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Puerto Rico Bareboat

The last few winters I've bareboated the Windward Islands (Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Bequai, etc.) Originally was planning on Antigua and Barbuda for this year, but was thinking instead of doing Puerto Rico. I hate to go a year without stamping my passport, but there's direct flights from Chicago and no immigration to deal with etc, figure I can save a day or so of travel.

Any recommendations on where/who to bareboat out of and where to go?! I would be going sometime in April. First boat choice would be about a 38' Cat, but I'm usually not picky about charter boats. What are some price ranges?

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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

We had very good service from SailCaribe in Fajardo, PR this last November. You can sail from Fajardo and do a circuit of the SVIs (mainly Culebra and Vieques). They also offer one-ways from the BVIs to PR.

I don't think they have a 38 foot cat, but they do have a couple of 40 ft Lagoons.

The sample itinerary they list on sailcaribe.com was pretty reasonable. If you do the SVIs, you're best off with a clockwise circuit.That lets you get some upwind protection in the lee of Culebra, and a nice downhill ride down the south coast of Vieques, assuming prevailing trade winds. If you sail to Vieques, try to do it during a waning-to-new moon and take a BioBay tour.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

hi: check out Atlas Yachts/sail caribe and ask for Jim Viega.
They are located in Fajardo, PR. They do a great job.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

Hi,

To start, I'd direct you to Sail Caribe and owner Jim Veiga. Jim owns the only PR-based fleet of Lagoon cats, is very organized, service oriented, etc. He also has good itinerary suggestions. I was a dock neighbor for some years and we keep in touch now and then, very nice guy and his business is growing. Our nautical publication, with some articles in english sometimes, is called La Regata. They have a website with online issues. For Puerto Rico guides, the PR Tourism Company publishes "Que Pasa". Those three resources are good places to start.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

wow, good job Jim! Three referrals at the same time! As a local, good to know people are coming and enjoying their time! Just saw Jim's latest ad featuring a new Lagoon 39', so maybe you get to ride it first!
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Thanks all! Guess i know who to look up. Rates look good, sample itinerary are great too. Sound like a fun cruising ground.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

Overall, we enjoyed it a lot. We were there the week after Thanksgiving. I don't know if that's normally a slow week, but there were several nights where we had the anchorage all to ourselves. We've done the BVIs, Abacos, and SVG previously, and this was the first time that every happened.

If you do that itinerary, there are some things to keep in mind:

The suggestion to go to Cayo Palamino on the first night is more important than they make it sound. Assuming trade winds prevail, you will have a beat all the way to Culebra. You want to get as far north as you can before starting it. We went around the north side of Palamino and managed it in a single tack--but the wind was a bit north of east.

We arrived at Culebra on Sunday. That week, at least, Dewey pretty much rolled up the streets Sun-Wed. Most of the restaurants were only open Th-S. Both the Dinghy Dock and Mammacita's were closed and undergoing renovations. Word on the street was they were both going to open under new management. This was not a problem--but we had provisioned for a mix of dinners aboard and ashore based on our experiences with other cruising grounds. Next time there we will plan for more dinners aboard.

The passage from Culebra around the east end of Vieques can be a bit rough. OTOH, once we turned the corner, we had the nicest broad reach you can imagine (not to mention catching a 10 lb tuna, which helped with that whole provisioning thing). If you plan to stop at Esperanza, Vieques, be sure to ask Jim about the "Solitude" mooring ball. The restaurant El Quenepo in Esperanza was _amazing_.

The only real downside the fact that there are no docks in the SVIs that can handle a cruising sailboat. That means no chance to top off the freshwater tanks. SailCaribe will provide a couple of jerry jugs you can use to fill up from several locations--but that's a lot of work if you want to get more than the proverbial "drop in the bucket". We got by just fine, but only because I threatened the crew (8 people in a Lagoon 450) with strict water rationing.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

A few other points:

The cruising guides available for the SVIs are not nearly up to the quality of those for the BVIs or the windward islands. It's worth picking up Van Sant's "Thornless path" book just for the navigational advice.

Vieques still has some coastline that is restricted due to potential unexploded munitions. There are several anchorages where the various guides disagree on whether they are restricted or not. Jim's chart briefing was pretty conservative here--he had us stay away from any area where there was a question. This was not in any way a problem--there were still plenty of good places to overnight.

Vieques (particularly in Esperanza and Sun Bay) has had some recent rumors of dinghy theft. We did not have a problem in either place. I think the rumors are overblown, but probably have some roots in reality. But in any case, it was no worse than any of the more popular bareboat areas--just take reasonable precautions.
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Re: Puerto Rico Bareboat

Bacampebe,

Glad you had a nice time. We enjoyed our SVI trip back in 2009, had a fantastic time.

For others, and add us to the growing chorus of Sail Caribe/Jim Viega fans. He and his wife were both gracious and informative when we chartered a Hunter 38 out of their Fajardo base in 2009, and the following year when another charter firm couldn't deliver a promised vessel, Jim stepped in (with relatively short notice!) with a Hunter 45DS in the BVI for a trip we took to Anegada. When a minor issue with that boat arose, it was dealt with quickly. Highly recommended.

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