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Lucky You- you have your own place to stay while in one of the most beautiful places in the world. You have a different vantage point and get to travel when ever and practicall where ever you want. Maho Bay one night, Cinnamon Bay the next...the possibilities are endless.

Because St. John is so popular with boaters, there are certain rules and regulations for boat owners to ensure that everyone stays safe and our reefs are not damaged by carelessly thrown anchors. And for goodness sakes, the only boats allowed to park on the beach are dinghys!

Be sure you know the rules before you drop anchor!
Be sure you know the rules before you drop anchor!
     
ABOUT MOORINGS HOW TO ANCHOR FEES GOOD STUFF TO KNOW
 
 

About Moorings

Moorings are safe, easy to use, and eliminate the need to anchor. The moorings are fixed to the bottom with either a sand screw or a stainless steel eye-bolt which is cemented directly into coral pavement. The floating mooring line (painter) is picked up and tied to a short bow line on the vessel.

Park mooring balls are white with a blue stripe; they are for use by boats 55 feet or less, on deck. No rafting of boats or setting of anchors is permitted while on a mooring. Please tie the boat's bow line to the mooring painter line.

All moorings are checked and maintained by Park Service personnel. However, the National Park Service does not accept liability for any damage, loss, or injury resulting from a defective mooring. Please help to keep the moorings safe and report any defects immediately to a park ranger. The moorings are not designed for rough weather use. In high wind or heavy sea conditions, it is recommended that vessels anchor in a protected bay.

How To Anchor

Proper anchoring is an integral part of safe boat handling. Yachting manuals supply the basics on proper anchoring techniques. However, a few common rules apply to most anchoring situations.

When selecting an anchorage, remember:

  • shallow water is preferred; avoid coral and seagrass beds.
  • allow for full 360 degree swing; choose an area free of obstacles.
  • Be sure crew, anchor, and anchor line are ready.
  • If possible, head into the wind or current; be alert for any changes.

Observe water depth and bottom prior to lowering anchor. Lower the anchor over the side; NEVER throw the anchor. Slowly play out the anchor line, avoid dropping the anchor line in a useless pile on the bottom. Allow time for the anchor to catch hold; let the current drift the boat back. Once the anchor is set, fasten the anchor line. Put the boat in reverse, creating a steady strain on the anchor line to dig in the anchor and ensure it is holding. Plowing the bottom won't help; pull up the anchor and begin again. Check for dragging - a slight vibration on the anchor line and/or a visible jerk on the line.
Locate stationary landmarks; periodically check for changes in alignment.


Fees

If your boat is over 60 feet long, sorry, you can't moor. Otherwise, it's only $15 per night! What a deal. You can only stay in park waters for a maximum of 14 nights. Pay stations are located in Cruz Bay, Hawksnest Bay, Great Lameshur Bay, Langster Bay, Caneel Bay, and Salt Pond.

 

Good Stuff To Know

Overnight stays in park waters are limited to 14 nights per year.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.
Water skiing or towing of any recreational device, and use of personal watercraft (jet-skis, wave runners, etc.) are prohibited in park waters.
National Park Rangers may board any vessel in the park at any time in order to conduct official business.

 


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fishing
health and fitness
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land activities
nightlife
shopping
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water activities

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beaches
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wild life
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