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Thinking of chartering a boat in BVI and sailing down to St Martin

I have two kids 8 & 5 and am thinking of chartering in BVI and sailing down to St Martin and perhaps as far as Guadaloupe. Is this a good idea with two kids? Who should I charter from? Can it be done comfortably in six weeks?
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Most charter companies in the BVI are restrictive about where you can sail. A French company in St Martin is much more likley to allow you to sail to Guadaloupe and Martinique.

BVI to St Martin is usually a 80 mile slog into the trades and the current. The sailing is much easier once you get to the St Martin especially with two children aboard. From St Martin you can usually sail island to island without resorting to the engine all the time.

We are presently in the lower Caribbean and I think the Grenadines are a much beter place to take children...my grandkids arrive from the UK in a week. Tobago Key is one of the most children friendly spots I have been.

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You could get your sailing fix by chartering in St Lucia and lets the kids enjoy the Grenadines or simply charter in the Grenadines. There is a Moorings base and a couple of charter companies on Union Island.

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I agree that it would be difficult if not impossible to find a charter outfit that would let you start at the BVIs and go that far east and south. It's much nicer sailing further down the chain, with nice 40 - 50 mile reaching legs between islands - and indeed the Tobago cays and other areas of the Grenadines are priceless.

Another advantage of choosing SVG is the fact that you can sail between numerous islands and anchorages without dealing with customs as you can easily stay withing "one country".
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Thanks for the input, i never thought of sailing that far south but i will spend some time searching the locations you mentioned. is it a big pain clearing customs in different countries?

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P.S. this is the first time ive gone online like this, this is great.
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