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08-15-2013 01:04 PM
TQA
Re: Captain for charter?

Haiti is a deeply disturbing contry to visit. A very corrupt beaucracy esp. at high levels and unbelievable poverty.

But it produces some great sailors. You see them tacking out of Nassau harbour in home built boats with no engine and recycled sails patched with flour sacks to head down through the Bahamas and back to Haiti with a cargo of who knows what.
08-14-2013 06:09 AM
Fau
Re: Captain for charter?

A river of trash is a disturbing image!
08-11-2013 03:00 PM
SwissMiss
Re: Captain for charter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by btrayfors View Post
There are very few options in Haiti. IMHO, it's not a great place to charter.

I'd fly to nearby USVI or, better, the BVI and charter there. Many, many options, including captains.

Bill

Yeah, we were rather astonished by the harbors. Not exactly the type of place
to find proper boat slips or supplies. However, the Haitians are extraordinarily proud and hospitable, despite their horrific situation. Unfortunately, we did come across a RIVER of trash, within their Caribbean, coming from Cité Soleil. Truly sad and concerning. Whether you are a humanitarian, or not, we MUST try to stop this type of pollution, or you can kiss your sailing goodbye. :-((
08-11-2013 10:30 AM
Barbie8Ken
Re: Captain for charter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by yachtguy View Post
To utchuckd:

I have a lot of charter experience, but used a captain in Greece because I wasn't familiar with the area. It was great. When we arrived in a crowded harbor, he called his friend, the dockmaster, and a space appeared miraculously. We got water at the local rate, not the tourist rate, and he sent us to some great restaurants off the tourist path.
We enjoy sailing all over in foreign waters and never considered hiring a local captain before, but your points make great sense and a very good reason for us to consider that. After all, getting a boat slip and a popular marina with local rates for water and dock space can pay for the captain! Thanks for the great tip!
07-07-2013 11:34 AM
yachtguy
Re: Captain for charter?

To utchuckd:

Keep in mind you have to feed the captain and provide a place for him to stay aboard. I have a lot of charter experience, but used a captain in Greece because I wasn't familiar with the area. It was great. When we arrived in a crowded harbor, he called his friend, the dockmaster, and a space appeared miraculously. We got water at the local rate, not the tourist rate, and he sent us to some great restaurants off the tourist path.

Something you should consider is combining a captain with charter instruction. Most of the sailing schools offer either ASA or US Sailing certification during a one-week charter. You're already paying for a captain: you might as well add a few hundred dollars to get a certificate that will be acceptable to charter companies in the future. Remember that a captained charter doesn't count for sailing experience with most of them, but a certificate does.
05-16-2013 05:17 PM
SwissMiss
Re: Captain for charter?

One of our sons broke his leg and had to be operated. Sailing not an option this year. Thanks anyway.
05-05-2013 04:52 PM
OxKaufman
Re: Captain for charter?

When and where do you plan chartering?
04-23-2013 03:01 AM
rgscpat
Re: Captain for charter?

One other option for those with limited experience might be a flotilla charter.
04-15-2013 07:05 PM
btrayfors
Re: Captain for charter?

Quote:
Originally Posted by SwissMiss View Post
Hello from Switzerland!
New to this idea and would appreciate any help or advice. We plan to visit our daughter in Haiti, late May, and would like to arrange a charter for our family (three adult children and my husband and I) NO SAILING experinence.

Therefore, would like to hire a captain and boat. Any suggestions?
There are very few options in Haiti. IMHO, it's not a great place to charter.

I'd fly to nearby USVI or, better, the BVI and charter there. Many, many options, including captains.

Bill
04-15-2013 02:18 PM
denverd0n
Re: Captain for charter?

No, you expressed yourself just fine. Can't get much more clear than "would like to hire a captain and boat."

I can't make any specific recommendations about what charters you might find in and around Haiti, but most bareboat charter companies will provide you with a captain if you want one, or you could look for a "crewed charter," which (obviously) includes crew in the cost.

This is a reputable company that arranges charters of all sorts, almost anywhere. You might try contacting them. http://ed-hamilton.com/

Good luck.
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