Originally Posted by gwkiwi
Make sure you buy a vessel with enough fuel range that will give you the ability to adjust to the sometime nasty weather that can kick up down there without much notice.
There are a few stories posted on the web by boaters who got caught in weather makes for informative reading.
Took a charter scuba diving trip down to DT about 25 yrs ago, hurricane Floyd (think that was it's name) decided to make a u-turn and head straight for DT (we were in-route). Captain tried to turn around but after a couple of hours we weren't making any progress due to the seas so he decided to continue on to DT. After getting there the rangers at the fort let all the pleasure boat folks spend the next 2 nights in the barracks. During the day we helped pick up the coconuts/limbs and clean up the place.
We traded some lobstermen that were there beer for lobsters as we didn't get to do any diving that trip (I did but it was just because I wasn't going on a dive trip and not dive, not much visibility though). Charter folks said it was the only trip they'd taken where they ran out of alcohol during the trip (gee, not much else to do but drink and play cards). The charter folks did comp us on our alcohol tabs though, that was nice of them.
Dept. of the Interior sent us nice letters thanking us for cleaning up the fort after the storm, like a fool I threw it away. I should have framed it.
The storm was just barely a cat 1 hurricane, don't think it ever got above 80 mph winds. The eye was very, very close to the fort IIRC though.
Interesting non-diving dive trip though.