Just curious...when did the RYA requirement come into the BVI? In 99/2000 you could take up to 20 people out without a license
. I'm pretty sure 20 was the number.
Is that a BVI government
requirement or a broker preference? I do know brokers, at the above time frame, liked to list that you had USCG or RYA, but it wasn't a law as far as I know. No big deal, just interesting to me.
At those above mentioned dates I did get my own BVI Trade
License for Luxury Crewed Charter on my own....didn't pay any agents. Took maybe 30 days tops. Other people were still waiting after forking over 2,000usd for the local 'connected' person to push it through. I don't remember what the Trade License cost, but wasn't much.
Things change, of course...all I'm saying is take what others say into consideration yet see what you can do on your own.
You might want to check into flagging your boat in the BVI and picking people up if needed on the US side. One did need a BVI lawyer to do that back then and it took forever and it is more expensive, but then your're a BVI boat and don't have to pay higher fees
everytime you clear in and out. Again, back then, it cost nothing to clear in and out of the US side to pick people up.
I met many crews that had been there for years and they were saying the US side wasn't as welcoming.....more regs, petty USCG stuff, etc. I wouldn't be surprised though if the BVI side has adopted these things.
Just suggestions to check out....might very well be totally different now. You might try asking Josh or Bob Carson at !! Southern Trades Yacht Sales in the BVI !!
I think they have or work with a crewed charter brokerage. Nice people. They've been there a long time and are an American family
I can email
a husband/wife cat team that are crewing
right now if you like to see if they can provide any insight for you. They're Brits and have been there at least two years on two different cats. PM me if you like.
best - Jay