Re: Our first bareboat charter BVI 2014
We just got back from a SunSail Charter out of Tortola. Like you we were qualified but felt inexperienced so we signed up for the Flotilla and found the flotilla fee money well spent. Actually we really lucked out as a very experienced sailor joined us at the last minute.
- The ferry from St Thomas was rerouted to West End and the ferry company said they would pay for taxis to Road Town but didn't organize the taxis. SunSail reps were already onto the problem and were waiting for us with a bus, then helped organize the other passengers get to RoadTown.
- As this was our first charter we were less concerned about saving money on details but found the boat well provisioned. Initially we order food for 2 but then added our extra passenger. In fact we ended up with a lot of food as it seems to come in packs of 2 so we got food for 4 which was too much.
- We had 2 mechanical incidents, one we didn't know about but the staff smelt a problem when he came aboard at the end of one day, the other was self inflicted. One was fixed in minutes with spares they carried, the other just required resetting the electrics.
- As mentioned above, its worth time working on picking up the moorings and communicating with the crew.
All in all a great experience we are planning the next trip now.