Boats dragging anchor in Charlotte Amalie Harbor..US Virgin Islands
We have a new name for our charter yacht, it is called “Yacht Catcher” for reasons that will become obvious..
So there she was all pretty, painted, puffed, cleaned, and polished and had just done two charter yachts shows, one in St Thomas at Yacht Haven Grande and the other at Nanny Cay on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands..
Chad, Bazza, Felix and Chris had just done a solid month of work on her, painting, varnishing, installing new toys.
As soon as we finished the Tortola Yacht Show, Chad had a charter out on Promenade. I had gone down to the shows in the islands, but after the Fort Lauderdale show Bazza had come back home, not feeling the need to spend more time on boats at the moment. Here is a picture of Chad and I during the boat show..
After they dressed up to look like (hot) moose, Indians and Mounties, for a dock walk party they were happy to get off the docks on charter..
Chad knew after this charter he had a week or so “off” for a well deserved break, and truthfully about the only one he is going to get this winter. He was looking forward to having friends of his from Canada come down for a week or so before charter season really started. Turns out our charter guests had not read their contract very well and had thought they were getting off the boat the next Sunday instead of the Saturday.
Chad says, “no problem, I am going down to St Thomas anyways, you can just come with us down there for the extra day and we will do some playing on St thomas”
I know Chris got his weekly trip to Hooters for wings so he was happy!
Chad is sleeping and one of our guests was the first to spot another crewed charter yacht tangling with ours. It had dragged down, its chain was somehow around our props and there was no captain on board. Apparently it went all around our boat, their chain taking off antifoul on its merry way, knocking off anodes on the shafts, and putting a scratch in the starboard side and a gouge in the starboard front.
Eventually their chain and anchor had to be dropped and Chad helped the cook put it on dock at Yacht Have Grande. I know how the adrenalin pumps in those episodes! Been there done that! Especially at night.
We were woken by phone calls the next morning and pictures of the top side damage..which wasn’t too bad..
Hit #1 in the pretty boat. It happens, and at least we know with charter boats they have insurance
We were waiting for the underwater pics and footage, as if a shaft was bent we would have to haul and god help us we don’t have time to do that very well now. It took off a tiny hunk of a prop, not enough to really make us have a problem at the moment, and put a lot of scratches all over through our anti foul. We don’t think the shaft is bent, but will find out for sure today when it is driven.
Damage area # 2. The manager of the yacht had gotten hold of me before I even got hold of them, which was great…The boat owner is in China though :0) and unreachable. Oh well, it will work out and we will get some anti foul…
Chad moved where he was anchored then, why, because another crewed charter boat had anchored exactly in front of him where the first one had dragged from so he decided he would just get the hell away from everyone. He is not really looking this composed at the moment
He does, anchors out in the middle of nowhere, puts on his drag alarm etc, and drops even more chain and goes to bed. This time he takes a camera to bed with him foresight maybe?
Only to be wakened to a strange sound…going “what the hell” and looks out his hatch only to see another different crewed charter yacht tonight tangled up on his port front side.
He almost cannot believe his eyes, but the first thing he does is take a picture this time before jumping! Gets up on deck, the drag alarm on the other boat is going off and no one awake yet. Shortly though the captain was up..apparently the boat had had to miss quite a few other boats to get at the Yacht Catcher, but it did.. (Do we get salvage rights on these boats? We probably saved them from ending up ashore with our Yacht Catcher?)
Other boat said it had 200 feet of chain out in Charlotte Amalie Harbor and drug! Which makes me ask the question of all of us who anchor in Charlotte Amalie Harbor..We always anchor about the same spot, in 15 feet of water and put out a 100 feet of chain at least, cuz there is eel grass and have never drug. Always felt safe there that we wouldn’t either, our GPS always shows us holding well. Has something changed?
The first boat said they had been anchored there a week before dragging that night! It was a bit windy and swirly, but nothing major..
Anyways the next hit..at least they went for the port ama so we could keep them straight who did what!
More damage on our boats then the other ones, so we look like crap starting the season now Bazza was going down mid December anyways to do a bit of work, one more hit tonight from another charter yacht just may tip the scales so he has to go down this week..and that will make Chad happy as he can bring the custom built lights for the mast that he made for Promenade.
If you are a charter guest coming on board before it gets fixed, or if you see our walking wounded Yacht Catcher and think the captain is terrible and hits things, it is not his fault (no we won’t talk about the electrical stand at Nanny Cay that Promenade took off the dock, that too was the dock boys who misguided him!)
Chad’s pride is taking a hit….
Just another day in Boating. Anyone heard of the DRAG QUEEN app?? You may not hear your drag alarm on the cockpit, but this goes to your phone and should hear that in bed..
Just an update, because one of the yacht managers was much more clever then I and check the stats for wind and direction etc… This would have done the first nights drag definitely..
“I checked the wind and current charts. Now I could be way off base but it looks like the wind was from the north with gusts to 27 for most the night. then about two hours before we drug the winds abruptly changed to from the east with gusts of 40 – would that possilby unseated the anchor?”
Just want to provide information for others to be careful…Plus it is funny to be hit two nights in a row, I am still giggling even if Chad isn’t!