Hi mjcarey.....on the surface
the boat seems like decent deal...but I see your travel challenge.
Is this one trip? You for 10 days with lessons, then you and the family
for 7 more?
$5400 for a 17 days... lessons and then bareboat
charter...seems reasonable to me.
That's $317 a day....for boat and instructor? Then they let you have it on your own for a week? Perhaps they hope to upsell you on a different boat with the family?
What time of year? How old is
the boat..? Classic??
Are you new to boating
or just new to sailing ?
That's a big boat and a lot of learning
to do in even in 8-10 days
What kind of air rates are you getting $500 ? $1,000? have you searched the sites like orbit etc? I usually fly Continental, I plugged in Albuquerque to St Thomas...came up with NM to Houston
to Newark to St Thomas for $548...you'd have to layover in Newark for a night, (hotel ) but you'd get there in time to catch the ferry
. The Newark to St Thomas Flight alone usually goes for $460 or more.
If I had to layover a night in St Thomas or Newark, I'd choose St Thomas.
That's all I have for now.