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agrimsrud
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NPT Mooring Irritation
      #1730271 - 04/18/17 09:26 AM (198.206.244.4)

Just got back from a great trip and am currently sitting at my desk at work still rocking. I picked up my boat at CYOA which was - as expected but still greatly appreciated - in perfect working condition inside and out.

I like to think I'm pretty easy going and probably 5x more so while down in the ilons. But one thing I'm a little irritated with is the NPT moorings. I don't mind spending the money for the permit 'cause I feel like it's being used to support things I take direct advantage of. But I ought to be able to take advantage of the moorings else I'm not really sure what I'm paying for.

For example - I arrive at the Indians at 0700 on Sunday. Every mooring ball has a CAT parked on it except two. Of the two only one of the balls has a lead. ok.. fine for me I pick up the remaining ball. There is no way the cats got there in the morning - I'm certain they were there all night. No sign of life on them. We stayed on our mooring for at most the maximum 90 minutes. None of the "parked" boats moved in that time or showed any sign of life. Several other boats came by looking for a ball and left - no room at the inn.

Same experience at the Baths. Packed. In the 20 minutes I hung out not a single boat left. Hard to believe they all got there within the previous 90 minutes. No big deal at this site 'cause I rented a car and drove down from Leverick. Better that way anyway. But it does make me wonder why I bother paying the NPT permit.

It appears some boaters believe the rules are for the little people. I find this a bit annoying!

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730273 - 04/18/17 09:33 AM (131.247.65.4)

I agree. Unfortunately, a lot of people are pigs, and you find these pigish people everywhere you go.

(My apologies to pigs.)


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: denverd0n]
      #1730277 - 04/18/17 09:42 AM (65.48.219.56)

Never fight with pigs..you both get dirty and the pig enjoys it!

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Manpot]
      #1730279 - 04/18/17 09:45 AM (88.208.168.9)

I agree

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Manpot]
      #1730280 - 04/18/17 09:46 AM (138.20.184.1)

People feel entitled and without any sort of effective enforcement that behavior is only going to get worse. I would pay more for the NP Permit if it meant that enforcement of the rules would happen!

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: mcevog]
      #1730281 - 04/18/17 10:00 AM (38.111.3.130)

I too find this annoying. The Baths, I think is one exception - you really need 2 hours there at least. But all the other sites, 90 minutes is reasonable and you can then move.

It is unfortunate there is no enforcement of the rules at all. And more unfortunate that more people don't have respect for others. We always try to stick to 90 minutes or less.. only exceptions we make are if there's free balls.. if there are, then we don't rush to leave.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: maytrix]
      #1730284 - 04/18/17 10:19 AM (76.76.166.138)

I wonder if some of it is people not knowing the rules.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1730286 - 04/18/17 10:21 AM (73.7.66.149)

Doubt it.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Lew]
      #1730288 - 04/18/17 10:31 AM (38.111.3.130)

I'm sure there are some that don't know the rules, but I also think they are the minority.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: maytrix]
      #1730292 - 04/18/17 10:46 AM (99.12.87.198)

In the Summer often you get the Sailing School/Camps over nighting as it the "easy way" to get all the boats together and I imagine not spend money.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: kneafseym]
      #1730300 - 04/18/17 12:17 PM (184.90.68.130)

I've overheard people in bars brag about saving $30 by overnighting at the Park moorings. But in some cases the overnighters are desperate charterers who grab any available ball because they don't trust that heavy thing on the bow. If the Bight is full, quick - head over to the Indians.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: FLJim]
      #1730302 - 04/18/17 12:34 PM (198.36.28.250)

I will post a longer review of the week. Observed the same things you did. Dead calm the first 4 days with people overnighting on park buoys everywhere.
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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1730306 - 04/18/17 12:56 PM (38.140.173.82)

Interesting that folks are leaving boats unattended at the Baths and Indians. I thought Moorings/Sunsail required that someone stay on board at all times when hooked to a NPT ball due to the poor condition of the ground tackle and pendants.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: FLJim]
      #1730310 - 04/18/17 01:19 PM (198.206.244.4)

Quote:

FLJim said:
I've overheard people in bars brag about saving $30 by overnighting at the Park moorings. But in some cases the overnighters are desperate charterers who grab any available ball because they don't trust that heavy thing on the bow. If the Bight is full, quick - head over to the Indians.




Yea... I think you are probably right - that's very likely what is going on. As I'm thinking about it it's not the fact that these people are using the NPT mooring for overnight that's annoying to me - that doesn't really affect me. But if you are going to overnight on the NPT mooring at least get off of it at first light so your lack of planning doesn't affect everyone else. IMHO.

Saturday we picked up the last mooring ball on Cooper at 10:30 in the morning. Never seen that before. I enjoy Cooper but I'm not willing to give up a day of sailing (not sure it's called "sailing" when there is zippo wind but you get the point) just so I can be at Cooper. But that's how it worked out this time.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730312 - 04/18/17 01:26 PM (50.193.144.241)

So when we visit the Baths we slip our mooring at first light at Marina Cay and usually get to the Baths at 7am, having had breakfast on the way. I've had several boaters angrily accuse me of staying there over night, but no, this is the one day in our trip that it pays to start early, and we do.

I agree with the above... it's hard to see the Baths in 90-min.

We're usually gone by 9am when most of the boats start showing up.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Twanger]
      #1730319 - 04/18/17 02:42 PM (76.76.166.138)

We do somewhat the same thing as Twanger with the Indians. Get off our ball at first light from Norman, motor over, and snorkel while some folks are having breakfast and some snorkel. Then we move on with our plan for the day.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1730325 - 04/18/17 03:06 PM (65.113.105.2)

I read a lot of complaints but no realistic solutions to charter boats simply ignoring the clearly stated rules on their NPT receipt.
Who is the BVI agency responsible for enforcement anyway?
A predawn boat leaving Tortola and arriving at 1st light at the Indians or other NPT sites will result in fines, p*ss off the charterers, and solve the problem for a few hours.
A pre-sunset visit by the same 'unknown agency' will result in fines and quite a few vessels moving in near darkness to search for alternative for the night.
The next week the same problems will surface as a new set of charter boats fail to observe the same rules.
To me it is clearly a mix of disrespect, ignorance, entitlement, abuse, no consequences of their transgression and little practical enforcement activity.
Sailors who do observe courtesy and common regard for the rules are penalized.
Can anyone envision a workable, practical way to solve this blatant disregard for the NPT overnighting problem.

Once 2 or 3 boats are clearly moored for the night at an NPT site it seems to be a magnet for more boats to join them under the "they are doing it" reasoning.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: NCSailor]
      #1730327 - 04/18/17 03:14 PM (64.79.144.10)

Quote:

NCSailor said:
Interesting that folks are leaving boats unattended at the Baths and Indians. I thought Moorings/Sunsail required that someone stay on board at all times when hooked to a NPT ball due to the poor condition of the ground tackle and pendants.





I have never heard this, how would you go to dinner or go diving


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: sail2wind]
      #1730342 - 04/18/17 04:11 PM (38.140.173.82)

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sail2wind said:
Quote:

NCSailor said:
Interesting that folks are leaving boats unattended at the Baths and Indians. I thought Moorings/Sunsail required that someone stay on board at all times when hooked to a NPT ball due to the poor condition of the ground tackle and pendants.





I have never heard this, how would you go to dinner or go diving




This was part of the Moorings briefing a couple of years ago. They made have changed it since if the condition of the NPT moorings improved.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1730348 - 04/18/17 05:08 PM (98.110.184.110)

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CottageGirl said:
We do somewhat the same thing as Twanger with the Indians. Get off our ball at first light from Norman, motor over, and snorkel while some folks are having breakfast and some snorkel. Then we move on with our plan for the day.




Only downside is this is really the worst time of day to see the indians. Best time is noon or so when the sun is nearly directly over head. Or even a little in the day so the light is better for seeing things.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: LocalSailor]
      #1730360 - 04/18/17 05:54 PM (108.232.10.252)

Quote:

LocalSailor said:
Can anyone envision a workable, practical way to solve this blatant disregard for the NPT overnighting problem.





My opinion - the BVI is not very good at enforcing rules in a meaningful but non-draconian way. Take a look at the fishing rules - violators can have their boats impounded? A bit heavy handed IMHO.

If it was me (and it's not) - I would fine them. But not force them to move. Forcing them to move would probably be unsafe and might penalize the wrong people (the boat owners). I would institute hours that you can use the moorings. Say 0600 to 1900. If you're on the mooring ball outside these hours it's a $500 fine. When you pick up your NPT permit this is explained to you just in case you can't read. Problem goes away in a few months and raises some money for the BVI treasury. And the moorings can be used for their intended purpose. That's what I would do if I ran the zoo.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730368 - 04/18/17 06:54 PM (100.8.121.79)

I agree with that. Quick fine - on the spot - which the agency would work with the charter company to enforce as well. No requirement to move if after sunset or close to sunset. Random swing past in the day to ensure the 90 min limit is enforced. Would generate decent income for the treasury, for a short period of time till the charter companies spread the word about how serious the agency is.

Same applies to charter boats taking up the commercial dive boat moorings as well... I have seen arguments develop between commercial dive boats and charter boat crews, bringing a paying group to dive a site, only to see a big cat sitting at the dive boat mooring with no plan to move on.

Sometimes people forget the fact that need to pay attention to customs and rules, even if it gets in the way of their holiday plan!


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: mcevog]
      #1730377 - 04/18/17 07:31 PM (199.168.151.165)

Certainly the day will come where the powers that be employ "rangers" to "help" us all remain "safe". I am more than positive the collective we will not enjoy the "support" from at least some of these empowered rangers. The other plan long discussed to to raise the fees significantly and limit the visitors at any given times. Some areas far away from the BVI also close reefs on a rotating basis to allow nature to recover. That practice is not different than the hunting and fishing seasons many are familiar with. Be careful what you wish for.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730393 - 04/18/17 11:49 PM (65.113.105.2)

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agrimsrud said:
Quote:

LocalSailor said:
Can anyone envision a workable, practical way to solve this blatant disregard for the NPT overnighting problem.







If it was me (and it's not) - I would fine them. But not force them to move. Forcing them to move would probably be unsafe and might penalize the wrong people (the boat owners). I would institute hours that you can use the moorings. Say 0600 to 1900. If you're on the mooring ball outside these hours it's a $500 fine. When you pick up your NPT permit this is explained to you just in case you can't read. Problem goes away in a few months and raises some money for the BVI treasury. And the moorings can be used for their intended purpose. That's what I would do if I ran the zoo.




A good plan -- but as I asked - who does the enforcement??
And I doubt the problem will go away in a few months unless the powers that be strictly do the enforcement and it is widely publicized.
@Sailtowind mentions "be careful what you wish for"

"If I ran the zoo" ----- not a job anyone would really wish for IMHO!!


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730402 - 04/19/17 08:11 AM (184.153.31.239)

You guys remember my 2016 April fool?
METERS WITH NASTY HORNS ON NPT MOORING BALLS?
OK... Who is laughing now?

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: LocalSailor]
      #1730412 - 04/19/17 09:20 AM (198.206.244.4)

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A good plan -- but as I asked - who does the enforcement??
And I doubt the problem will go away in a few months unless the powers that be strictly do the enforcement and it is widely publicized.
@Sailtowind mentions "be careful what you wish for"

"If I ran the zoo" ----- not a job anyone would really wish for IMHO!!




I didn't know I needed to have a complete solution to the problem in order to be annoyed by the present conditions.

I don't really care how they enforce their own rules. But not enforcing them doesn't appear to be working. And I'm not sure why you and Sailtowind believe that the current completely broken usage of the NPT mooring balls is surely better than some enforcement. As is now I pay for a NPT permit that I accept has rules for fair play and I find out that some percentage of sailors don't want to be bothered by those rules which impacts my usage that I paid for.

But to get back to your point. If they are NPT moorings I would think the BVI Park service would enforce those rules. They already have a boat - I've seen them enforce the swim area at the Baths before. I assume they can drive that boat and enforce some rules with their current personnel. Second idea would be for the NPT to contract out the mooring balls, maintenance, and enforcement to a private party and simply take a percentage of the revenue. That would probably be a better solution but I doubt it would fly in the BVI.

Despite finding a solution to the problem not really being my problem I've suggested some strawman ideas to make it better. You are welcome to put forth other constructive ideas which IMHO would be better input than "that would never work".

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730414 - 04/19/17 09:48 AM (107.72.162.121)

To enforce the rules fairly they would need to time every boat that took a mooring.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: sail445]
      #1730420 - 04/19/17 10:46 AM (198.206.244.4)

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sail445 said:
To enforce the rules fairly they would need to time every boat that took a mooring.




I'm not going to pretend to have the solutions and even if I did I doubt it would matter. However - I don't see why the rules have to be applied fairly. If I'm pulled over for speeding I have to face the consequences. Telling the officer that other people were speeding as well has no bearing. The enforcement of the mooring balls could be completely random. Similar to speeding it's the threat that you could be caught that modifies behavior. Behavior takes a while to change - it would likely take several months before the situation gets better. And similar, failure to enforce the stated rules the situation will continue to get worse and soon the whole point of the NPT mooring balls will be lost due to bad selfish behavior that has no consequences. IMHO.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: sail445]
      #1730421 - 04/19/17 10:51 AM (131.247.65.4)

Cities all over the world have figured out reasonable, and cost-effective, ways to enforce parking laws. Seriously. How difficult can this be?

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: denverd0n]
      #1730423 - 04/19/17 11:08 AM (47.55.189.225)

Nobody cares about enforcement, or the quality of the NPT services. They care about the fee revenue. Enforcement costs would cut into that, so therefore it is a non-starter.

I personally think that there is likely some middle ground between an enforcement police state and the existing "tragedy of the commons", but there certainly doesn't seem to be any driver for the NPT to do anything about it. Maybe the major stakeholders (ie the charter co's) could muster some interest since it is the experience they are selling that is affected.

If I ran the NPT I would use a crowdsourced solution in consultation with other stakeholders like scuba operators, day sail charters, and charter operators. Start a website that does some "naming and shaming" - You could send photos with boatnames, time and date stamps, and the charter operators can see who the rule breakers are and perform whatever remedial action they deem appropriate.

Edited by Call_me_Ishmael (04/19/17 11:18 AM)


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730430 - 04/19/17 12:27 PM (65.113.105.0)

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I don't really care how they enforce their own rules. But not enforcing them doesn't appear to be working. And I'm not sure why you and Sailtowind believe that the current completely broken usage of the NPT mooring balls is surely better than some enforcement.





And I am not sure why you believe that I feel the current misuse of NPT moorings is surely better.
That is simply not true and I do feel 'some enforcement' would be worthwhile - I just asked if anyone had any workable and practical ways to do it. I did say you had a good plan and if the Park Service boat operates there at sunrise or sunset it may well have some moderate effect.

It is just one of the many reasons I rarely sail the BVI anymore - which is especially disheartening for me - I enjoyed sailing around there for many years, and worse I can even see a few of my old favorite BVI's from my front porch here on STT.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Call_me_Ishmael]
      #1730445 - 04/19/17 03:05 PM (107.72.162.121)

Actually it's not difficult to enforce the law on the moorings and it would be profitable.
All they have to do is have one person on a boat to take pictures of all the boats on a mooring which will also state the time and 90 minutes later any boat still there will be fined.
The fine would be sent directly to the charter company with the picture.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: sail445]
      #1730446 - 04/19/17 03:18 PM (98.110.184.110)

I'm not sure its that simple though. What if there are balls free? Does someone still need to leave? Maybe for 3 hours, there's been 2 balls free so people remain. I really don't see any issue with that. As soon as things fill up though, its time to go.

I think really what is needed even more so then enforcement is education. I think a LOT of people simply don't know there's a time limit.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: maytrix]
      #1730461 - 04/19/17 05:23 PM (207.172.218.44)

The simplest way to deal with parking beyond the limits is a combination of electronically controlled "mooring" tie-ups and radio signals when there is an overtime violation. The charter boat companies must want to see this problem solved even if the government does not dare to care. You will not need a fleet of mooring cops, and the fines will roll in from those who don't "know" the rules

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: JudyG]
      #1730464 - 04/19/17 05:53 PM (73.140.238.245)

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The simplest way to deal with parking beyond the limits is a combination of electronically controlled "mooring" tie-ups and radio signals when there is an overtime violation. The charter boat companies must want to see this problem solved even if the government does not dare to care. You will not need a fleet of mooring cops, and the fines will roll in from those who don't "know" the rules




I think we have different definitions of what constitutes "simple" :-)

I can't imagine what it would take to keep that kind of system maintained and functional in that environment.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: MrEZgoin]
      #1730465 - 04/19/17 06:06 PM (70.177.21.121)

Monitoring does not need to be continuous. A few random passes a month at 9PM to take boat names and sent the charter company a bill for a $500 fine and the word would get around pretty quickly. The fear of enforcement is often more effective than enforcement itself.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: GlennA]
      #1730466 - 04/19/17 06:31 PM (138.20.184.1)

100% agree with that

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: GlennA]
      #1730470 - 04/19/17 07:00 PM (70.169.125.212)

Pay the person a decent percentage of the fine and they will have plenty of people willing to help enforce it.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: captmoby]
      #1730511 - 04/20/17 08:21 AM (108.3.171.4)

I suppose that a simple solution would be to just hike the permit fee and install more moorings until a saturation point is achieved.

Alternatively, Orca Green Marine is working on a new solar powered charging station mooring ball that could probably be modified to provide a potential monitoring/electronic fee collection solution. Saw a prototype of the ball at the Annapolis Boatshow last fall. Their plan is to market it to municipalities.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: agrimsrud]
      #1730519 - 04/20/17 09:05 AM (132.250.22.14)

Here's another solution; motor until you're out of the park area (they're generally small) then anchor and dink back in. Or, simply move on. There are plenty of attractions to see - no need to get all bent up, especially when on vacation down there
Note: I was just there last week (Voyage 600 Jus' Chillin). Our times overlapped at least a little. I never had a problem getting a ball anywhere (Baths, Indians, White Bay, The Bight, Saba/BEYC, etc.).

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Dirichlet]
      #1730541 - 04/20/17 11:46 AM (12.130.106.101)

Not trying to ruffle feathers but the Voyage 60 is to big for the NPT Moorings other then the yellow balls with heavier ground tackle.

MOORINGS + ANCHORAGES
In order for sailors to enjoy the many beautiful sites both above and below the water, The BVI National Parks Trust has installed more than 200 mooring buoys (surface buoys attached to stainless steel pins set in bedrock) for daytime use only at many BVI dive sites. The system has been operating since 1991, and is aimed at protecting the fragile, underwater marine ecology from physical damage, particularly by boat anchors, and maintaining the pristine reefs for the future.
There is a 90-minute time limit on all moorings, and use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vessels over 55 feet in length or over 35 tons may use 18-inch diameter yellow buoys only.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1730547 - 04/20/17 12:38 PM (132.250.22.14)

Quote:

GeorgeC1 said:
Not trying to ruffle feathers but the Voyage 60 is too big for the NPT Moorings other than the yellow balls with heavier ground tackle.

MOORINGS + ANCHORAGES
In order for sailors to enjoy the many beautiful sites both above and below the water, The BVI National Parks Trust has installed more than 200 mooring buoys (surface buoys attached to stainless steel pins set in bedrock) for daytime use only at many BVI dive sites. The system has been operating since 1991, and is aimed at protecting the fragile, underwater marine ecology from physical damage, particularly by boat anchors, and maintaining the pristine reefs for the future.
There is a 90-minute time limit on all moorings, and use is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Vessels over 55 feet in length or over 35 tons may use 18-inch diameter yellow buoys only.



I wondered how long it would take before someone posted along those lines (i.e. picayune butthurt).

Note that the V600 weighs less than 20 tons; 4000lb less than a Moorings 514PC, and 30000lb less than the limit. Also, more than 5' of the OAL is the friggin' hollow back deck on the sugar scoops. I was/am well aware of the length/displacement rule. And, knowing that my boat posed no greater threat to the ground tackle than most smaller yachts in charter, especially given the complete lack of any breeze, I chose to ignore it. I also will in the future should I again take out the V600. Sorry, not sorry.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: maytrix]
      #1730552 - 04/20/17 02:34 PM (107.72.162.121)

It's actually very simple. Take a picture with the time date stamp on it and text it to the Charter company and the NPS with the amount due
No paper, stamps or or mailings.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: Dirichlet]
      #1730555 - 04/20/17 02:43 PM (64.134.169.144)

I personally think even the 48 to 50 foot cats are two big for the poorly maintained 3/4" polypropylene line moorings. I don't use them if the wind is over 15 knots unless some capable of driving the boat remains onboard. The Voyage listed weights are a base boat. My voyage cat charter ready was 20% heavier then the quoted number when it was hauled. The Moorings boats are quoted commissioned and charter ready.
The size limit however is for spacing on the balls. There are several area's like the dogs and Monkey point where the 60 simply dominates the moorings. I suppose everyone can decide which rules they feel are applicable and which are not. The nice thing about the 60 is that you can anchor out and use the large dinghy to hit these places quickly and easily.


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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1730598 - 04/21/17 08:55 AM (199.168.151.165)

The reality unless the industry or the environmentalists complain in a meaningful way to the powers that be. Nothing will change here. The industry(s) would rather see you paying somewhere at a bar or dive shop. I doubt the environmentalist have any real stroke. A big part of the time limits was to reduce the environmental impact and dumping on the sensitive sites. Again I bet most here will like any attempt at enforcement even less than the freedom and liberty granted today. How would any reasonable Due Process be facilitated to the visitor with a $500 ticket assigned to him or his boat boat name. In most cases the BVI authorities do not write tickets. They simply arrest the captain, crew, and impound the boat they think broke the law.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: StormJib]
      #1730660 - 04/21/17 02:43 PM (68.194.104.111)

hmmmm, be careful what you ask for. Large fines used to pay the enforcement... yea that's never gone bad anywhere.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: stephenr]
      #1730681 - 04/21/17 05:24 PM (173.225.249.248)

Yup - left Norman at 7am, motored straight to the Indians and found just one ball available. Then a big cat came in and tried to drop an anchor right next time us.

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Re: NPT Mooring Irritation [Re: CottageGirl]
      #1730687 - 04/21/17 05:44 PM (71.211.223.127)

We found the best time to dive the Indians is after 3 pm, seems like the mooring spots clear around 3

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