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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Houston, TX
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I'm sure you will find sailnet as great a resource as I have.
As for the BVI, My wife and I chartered there last Jan. That trip made the idea of excursions longer than daysails a reality for her and one she loved. She now has started sugesting that we buy a bigger boat, move onto it and eventually cast off and cruise....woohoo
I would recommend that you go in winter/spring, unless you plan on getting a boat with an A/C. We did a flotilla with Sunsail and I highly recommend it if you/her haven't sailed the BVI before. It helps a lot with planning, however, it is not designed to be a follow the leader type approach. The lead boat/hostess brief you on the next anchorage and then you meet them there. We actually left our flotilla for 2 days to go up to Anegada with another group and it wasn't any problem. The hostess makes dinner plans in most ports but attendance isn't required. One other advantage is having support (lead boat crew) closely available. A problem with our dinghy engine was solved on the spot instead of waiting 4 hours for a boat from the base to come out. And of course having 10 other boats in your group makes for instant and long-lasting friendships.
I can recommend two books for your wife and for that matter you:
First is Changing Course by Debra Cantrell
Second is It's Your Boat Too by Suzanne Giesmann
Both helped my wife and I realize our limitations and fears while preparing for a lifetime sailing together.
S/V Anything Goes
1987 Pearson 31-2