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Caribbean News October 2009

St. Thomas welcomes major drydock

Subbase Drydock, Inc. on St. Thomas, USVI, has a new drydock designed by Sterling Marine of Florida; engineering and capacities were calculated by Hager Drydock of Massachusetts. The physical dimensions are 125 feet long with two aprons, 12 feet long each, making the dock able to haul vessels 150 feet long. The drydock can lift approximately 1100 long tons, but a vessel on the drydock with a safety factor would be around 750 long tons. For more information, contact Gene Kral, Sr., Tel: (340) 776-2078 ext. 1, or Fax: (340) 779-8426.

New Internet site for cruising the DR

Marina ZarPar in Boca Chica has funded an internet site for the Cruising Guide to the Dominican Republic written by Frank Virgintino, which will soon be interactive, allowing users to post pictures and blogs:

Resort lots with boat slips still selling in any economy

Recession? What recession? On quiet Staniel Cay in the Exumas 75 miles south of Nassau, a dock-front cottage is going up while on the neighboring lot, land is being cleared. Prices of five remaining lots at Ocean Ridge range from $1.75 million to $2 million. Included in the purchase price of s lot is a dock slip at the private marina.

“Despite the downturn in the economy, I’m happy to report that we’re still attracting qualified prospective buyers,” said Jim Ellis, President of Florida-based Ellis Diversified, Inc.

Hunter sailors wanted

Puerto Rico’s Capt Tony Miro, with the support of Capt Jim Veiga from Atlas Yacht Sales & Charters, has just started to encourage Hunter Marine sailboat owners and fans from throughout the Caribbean to join, and sail more often while making new friends and discovering new anchorages. “We are planning our first long distance cruise/flotilla from Fajardo to Salinas, then Ponce in southern Puerto Rico as part of the 2009 Discover the Caribbean Series,” said Miro. The cruise begins on November 7, 2009. Email via a link on or join in Facebook.

Megayacht Marina makes movie magic

Twice recently, the new Yacht Club Palmas Del Mar was used as a backdrop for film crews capturing Puerto Rico. The club hosted and staged a Lifetime Network production titled, “One Hot Summer,” planned to air in the fall. The second was a series, “Angels and Diamonds,” described as an Italian version of “Charlie’s Angels.” “I would say that the “Angels and Diamonds” production attracted the most amount of attention from the Palmas Del Mar community,” said Tim Keogh, the club’s general manager.

New web site for Antigua Barbuda Marine Association

The ABMA announced in August that their website has now been upgraded; Immigration Forms 1 and 2 can be completed on screen at and printed off for presentation to Immigration upon arrival. The new development will save time and stress for visiting yachts and their crew/passengers. John Duffy, President of the ABMA, said “The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, together with the Immigration Service, have been steadily improving the entry and exit procedures for visiting yachts, and this latest development brings us closer to the day when everything will be available on line. Yachts without access to online facilities will still be able to complete the forms at the island’s Immigration Offices, who will now have more time to deal with arriving yachtsmen due to this improved facility.”

Nanny Cay expands chandlery by almost 60%

Nanny Cay, the largest full-service marina and boatyard in the British Virgin Islands, is expanding its chandlery operation. The 1800 square foot shop is going to be enlarged to 2800 square feet. The expansion will enable Nanny Cay to stock and display more products including inflatable dinghies and outboard engines; Nanny Cay is the BVI dealer for AB Inflatables and Tohatsu outboards.

Cuban commodore appointed to marina group 

José Miguel Díaz Escrich, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba since 1992, was recently appointed President of the Business Group Marinas y Náuticas MARLIN S.A., better known as Marlin Marinas Business Group, the biggest marina company in Cuba. The company owns entry ports Marina Santiago de Cuba, Marina Cienfuegos and Marina Cayo Largo, and no-entry port Marina Trinidad, all on the south coast of Cuba. On the north coast, the group also owns entry ports Marina Hemingway, Marina Dársena Varadero and Marina Cayo Guillermo and no-entry port Marina Tarará. Marina Hemingway and Marina Tarara are located in Havana city. Escrich will continue working as Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba as well.

New St. Maarten marina scheduled to open next month

Developers will celebrate the completion of the new Porto Cupecoy marina on the west end of Simpson Bay Lagoon in November 2009, they announced in August. The marina will accommodate yachts from 30 to 300 feet in length in 54 slips, 11 of which can accommodate mega yachts. Pleasure craft slips are priced from USD $100,000 to $160,000, with mega yacht slip pricing available upon request. The 181-residence village will feature restaurants designer boutiques, an onsite grocery store, pharmacy, and banking services as well as a pool, fitness center and tennis courts. Model homes are available for preview and are listed from US $450,000 to $2.5 million.

Trumpy/Classic Yacht Partners to build two yachts

On August 5, 2009 a contract was signed between Alex Suarez, Managing Partner of Classic Yacht Partners, and Trumpy®Yachts, LLC, to build two new dramatic Trumpy Yachts, inspired by John Trumpy’s classic pre-war designs, to be sold through fractional ownership. The group will offer each partner 25 days per year (plus five conditional bonus days) at a cost of approximately $1 million. Retro designs will showcase Trumpy’s history during the golden era of the 1920s and 30s, according to designer/developer Jim Ewing. For more information on Classic Yacht Partners, contact Jock West, (401) 640-3416 or; for Trumpy Yachts, visit

Save the Date

November 7: Feeder Race Fajardo to Salinas. This year the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Discover the Caribbean Series with increased activities and events starting in early November. For details:

June 13 to 18, 2010:  27th Annual Treasure Cay Billfish Tournament (TCBT) will be held June 13-18, 2010, Abaco, Bahamas. The tournament’s trophy this year went to 13-year old Chris Galati of Florida, who released two blue marlin in one day, the largest weighing nearly 500 lbs. Share
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