article explaing the Bays of Peter IslandLittle Harbor, Peter Island

Little Harbor is the most spectacular of the bays of Peter Island to anchor in and has everything you expect on a tropical island, the water in the harbor is very calm which makes it a perfect place to spend a day.

Most boats anchor in here with a stern line attached to a rock on the shore, this allows for many more boats to fit in the bay. This anchoring method provides much amusement for many at cocktail hour as one watches someone do it for the first time, the easiest way is to be prepared and swim the line ashore rather than trying to dingy it ashore.

Have a stern line ready before you anchor and your stern line should be at least 100 to 150 feet long, tie one end to a cleat at the stern of your yacht then loosely lay out the line starting at the cleated end and ending with the free end on the top of the pile. For a full explanation see the anchoring page in our bareboat section. It has this detailed to make you look like a pro.
The eastern side of the bay is always the calmest, however if your vessel does not have air-conditioning it tends to be hot. The western side of the bay has more breeze.

Preparing To Anchor

Once you are ready to anchor in the bay, pick which rock you intend to tie your stern to. Come around so your stern is facing the rock about 500 feet out. Start backing up then about 200 to 300 feet from shore start to drop your anchor and Back slowly. If your windlass has a power down mode then back slowly and pay out chain, when your stern is 50 to 100 feet from shore you should be nice and shallow then you can slip into neutral and let the slow momentum of the boat set the anchor.

As the boat then stops, and the weight of the chain starts to pull you forward again. Immediately slip back into reverse and send your swimmer in now with the line. Once the line is tied to shore shorten the line on the rear cleat until it’s tight. If when you are ready to first start backing up you feel a breeze from abeam. Then back to a point upwind of your chosen rock, this will buy you some time while your swimmer goes ashore.

Immediately upon stopping against your anchor the cross wind will start you moving sideways. If you’re not prepared in advance the swimmer may not be able to get the line ashore before your sideways movement make your stern line too short to reach. If this happens simply pull your line back in pulling your swimmer with it then motor forward slowly to re position yourself for another try. You should not need to pull your anchor to do this so on the second try things are more simple.

The Western Shore

The western shore of the bay usually does not have the cross wind problem as the wind on this side of the bay will usually be on the nose when backing. So when you stop and your volunteer swims ashore the wind actually helps you. This is a popular bay for doing dingy pulled water sports as its nearly always calm but be aware of snorkelers though.

The snorkeling on the eastern point is good and we often check out dives here or resort scuba courses because it’s so calm. If you have a boat thats less than 60 feet and draws no more than 5 feet, it is possible to tie to either side if the jetty. There are no moorings in this bay.

The Chubb House On Peter Island

article explaining the bays of Peter islandThe Chubb House, Bays of Peter Island

On the eastern shore you will see what’s left of an old boat house. It looks like a small castle. Behind the boat house is a trail that leads up to the ruins of an old great house. This was the residence of the man who started Chubb insurance.

About 30 years ago he died and none of his heirs could decide what to do with the place. Consequently it decayed away.

It’s an interesting place to explore as there are large kitchens. secants quarters. generator plants. tool sheds and much more to see. When wandering around here it’s not uncommon to see the odd snake. We only have 1 type of snake here and its a miniature Boa (Unless you’re the size of a mouse, it cannot harm you). There are always hundreds of large land hermit crabs for the kids to play with.

There is an overgrown road down to the jetty and on the way down you will pass water cisterns. Just behind the jetty are more buildings and further back there are generators. To the west are more helper quarters and water cisterns. This whole area down here was farmed at one time.

Cay Cay

An ok anchorage can be had to the northern side of this headland. There is much coral around so only anchor here if the sun is high and bright.

The Bays of Peter Island/White Bay

This area is large and easy to anchor in. It is a popular anchorage during christmas winds. Anchor anywhere off the beach, there is much eel grass so try and find a sandy patch of which there are many in this bay.

The wind here tends to bullet down the hills and has strong gusts that have yachts facing every which way. Because of the eel grass and the wind gusts. Make sure you use plenty of chain especially during the Christmas winds. You can dingy to the beach but the chairs etc are property of the peter island resort.

There is a running/walking track from here over to the resort and snorkeling the rocks at each end of the beach is good. There are no overnight moorings in this bay.