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Broken dreams in the Turks and Caicos

I only spent a few days on the main island of Provo. One of the islands in the Turks and Caicos chain. We were stuck there sitting out a blow which was forecast to last for 3 days. I was helping friends dave and Cal sail their moody 44 up to the island of Exuma in the Bahamas.

The ruined prop and shaft from the wrecked power boat.
The mangled remains of one of the props and shafts> The shaft had been sheered completely off.

The north side of Provo is where all the tourists are and i for one was more than happy to be on the south side of the isl;and in South side marina. The south side of the island is a place of broken dreams.

A sunken boat in sapadilla bay provo
I have no idea what happened to this boat. I had a swim around it and it certainly is a broken dream.

There are parcels of land for sale everywhere. One potential development consisted of 8 lovely plots of land on a headland. With great views over the crystal clear shallow waters that surround the Turks and Caicos. The plots started 1 million dollars now however they were already down to 400 thousand and with only 3 sold i imagine the price was only going lower for the remaining plots of land.

a 60 foot ketch that has been infested with turmites
Bob from south side has just sold his 60 foot ketch. That has been attacked by turmites. Hopefully this wont turn in to a broken dream also. ” Australian dive instructors are currently restoring her.

Then just to the west of South side marina there were canals cut in to the coral. That were shaped so that people would be able to buold their house and have their own birth for their boat right at the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately these canals had been dug over 25 years ago and that was as far as the development had got. In these canals laid a mish mash of boats i presume tying up for free. On the hard next to  a part of one of the canals lay a high 30 foot mono hull now laying on its side and a trimaran now lying upside down. Also 2 30 foot yachts were tied up near bye.

A written off power boat
This large power boat may look in perfect condition. However it is a total write off after running up on a reef at 25 kts

After speaking to a local man i found out that the 2 boats that were wrecked on the hard. Had been lifted out by a local man who was in the process of working on them. When a storm came through and pushed them off their supports and turned them over. Which made them both in to unviable projects. So had been abandoned where they lay. He also informed me that the 2 boats that were afloat near bye. Had been given to a local man by a guy who had just had enough and just handed the keys over and walked away. Then add in the large Ferretti power boat that sits in South Side marina you start to get the idea.

Broken dreams of 2 boats that were walked away from
Two broken dreams here, The boats that were walked away from and the canal that they lay in that never got developed.

Unfortunatly the whole south side of the island of Provo is covered in such broken dreams. The north side is flourishing and pulling in the tourists by the 1000. In total contrast the south side which i must add i loved is in a state of disrepair. You would never think you were on the same island. So if you have some money to invest in a slice of paradise. There is a multitude to choose from on the south side of Provo in the Turks and Caicos.

an abandoned sloop in the canals on the island of Provo
This yacht was blown over in a storm while been worked on and has since been abandoned where it lays.

A must visit….

73 Ferretti runs up on a reef at 25 kts in the Turks and Caicos

The picture below of a 73 foot Ferretti may look in perfect condition. That is what we thought when we tied up at sout side marina on the island of Provo in the Turks and Caicos archipeligo. It was only when we spoke to the owner of south side.  That we found out exactly why the ferretti power boat was tied securely to the dock in the marina.

A written off power boat
This large power boat may look in perfect condition. However it is a total write off after running up on a reef at 25 kts

Apparently it had been delivered by ship to Miami and then it was on its maiden voyage over to the virgin islands. When with only 40 hours on the engines. For some reason that i am none the wiser it ran up on a reef at 25 kts. It then took a vast amount of money to get it refloated and off of  the reef. Once off the reef it then had to be patched up in a home made dry dock. So that it would keep afloat on its own. From there it was taken to South side marina on the island of Provo.

The Turks and Caicos islands are surrounded by reefs.
The tender may look ok but on closer inspection got a battering when the boat ran aground.

This is where it still sits now. With no one we spoke to having any idea what the insurance company now intended to do with it.  You could probably by this boat for practically nothing. The problem is it would cost you a kings ransom to get it sea worthy again. Even then if you did i am not sure that any insurance company would ever want to insure it again.

The ruined prop and shaft from the wrecked power boat.
The mangled remains of one of the props and shafts> The shaft had been sheered completely off.

So if you are looking for a large power boat with one unlucky owner. Then speak to Bob at south side he may have one going cheap.