Hello, I need advice
Given that we are novice
sailors (Basic Learn to Cruise
- one week liveaboard) and live in the western hemisphere, we are looking to bareboat
in either the Bahamas
in February 2011 for one week. These areas are advertised as Level I cruising ground with the big two charter
is way too far away for one week.
It is just my husband and I so we are looking at a small boat
. We've got quotes for Sunsail and Moorings in both BVI
. Issues with Abacos in the Bahamas is the entire day it takes to get there from Ottawa.... not to mention the four planes. Same with BVI for that matter if we go to Beef Island.
Moorings in Abacos was actually the best value overall (35' Beneteau).
As an alternative I did a search for bareboats out of Nassau
. Not huge luck. But we did find a company, based out of Quebec
, called Navtours. We can charter
a 1999 35' Beneteau
for a bit less than the Moorings quote. This would cut out a big chunk of travel time and one flight so it appeals to me. Even though it is not better value for money
Though... I am worried about the nickle and diming that may occur. Fuel
and maybe even toilet
paper! are not included. As it was in the Moorings quote.
Also I just read a comment on a forum that the Exumas
do not have many bareboat
charters because the cruising ground is not for novices... Not sure if this is true. But Navtours said we were good to go on that size boat
We did our learn to cruise
in BVI last February. Would for sure go back! Just that crazy long flight(s) again.
So I prefer to shorten the travel day and Nassua fits the bill.... Am I way off? Should I stick to Abacos or BVI?
Does any one have comments or advice
on the above information?
Experience with that Navtours company?
Small charter companies you would recommend?
Anything you would stay away from?
A better suggestion of what to do with our money
Comments on where to provision, experience to share, tales to tell?
I should probably go hang out at the marina and have some libations.
Thanks ahead for your help and insight!