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Re: Charter BVI next 60 days

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jobberone, Explain your intentions to your broker or charter company and request that they assign you a Captain who will facilitate your goals. Then, as previously stated, if satisfied, Tip well. Bear in mind, that most Captains will generally confine their services to operating the boat and then staying out of their charterer's hair on the assumptiion that this is desired. Make it very clear to your Captain from the git go that you want to learn as much from him as possible and include him in your activities without being pushy. He or She may want some alone time as well. Enjoy!!
Will do. I wish we had a definite time we knew we could be down there but we don't so we'll deal with that as we can. But I will definitely take your advice. It's usually better to be up front and make sure everyone is on the same page. Thanks again.
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Re: Charter BVI next 60 days

I will admit that I am a monohull guy, so keep that in mind. Catamarans are expensive to buy, to maintain, to charter and harder to fit in a slip. They generally sail faster for their size and heel less. However, you've mentioned safety and if conditions got real nasty, I would take a mono any day, not that you need to worry about that in BVI. Your big advantage is being able to bunk crew in the other hull, so that you have more privacy. That's worth something, but you will pay a lot for it. Oddly enough, I can't think of anyone that learned to sail on a full sized catamaran and I'm trying to decide if that it a good idea. I'm sure others will add their thoughts.

No matter how you slice it, you will have a great time and you will learn something. I'm only reflecting on your desire to learn to sail and own a boat. Cheers.

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