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Christophe Harbour doubles its fuel speed with underground tank

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By Lucy Chabot Reed

The Marina at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts has recently switched its in-slip fueling from trucks to an underground tank, which doubles the speed at which yachts can fuel at the marina.

The conversion occurred in April, and high-pressure fuel can now be pumped at least 125 gallons a minute, versus about half that with trucks.

Christophe Harbour now boasts the second largest in-marina fuel tank (48,000 gallons) in the Caribbean after St. Thomas’ 50,000-gallon tank, according to Capt. Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting for The Marina at Christophe Harbour. It serves ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

“Now we have the fastest fuel, the biggest tank and the cheapest fuel in the Caribbean,” Hollins said. “And it’s SOL fuel. As a captain, you know the difference between Sol and any other supplier, quality-wise. And we have no bridge restrictions, so you can arrive at 3 in the morning, if you dare.”

There is also a dedicated fuel slip so yachts can touch and go, said Dockmaster Linda Pearson.

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Sixteen month after welcoming its first boat, The Marina at Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts continues to add amenities. Dockmaster Linda Pearson and Capt. Aeneas Hollins, director of yachting, walked the Newport Charter Yacht Show this week to let captains know about the faster fuel availability. PHOTO/LUCY REED

The marina has 24 berths for yachts up to 280 feet (85m). Slips also include water, power (three-phase, 480-volt), wastewater pump-out and wi-fi.

This season, 70 yachts over 100 feet visited the marina, which is still developing its upland amenities. It began accepting yachts 16 months ago.

Plans are to open an on-site, 10,000-square-foot customs office sometime next year, but likely not in time for next season, Hollins said, though customs is expected to be on site next fall in a temporary facility.

Off the beaten track and still relatively unknown, St. Kitts “makes a nice diversion” for the Antigua-St. Barts trip,” Hollins said.

“You can do a great seven-day charter out of Antigua or St. Kitts and incorporate St. Barts,” he said. “It’s great day sailing. That Antigua-to-St.-Barts leg kills everybody, guests, crew, everybody. Now there’s a way out of it.”

 

Lucy Chabot Reed is publisher of Triton Today. Comments are welcome at lucy@the-triton.com.

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