By dthompson ~ August 16th, 2012. Filed under: Current Issue.
The Marina at Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
Located on the scenic
By Laura Dunn
West Coast, this vibrant location
is ideal for short, long stays
While most marinas must prepare for hurricanes, tropical storms, and other weather hazards, The Marina at Marigot Bay in St. Lucia, West Indies, does not.
Bob Hathaway, marina manager for six years, says not even “Christmas winds” affect them at Marigot Bay. “The level of wind shelter is extraordinary regardless of wind direction,” Hathaway says. “It is a natural harbor that has never been dredged. In fact, Marigot Bay dredges itself. The main entrance channel and berth approach has never been dredged. And it maintains its depth even clearing away silt after heavy rainfall.”
The reefs on either side of the marina’s entrance—as well as the sand spit that protects the inner lagoon—protect it from swells and surges. “While other southern Caribbean marinas may have to clear out large boats if there is a storm warning, we do not,” Hathaway says.
The Marina at Marigot Bay has deeper water than most other Caribbean marinas, allowing for 15 feet of maximum draft. The marina also can accommodate dockage for vessels up to 250 feet with a maximum beam allowance of 44 feet. There are also finger piers at the eastern end of the marina.
Marigot is said to be the original yachting base in Saint Lucia. Captain Walter Boudreau brought his 140-foot Canadian schooner to Marigot in the late 1950s, which is when the industry started, according to Hathaway.
The marina is located only yards away from the Discover Hotel, which has its own dedicated entrance to the Hurricane Hole Bar, pools, spa, gym, and the Boudreau Restaurant, named after the Canadian schooner captain. Marina guests have access to these facilities. The marina has its own dedicated Marina Village with a variety of shopping options, including a supermarket, bank and crew café.
“Marigot Bay has all the facilities that any yacht can need. The setting, especially as viewed from the yacht, is completely unspoiled and is more reminiscent of a Pacific Island than the Caribbean,” says Hathaway.
* Complementary WiFi and high-speed Internet connection
* High-speed fueling: diesel and gasoline
* Garbage disposal
* Liquor and food provisioning supermarket in The Marina Village
* Floral arrangements
* High-end boutiques for shopping in The Marina Village
* Bank and ATM
* Business Centre: FedEx, car rental, travel agency
* Chandlery Shop
* CCTV surveillance and 24-hour security
* Airport transfers (Vigie – 25 minutes away; Hewanorra International, 1 hour away)
Shore Power: Berths are supplied with single and three phase electricity:
* 380V 3 Phase (50Hz) (100, 125 or 200 amps per outlet)
* 220V / 110V Single Phase electricity (50/60 Hz) (30, 50 or 100 amps per outlet)
Marina Spotlight: Marigot Bay
P.O. Box MG7230
Castries, Saint Lucia, WI
The Marina at Marigot Bay photos