Sailing Yacht SEA BUNNY

Caribbean

Our return trip through the Caribbean

We returned to the Caribbean in Tobago in August 2016. This page covers anchorages and passages from then.


Man of War Bay, Tobago

Anchorage

Anchorage location 11° 19'.7 N, 060° 33'.2 W. 19 m Anchor came up clean

 

Man of War Bay is the main anchorage for Charlotteville.

Charlotteville is a delightful, friendly and low-key village. Facilities are limited but include a very active daily fish market, a service station for diesel and petrol, a few small restaurants and bars and a small supermarket.

The service station is situaled on the road that runs along the beach. It is easy to take the dinghy to the beach and carry jerrycans across the road. Prices are much low but according to a sign volumes are limited to 100 l at a time, although we had no difficulty getting 120 l. However, do not rely on supplies being available as they frequently run out.

Buses run from the beach road beside the service station to Tobago's main town, Scarborough. Tickets are bought from the supermarket.

The ATM at Charlotteville seldom has money. Customs may change money for you at TTD 6 to the USD. There are ATMs in Scarborough. You also need to go to Scarborough to get a SIM card. It is work borrowing a SIM to check whether your phone is compatible with the 4G system used here. Ours wasn't and would only get 2G. We had to buy a new handset.

Pirates Bay, round the headland immediately to the east of the village is a sandy beach ideal for sundowners and beach barbeques.

To visit other bays in Tobago or for a passage to Trinidad you must obtain permission from customs and immigration. The authorities in Charlotteville cover Tobago from Speyside on the E coast, around the north to Castara (we think) on the W coast. To visit the other half of Tobago requires permission from the authorities in Scarborough. The clearance from customs to leave Man of War Bay is valid for 4 hours and your clearance from immigration is valid for 24 hours.

Englishman's Bay, Tobago

Anchorage location 11° 17'.57 N, 060° 40'.32 W. 12 m

Anchored Englishman's Bay

Englishman's Bay is a pleasant anchorage some 7 nM west of Man of War Bay and is a useful stopping off point to allow a daytime passage to Chaguaramas in Trinidad.

Beach

As well as a good sandy beach there is a gift shop and cafe/guesthouse. There is road access.

Powerboats, Charuaramas, Trinidad

 

Initial berth location 10° 40'.83 N, 061° 38'.03 W. Berth A5

When a yacht arrives in Chaguaramas you must visit Customs and Immigration, even if already checked in in Tobago. The offices are located at Crews Inn marina a short way south of Powerboats and on the other side of the creek. There is a short-term dock at the end of the wall where the restaurants and lighthouse are (10° 40'.78 N, 061° 37'.87 W). It's about a 20-minute walk from Powerboats or acouple of minutes by boat.

If you leave the country by air, leaving the boat on the hard, you have to get a letter from the yard that they take responsibility for the boat and take it to Customs. Immigration will them sign you of the crew list and give you a departure card for use at the airport.

 "A" dock at Powerboats is exposed to any swell and wash from passing boats - snubbers or nylon docklines are essential. The berths are stern-to with piles to attach the bow to.

Powerboats must rank as the most friendly and helpful yards we have been in in our circumnavigation. There are many resident contractors and several others approved to work in the yard. For approved contractors you get a quote from the contractor, the quote is registered with Powerboats office and you pay through Powerboats.

There is a small chandlery, mostly stocking maintenance items although they can import other items from the US. On the waterfront is a mini-market and Sails restaurant (fairly expensive). For cheapish lunches there ids the Roti Hut.

Free WiFi covers most of the yard - depending on loaction a booster antenna may be needed. There is an internet room with better coverage and network points. There is a VHF cruisers' information net on channel 68 daily at 0800.

The yard has storage lock-ups so you can move gear off the boat. When we were there they were all in use so we got space in a larger shared room to which access was controlled. Getting gear to and from the boat while on the hard is easy by forklift truck.

Tied down

Most insurers accept that Trinidad is south of the hurricane belt. Apparently only one has hit the island since 1853. However, our insurers (Pantaenius) reckon the SE limit of the risk area iis at 10°  N, 061° W so Powerboats lies within it. To maintain cover we had to have the stands welded together and the boat tied down to large concrete blocks. This was at additional cost. We only saw a couple of other boats where these precautions had been taken.

While your boat is on the hard (but not when it's in the water) you qualify for a "convenience card". This enables you to charge items purchased in the mini-market or chandlery to your powerboats account. The account, with these charges and contractors bills are settled in US dollars by default - but you can opt to pay in TTD.

In 2016 the Trinidad and Tobago government withdrew the facility for overseas yacht owners to purchase goods or services free of VAT, adding 13.5% to the cost of all work. This seems to have resulted in the loss of significant amounts of trade to Grenada. The facility is apparently to be restored in February 2017.

Outside the marina there is an ATM  outside Coral  Cove marina a short walk along the road. Apparently some people have had problems with this ATM but we did not. It is a Republic Bank "Blue Machine" and does not make a charge fro withdrawals. The large Budget Marine chandlery is next door, just a short walk. There is a larger mini-market at Crews Inn.

The OCC and SSCA port officer, Jesse James of Members Only, runs regular shopping trips by maxi-taxi to the main supermarkets and a Saturday one to the produce market in Port of Spain. He also arranges sightseeing trips.

If you need time in the water, before or after a lift-out, "C" dock, in the creek beside the yard, is more sheltered - and more expensive- than "A" dock.

Prickly Bay, Grenada

Mooring location 11° 59'.94 N, 061° 45'.8032 W. 8.9 m

On arrival in the rain we attempted to call Prickly Bay Marina with a view to getting a marina berth. There was no reply despite there apparently being people around the marina office. Not fancying doing a strern-to berthing in a cross-wind with no assistence we headed off and found a mooring.

Customs and Immigratipon are at the marina - very quick ,efficient and, compared to Trinidad, uncomplicated especially if data has been pre-entered on the Sailclear system

The mooring cost USD 18/night, but was charged in XCD (East Caribbean Dollars).

Prickly Bay Marina (PBM) has a restaurant (Tiki Bar) where various activities take place and where there is free WiFi for customers, with power points for your laptop. There is alaundry (not self service), which acts as agent for Henry's tours.

The Monday to Saturday VHF net on VHF 66 at 0730 is well supported and provides much information on what is going on. Boosters on this frequency make this widely available.

If you ventrue into the upper car park at PBM you will bing Le Boucher, a French-run butcher with high quality meats and cheeses.

At  Spice Island boatyard at the head of the bay there is a branch of Budget Marine. From here it is a 20 minute walk to the Republic bank and an ATM. (Turn right out of the marina, continue to the main road, turn right alond the long straight dual carriageway. The bank is on the right at the roundabout at the end.

Various maxi-taxis do shopping trips from the anchorages at the south of the island - details are on the radio net.

We got a local SIM card from Digicel in the Spicelands Mall. For some reason we never got 3G or 4G reception anywhere in Grenada. Check before leaving the shop!

Mini-buses showing a number on the front are buses, operating on fixed routes.

Cruisers WiFi is a charged service that operates in most of the southern bays and also some locations in the Grenadines. You need a boost antenna.

Secret Harbour, Grenada

 

Anchorage location 12° 00'.18 N, 061° 45'.04 W. 7.7 m

Secret Harbour is the next bay to the east of Prickly Bay. Entrance was buoyed when we went in.

Our anchrage was just outside the channel to the marina, failrly close to it. Shelter is good.

At the marina there is a dinghy dock, a fuel dock with diesel and petrol, a laundry, bar/restaurant and rubbish disposal (charged if not in the marina).

Shopping buses run from the marina - details on the VHF net.

It is a 15 minute walk over the headland to Prickly Bay.

Hog Island, Grenada

 

Anchorage location 12° 00'.05 N, 061° 44'.51 W. 8.3 m

Hog Island is a very popular (i.e. crowded) anchorage to the east of Secret Harbour.

he main attraction seems to be Roger's bar on the island. While we did not visit it, it seems very popular with others.

There is relatively sheltered dinghy access back to Secret Harbour and, under the bridge connecting Hog Island to the main island, to the Clarks Court Bay, Phare Bleu Bay and Port Egmont to the east with their marinas and further anchorages.

This passage also gives access to the village of  Woburn with a bus route and shops

St George's, Grenada

 

Anchorage locatio 12° 02'.59 N, 061° 45'.35 W. 6.5 m

St George's is the main town and capital of Grenada. The harbour comprises two areas - the Carenage and the Lagoon.

Carenage

The Carenage appears to be largely devoted to commercial activities and fishing boats. Despite an anchorage being shown in Chris Doyle's plot book (2015-16 edition) no visiting yachts were anchored there.

The Lagoon is largely filled with the large Camper & Nicholson Port Louis marina and the Grenada Yacht Club marina as well as boats on moorings.

The anchorage is outside the harbour, to the south of the entrance. It was quite rolly when we were there.

 

There are dinghy docks situated around the Lagoon, or you can apparently leave your dinghy at a dinghy dock in the Port Louis marina for USD 10. We left ours, locked, on the dock opposite the Island Water World chandlery for a full day while we went on an island tour with no problems. There are rubbish bins beside the road.

There is a small Foodland supermarket on the waterfront at the Carenage and another larger one on the lagoon waterfront with a dinghy dock opposite. The largest supermarket is Real Value in the Spicelands Mall (IGA) but it's probably easier to use one of the shopping buses from Prickly Bay or Secret Harbour to shop there.

We used Henry's Tours for an island tour, paying extra for a private one. The scheduled tours can have up to around 20 passengers.

 Cruise ship

Cruise ships dock on the cruise ship jetty outside the harbour, sometimes two at a time.

 

 

 

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