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07-17-2011 08:06 PM
Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Ed Hamilton's is a great resource. I have used them a couple of times for my charters.
Absolutely agree - we used them for a charter in March and everything worked perfectly. They found us a 3 year old 4 cabin 47 footer for $5K for a week. Shared 5 ways it was no more expensive than a decent hotel room. The wind instruments weren't working but everything else was fine. A similar boat from the Moorings would have been nearly $8K

Originally Posted by treilley View Post
Anagada does have the most beautiful beaches and the handful of restaurants are definitely more family oriented.
Also has the reputation of being a ships graveyard. VERY careful planning and piloting are essential. On our charter the insurance didn't cover going there.
07-12-2011 03:39 PM
maccauley123 JK, I think you will also have a great time. We did, probably with the choice we made it just was not what we imagined as I described. Probably with some more knowledge before hand, which we tried to get, we would have been able to find what we were looking for. We had been to St John before and our expectations were based on what we found there, thinking the Virgin Islands would all be similar.

Regarding your questions.
- We took out Shiraz which is a 40' Beneteau and is 11' longer than the 29' Ericson I sail at home. The boat did not feel as big as I thought it would and was very manageable. You should do fine. My only complaint with the boat was the cockpit was so big and the main and jib sheets so far apart it was hard making sail adjustments on my own sometimes. Not setup for easy singlehanding. I'm not sure I liked the dual helm arrangement either as I found I always picked the starboard helm for some reason, regardless of what tack we were on. Maybe just needed to get used to it. Otherwise was good.
- No one in particular at BVIYC I would recommend, everyone I dealt with was great.
- Returning the boat was easy. We had a 2:30 flight out on Saturday so spent the last night at Great Harbor on Peter Island and motored over early Saturday morning. We left at 7am and were at the fuel dock by 8am. Once we tied up at the fuel dock they took over filling up the tank and bringing to her slip. We cleaned up our garbage, packed and did the boat checkout which was easy and no problems. We caught the 10am fast ferry over to St Thomas and got to the airport in plenty of time for our flight. The security line was scary long but moved very quickly we were pleased to find.

Have a blast and can't wait to see what your experience is.

Tim M
07-11-2011 05:08 PM
jackdale I know that it is a long way away, but my favourite spot for history and culture, and a few beaches is Turkey. I once had to move my boat ahead when stern-tied becuase my rudder was over a column in the water.
07-11-2011 03:49 PM
Tim R. Ed Hamilton's is a great resource. I have used them a couple of times for my charters.

Anagada does have the most beautiful beaches and the handful of restaurants are definitely more family oriented.

Foxy' Taboo on little Jost is very nice and there are a couple of very private beaches near the anchorage.

We also went to big Jost and met some locals who gave us a great tour of the island.

Peter Island has good hiking to a very nice beach on the east side of the island.

Baths are best when picking up a mooring early in the morning near the little beach at the South end(devil's cove?) and walking towards the more public beach area.

The Caves on Norman Island are also a great place to check out.

BVI Charter 2009
07-11-2011 02:16 PM
jkimberly Hi Maccauley123,

I was interested to read your take on BVI chartering, especially with BVIYC, as we're heading down there in two weeks. I've been dreaming of doing a BVI charter for sometime an it's finally happened. In all the years of looking, not doing, I also came across Ed-Hamilton and have found them to be very good, knowledgable professionals who go out of their way to guide. They were able to answer all of the questions that you just can't get answered from a website.

We are also planning a counter-clockwise rotation of Tortola but with BVIYC, we're taking advantage of the 10 for 7 deal offered during the summer months. I to have read that the weather is hotter and rainier then but I think I'd rather be there in heat and rain than in Connecticut (in heat and rain)!

Which boat did you take? We've signed up for Ruby; a 38' Beneteau. This boat is about 11' longer than the one I currently sail at home (26' Seafarer)
Anyone in particular at BVIYC we should ask for?
We're also using Bobby's Market for provisioning, nice to hear you had a good experience with them!
What about returning the boat? What time did you get back to the dock and how was the clean-up/turn over?

The current plan is to head to Peter Island first, Spanish Town (Virgin Gorda) and the baths, North Sound for 2-3 days, reach across the north coast of Tortola to Jost Van Dyke then Norman. Unfortunately, the weather I've been seeing for the BVI's over the past couple of weeks has been rain with wind/rain and a chance of rain. Hopefully we'll get a weather window?

Looking forward to the trip in any event and will be sure to post an update upon our return.

07-10-2011 02:01 PM
FarCry It sounds like you had a good time despite not everything meeting your expectations. Since I live and sail around here year round and do charter briefings, a few things caught my attention. Did you make it clear to whomever did your chart briefing what specifically you were interested in? Did you say you were more interested in quieter beaches and hiking than in beach bars? Playing averages, most of the year, the vast majority of the folks I deal with are here for the bars and associated "action". This time of year all the charter companies offer steep discounts and kids are out of school which tends to bring more families. Generally when I see a family I'm giving clear warnings about what sort of things that occur on the Willy T.

To help you better understand where to find more sand, trails and fewer bars please visit Traveltalkonline dot com. There is a enormous amount of info there that will better prepare you for a return visit. Hopefully you will come back. From what you are describing, I would suggest you look at St John in the USVI. Very few beach bars. Many secluded beaches. Miles of hiking trails with historic ruins to explore.

Feel free to PM me for any other info.
07-07-2011 04:14 PM
maccauley123 Everything we heard was this was a great time to go. The winds are not supposed to be as strong as during December and January and the temps are basically the same. With the 20 know winds we saw on average I think this was pretty close to winter conditions. Not expected but made for good sailing conditions.

We had Cane Garden Bay as a possible stop but decided on Little Jost Van Dyke instead. We had not planned on Anegada because I thought it was off limits to charterers. Our charter company said we could go as long as we cleared with them first and the weather looked OK. Decided against it because we were leaving Virgin Gorda Thursday and at that point did not have enough time.
07-07-2011 01:25 PM
chrondi Your story proves that certainly this is not the best season of the year to sail in the Caribbean, Leewards and Windwards alike!
Not only is the weather very hot but also too humid and hence unstable and stormy.
07-07-2011 01:18 PM
tempest Sounds like a bumpy start with the flights and getting to know the boat systems which can dampen spirits. I've always been lucky with the weather in's sounds like you had a few bouncy days.

I tend to agree with your assessment that there's an emphasis on beach bars and the focus is definitely not on kids. Willy T's is definitely not a family spot in my experience.

However, we've taken hikes on most of the popular spots..Norman Island, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda ..( a loop around the Bitter End yc) are always great for stretching your legs. They don't advertise the trails..and we rarely see anyone else on them while we're there. With the exception of the trail up the hill at the baths. ..

One of my favorite beaches is the one at Cane Garden can be a little crowded if a cruise ship is in..or rough in a swell....I've been lucky with perfect beach days on my visits...

If you do go again, and feel can head to anagada and long stretches of empty beaches...

Overall, it sounds like a success.. At least your teenagers stayed awake..
I took my teenage nephew on a trip and he slept for 5 days...only waking up at meal time...
07-07-2011 12:42 PM
Originally Posted by maccauley123 View Post
Despite the areas we were not so pleased with it was a great trip and enjoyed much of it. Our daughter goes to college in the fall and it was a wonderful opportunity to spend time together as a family and we succeeded in creating a lot of wonderful memories.
Sounds like this was clearly in the win column for you and your family!
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