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Re: Caribbean Planning

The market in the BVI is quite good if you are looking for an ex-charter boat. The good news is that you don't need to travel away from your computer to look for possible boats as just about everybody uses www.yachtworld.com and you can narrow down your selection quite easily. A "cruising boat" in the Caribbean is somewhat different from the rest of the world; the conditions there are generally benign during the cruising season and anchorages are usually easily reached. All the islands are within a day or at most 2 days of sailing from their neighbors. You don't need an expedition boat and although I hesitate to say it, a catamaran is a pretty good and comfortable platform.

As others have said, you won't find crew positions on cruising boats. You might find a boat willing to take you from A to B on passage, but even that is sometimes difficult to do. Crewing during regattas is easy, just show up at event like the Heineken Regatta in St. Martin or Antigua Sailing Week and you are almost guaranteed to find an open slot somewhere.


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