We’ve had a busy 2018 here at Penn’s Landing Marina. Following the devastation caused by Irma, we have been steadily rebuilding and improving our marina facilities and services and have made significant progress since the storm wracked the British Virgin Islands.
At the start of the year, we were happy to announce that our marina facilities, our 12 monohull slips on the dock, and 13 mooring buoys were back up and running and open to visiting yacht owners, but we still had some way to go before we returned to business as usual. However, over the last 12 months, we have made significant strides and are pleased to announce a number of improvements since our last update.
More Moorings and Goodbye Wanderlust…
Earlier this month, the iconic Wanderlust, a 65 ft trimaran once used by Sir Paul McCartney, was removed from the sandy bottom of the East End Bay, where it has nestled since Irma. This major task (keep an eye out for our next blog for more details!) was completed with the generous help of Commercial Dive Services (CDS) and following the famous yacht’s removal, she was towed to her final resting place, a secret location where she would form an artificial reef. Wanderlust’s removal freed up several new mooring buoys at Penn’s Landing Marina, allowing us to accommodate more guests in our tranquil bay.
Our 17 mooring balls, all of which have been surveyed and certified, are situated to the east of the approach channel into East End Bay and are professionally maintained by MoorSeacure. Fat Hog’s Bay is one of the best mooring locations on Tortola. It is a naturally sheltered harbor, protected by hills in the north, Chapel Hill in the east and the Fort Hodge Headland and Buck Island to the west. To the south-east and south lie Ella Reef and the Red Rock formation. These geographical features provide shelter from ground swells and allow natural ventilation from prevailing trade winds, making it a perfect location for moorings.
Long-term in-water storage in season…
At Penn’s Landing Marina, we regularly welcome yacht owners sailing around the BVI who simply want to spend a night or two in the peaceful waters of Fat Hog’s Bay and maybe stop for a drink and delicious bite to eat at the Red Rock Restaurant & Bar. However, we also have facilities for long-term in-water storage.
Our expert team will take care of your vessel while you are away and can undertake maintenance work to ensure it is ready to sail when you next visit the BVI. We are lucky that our talented team has remained unchanged since Irma, allowing us to continue offering a range of repair and maintenance services, all completed to our usual high standards and of course with first-rate customer service!
It’s been a busy 16 months since Irma, but we continue to make improvements to the marina, the facilities and the services we offer our visitors. Keep an eye on our blog in the coming months for more details. We hope to see you soon!