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Conch Charter BVI STAY AWAY

I also chartered with Conch Charters and had nothing but headaches. Basically, poor attitudes, substandard boats and people that don't care that they've ruined your vacation.
Like Others have said, there is lots of competition out there, WHY TAKE A CHANCE for heavens sake!!??
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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!
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Re: Conch Charter BVI STAY AWAY

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I also chartered with Conch Charters and had nothing but headaches. Basically, poor attitudes, substandard boats and people that don't care that they've ruined your vacation.
Like Others have said, there is lots of competition out there, WHY TAKE A CHANCE for heavens sake!!??
I have had five (or is it six) great charters on Conch. They have some great boats and they have some tomatoes. The Beneteau Cyclades 43 and their Beneteau M393's are GREAT boats. I also sailed a Jeanneu 42 that was very good. Avoid any Hunters there, and any boat over 12 years old. They are a busy operation and owned by a small group of caring folks. Our first charter with them was in 1996 (Bene 432) and we have never straid off their path, albeit in Greece and Croatia we used other companies for obvious reasons

I do notice that you have only posted once to this site, that seems odd.
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