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03-17-2015 01:42 PM
kellysails
Re: Conch Charter BVI STAY AWAY

Quote:
Originally Posted by SensationalSailing View Post
I also chartered with Conch Charters and had nothing but headaches. Basically, poor attitudes, substandard boats and people that don't care that they've ruined your vacation.
Like Others have said, there is lots of competition out there, WHY TAKE A CHANCE for heavens sake!!??
I have had five (or is it six) great charters on Conch. They have some great boats and they have some tomatoes. The Beneteau Cyclades 43 and their Beneteau M393's are GREAT boats. I also sailed a Jeanneu 42 that was very good. Avoid any Hunters there, and any boat over 12 years old. They are a busy operation and owned by a small group of caring folks. Our first charter with them was in 1996 (Bene 432) and we have never straid off their path, albeit in Greece and Croatia we used other companies for obvious reasons

I do notice that you have only posted once to this site, that seems odd.
03-17-2015 08:55 AM
chipba
Re: Bareboat charter companies in the BVI

I've chartered twice in Tortola - both 40' monohulls. The first time with Sunsail. Sunsail was a class operation - waiting area with bar, well equipped and well maintained boat, courteous staff. My last trip, at the suggestion of a charter broker (Ed Hamilton Co), was less than enjoyable at BVI Yacht Charters. The charter base in located in a run down industrial area with chickens running around and dilapidated boats in front of the office. The showers at the base had drain issues and you ended up with two inches of water on the floor. The boat had many issues as well. Mainsail would stick in the mast and you had to manually pull it down, the shower drain was plugged and we had to bail it out, the bathroom doors fell off, the water pump leaked into the bilge, etc. There were also a lot of little things that wouldn't work or had missing parts so you ended up having to improvise fixes. As a sailor for 30 years I realize that there may be some items that you have to work around when you own a boat - but that's' when YOU own it. When you spend thousands of dollars to rent a boat for a week the expectation is that the boat is very well maintained. You won't find that at BVI Yacht Charters!
02-26-2010 05:58 PM
SensationalSailing
Conch Charter BVI STAY AWAY

I also chartered with Conch Charters and had nothing but headaches. Basically, poor attitudes, substandard boats and people that don't care that they've ruined your vacation.
Like Others have said, there is lots of competition out there, WHY TAKE A CHANCE for heavens sake!!??
02-26-2010 04:53 PM
NZMarinerandGang
Same Experience with Conch!

I could have written this review Family O Fun. I think it USED to be a good, quality and reputable company but perhaps new ownership or partnership is ruining it.
There are a few people there who seem to care but the rest have lost their groove.
It is painful when you spend a lot of money on a vacation like this with airfares, hotels, etc and have this kind of thing happen.
Better luck next time!
Sam
02-24-2010 09:01 PM
familyofun
Do not recommend Conch

We just returned from a trip in which we chartered bareboat through Conch and I have the following to say about our experience with them. The boat was about what we expected however it was not really very inviting. For example, we had pillows that were about 100 years old that stank to high heaven along with tissue paper sheets that also stunk. Housekeeping was generally very poor-dirty cutlery and utensils, etc. Had to give the place a scrub down, but unfortunately had to live with the bedding the whole trip. Two heads would not stop stinking. We could overlook all of this with the right concern from the operators however Customer service was dismal. Phone calls not returned in general. When we did get a voice, there was basically no answer to our query on equipment that would not stop beeping or missing integral equipment.

We still managed to have an absolutely FANTASTIC time and learned to overlook or live with this aspect, but the salt on the wound was when we returned to Conch. First, they quickly closed shop and left us without water for the night. However not before sticking it to us as follows: We had run over the whaler line prior to returning. Line was cleanly severed however they called it prop wrap and quickly put through our $1500 Damage deposit . Just a tad slimy. I know this company started out with a Canadian couple who were know to 'care', however, perhaps they've grown tired of the business or are entrusting the wrong staff. We payed this company an extra $250 to sleep on board before our flights and the first thing we saw upon arriving home was an email complaining that we didn't do the dishes (with no water?).

Anyway, there are lots and lots of options out there (my husband has had plenty of previous good experience with Moorings) and I'd suggest if you are looking for a good deal, but still want to savor your hard earned vacation, find a company with a personal touch. I could add a lot to this review, but I think I've said enough.

Have a great trip!!
02-23-2010 04:25 PM
AmCala
Link

Yes, the link you posted (Beneteau 393) is Am Cala.
02-05-2010 05:37 PM
rundugrun
Quote:
Originally Posted by AmCala View Post
I bought a Beneteau 393 last year in the SE Caribbean and have listed it with NS for this season. Light usage, refit, new sails suggests it may be in better shape than what is on the Moorings docks. Check the prices and see what you think.
Is your boat the one at the link below?

Beneteau 393
02-05-2010 02:17 PM
AmCala I bought a Beneteau 393 last year in the SE Caribbean and have listed it with NS for this season. Light usage, refit, new sails suggests it may be in better shape than what is on the Moorings docks. Check the prices and see what you think.
02-05-2010 02:15 PM
AmCala First chartered with them back in the early 80s when they were on Gorda, then many more times since. They generally have boats older than 4 years. I'd ask the age, then consider the value proposition. They are currently operating out of the Prospect Reef Marina (a few boats still down at Nanny Cay). I've never had any performance or mechanical issues - the boats are well stocked and maintained. The staff are great and the long term manager (Chandi) is awesome and will do everything to ensure you are well taken care of.
02-01-2010 04:41 PM
rundugrun AmCala,

Tell me more about your experience with North South... Thanks!
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