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post #6 of Old 08-04-2003
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BVI charter report

My wife and I and another couple chartered a Beneteau 411 from Sunsail in Tortola July 19-29. This was our first bareboat charter experience and we all agreed it was one of our best vacations ever (10 days was not enough). We were very pleased with the boat''s systems, performance and cleanliness. We found the sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and destinations in the BVI to be quite extraordinary. Also, Sail Caribbean Divers and the Ample Hamper are first rate operations.
We met Magnus Murphy (who authored the previous letter) and his family while at Sunsail''s base in Maya Cove waiting out TS Erika. His account of the events regarding the culprit boarding at least 3 occupied sailboats on our dock is dead-on accurate. Worse, there were no Sunsail security personnel at the marina and the calls to Sunsail''s emergency phone number went unanswered. It was not until 2 hours later, after making contact with the U S Coast Guard in St. Thomas, that local police arrived to take statements. This was a terrifying experience for many at the dock and it took several days before anyone on our boat got a restful night''s sleep.
We highly recommend the BVI as a charter destination, but will not return to Sunsail in Tortola until serious safety issues are remedied.
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