I currently own a charter
boat in Tortola and have often asked myself what I would need to do to have it ready to sail back to the US or Bahamas when it comes out of contract
should I choose to do that. My answer is probalby not much. While these boats do get used hard, they have to be constantly maintained to be ready for charter
. Of course, what issues, and equipment will vary depending on the charter company and boat.
In my situation, the dinghy
is not a part fo the boat inventory, so I'd need a new dingy if I'm stopping to enjoy the islands. I'd need jacklines
, but that's easy to bring and install. I'm not sure if the liferaft
stays with the boat or not. You may or not see a need for that. I'd personally be happy with the autopilot
on board, runnning the engine
a few times per day to top off the batteries, especially if I had more than just one other person with me. (I frequently use less than 1/3 tank fuel
in two weeks) I'd want to load the proper charts
into the chart plotter and have a spare gps
and appropriate maps. Other than that, I'd be happy to take off.
I feel that going with the prevailing wind
, currents and following the islands back up, creates less pressure than passagemaking would and would make for a great trip with many possible stops to choose from.
That's my thought for my boat as it is now, but again, circumstances can change and you need to carefully look at the boat you end up with and your priorites.