What are the
qualifications necessary to bareboat charter?
Keel boat experience is necessary to charter a bareboat. We ask you
to complete our Application to Charter [download
now]. This forms asks for information about your sailing
and boating experience and also your travel plans. The manager will review the information
you supply on this document, and will determine whether you have the experience to
charter. Our goal is to be sure you and all aboard have a FUN and SAFE time.
Some of the elements in your experience that are important to us in determining your
competency to handle the boat you would like to charter are:
- Your recent boating experience (last 5 years).
- The size and types of boats you have sailed on in the past. Were they of similar size,
give or take a few feet, to the size of the boat you wish to charter.
- Do you own or have you owned a boat in the
recent past. This is important because most people who have owned boats have
an understanding about systems and the inner workings of a boat, which is essential to
- Have you done some cruising. Have you planned a trip from A to B requiring navigation
skills, decision making, anchoring, mooring or docking under sail and power?
- Have you sailed on the ocean or other
large bodies of water such as Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay, San
Francisco Bay, Great Lakes and so forth.
- Are you experienced in the operation of
twin screw vessels. This is an important requirement to charter a
trawler or a trawler catamaran and a slightly lesser important
requirement for a sail catamaran. A boat with stern drives (inboard
outboards) is not considered a twin screw vessel.. If you do not have any twin
screw experience plan on spending at least a half day getting up
to speed in this area before we let you leave the harbor.
- Who are the crew that will be aboard with you. Are they knowledgeable people that will
be actively participating in sailing the vessel. Can you count on them to help you or will
they be inactive guests? If you are on a large cat or a power yacht you will
need at least one (maybe two) good crew members to assist you.
- Have you had any professional or formal training? Have you cruised in the area
- The answers to these questions will help us assess your skills and ability to take
command of the charter boat.
- If your skills are a bit weak, we may suggest a SKIPPER be aboard for a few days, or if
you are not approved to charter, skippers are available for your entire cruise.
A Bareboat Certificate is not necessary to charter a bareboat. A Bareboat
course is valuable training, however, this document alone may not qualify you to charter.
Your overall practical experience is what counts!
do I make a reservation?
Call our office, toll free 800-944-2962, or email us at email@example.com, and check to see if the
boat you are interested in is available for the dates you wish to sail. Check to see if
flights are available to suit your charter dates. We will put a hold on the boat of your
choice for 48 hours while you sort out travel arrangements.
A 50% deposit and a completed Application to Charter [download
now] are necessary to confirm your reservation. Deposits may
be made with a credit
card [download form now] or by check via overnight
mail - credit cards must have a US mailing address. Once your application has been reviewed and approved and your deposit is received,
we will mail a Contract Package to you. This package will include charter paperwork,
provisioning forms [available for
downloading] and general information about chartering in the area. Your final
payment is due 45 days before your charter starts by personal check or money
order. We do not accept credit cards for the final payment.
Special deals require payment
in full by credit card at the time of booking and are not
refundable but you may change dates, subject to availability,
for a $100 change fee up until the contract is issued. Any
change after that is considered a cancellation.
Credit cards must have a US mailing
plans change, and it is necessary to cancel your charter, you must notify us
in writing. If you cancel 91 days or more prior to your charter, you will
receive a refund less a cancellation fee of $300 PLUS
10% of any amount that we have charged to a credit card. If you cancel 90 days or closer
to your charter, a refund is not issued. Refunds are made in the same manner
as the payment was recieved.
A change of dates or boat, once the contract has been issued is considered a
Trip Insurance may be purchased to
protect your trip from unexpected emergencies. Contact ACCESS AMERICA,
Charter guests often have many questions about what is and what is not
included by the insurance coverage of the charter boat. We have prepared a page that
should answer all of your questions. [click
Unfortunately the well known marine operator, VI Radio, has been driven out
of business by the now ubiquitous cell phone.
Bring your own cellular
phone with you. It will roam automatically in the USVI if it is a US based
phone. Notify your cellular carrier, before leaving the mainland, to
activate "international roaming" you can de-activate it after you
Once you are physically in the BVI cell service area and receiving
their signal you can register this your phone with CCT BOATPHONE. Dial
OPERATOR and follow their instructions.
and charter checkout
All charterers are given a thorough orientation aboard the boat you are
chartering. This review takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. All systems, both above and below
deck are discussed in detail - afterwards you will be asked to sail the boat
in the harbor for us. This gives both you and us a chance to get comfortable
with each other. You'll have a chance to hoist all sails and get comfortable
with all the lines as well as have an opportunity to operate the boat under
power.. Taking the time to understand your boat is an important part
of cruising, and will help make for a fun, and safe charter. Our staff will also review
your sail plan and offer guidance or suggestions.
Onboard you will find a chart, suitable for
use in conjunction with the Cruising Guide. You may
wish to order a Cruising Guide to the Virgin Islands [available
for downloading] or a chart of the area [available
for downloading] to do
some pre-planning. It is fun to have a chart to plot your course and save for future
reference. Contact BLUEWATER CHARTS &
BOOKS (click link or call 1-800-942-2583). They have a great inventory of Virgin Islands charts
Paperwork is an important part of your charter. We ask that charterers
return necessary paperwork to us on time and that you take the time to read what we send
you. Your help in this area is appreciated and will make for easy vacation planning, and
You and your crew must
carry proof of citizenship. You will be cruising the US and British Virgins. You will be stopping at Customs and Immigration in both countries. Be
prepared. A Passport is required. A combination of certified
birth certificate along with a photo ID issued by a governmental agency is
the only acceptable alternative. A DRIVERS LICENSE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Be sure to
call us or email us with any other questions.