Originally Posted by Kjandre
Hey all....newbie here looking to get charter license and do some sailing in the bvi. Other then the moorings is there any other suggestions as to who I could charter from?
I've chartered with Sunsail, Moorings, Conch, and Barefoot in the Caribbean
. None of them require any kind of license or even a certificate. However they do require that you give them evidence of your experience. That doesn't mean that you are required to have sailed a 46 footer in order for them to charter a 46 footer to you, but they have to assess your experience and skill. So put together a resume of the boats you have crewed on or skippered. List the size, location, and duration of each trip. If they have doubts about whether you are prepared to skipper
the boat you want, they will send a skipper
with you for a day or two, at your expense, to show you how to sail the boat. If you need such a skipper, you will learn a lot in a couple of days. If you still don't feel ready after a couple of days, or if they think you aren't ready, having a skipper is actually a very nice luxury.
The exception to this "no license or certificate" practice is the Mediterranean
. To charter a boat in Greece
, or Italy
you must show them a sailing certificate from ASA
, USSA, RYA, or some recognized sailing authority. It doesn't matter how much experience you have, you have to show them the papers.
The BVI's are exactly the right place to start bareboating. Navigation
is easy, harbors are plentiful, water
and beaches are gorgeous, winds are usually steady and predictable, temperature is good year round, and there are lots of good restaurants, bars, and other attractions ashore. But don't go for the cheap
rates in September and October, and be cautious about August and November; the weather
is unreliable in those months.