What's it Really Like? A few words from the owner.
Frank, in the beautiful BVI.
If you have never had the opportunity to spend time on a charter boat in the Caribbean, then I need to tell you a few things about this wonderful experience. Some folks misunderstand what it means to spend a week on a sailboat.
It does NOT mean long hours of sailing heeled way over, hanging on for dear life to the side of the boat. In fact, when sailing the "Angelina" in a 20 knots wind at a speed of 7-10 knots per hour, you could easily stand out on the bow to enjoy the sights. It's smooth, pleasant, and totally comfortable, even for the non-seaworthy. Remember… if you're not a confident sailor, hiring a skipper is inexpensive.
Most people sail a couple hours in the morning to make their way to a great location for lunch, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, shopping, or whatever they want to do. After lunch and your chosen activities, you generally sail for a couple more hours to the cove where you will want to anchor or moor for the night. You usually reach this spot by 3:00 in the afternoon, so there is plenty of time for doing what you want to do before dinner and a glorious tropical evening in the British Virgin Islands.
The point is that you can sail all day, or not at all. In either case, you view your floating accommodation as the best of all worlds - comfortable, private, and versatile.
There are two powerful diesel engines that will carry you almost silently to wherever you want to go, when you don't feel like sailing. You can even stay put at any point along the way, if you don't feel like leaving the snug cove where you spent the night.
Many places in the Caribbean can be a bit intense, perhaps even unsafe. Not the British Virgin Islands… which has to be the most hospitable location in the region. One feels totally safe in crowds or remote locations. The crime rate is minimal, the people are proud and generous, and races mix without issue. The BVI is probably one of the easiest and most friendly sailing regions in the world. You're always in line of sight of the next island, the winds are steady, and the seas quite moderate.
Your accommodations can be really first rate. The bedrooms, bathrooms, galley, and salon (living room) are all cozy and comfortable in your "floating hotel". You can prepare meals when you want, you truly have the sweetest night sleep imaginable, and you have got easy transportation to wherever you want to go. Add this to the thrill of sailing, and no hotel accommodation could ever compare for about $1000/person per week! So, give it some thought. Read through this web site, and feel free to email or phone me with any questions you might have about chartering or the BVI. I love talking to folks about this stuff; and there are links on my site to hundreds of useful pages (on my site and others).
Are you confused about what the different types of charters? Read a good overview to clear things up here.
|Yours truly, Frank|
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