My wife and I have chartered many times throughout the Caribbean
and Med. In all that time only one couple backed out at the last minute. It was the result of a minor disagreement with one of the other people (they were co-workers) on the charter. Luckily all $$ had been paid and there was no refund. On one other occasion one couple had a family medical
issue pop up about 2 days before departure, again $$ paid, and they had trip insurance
I think we've had good luck with charters, but we also choose the invitees carefully. My wife and I always arrange the charters and I "act" as captain
, really more of a skipper
. We have had virtually no issues. I think the main reason is we only invite folks on charters that have the right kind of personalities and skills. We expect everyone to pitch
in by doing the things they are comfortable doing. Do not invite another couple just to fill a cabin
and share expenses!
We are lucky in that we have a large circle of very active friends; bikers, runners, scuba
divers, paddlers, hunters, and sailors. It makes for an active and fun vacation. Although there are many great charterers that have the attitude of chillin' and limin' all the time, unless you know those folks very, very well and have vacationed together before, folks with a more active, hands-on attitude make for better charter companions IMHO.
We also go day sailing
at least once with most of our potential invitees, just to see their boat
skills and try to access if chartering is a good vacation choice for them. Normally friends bring the idea up, of joining our next charter, and we are very honest with them about how things need to work. In all these years no friendships have been lost
, even when we've decided not to invite someone who inquired. Our next charter in the Caribbean
will be around #15.
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