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Old 20-09-2011, 15:45   #1
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Bareboat Charter References

This year, my Dear Captain and I have sadly decided NOT to sail our own boat to the Virgin Islands. I'm going to miss being a boat bum for the winter.

As a consolation to me, he has agreed to go with another couple to BVI and charter a boat for a week in February. We are considering a catamaran just to shake things up. (Would be too big for two couples?)

Anybody have any suggestions on companies or vessels that they'd like to share.

Thanks all. Fair winds to ya.
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Old 20-09-2011, 16:30   #2
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Re: Bareboat Charter References

I wholeheartedly recommend BVI Yacht Charters, Tortola. They are a smaller company, with personalized service. A step below The Moorings, but a great value.
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Re: Bareboat Charter References

If you want to just fly into St Thomas then CYOA is a good place to get boats. They are in Frenchtown between downtown and the airport. See: CYOA Yacht Charters - Bareboat Fleet - We're the fun company
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If you want to just fly into St Thomas then CYOA is a good place to get boats. They are in Frenchtown between downtown and the airport. See: CYOA Yacht Charters - Bareboat Fleet - We're the fun company

I agree! But I also worked for CYOA before I started full time cruising.
They do make it easy to fly right into the USVI and then sail the USVI and the BVIs. They are a smaller company that takes a lot of pride in thier fleet. The Mahe 36 is great for 2 couples.

P.S. I would watch for specials for the Annapolis sailboat Show. They will post them on the website. The show is starts on the Oct 6th. (I will be there working with them!)
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@Cats Eye- I'll try to find you at the Show. Only 16 more days--Yippee!!
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You can not miss me! Big blonde handing out Cruzan Rum! I get to Annapolis thursday! We start set up on the 3rd. Weeeeee! So much fun!
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You can not miss me! Big blonde handing out Cruzan Rum! I get to Annapolis thursday! We start set up on the 3rd. Weeeeee! So much fun!
Please try to remember to hand it out and not drink it all!!!
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Please try to remember to hand it out and not drink it all!!!

But you know me tooo well!! It is hard to let people drink alone!!


P.S say hello to your better half for me. I know you miss me!! xo
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We are considering a catamaran just to shake things up. (Would be too big for two couples?)
Definetely not too big. My wife and I were on a Moorings 4600 (46' Cat) for a day by ourselves. We were able to handle it just fine.

We've also spent a week on a Sunsail 384 and that was also great. Did the same with another couple and found it was perfect. We each had our own hull which was a bonus as well. Shore power A/C didn't hurt either

I could recommend Moorings or Sunsail having used them both and having our boat currently in Sunsail. I'd suggest that you try to get time through an owner though as that will give you the best discount. Yacht Charters | Discount sailboat charters | Charter yacht ownership | Sailonline.com is the place to look.
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I could recommend Moorings or Sunsail having used them both and having our boat currently in Sunsail. I'd suggest that you try to get time through an owner though as that will give you the best discount. Yacht Charters | Discount sailboat charters | Charter yacht ownership | Sailonline.com is the place to look.
Ditto this recommendation about checking out chartering through unused owners time. We owned a boat in Moorings fleet in BVI several years back. Our contract allowed us to use our boat for up to 8 weeks per year. Employment responsibilities often limited our sailing time to 4-6 weeks per year; and we always sold the remaining 2-4 weeks to individuals. Always as very substantial discount compared to the Moorings regular pricing.

The charter contract to the customer is handled exactly the same as any other charter contract; but the amount is decided between the owner and the customer -- not by the charter company. It is usually possible to get a very good deal, yet the customer is handled by the charter company just like their normal customers.

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