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Old 18-12-2014, 10:25   #1
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Recommended charter in the Grenadines

Hi, anybody have any experiences with bareboat chartering in the Grenadines? Companies that you recommend or not? Any advice or information would be appreciated.

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Old 05-01-2015, 18:27   #2
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We did a bareboat with Moorings out of St. Lucia. Monohull 43', & took it south to Tobago Cays & back. Man & wife. Always an island in sight. Stayed in Bequia down & back, & also spent a night in Mustique. We were cautioned to avoid St. Vincent, so we didn't stop there. The trip was some great "big boy" sailing, especially compared to the BVI's.
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We did a bareboat with Moorings out of St. Lucia. Monohull 43', & took it south to Tobago Cays & back. Man & wife. Always an island in sight. Stayed in Bequia down & back, & also spent a night in Mustique. We were cautioned to avoid St. Vincent, so we didn't stop there. The trip was some great "big boy" sailing, especially compared to the BVI's.
Why were you told to avoid St Vincent?

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Why were you told to avoid St Vincent?

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More boat crime/ crime in general. You can search on St. V here and should find some intense debate on the subject.
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More boat crime/ crime in general. You can search on St. V here and should find some intense debate on the subject.
I just did an internet search....couldn't find the debate here.

Some pretty eye opening stuff.....

"Meanwhile disturbing statistics about the Caribbean have been collated in a joint study by the UN and World Bank. According to the study the Caribbean is the world leader in violent crime: it has a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants – four times the North American figure and 15 times the western European average. Jamaica is the world’s most murderous country, followed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela. But some smaller islands are catching up: St Kitts, with only 40,000 inhabitants suffered three murders in four days last November. The Bahamas can be dangerous and in Trinidad and Tobago the murder rate has quadrupled in the last 10 years. The upsurge in violence is mainly due to drug dealing – which has seen an increase for gangs in cash and weapons. Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados are beefing up their coastguard operation to try and stamp out the import of drugs."

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Read more at Caribbean crime-wave - Yachting Monthly
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More boat crime/ crime in general. You can search on St. V here and should find some intense debate on the subject.
Interesting, I had no idea....esp about the ARMED robberies on boats.....

Meanwhile disturbing statistics about the Caribbean have been collated in a joint study by the UN and World Bank. According to the study the Caribbean is the world leader in violent crime: it has a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants – four times the North American figure and 15 times the western European average. Jamaica is the world’s most murderous country, followed by El Salvador, Guatemala and Venezuela. But some smaller islands are catching up: St Kitts, with only 40,000 inhabitants suffered three murders in four days last November. The Bahamas can be dangerous and in Trinidad and Tobago the murder rate has quadrupled in the last 10 years. The upsurge in violence is mainly due to drug dealing – which has seen an increase for gangs in cash and weapons. Trinidad, Jamaica and Barbados are beefing up their coastguard operation to try and stamp out the import of drugs.

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it has a murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants – four times the North American figure
Such figures can be misleading when grouping like that. Considering North America as homogenous when the rates vary from 21.5 in Mexico to a quarter of that in the US and a third of that in Canada gives a somewhat distorted view, as does doing so for the Caribbean (per your post), particularly in light of their small populations.
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My wife and I have taken The Moorings from St Lucia to Grenada on two occasions. As recommended, we avoided St Vincent on the second trip, after experiencing aggressive "boat boys" at the customs bay of Wallilabou. That aside, we enjoy Bequia, Mustique (rolly anchorage), Salt Whistle/Mayreau, Tobago Cays, PSV, Canoun, and Grenada. You can do a one-way charter to make this a comfortable itinerary.


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What time are you thinking of going?

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Personally never sailed in the Grenadines so I'll leave it up to CR to help you out with an itinerary.

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We had a great 10 day charter out of Grenada three years ago. Horizon Yacht Chaters out of True Blue Bay. Grenada was the prettiest and friendliest island we've been since the South Pacific.


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We did a bareboat with Moorings out of St. Lucia. Monohull 43', & took it south to Tobago Cays & back. Man & wife. Always an island in sight. Stayed in Bequia down & back, & also spent a night in Mustique. We were cautioned to avoid St. Vincent, so we didn't stop there. The trip was some great "big boy" sailing, especially compared to the BVI's.
Sounds a lot like the trip we did a couple years ago. Just a few different stops.

What 43 were you on? Our 43.3 is in St. Lucia - No Regrets.
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Agree with Moltuti. We toured the nutmeg plant and the ladies gave us bags of it to take home. We met a number of people who expressed their gratitude for the US's support in taking their island back from the communist coup during the Reagan years. We also went to the nature center on the southeast side -- mangoes and guavas could not have been tastier! Beautiful island. Enjoy!


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I am also thinking of doing this trip. St. Lucia to Grenada one way. My question is how is the best way to arrange flights? Is there a good service flying back to St. Lucia from Grenada so the flights back to the U.S. would be round trip from St. Lucia?


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... Is there a good service flying back to St. Lucia from Grenada so the flights back to the U.S. would be round trip from St. Lucia?
Liat has twice daily flights from Grenada (GND) to St. Lucia (SLU)
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