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Old 10-04-2011
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Every boat I have ever chartered in Caribbean(Moorings, Sunsail, private) had a stack pack and the main simply fell into the pack(once upwind) as the lazy jacks guided it down and we zipped it closed. Don't worry about reefing. Use only the head sail when you feel you need to reef. Keep it fun and easy.

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Stack Pack

The Stack Pack sure looks handy. That is a nice setup.
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Oh wow. Didn't realize that bareboat chartering was that easy!!.

We've got a week with RCI timeshares, so I think the next thing we'll be doing is an RCI captained boat for a week.

Has anyone done this before? if so, what suggestions can you make? where to go from, which company to use / avoid. etc..
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I've been on 4 charters now--3 with The Moorings (BVIx2 and Abacos) and 1 with TMM (Grenadines). All 4 had stack-packs. Of the 4, only 1 would drop all the way into the lazy-bag head-to-wind without someone going forward to pull down the last third or so.

Basically, you can expect a stack-pack, or maybe even roller furling. But, with the economy of the last few years, what you can't expect is good maintenance. (Don't get me wrong--most were great boats in relatively good shape. But this particular item seems to be a maintenance problem)

And as annoying as a poorly maintained classic main/stack pack may be, I can only imagine a poorly maintained roller-furling main would be like. (Full disclosure--_my_ boat has a furling main. It's great if you are used to it, but I can't imagine a typical charter captain failing to FUBAR it.)
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With the Moorings, once you make an account on their website, there is a section to fill in a sailing "resume". You can do that now to get an idea of what they are looking for.

I skippered a 40' Bene with them 2 years ago when I was only 30. I was the youngest captain at the skipper's meeting thats for sure. Never the less, I submitted my resume online and also faxed all my US Sailing certifications along with my US Sailing member ID that they can look up in their database. After they verified my certs, I was never asked about sailing capability again.

Something funny regarding credentials. Back in the 80s when the Moorings first hit the scene, my dad who had sailed all his life was asked to take a sailing dingy out with a Moorings staff member to verify he knew what he was doing, along with a written test. We were bareboating as a family which wasnt as mainstream back then. I think that was their way of verifying bareboat applicants back then. Considering how easy it is to get through the gate nowadays, part of me wished they did that today as well. I ran into a lot of captains that had absolutely no idea what they were doing, to the point of endangering their crew and others.

Short version. You will be fine and better equipped than most that qualify.

PS: The most important advice I would give you would be to attend the skippers meeting, ask questions and absolutely make sure to listen and ask questions during your boat's walkthrough with staff.

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