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SEAMANSHIP LEVELS

The Seamanship Level is a rating system that provides guidance when selecting and considering destinations. Look for it and other helpful tips on navigation in the left sidebar of all destinations.

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A Level 1 or 2 anchorage or harbor can be handled by most captains capable of entering a harbor and tying up to a dock or mooring ball. The entrance to the harbor is straight forward with few surprises. If you are not comfortable anchoring a boat, it is easy to choose all destinations that have docks or mooring balls. Dock space is limited and expensive. Mooring balls are plentiful and require good crew coordination.

If you are comfortable setting an anchor, you will be rewarded with access to some of the most scenic places in the Virgin Islands. Anchorages with Levels 3 and 4 are more challenging and may require more experience and caution. In some cases local knowledge is advisable. The entrance may have coral heads, or be very narrow, and should be transited with care.

Some charter companies prohibit anchorage in those we have rated with a Level 4 or 5. For example, some charter companies prohibit or require prior authorization to cruise to Anegada, therefore we have designated the Settling Point anchorage as a Level 4, due to the challenges of the 12–16 mile open water crossing and approach to a reef anchorage.


 

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