Hello. 20 years ago I went on a sailing trip in the BVI with a group of boy scouts. It was an incredible experience and I've long looked back at that adventure with great fondness. We chartered a trimaran
and the Capitan and his wife dropped us off on remote/uninhabited islands where we camped for the night (there wasn't enough room on the boat for all of us to sleep - there were about 25 of us).
loves the outdoors (camping, backpacking, etc.) and I decided that we should try to recreate this type of experience together as a family
, but have run into some roadblocks:
- I've found that it has been very difficult to find a family-friendly charter
(most seem shocked that we would want to bring kids
on the trip with us).
- Size/cost - I have a large family and there could be as many as 8 - 10 adults (siblings/spouses and my parents) with just as many children
. Our children
are well-behaved and respectful. We are willing to get creative on sleeping arrangements (kids sharing beds, some of us camping on the beach, etc.) so that we can all fit on a larger boat or maybe on two boats, but no boat seems to be willing to take more than 8-10 people.
Do any of you have recommendations? We need a Captain-only arrangement (we can't sail on our own, but also want to keep costs within reason). We'd like to sail either the BVI or the Bahamas
(leaving from Florida
, if possible).