITTLE HARBOUR. PETER ISLAND 120 GREAT HARBOUR, PETER ISLAND ___120 SPANISH TOWN VIRGIN GORDA YACHT HARBOUR 133 THE ANCHORAGES OF THE U.S. VIRGIN...

Navigation

Pilotage through unknown waters is one of the major concerns of the cruising yachtsman. However, in the Virgins, where there is very little tide rise and fall and only minimal current to worry about, pilotage is extremely simple. Since the weather is so warm, we don't experience any fog and you can always see the island for which you are heading. Reefs and shoals are not a major problem as they are well marked and, provided time is taken to study the pertinent charts on a daily basis, your...

FiOpes Hole Wharf Marina

Frenchman s Cay, West F.nd, Tortola While in West End, Tortola, visit Soper's Hole Wharf & Marina and enjoy your shopping in a picturesque Caribbean style setting to make your vacation a memorable experience. Full Service Marina Five Star Dive Centre Arts & Crafts Gourmet Provisioning Perfumery Boutiques Hair Salon Island Spices PUSSER'S Landing Restaurant & Company Store With Sun Yacht Charters, you're always on island time. Just choose your island and leave the details to us. Because...

Public Holidays

Although the observance of public holidays will make little difference to you when sailing, it is prudent to plan your cruise so that you are not needing shore based facilities during the following holidays Holy Thursday Good Friday Easter Monday Children's Carnival Parade Adults' Carnival Parade Emancipation Day (West Indies) Independence Day Supplication Day Festival Monday Festival Tuesday Festival Wednesday Should any holiday fall upon a Sunday, the Monday following shall be a legal...

Customs And Immigration

Since the Virgin Islands are divided between the U.S. and Britain, you will be crossing international boundaries during your cruise. Therefore, it is necessary to clear customs when entering and leaving each respective territory. Failure to observe this formality could result in substantial fines or even loss of your vessel. Should you pick up your charter boat in the USVI and wish to cruise the waters of the BVI, it would be necessary to clear the vessel with U.S. Customs and Immigration. Then...

The Buoyage System Of The British Virgin Islands

In an international effort to standardize buoyage systems, the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) has agreed that, in order to meet conflicting requirements, there will be two systems in use throughout the world. These are to be called systems A and B, respectively. The rules for the two systems were so similar that the IALA Executive Committee felt able to combine the two sets of rules into one, known as the IALA Maritime Buoyage System. This single set of rules allows...

Photography In The Islands

Flicka Sailboat

The verdant green hillside tumbles down to a deserted golden beach, fringed with majestic coconut palms. Tall ships and sleek yachts glide by on an azure sea. You and your companions spend joyful days sailing, snorkeling and exploring. As the water laps against the side of your yacht, you wonder how you'll ever be able to recapture this carefree feeling after you return to the hustle and bustle of the real world. How will you convey the unspoiled beauty of the Virgin Islands to your friends...

Protecting The Coral Reefs

Aqua Action Thomas

Oral reefs, turquoise lagoons and white sand beaches these are the delights of cruising in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, much of the life underwater is as delicate as it is beautiful, and the boating community will want to do its part in keeping it special. Basically, this is an environment where, as the result of higher temperatures and increased salinity, calcium carbonate, a crystalline compound found in chalk, limestone and marble, settles out of solution, creating a friendly environment...

Types of Fish Carrying Ciguatera

The fish most likely to carry the toxins are the larger predatory fish associated with coral reefs. These include barracudas, grouper, snapper, jacks and parrot fish. It should be noted that only certain species in each family are associated with the toxins. Therefore, it is a good idea to check with a local fisherman before eating your catch. The fish that are considered safe are offshore fish such as tuna, wahoo, sword-fish, marlin, and dolphin. Others include sailfish, Spanish mackerel,...

The Last Resort

Ltd. 'The Last Resort is one giant flash of recognition for all the bareboat charterers assembled It's about us and our dream cruises. Snell's brand of humour comes out of the same school that gave the world Sellers, Milligan, Flanders and Swann. His show is a sort of Goon Show Goes to Sea. His mission is to make everyone laugh whose dream cruise has had at least one moment when it wasn't so dreamy. The Last Resort should be the mandatory last stop for ail us...

The Other Alternative

Tired of straining the oid back Tired of waking up all night worrying about your anchor dragging, thinking that THIS is supposed to be a vacation WELL, now there is an alternative Located throughout the British Virgin Islands at most popular anchorages there are professionally maintained moorings available for overnight use. The small fee for the mooring use is well worth the good night's sleep it affords. 1 lere are a few tips on picking and leaving a mooring 1. As in anchoring, approach the...

Provisions For The Cruise

Most charter companies in and around the Virgin Islands offer the charter party a choice of provisioning programs or options. The original concept was designed to cope with the lack of supermarkets. But in recent years, both in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the selection of goods has increased tremendously. Therefore, your provisioning options are as follows A Allow the charter company to provision for you from a pre-selected plan, to save on sailing time. The main plans are full...