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Old 22-09-2021, 15:50   #1
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Experience with Seabatical?

Greetings cruisers,
My wife and I are interested in exploring the cat liveaboard lifestyle. We've done both bareboat monos and crewed cat charters and now want to see if it's really right for us. Not looking at full-time, we're more thinking 4-5 months a year. We'd like to do a month long test run on 40-45 cat and we're willing to go mid-season (thinking April). 4 weeks is exceptionally pricey with most of the operators as they price the boats based on filling all the cabins. I've found a company called Seabatical that specializes in longer term charters. Does anyone have any experience with the this company? Are they reputable? Any insights appreciated.
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Old 23-09-2021, 01:04   #2
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Re: Experience with Seabatical?

Don't have personal experience but a friend of mine, an experienced boat owner, used Seabbatical a couple of times a while back in the BVI. He said it worked well and the boats he had were well maintained.

If you charter for a month it is likely some things will go wrong so expect to spend time hanging around waiting for a fix. So almost like being a boat owner but at least you'll have someone else to find the parts and do the fix

Thanks for reminding me about them. I was thinking of a week charter in the Med next year and now I see I can get a month for not much more than the price of a week with other companies.
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Re: Experience with Seabatical?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jon.
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Old 23-09-2021, 04:55   #4
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Re: Experience with Seabatical?

Chartered a cat for a month from them 7 years ago out of BVIs…very good experience, would recommend them , subject to I have no idea what has transpired since then…
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Old 23-09-2021, 05:02   #5
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Re: Experience with Seabatical?

We have a month booked starting at Christmas time this year so I’ll let you know how it shakes out. So far dealing with them has been totally normal. This is our first multi-week adventure since we did something similar in French Polynesia in 2019, can’t wait! Honestly the boat could be crap, and people horrible and my wife and I will still find a way to have a spectacular time.
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Old 28-09-2021, 12:02   #6
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Re: Experience with Seabatical?

We have a month charter in November. This has been rescheduled twice due to COVID. Good interaction and communication.

We had planned to sail to St John and then SVI .. but of course now will circle BVI several times !!

Will let you know how things go

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