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Old 06-20-2013
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Re: Our first bareboat charter BVI 2014

Another tip: get good at picking up a mooring buoy. I suppose one person can do it and certainly two people can do it easy enough, but when we come late into a crowded anchorage, we like one person at helm, one working the hook, and a third person at the bow, facing back and communicating steering/throttling instructions to the helm. It's difficult for a person who is facing forward and bent over the rail trying to snag a buoy to communicate with somebody at the helm.

This is an example of how non-sailing crew can make your trip less stressful. Anyone can be the person calling out the mooring directions. Also, anyone can hook a ball, drop an anchor, hoist a sail, winch a sheet, make a sandwhich, drive a dinghy, etc. All this stuff is fun for a non-sailor. Every trip I've done has included people who have never sailed and two things happen:

1) After a few days, they are capable and expected to perform all crew duties;
2) They all say that it was the best week of their lives.

Keep in mind: charter boats are rigged specifically to be novice-friendly.

Last edited by jwing; 06-20-2013 at 11:40 AM.
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