Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Tortola BVI
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In the BVI about the smallest boat in the charter fleets would be the 32 and it is OK for a weeks sail for two. You will be far more comfortable in a 36 as they generally have better ventilation and handle better in most conditions.
If your going in the prime season Nov to March, then the larger boat is strongly recommend. That is when the Northern Swells are more frequent and the winds tend to be higher making smaller boats more uncomfortable than most larger boats.
Most BVI charter companies offer On-Board accommodations the night prior to departure. You will generally be uncomfortable as these locations are sheltered and you will have little if any breeze reach you. You will typically have the required Brief as previously indicated before you can take the boat out.
Flights into St. Thomas USVI are always cheaper than into Beef Island BVI and more frequent. Prices can be half the cost at St. Thomas. Spirit has $300 - $380 round trip tickets from many Easter US airports. You should attempt to arrive before 2:00 to allow yourself time to reach the ferry boats to BVI or you will be stuck in St. Thomas overnight... not my fav place.
You can charter out of USVI and several nice locations exist even if your heading to BVI for most of your stay. But if your only going for a week to 10 days it is probably better to head directly to BVI to get your boat. USVI to BVI is normally a windward pounding giving the area the UpChuck Alley name.
USVI is a better starting point if your going to be in the area longer... a month or so, then you can take your time with visits to Christmas Cove, St. John's many National Park moorings for swims and hikes then on to BVI. I will take you several weeks/ months/ years to really see the BVI. Most charter people try to see it all in a week. While it is OK to do the Circle of Tortola and visit some of the most interesting spots, you will have a better vacation for two if you are more selective and don't rush yourselves.
Decide what your interest are and then plot your course!
When are you considering going down? I'm generally in the area from December until around June.
I prefer a sailboat to a motorboat, and it is my belief that boat sailing is a finer, more difficult, and sturdier art than running a motor.... Jack London