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Two unsolicited comments:
- Consider only half-provisioning. You'll likely be eating some meals ashore and snacking enough that you'll skip some meals.
-You'll probably find the 35' boats meet your needs in terms of space for two and sailing. Typically the distances covered in the Virgins are are not great. If you don't need the waterline, why bother manhandling bigger sails?
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1st Time Skipper Info

In addition to Travel Talk online - BVI section which was suggested earlier, You can also find good Skipper & Crew info in the - Charter Review & Questions section which is further down their main index. The 1st three permanent posts will give you lots of suggestions & good info you can use for many years to come.
Traveltalkonline: Viewing forum: Charter Boat Reviews and Questions

Sailonline.com is another source for lots of various info -
Yacht charters, discount boat charters, yacht ownership | Sailonline.com

If there are particular areas you want more help on just post them separately and I'm sure the gang here will step up with lots of experienced help

BVI - 1st charter - You will have a fun & learning experience........enjoy

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Thanks Murphy - that story is exactly why we were on a strict mooring ball diet for our first time around in the BVI's, absent dropping hook at some stopover locales (e.g. Sandy Cay)... We received some of the same entertainment though over at the anchorage/mooring field at Trellis in BVI. There is a very shallow area that jets out on the way into the dinghy dock and we had one of the nearest moorings to it. My dive boat that had picked me up earlier that day warned me about it stating that it was so shallow that even a dinghy would get hung up. Sure enough, that afternoon/evening as everyone was quick to come to shore for the dinner and Full Moon party festivities people unkowingly would "shortcut" through this area to the dinghy dock only to hear their dink's outboard "wack" against the bottom, pop up on it's pivot and stall - all passengers looking fearful for life. The first few times we tried to yell and wave off those headed for their beached fate to no avail (they just couldn't hear us/see us and weren't paying attention). To that end we simply would sip cocktails and await someone to say - "here comes another one"... Free entertainment.

We saw the same thing but in the morning after a full moon party. My wife and I had just completed our onboard portion of the Bareboat cruising course and were heading ashore to have breakfast and write our exam when a boat tied up to a ball on the west side of Trellis near the airport let go and motored at full throttle straight towards the east entrance. When it hit the reef I bet the stern came up 3-4 feet from the impact. Our instructor and I hopped in the dinghy and led them out of the anchorage once they had backed out. I dove on the bow to have a look and luckily they had hit a sandy portion and other than a few scrapes it looked OK. But it was entertaining. If you are planning to head for Anegada (sp) make sure you clear it with the charter company. They do have restrictions. If you miss it (and its real low in the water) its along way to africa.

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Try NSYV

I just sailed my 4 year old Beneteau 393 to Tortola fron the Southern Caribbean and have it managed by NSYV. I had chartered with them many times in the past, and although the Moorings and Sunsail have always serverd me well in different parts of the world, the service, boat quality and pricing always led me back to NSVY when in the BVI.

The boat is in excellent condition and is equipped with everything you'd need including shorepower AC (for that last day of packing up your personal gear). Reply to this post if you'd like to take a look @ my blog about this boat and/or check out a link to NorthSouth.
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Provisioning

I'm just planning on my second charter trip to BVI, January 2010. We went with BVI Yacht charter the first time, and would have used them again, but they didn't have any big cats this go around.

I love self provisioning. First off, we pack as much dry good as we can, just because it cheaper in the states. But it's fun to hit the island store for meats, fruits, veggies. I feel it's part of the adventure.

This year we are going with Conch. And they have been great so far.
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Self-provisioning & money question in the BVI?

We will be chartering from Horizon out of Nanny Cay and plan to self-provision. This is our first time in the BVI and we'll be following what seems to be a pretty standard itinerary. Two questions:

1. Is it feasible to re-stock at any of the other islands, and if so, where would you recommend going?

2. I keep seeing recommendations to take either cash or travelers checks, because ATMs are scarce and many smaller places don't accept credit cards. Is this outdated advice? I travel a lot internationally and must confess that I haven't seen a travelers check in years! Are there really few ATMs (esp. at the smaller islands), and are travelers checks really the way to go?

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Two unsolicited comments:
- Consider only half-provisioning. You'll likely be eating some meals ashore and snacking enough that you'll skip some meals.
-You'll probably find the 35' boats meet your needs in terms of space for two and sailing. Typically the distances covered in the Virgins are are not great. If you don't need the waterline, why bother manhandling bigger sails?
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Regardless....

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1. Is it feasible to re-stock at any of the other islands, and if so, where would you recommend going?

2. I keep seeing recommendations to take either cash or travelers checks, because ATMs are scarce and many smaller places don't accept credit cards. Is this outdated advice? I travel a lot internationally and must confess that I haven't seen a travelers check in years! Are there really few ATMs (esp. at the smaller islands), and are travelers checks really the way to go?
1. Yes, we stopped at JVD Marina, Little Harbour and Marina Cay for the essentials - water, ice and rum. Recommend checking the cruising guide for other stops with better grocery options but yes, quite feasible to restock around the islands - although we had no problem initially stocking and storing plenty of food for 7 days.

2. Didn't see any ATMs, but they weren't actually in my cross check. We took cash and easily convinced all the merchants to accept it. I haven't done traveller's checks since the early '70s.

BTW, we did our first BVI charter a few months ago and it went perfect - if you care to PM me I'd be happy to talk one on one regarding your first time down there and what to expect.

Mike
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Angry Numerous CYOA Charter Issues

We just returned from sailing the BVI's and based our cat charter out of USVI from CYOA. We will NEVER charter from them again. I've sailed for 50 years on hundreds of boats - owned boats, raced boats and chartered boats. There is no way this boat should have been let out for charter in this condition. We experienced one issue after another including a broken stanchion and a rusty safety pin attached to the shackle for the dingy lift harness (see photos). We were told by one of the CYOA crew (who appeared drunk) that the boat transmission was leaking, but they had topped off the fluid and thought we would be ok for our trip. CYOA did fix the stanchion and transmission before we sailed (delaying our trip), but only after we insisted. In my opinion, they were willing to send the boat out with numerous known problems.
Deficiencies found on the boat were: 1) Boat was filthy. 2) VHF radio needed for emergencies, etc. was inside the salon - unreachable from the helm. 3) Ports and hatches lacked gaskets - so they leaked on bunks and down walls. 4) No emergency steering system. 5) Heads were not properly functional – stunk and fluid leaked back into the bowl due to malfunctioning joker valves. 6) Shower sumps did not function properly - liquid would run back onto the floor of the head. 7) Starboard engine starter would often malfunction and only start after the port engine ran for a while, creating additional battery charge. 8) Fuel gauge did not work. 9) Port engine alternator was loose, not charging and could not be tightened because the tool kit provided was inadequate. 10) 110 electrical panel main circuit breaker annunciator light did not function. 11) No water hose for water refill or cleaning the boat. 12) Equipment such as the snap shackle on the dingy harness for lifting into the davits was broken and improperly repaired with a safety pin. 13) Three large bolt-ends securing the rigging intruded through the cabin roof in the walk-way - left uncapped and gouged passengers if they didn't duck. And honestly – this list isn’t complete!!
When CYOA was confronted with the many items we discovered before taking the boat out, they did not apologize, and Nancy – who seemed to be in charge of the office - tried to excuse it by saying this was an older boat. They had a crew fix the obvious items we had pointed out, but made no effort to thoroughly go through the boat and make sure it was ready for charter and made no effort to advise us about the many other things we discovered upon using the boat. They offered us no substitute boat and made no offer to adjust the charter costs for the delay, problems and inconvenience. Though some employees were superb, Nancy and CYOA certainly left us with the feeling they were more interested in money than in good service, safety and good customer relations.
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ADDITIONAL REQUEST: Top 10 - 20 tips on how to NOT LOOK LIKE A FIRST TIMER IN THE BVI

Great info so far. Thanks to all!
Wear slightly faded and creased clothes.

Do not swim off the back of the boat in crowded anchorages esp. in the morning.

Do not fly several assorted pennants, pirate flags and obscure club flags from the spreaders.

Get to your chosen harbour early enough to make popcorn and enjoy the evening 'charge of the charter boats' giving marks for style, technical merit and entertainment value on their anchoring/mooring techniques. [ there is a youtube video clip of an excellent example of the best of the above which I can not locate..]
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