I've already reserved a spot in the BVI for hurricane season, I'm planning on heading south and then coming up to the BVI at the end of the cruising season.
Is your insurance covering that or should I say named storms. Most insurance want you below Grenada or above Georgia. We have a friend who stayed in the BVIs last year and when a hurricane came through the were in a land shelter and fortunately their boat was not damaged.
just our thoughts and opinions chuck patty and svsoulmates
Tafika II - are you sure about your timing in the Caribbean? October is just past the height of hurricane season, but often there's a late season storm coming from the wrong direction and there are no hurricane holes for you to enter if you are stuck between Florida and the windward islands. You would need to a keep a very close eye on the weather and be prepared to motor/sail several days to get out of the way of a big storm - providing you have time. The big one that hit here (St. Martin) last year gave less than one day warning and the island is still strewn with broken boats.
chuckr - I've been keeping this and my previous boats at Nanny Cay on the hard for years. My insurance is Pantaenius and they only cover you for named storms if your boat is in a 1-piece welded frame, which I don't have. The BVIs only got strafed last year (by the same hurricane that devastated boats in the St. Martin lagoon), two years before that I believe it was "Omar" that had just turned from a I to a II as it went over Nanny Cay and no boats suffered damage.
The boat is being shipped to FL in late October & I'll be there for a few weeks waiting out the insurance "window". I had a home in the Leeward Islands for 20 years so I am very familiar with late season storms. I assure you no travel unless I have a clear window. Probably won't get to the Windwards until December or January .
Late October/early November is a different beast from the beginning of October - although the "Christmas Winds" have set in early and with a vengeance in the past 2 years, which makes that uphill slog towards the easternmost islands challenging.