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please also check on kimberlite at american yacht harbor in red hook.
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I chartered two times in the old days when VIP used to be CSY. I found that starting from St. Thomas was much better than from Tortola. First it allows you to go to St John which has the best beaches in the islands and second Compass Point is a very nice marina and closer to the airport. For some reason, people chartering from Tortola stay only in the BVI and miss the beauty of anchoring on St. John.
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Thanks for your comments, which anchorages in St. John do recommend for nice beaches that our kids can romp around?
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Send me a personel e-mail at jas@tcp-inc.com and I can fill you in on Manny, Many St. John high lites. Many places to go, great anchorages, great snorkeling especially for the kids. Even some great shopping for your wife.

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Well we just got back from our VIP charter on the Hylas 49. Dennis is tops. He really took care of us there. John I saw s/v Better than Popcorn getting ready for Charter. She went out a day after us. We hung our anchor up on a cable at Marina Cay and within the hour VIP had a diver out there and we were on our way. I thought they did a great job.
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TopKnott,

I am glad you had a good experience. One of the advantages of a company the size of VIP is that they can take care of you. They really know what they are doing and even more so they care. You''ll have to tell us about your trip when you dig out from all that work I am sure you were greeted with when you returned.
Dennis has some great spots doesn''t he?

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I''am actually shopping for a chartering broker, I have visited moorings and Tradewinds which both have their good sides but since hear good reviews for vip,Can anyone tell me the url of vip.
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zchill,

Send me an e-mail off line and I will try and answer any question you may have about VIP. I own a boat with them. They have a
web sight but it is under construction or you get the old one. Also by by-passing a broker you could probably save some bucks.
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This. Is hopefully an objective review of VIP Yacht Charters. I say hopefully as we had a very one way experience so I do not want it to seem subjective. To mitigate that, this is basically a photo essay. Pictures speak a thousand words. We chartered the. 54ft Hylas thinking we were happy to pay the extra cost for a killer hylas and were sadly disappointed. I will say it sailed beautifully. Shame is was a junker otherwise. VIP offered us a measly $600 refund. Terrible company. Terrible service. Beware.

Here’s a list of the problems:

Broken electric winch
Broken fridge
Front cabin hatch screen ripped and covered in duct tape
Starboard galley window shattered and held together with tape
All wood finish falling off
Aft toilet broken - delayed leaving while being fixed
Fore toilet hand came off - had to create a makeshift cotter pin
Freezer stopped working temporarily
Sink pump macerator seized - had to drain trap and hand turn shaft with screwdriver to free up
Speed, wind speed and wind direction instruments broken
Depth gauge 2ft TOO SHALLOW
One person said draft was 5.5-6ft other said 7ft
Hatch Handles broken on a number of hatches
Anchor light broken
Only one side of toaster works and was full of cockroaches
Boat is very dirty and grungy - we washed part the second day
Water tank and fuel tank gauges don't work
Hull heavily fouled
Genoa rigged incorrectly (sheet inside of stays) had to rerig off shore
Mail rigged incorrectly - engineer noticed day we were leaving
When complaining about the broken fridge (didn't know about the problems with the freezer yet) was told "don't let it ruin your vacation"
No tool kit - if I didn't push to get some put onboard we would still have no sink pump
Broken zippers
Head replaced
Broken hand water pump
Rod to hold fridge lid open doesn't work
Bimini leaks like a j cloth - hasn't been treated
Boat is filthy
Main sheet improperly rigged
Sheets and lines mislabeled
Continually had to go into bilge and fix sink macerator
Mentioned a snub line for the anchor and was told don't worry
As for their powerboats, I can't say. However we were at the dock at the bitter end and one of them was there being repaired. We pulled up in our dinghy and asked what they thought of VIP as this was just after our genoa shredded. They said "we like them - a couple of repairs and we can move on"

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Other than that, how did it go?
Is that boat called Laughing Pelican? Did you have any problems getting in and out of the marina at Compass Point?
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