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08-09-2014 02:22 PM
ccriders
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Their website does not show any sailboats for charter, just large stinkers.
John
08-07-2014 01:56 PM
FarCry
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

I work for another charter company on St Thomas. In the last year or so 3 employees left VIP and now work at the same place I do. I keep my boat in the marina adjacent from them and can say they have a very small selection of sailboats compared to 8 years ago. If you Google them you can read reviews from a few different sources and make your own decisions. I have never chartered from them so I can't comment from that perspective. I do interact frequently with the ex-employees and hear their stories which could not be confused with "positive endorsements". I am also acquainted with a captain that used to work for them and has passed on some truly astounding stories. To counter that, I re-hydrate on occasion at a bar that is frequented by VIP charter guests. Some are coming off of a trip satisfied, others not at all...
08-06-2014 05:29 PM
CaptTony
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Just to put things in context, VIP had glowing reviews in 2002. Then a new post in 2013 slammed them. Is it possible they went that far downhill in the 11 years in between?

Sure would like to hear from other recent VIP charterers. I almost chartered from them this summer if they would have had a boat large enough for the group.
08-06-2014 12:38 PM
FarCry
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Quote:
Originally Posted by dinghygoddess View Post
We had no problem checking out of the BVIs at Jost Van Dyke or in St. John. We checked back in at the office in Tortola and that was a headache and several hours lost (they have no dinghy dock either and since we were returning to dock ahead of storm Bertha the harbor was rough). We resolved to only check in and out from JVD in future charters.
I'm confused by your post. Who did you charter with? Why would you return a VIP boat to Roadtown? Sorry if I'm missing something.
08-05-2014 10:06 PM
dinghygoddess
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

We had no problem checking out of the BVIs at Jost Van Dyke or in St. John. We checked back in at the office in Tortola and that was a headache and several hours lost (they have no dinghy dock either and since we were returning to dock ahead of storm Bertha the harbor was rough). We resolved to only check in and out from JVD in future charters.
01-25-2014 09:18 AM
ct00
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Laughing Pelican IV - have to wonder what happened to I, II, and III

Worst boat I have ever chartered by far
11-14-2013 03:43 PM
FarCry
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

Other than that, how did it go?
Is that boat called Laughing Pelican? Did you have any problems getting in and out of the marina at Compass Point?
11-11-2013 11:58 AM
ct00
Re: VIP Charters in St. Thomas

VIP Yacht charters
This. Is hopefully an objective review of VIP Yacht Charters. I say hopefully as we had a very one way experience so I do not want it to seem subjective. To mitigate that, this is basically a photo essay. Pictures speak a thousand words. We chartered the. 54ft Hylas thinking we were happy to pay the extra cost for a killer hylas and were sadly disappointed. I will say it sailed beautifully. Shame is was a junker otherwise. VIP offered us a measly $600 refund. Terrible company. Terrible service. Beware.

Hereís a list of the problems:

Broken electric winch
Broken fridge
Front cabin hatch screen ripped and covered in duct tape
Starboard galley window shattered and held together with tape
All wood finish falling off
Aft toilet broken - delayed leaving while being fixed
Fore toilet hand came off - had to create a makeshift cotter pin
Freezer stopped working temporarily
Sink pump macerator seized - had to drain trap and hand turn shaft with screwdriver to free up
Speed, wind speed and wind direction instruments broken
Depth gauge 2ft TOO SHALLOW
One person said draft was 5.5-6ft other said 7ft
Hatch Handles broken on a number of hatches
Anchor light broken
Only one side of toaster works and was full of cockroaches
Boat is very dirty and grungy - we washed part the second day
Water tank and fuel tank gauges don't work
Hull heavily fouled
Genoa rigged incorrectly (sheet inside of stays) had to rerig off shore
Mail rigged incorrectly - engineer noticed day we were leaving
When complaining about the broken fridge (didn't know about the problems with the freezer yet) was told "don't let it ruin your vacation"
No tool kit - if I didn't push to get some put onboard we would still have no sink pump
Broken zippers
Head replaced
Broken hand water pump
Rod to hold fridge lid open doesn't work
Bimini leaks like a j cloth - hasn't been treated
Boat is filthy
Main sheet improperly rigged
Sheets and lines mislabeled
Continually had to go into bilge and fix sink macerator
Mentioned a snub line for the anchor and was told don't worry
As for their powerboats, I can't say. However we were at the dock at the bitter end and one of them was there being repaired. We pulled up in our dinghy and asked what they thought of VIP as this was just after our genoa shredded. They said "we like them - a couple of repairs and we can move on"

Hundreds of COCKROACHES

www dot icloud dot com slash photostream slash #A4G4Tcsm9b2Ul
05-31-2002 10:50 AM
Valdare
VIP Charters in St. Thomas

zchill,

Send me an e-mail off line and I will try and answer any question you may have about VIP. I own a boat with them. They have a
web sight but it is under construction or you get the old one. Also by by-passing a broker you could probably save some bucks.
JAS@tcp-inc.com

John
CV/ "Better than Popcorn" USVI
SV/Valdaree Morgan 384
05-28-2002 03:22 PM
zchill
VIP Charters in St. Thomas

I''am actually shopping for a chartering broker, I have visited moorings and Tradewinds which both have their good sides but since hear good reviews for vip,Can anyone tell me the url of vip.
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