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Re: Help a rookie figure out how to bareboat charter
USVI and nearby BVIs around the Francis Drake channel are the "chevy malibu" for charter snowbirds, might as well start there.
I did this 35 years ago, maybe it was more casual then? But we were 3 boats, 5 "adults" ranging 23-27 years old, and 19 prep school kids from Mass., in March, for 10 days on C&C Landfall 42s--.
I had the experience, one other guy did too, and the other adults didn't but were capable of following directions. It was fun!! No certs even existed then, I don't believe. We convinced the charter folks we'd be okay (they were worried about our sanity with the kids, they later confessed with a smile).
I started out thinking "wouldn't this be fun without the kids" but it turned out to be more fun with them. They learned a lot (including the part where they could buy Cruzan rum for a buck and a quarter a fifth if you looked to be at least 12 years old) and we got around out to Tortola and Virgin Gorda/Bitter End and back, from St Thomas. Initial sunburns and hangovers did not quite require hospitalization and they learned from it and cooled it back thereafter.
I from New England, stocked up on paper charts before we left and got laughed at down there, they gave us a little placemat-type "chart" and a photo binder of good anchorages. It was simple, steady 15-20 easterly, and way fun.
So I don't know what prices are like now, is there still Foxy's on JVD, and Tiny Snell's in Trellis bay??
Some day maybe I'll go again. Are there some teenagers whose parents will pay for it? :-)
Last edited by nolatom; 05-30-2013 at 05:28 PM.