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Well, I have chartered with Conch five times and I have found them fantastic, not a single problem or issue. Their low cost model does now have them in the drivers seat. I was there just two weeks ago and they were busy busy. They were a bit less attentive than normal but it was clearly due to their high rate of business. I do bring my own roll of duct tape with me, as I can make any small repair when I need to. They are older boats but in great condition.

When I make my next trip to the BVI's it will certainly be with Conch.

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On a sad note, Miles left Conch. He was the best of the best and a huge loss to them I am sure. Just speculating but I kinda had the feeling that there was a tussle between Miles and the new direction of the company, high growth. It was a slight something that I picked up from him on my Oct 09 charter there but pure speculation on my part. Miles was the best customer advocate in the company, IMHO.

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I have never chartered a boat before and wondered if those who have keep a resume of their sailing experience. I've heard some companies are very particular about who they charter their boats too while others just want the money. I saw Conches website and they make you type in your experience. I thought it would be easier (once I have more time on the water) to hand them a detailed resume.

Just wondered what people do? I'm going to start keeping a resume based on experience, boat size, ASA classes, and such. It would be interesting to hear some examples...
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For anywhere in the Caribbean a simple sailing resume will do. The big challenges come in when you try to charter in the med. I was fortunate to pick up an EU ICC when I lived in Ireland but not sure what I would do if I did not have that. I would assume some cert level in ASA would be fine but they are really picky in the med.
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Interesting Perspective

I chartered with Conch several times. Albeit, not within the past couple of years. So maybe my exerpience doesn't reflect current situation. I accept that the boats are older, but the ones I had were always clean and everything worked. I indeed did go over all the systems predeparture. I did have a few problems, but was able to manage them myself. I did call the office on all occasions and they offered to send out help but I declined. I never had any problems with getting my deposit back and on one trip when I did get back they didn't charge me for the fuel fill up because I had had a problem.

I chartered with some other people once from Pro Valor, back in about 2001 or 02. It was a small operation owned by a younger American couple and they were the absolute worst people I have ever dealt with. However, they sold the business to another middle age couple who I did charter with a couple of years ago, I went with them because Conch didn't have a big enough boat available. I talked with them ahead of time and the told me they were working to overcome the bad rep that Pro Valor had and boy did they get it right. Terrific people, again older boat but in good shape and good condition. Had no problem with the boat at all.

So, I guess it does go to the quality of the owners, managers, and attitudes they have.

I'm sorry to hear that Conch might have gone downhill, I liked their operation.
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Has anyone tried Mango Charters?

Curious to see if people recommend them or not. Looking to go next December.
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We've chartered from a number of outfits in the Caribbean over the years, including TMM, Moorings, Sunsail, and Island Yachts. All have asked for sailing resumes, even the outfit we've chartered from 7 times--it's apparently a requirement by the insurance companies. I'm not sure how effective the resumes are in screening sailors, because we are continually amazed by some of the folks who are allowed to take an expensive boat off by themselves.

We've chartered boats that were anywhere from 5 months old to 5 years old and have avoided the second tier companies like Conch and Footloose. Maybe we're fussy, but we've had enough equipment problems with boats in the 5 yr old group. Most of the problems are minor, but some are can do serious harm to your vacation frame of mind. One such example was finding out within 24 hours that our refrigeration wasn't working and that we couldn't reach the base via radio because it wasn't working either (cell phone wasn't an option at that time.) We lost a day on that one. What we've learned is that the older a boat is, the more of a crap shoot it is, in terms of reliability, accommodations, and performance (a lot of charter sails are past their prime). It may cost more, but we've determined--having come off a 5-yr old boat recently--that we will pay the difference for the 0-2yr old category in any future charters.
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