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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.