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01-05-2002 06:57 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

I chartered with the Moorings and am planning on booking yet another charter with them. From some postings on other boards (and I suggest you check and the BVI section) it appears that Sunsail for some bizarre reason was becoming even more costly than the Moorings.

You can read my trip report at where I also have several links to BVI related sites that might be helpful

Whomever you go with you should have a blast!

Happy Sailing!

12-20-2001 11:49 AM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

We went with the Moorings for our first bareboat charter in the BVI last May. The club line isn''t too bad price-wise and our boat was in pretty decent shape. Most of the charter sailboats we saw in the area looked to be in pretty good condition but a number of the power boats looked in pretty rough shape. The Moorings is a volume operation and although the service is good, its not excessively personal

John Calhoon
American Pie
12-08-2001 07:23 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

I have a 38 Admiral cat with Horizon in Grenada. I have been very pleased with all the dealing I have had with them.e-mail for more info.
11-15-2001 11:28 AM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

My favorite is TMM in Roadtown, Tortola. They manage boats in a more independent realtionship with boat owners, so I feel like they tend to take better care of their boats. I own a Lagoon 380 (in charter) there and get constant, positive feedback about TMM''s service and friendliness from my chaterers.

Older boats can be a bargain, but problems are more likely, especially with management outfits that are not extremely vigilant and proactive in their maintenance.

Frank Burkle
11-13-2001 06:28 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

About Horizon, chartered with them last June and loved them. Still prefer Beneteaus to Bavarias though in June since the Bavarias don''t ventilate as well in the cabin. (Though the bavarias sail like a dream). Also, don''t go overboard with ample hamper provisioning!! It''s pretty easy to get stuff wherever you go and the food doesn''t keep very well in battery fridges.
11-03-2001 02:22 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

Our one and only experience in the BVI was with TMM. Clean well maintained equipment, wonderful people. We are going back in 02 and the thought of changing has never come to mind.
10-07-2001 09:25 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

Horizon has 2 charter bases. One in Nanny Cay Tortola, BVI and one in Grenada. I know both Sylia and her partner and they run a very professional business. I have a boat that I keep in Nanny Cay and see them quite often.

Their boats are relatively new Bavarias and they keep them exceptionally well maintained. Horizon is a reliable charter company and very honest people to do business with. Ther sample itineraries are well thought out and I would let them do the provisioning for you. Ample Hamper is a good place to get qulity food and provisions and Horizon can handle that for you.

If there is something specific you would like to know about Horizon, please contact me here on the message board or at CaptainRonBVI@AOL.COM.

Hope this helps you.

Captain Ron
10-06-2001 11:57 AM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

I talked to a few charter companies at the Annapolis boat show yesterday. One that I am considering is Horizon Yacht Charters. Does anyone know anything about them?
09-22-2001 12:26 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

Recommend SUNSAIL.
Have chartered with them five times. Beneteau 50'', 35'', 35''CC, 40'' twice over the last seven years and am doing so again in 02.
Have found their boats to be in excellent condition. All have been no older then two years. Have found their service to be excellent although we really had no serious issues. Staff well informed and organized. All arraignments made by telephone and whenever questions or concerns arose prior to charter time their staff when contacted addressed concerns to our satisfaction.
Have also chareted with TRADEWINDS and NORTH/SOUTH. Older boats, some minor problems, less exspensive. We say, "you get what you pay for". Would charter with TRADEWINDS again.
08-27-2001 02:32 PM
Ratings for Caribbean Sailing Charters ?

I have used Tradewind on two occasions. I''ve found them to be friendly and helpful and a great bargain. I''ve chartered a 94 Beneteau 38 which was in very good condition and a group recently chartered a 52'' cat that had a few problems with the generator flipping the circuit breaker. I don''t know anything about their "Premier" fleet, but I''m sure they maintain them as beautifully as their older fleet. Overall you get alot for your dollar. I''m chartering a Ben 40.5 with them in the Grenadines in Sept. and I''ll report back my experience at that base.

Dr. Jon
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