1. Where will you keep your yacht?
Cayman Islands Yacht Club
This may seem like a fairly basic question, but there are some things to consider. If your yacht is less than 100 feet in length, then you can keep it at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club
. They have long stretches of dock space available for short term rentals. Many yachts visit and stay in this marina throughout the year. The reason why your yacht needs to be less than 100 feet to stay here is because if it over 100 feet, then it won’t be able to access the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Yachts have to go through a man-made gap in the barrier reef, and then through some canals in order to reach the Cayman Islands Yacht Club. Vessels over 100-feet typically have issues navigating these conditions.
Also, one thing to consider when staying at the Cayman Islands Yacht Club is that if there is windy weather, then your ability to leave will be compromised. If it becomes windy for a few days, then the gap in the barrier reef becomes too rough for yachts to navigate through. If you stay here, then make sure you leave space in your schedule in case it is temporarily too windy to leave. For yachts that are over 100 feet in length, the better option is to moor/anchor off of George Town in the open sea.
The conditions off of George Town, which is on the South-West side of Grand Cayman, are calm about 95% of the time, since the prevailing wind direction comes from the North-East. If it became rough due to a sudden change in wind direction, you could move your yacht to the south-side of Grand Cayman, but this is unlikely to happen, and even if it did, it would only last for 1-2 days. Your Captain can contact the Cayman Islands Port Authority
to find out how you can get permission to moor/anchor your yacht off of George Town.
If you decide to keep your yacht off of George Town, then you also need to be careful that you don’t damage any coral on the sea-floor if you drop anchor. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was fined by the Cayman Islands government for destroying coral when his 300-foot mega yacht dropped anchor off of George Town in 2016