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TAK 01-02-2010 07:21 AM

Charter Requirements in the BVIs
Do all charter companies require certification ASA or other for a Bare charter?
I am interested in doing a charter in a BVIs - have been sailing for 20 years, currently sail a 40 foot but have never taken a course past basic keel..

Any recomendations??

tempest 01-02-2010 07:36 AM

I believe that you'll want to put a sailing resume together.

Include your boat ownership history and a good summary of your sailings.
Waters sailed in, Miles sailed, destinations, etc.
Any related certifications..i.e. first aid, cpr. etc.

a few letters of reference would help. People who have sailed on your vessel with you as captain, a yacht club, boat brokers..

Also, if here are any other Sailors, boat owners going with you....if so include their resumes too.

My only experience has been with the Moorings. They evaluate your resume (s) and then decide which vessels they will allow you to charter. ( bareboat)

I can't speak to the other companies.

The BVI's are wonderful!

imagine2frolic 01-02-2010 08:02 AM

The charter companies will ask you the questions they need to decide for you. It will be no worry with what you describe here. At the worst they may put a skipper on your boat to feel you out for your abilities. I feel they are very relaxed about a sailor's abilities to charter a vessel.......i2f

Zanshin 01-02-2010 08:28 AM

The charter companies all have their own internal requirements, but the ASA or other certificates are just part of what interests them. As mentioned earlier in the thread, the sailing resume is of much more importance. After this past week in the BVI (I'm at anchor in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda at present) I can assure you that if you can answer the following question correctly you won't have any trouble:

Question: Which part of the sailboat is at the front when sailing or motoring?
a) Sugar Scoop(s) [end(s) closest to the steering wheel]
b) Pointy End(s) [end(s) furthest from the steering wheel]

In earnest, a sailing resume and the impression that the person doing the checkout with you gets from you, you will either have no issues at all or the charter company might put a temporary skipper aboard for a day. The rest is taken care of by your security deposit and credit card on file - the local disparaging term for bad charter guests is "Amex Captains".

I had my old boat at the Hodge's Creek SunSail base and my pastime was to sit at the Calamaya Restaurant overlooking the "A" and "B" departure docks. Along with the local dive crew we would sit, enjoy happy hour drinks and watch the antics - many charter boats didn't manage to even get out of the docks without trouble or scratches; all that was missing was the Benny Hill theme music playing in the background, or perhaps the Keystone Cops soundtrack.

FarCry 01-02-2010 08:30 AM

With the experience you've described I am fairly confident CYOA out of St. Thomas would allow you take out one of their vessels.

jackdale 01-02-2010 11:23 AM

I have been asked for a resume; no one has ever asked to see my logbook.

I once asked a charter base manager how he knew that I had not made up my resume. He responded that it was the way I "approached" the boat. I remember being asked how many times I had anchored, specifically on two anchors. Safe anchoring and docking are probably bigger concerns that your actual ability to sail.

Moorings is the most formal of all the companies I have dealt with; they issue a card indicating what, where and under what conditions you can sail.

Enjoy. When you are going?

sck5 01-02-2010 03:18 PM

If your check clears you are good to go. They have big honking insurance policies and judging by some of the people out there, they arent too particular about who sails their boats away.

krozet 01-02-2010 08:41 PM


Originally Posted by sck5 (Post 556125)
If your check clears you are good to go. They have big honking insurance policies and judging by some of the people out there, they arent too particular about who sails their boats away.

You aren't kidding. :)

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