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Re: Charter Companies for Phuket
I basically agree with Minnewaska. I've only done 2 charters, one with the Moorings in the windward isles or the Caribbean, and one with a smaller operation (BVI Yacht Charters) in the BVIs. Since the OP specifically asked about the VIs, I hope nobody gets upset for me talking about it.
The moorings boat had a genset, but it had just been rebuilt and the head wasn't properly mated to the block. Our skipper didn't try running it before we shoved off (lesson learned!). Since we were a bunch of racers and were going downwind, the Moorings wasn't able to replace our boat in a timely fashion. So, we just bought ice for the fridge and had low batteries all the time. Somewhere more dense, I'm sure they'd be able to swap the boat out quickly. They also didn't provide things like matches for the stove, etc.
With BVI Yacht Charters, perhaps I'm being unfair, because the boat was only on it's 3rdish charter (it was post-Irma, so most of the fleet was new). There were a few small issues with the boat that I pointed out during the pre-leaving inspection. Most of them (rusty lock, torn canvas on the bimini, etc) they fixed before the chart briefing. They provided matches and all the other little niceties. They were also cheaper than the Moorings. They did go over the boat with a fine-toothed comb when I returned it, but didn't ding me for anything.
So, I agree. Nobody ever got fired for going with the Moorings, but if you have some sort of local knowledge about smaller charter operations, then you can definitely do better.
To answer the original question, I know nothing about charter companies in Phuket. Phang Na bay is amazing, though. However, there are an insane number of fish traps, so be careful.