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Salt pond bay moorings #299322
04/08/2023 11:17 AM
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Hey fellow sailors. Just a heads up, there are currently only 3 NPS moorings in the bay. They look freshly maintained though which is nice. I’m wondering 3 is the new standard or they are just in the process of maintaining them all.

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Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299352
04/09/2023 08:07 AM
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From seaward, the inner left mooring had its 3 sand screws yanked out sometime in December/early January. The inner and outer moorings to the right were yanked out in early March. Alistair the bay host expects them to be replaced at some point.

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299367
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How were they “yanked out”?

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299379
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Alistair believes it's been the continued pressure on the moorings from large 58-60' cats with lots of windage. He's also seen 62' crewed charter motoryachts on the moorings. One of the moorings had 2 of 3 sand screws fully pulled out with the 3rd screw partially pulled out.

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299424
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I had the pleasure of meeting Allistar the other evening. Yes, he confirmed they were damaged. Boats are getting too big.

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299467
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Originally Posted by cyclingdoc
I had the pleasure of meeting Allistar the other evening. Yes, he confirmed they were damaged. Boats are getting too big.


The boats are absolutely getting too big. This has become an issue everywhere USVI and BVI. Moorings fields were not set for large boats. We have seen moorings fail a few days after big crewed cats were on them in White Bay Guana and White Bay JVD as well. And they know better (but flat out don’t care).

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299714
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Would you toss out an anchor while on a questionable ball, just in case?

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299734
04/14/2023 01:24 PM
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That location is in the Coral Reef National Monument. No anchoring allowed.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #299750
04/14/2023 05:09 PM
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You never want to drop an anchor while on a mooring. You can’t set it properly and there is a good chance it will foul the mooring.

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #301118
05/11/2023 08:51 PM
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Hi, is there any update for this thread?
thanks


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Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #309434
11/27/2023 07:16 AM
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Still only 3 moorings in Salt Pond.

Bob

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: rcevans100] #312587
01/27/2024 11:35 AM
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Salt Pond Bay is now down to only 2 moorings. Sometime in the past 9 days the 3rd mooring disappeared.

Re: Salt pond bay moorings [Re: cyclingdoc] #312612
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That is sad news. I wonder if they will ever replace the missing balls.


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