Originally Posted by karenmccraw
We've got our eyes on a catamaran
in Trinidad and Tobago
. Couple of questions for the more experienced.
We would want to bring the boat back to Eastern US.
What time of year is best for that trip?
Since we need to consider this as part of our negotiations on boat price
- can someone give us a ballpark fee for a captain
that would bring it to Florida
? (With us as crew). We're competent coastal sailors, very little blue water
I hope somebody is not trying to sell you our catamaran!?
As Cheechato says, most of the sailing you will do is not much different from coastal. The area lends itself for a series of short sailing stints between destinations and if I were you, I would sail the yacht myself. How much a captain will charge is anybody's guess and will depend on demand, skill level, risk, etc. I have no clue but would guess that you will be spending anywhere between $8,000 and $15,000 plus other expenses - air ticket, food
The safest time would be after the hurricane
season, but despite this, there are many yachts sailing around - keeping a sharp eye on hurricane/weather predictions.
If you are in Trinidad at present, get hold of Don Stolmeyer, owner of PowerBoats in Chaguaramas - a real gentleman and no bull$hit. He is well connected and would certainly be the best person to advise you. If you PM me, I will give you his email