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Backup spots for JVD #43487
03/04/2015 04:09 PM
03/04/2015 04:09 PM
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Florida
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I was just reading another thread saying that Great Harbor was filled last week by 1:30 and Little Harbor was filled by 3. What is your preference for mooring at JVD - Great, Little then Diamond? Do they ever all get full and if so what is your backup plan? Do you just anchor or maybe head over to CGB?

This is the only spot I am worried about right now because we will be coming from Anegada so will not be getting to JVD very early.

Thanks!

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Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: Momx3] #43488
03/04/2015 04:17 PM
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I've never seen little harbor anything close to full. For us after coming from Anegada or the North Sound it's check out Diamond Cay...if there's a ball take it; if not try Great Harbor and if that's full little Harbor never fails. We usually spend 2 or 3 nights at Jost so we'd be moving around anyhow. Great Harbor can open up a bit too after lunch.


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Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: Kirk] #43489
03/04/2015 04:48 PM
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When Great Harbor moorings are full we anchor for free in 30'-40' of water. Better neighbors and less noise.

Coming from Anegada I'd shoot for Diamond Cay if it has room. Its a delightful overnight spot with lots of critters. Like Kirk, we love spending time around Jost and hit all three anchorages in January. If you want to do a day on White Bay you can pop over from Diamond Cay in the morning.

Cheers, RickG


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Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: RickG] #43490
03/04/2015 06:03 PM
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Another great reason to have the ability and knowledge to anchor. At Great Harbor we anchor in the SE corner in about 15'.

Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: Momx3] #43491
03/04/2015 07:26 PM
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I would normally agree with others on Little Harbor, and even Diamond Cay many times, but it appears to be much more seasonal now. All balls in Little Harbor and Diamond Cay were taken at 2:30 on Feb 9th when we had planned on lobster in Little Harbor. Many boats were also anchored in the usually available spots off Little Jost. Very limited space, several boats "practicing" deep water anchor set, and several leaving in "chase mode" to ??.
We do two weeks in January (Feb this year) and June. June is much more relaxing, and the winds have been fine the last two years. I really enjoy the January winds and the opportunity to sail when actually needing the 2nd reef (40 Cat), but the crowds and the "ball pressure" make it much less enjoyable. My advice in high season would be to start and end the day with a weather report, note projected wind shifts, and have a solid anchoring backup plan unless weather, skills, and sleeping concerns about things-that-go-bump-in-the-night dictate otherwise.

Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: P323] #43492
03/04/2015 08:07 PM
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Thanks for the ideas. I'm not the captain (or even close to it) so I know nothing about anchoring, our captain does but it's not his first choice. We will try to get there early and hope for good luck!

Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: Momx3] #43493
03/04/2015 09:08 PM
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If you are out of Anegada by 8-9 a.m., you should get there in plenty of time on a cat. And it is VERY true that the mooring balls will sometimes open up after noon in Great Harbor.


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Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: Winterstale] #43494
03/05/2015 04:47 AM
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Not this week. Great and little locked out of balls by 2ish

Re: Backup spots for JVD [Re: hallucination] #43495
03/05/2015 10:09 AM
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