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Topic Review (Newest First)
02-26-2010 06:58 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 05:53 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 10:01 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 05:25 PM
AmCala
Link

Yes, the link you posted (Beneteau 393) is Am Cala.
02-05-2010 06:37 PM
rundugrun
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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 03:17 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 03:15 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 05:41 PM
rundugrun AmCala,

Tell me more about your experience with North South... Thanks!
09-27-2009 09:15 PM
AmCala
Charter Options in Tortola

I recently purchased a Moorings 404 coming out of charter in the Southern Caribbean. I now keep her in Tortola. I've previously chartered with the Moorings and Sunsail all over the world, but always used North South Yacht Vacations when in the BVIs. Never disappointed.

My experiences with NSYV were always perfect. Now - while I'm away from the Caribbean I use North South to take care of her and make her available for charter until my next trip south. If you wan to check out my blog - reply to this post. There are links to NSYV if you wan to check them out too.

Fair winds and calm seas, Am Cala...
04-07-2009 07:06 PM
FairwindSD Footloose is the sister company to Moorings. So if you go footloose, you'll get a moorings boat, just 2-3 years older (Moorings boats are about 0-4 yrs old). We went through Moorings and wouldn't have changed a thing. If you go with an older boat, just be sure that deisel is in good shape.
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