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Re: Bareboat charter companies in the BVI
I've chartered twice in Tortola - both 40' monohulls. The first time with Sunsail. Sunsail was a class operation - waiting area with bar, well equipped and well maintained boat, courteous staff. My last trip, at the suggestion of a charter broker (Ed Hamilton Co), was less than enjoyable at BVI Yacht Charters. The charter base in located in a run down industrial area with chickens running around and dilapidated boats in front of the office. The showers at the base had drain issues and you ended up with two inches of water on the floor. The boat had many issues as well. Mainsail would stick in the mast and you had to manually pull it down, the shower drain was plugged and we had to bail it out, the bathroom doors fell off, the water pump leaked into the bilge, etc. There were also a lot of little things that wouldn't work or had missing parts so you ended up having to improvise fixes. As a sailor for 30 years I realize that there may be some items that you have to work around when you own a boat - but that's' when YOU own it. When you spend thousands of dollars to rent a boat for a week the expectation is that the boat is very well maintained. You won't find that at BVI Yacht Charters!