Originally Posted by peterschey
I live on west coast
and love the times I've sailed around the BVI and that area. thinking about buying
a boat thru Moorings or Sunsail or such with idea of using a boat in caribbean
few weeks/yr and then elsewhere few weeks like Greece
. any thoughts on cost for say 42 foot 3 cabin
sail boat, who best to work with, best boat to consider? I have a 36 foot Catalina
and would consider chartering the boat I owned for 5 yrs and then possibly taking it over if its not too beat up, but flexible about how that goes down the road. Appreciate any ideas, experiences, etc. Thanks.
I bought a boat in Nanny Cay last summer through BVI Yacht Sales; they have an office right by the hotel
in Nanny Cay. Chris Simpson, Clive Allen and Karen Simpson are very honest, very hospitable, very knowledgeable and very competent. They have access to substantially every boat for sale
in the BVI and are a great source for assistance with whatever a boat needs. Of a couple of dozen boats I've bought through the years, they provided the very best service
I have experienced.
Tortola and, to a lesser extent, Virgin Gorda are one of the "marinas of broken dreams," places where you find boats - some of them very, very good boats - that people have gotten that far, had a bad trip, said "never again," hauled out, listed the boat and flew home. It happens, sadly.
If you shop very
carefully, there a good values to be had, better in some cases
than you can get from the charter
I found one, but it took a year of looking and two trips to the BVI before I found it. And it took me three weeks work and a few projects with local contractors to get the boat ready for offshore
sailing before I could leave. (And then I had another ten days of waiting for a wx window.)
Now I get to work on it here, in the never ending saga! But now I've got a lovely lady of finest kind and she'll soon be Bristol fashion.