Our intention has been to learn the boat in an area that is simple and easy for everyone. Turns out that the most popular place in the world to cruise on a boat is the British Virgin Islands … where we are. The BVI’s are extremely popular (there are over 2500 boats in these waters), the reason is that the weather is good, and more importantly the sailing/cruising is very simple.
There are are over 50 islands, lots of protected anchorages and very simple navigation … everything is pretty much line of sight. Since there are so many boats, a large part of the economy is set up to support it. From markets, to marinas, to restaurants … seems like everything is accessible by boat. If you have ever considered spending a week on a boat, these islands are definitely it.
For the last 2 weeks,we have been pretty much been moving every day, from one place to another, we seem to alternate from spending the night in a marina, to spending the night at anchor … well, on a mooring ball.
There are 4 ways to spend a night on a boat; 1.underway- that’s basically someone being awake as they drive the boat and others sleep, 2. At a marina,3. on you anchor, or 4. at a mooring ball. A mooring ball is really just a permanent anchor that someone has put down, that has a large floating ball on it … all you have to do is tie up to the ball and you are set.
Our daily routine involves a great deal of time in the water, We typically take our dinghy (the small boat) and head for the closest beach … from there we have a “beach day” and swim. Often, we just jump off the boat and swim/snorkel … Jack’s not all that fond of this yet. Although he has been practicing snorkelling on the beach.
We seem to choose our marinas by how nice their pools are … so when we are at a marina, several hours are spent at it.
We continue to make our list of things to buy, fix or change … and we continue to adapt to living on the boat … soon, we will no longer be on vacation.