I am seeking information about organizing a charter
for my family
in 2013. I would like assistance and insight for chartering for a group who enjoys basic water
sports and places that are not necessarily surrounded by cruise
ships and tons of people. In addition, my girlfriend and I would like to find a qualified person who can be hired in order to teach us on how to transition from sailing 420s, Hobie Cats and small keel-boats to larger livable vessels. Here are some questions:
- Can a captain be hired to teach my girlfriend and I how to handle a larger sailboat?
- Where is the ideal location to charter a boat in the Caribbean between March and June factoring in the economics of flying multiple people to the starting point? (Generally it is cheaper to fly to the Bahamas than the British Virgin Islands).
- What type of vessels should we be looking for and what companies are reputable with charters?
- How familiarized can my girlfriend and I become in sailing larker boats in a week?
: My girlfriend and I are competent at sailing 420s, Hobie Cats, and Keelboats in wind
speeds up to 20 knots. Most of the sailing has occurred in bays around Cape May County, New Jersey
, and lakes such as Lake Champlain in Vermont. We are both physically fit and good listeners.
People on Boat
: Up to 6-8 people, all family
members or close friends are interested in joining this excursion. While they would all welcome the opportunity to "help out" and sail, my girlfriend and I are the ones who are primary interested in "learning to sail". However they would all be willing and able to do other such as cooking
: We are not looking to sail a Super Yacht or a Gun Boat, but we don't necessarily want to be "Camping". My girlfriend and I have always been attracted to nice Catamarans like Lagoons and Leopards.
: We are looking for a friendly person who would primarily teach us how to sail and help us follow an itinerary safety
. We do not need people cooking
up after us. In addition, we would not expect the crew to participate in anything but sailing. Once we've arrived at a destination
we'd expect them to sit back and enjoy the night as we wine and dine them.
We want to enjoy the carribbean, explore an island or two, fall asleep on a sandy beach, hike and go Scuba Diving
once or twice (We're basic certified).
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. I understand you're all very busy so if you just have an answer to one of our questions feel free to chip in. We're always looking for random bits of information!
*Note, although I have lurked on these forums
for a few years I have not made many posts. I apologize if this is in the wrong forum. Thanks!