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A quick trip to Red Hook.

Red Hook…a hopping little town on the east end of the island in St. Thomas. And turns out, Red Hook is fantastic for completing boat chores!


^^Did you even notice little ole LAHO? She looks like a tinker toy next to that big boy catamaran, who btw anchored right next to us to pick up their charter for the week, not the other way around.^^

In one quick afternoon, we easily sailed around the corner of St. Thomas from Christmas Cove and into Red Hook. It literally took all of 30 minutes, if that, by the time we dropped anchor.

Red Hook was superb for filling our water tanks plus some, topping off our gas tanks, provisioning some fresh goodies at Moe’s — the very nice new (and slightly overpriced) grocery store in town, and grabbing some totally unnecessary odds and ends at the local fishing store.

Red Hook is also fantastic for ferry traffic, if you’re into that sort of thing. ;))


^^I swear there was a trifecta of ferries motoring right by our boat here in this photo, but I couldn’t fit all three in my frame.^^

With ferries blasting up and down the channel every 5 seconds, it felt a bit like Christmas Cove to us, but with these ferries running even more frequently, with longer operating hours, and super close to the anchorage. In other words, it wins for most uncomfortable night at anchor to date in the USVI. :((

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^^Boat chore number uno — filling jerry cans of water! You might be surprised to know that this task isn’t as bad as it seems. We’ve never run out of water (or even been close to running out) or have had any issues finding water to fill our cans. We usually fill our three cans (times 3ish trips when we are filling them) every week or so. And that’s with our 100-gallon water tank typically only ever dropping to about half or a third full. Not bad for not having to run a water maker/generator or use diesel on the regular!^^


^^Oliver does this thing now where he basically photo bombs me as soon as I bust out the camera and start shooting. He must think there is something fun in the water he is surely missing.^^

We actually weren’t planning on staying the night in Red Hook, but after taking our time completing our boat chores, only to then grab a beer followed by some General Tso’s at a local Chinese restaurant (our 2nd chinese food experience since leaving Naples), it made sense to stay put anchored for the night. That probably wasn’t our smartest move since the ferries in Red Hook run until midnight with plenty of other boat traffic continuing through the wee hours of the night.

It was a very rolly polly night to say the least! We booked it out of there and over to St. John first thing the next morning. We were super stoked to arrive in one of the most peaceful and secluded anchorages yet in the USVI — Fish Bay!


^^This was technically from our trip to cost-u-less not Moe’s in Red Hook, but I didn’t snap a photo in Red Hook and I thought some might like to see what hauling a huge load of groceries/provisions back to the boat looks like. PS – we were down to our last roll of paper towels in case you are wondering why we need so many. Lol.^^

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LisaJanuary 2, 2015 - 1:26 am

I am so glad to see there are tons of healthy food choices in the boat: cheez its, bud lite, and sara lee in particular.

Mitch BrownJanuary 3, 2015 - 1:28 am

Paper towels are one of the most important items on my boat. gota have em

brianJanuary 3, 2015 - 11:17 pm

yum gardettos!