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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Laughing Pelican IV - have to wonder what happened to I, II, and III

Worst boat I have ever chartered by far
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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

We had no problem checking out of the BVIs at Jost Van Dyke or in St. John. We checked back in at the office in Tortola and that was a headache and several hours lost (they have no dinghy dock either and since we were returning to dock ahead of storm Bertha the harbor was rough). We resolved to only check in and out from JVD in future charters.
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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

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We had no problem checking out of the BVIs at Jost Van Dyke or in St. John. We checked back in at the office in Tortola and that was a headache and several hours lost (they have no dinghy dock either and since we were returning to dock ahead of storm Bertha the harbor was rough). We resolved to only check in and out from JVD in future charters.
I'm confused by your post. Who did you charter with? Why would you return a VIP boat to Roadtown? Sorry if I'm missing something.
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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Just to put things in context, VIP had glowing reviews in 2002. Then a new post in 2013 slammed them. Is it possible they went that far downhill in the 11 years in between?

Sure would like to hear from other recent VIP charterers. I almost chartered from them this summer if they would have had a boat large enough for the group.
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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

I work for another charter company on St Thomas. In the last year or so 3 employees left VIP and now work at the same place I do. I keep my boat in the marina adjacent from them and can say they have a very small selection of sailboats compared to 8 years ago. If you Google them you can read reviews from a few different sources and make your own decisions. I have never chartered from them so I can't comment from that perspective. I do interact frequently with the ex-employees and hear their stories which could not be confused with "positive endorsements". I am also acquainted with a captain that used to work for them and has passed on some truly astounding stories. To counter that, I re-hydrate on occasion at a bar that is frequented by VIP charter guests. Some are coming off of a trip satisfied, others not at all...
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Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Their website does not show any sailboats for charter, just large stinkers.
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