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Whether aboard a large luxury yacht charter with crew looking after your every need, or a bareboat sailing yacht, a catamaran charter British Virgin Islands will allow you to enjoy the best of the Leeward Island group and Virgin Islands.
Enjoy a rum cocktail on the beach or revel in the Caribbean Sea's famously steady trade wind sailing conditions - there are few things to beat a catamaran charter BVI. Caribbean yacht charter at its absolute finest!
There are 45 islands in the chain, and every one is worth a pause whether to enjoy the natural beauty or to party til dawn. Let's take a look at a few.
As well as the more refined places to relax and enjoy the gentle pace, there are a few places you shouldn't miss on a BVI yacht charter that are a little louder. Among the world renowned party spots are:
With the top end, reliably good sailing to be had with the trade winds, beautiful beaches and different shades of fun to be had ashore, the British Virgin Island chain is one of the best locations for a Catamaran charter British Virgin Islands. With your catamaran as a base, and perhaps crew to help you on your week or two of fun afloat, you're not going to find many better places in the world.
A luxury yacht charter is one of the best ways to enjoy a BVI yacht charter vacation. With an often large vessel just for you and your fellow charter guests' use, the captain and crew will look after your every need afloat. They will look after the tender as you venture ashore on islands like Hallovers Bay and Oil Nut Bay, and perhaps make suggestions as to the best spots to enjoy a first class meal or activity of your choice. Life aboard is about chill too, with the captain and crew ensuring you have the best possible time afloat on your BVI yacht charter.
Though you will often have to have a sailing license for a larger vessel, a bareboat charter will give you complete freedom and privacy to do what you want. Unlike a monohull sailing yacht, a catamaran will often come with en suite heads in all the staterooms, an AC generator and all the comforts of home as you captain your own ship.
A captained catamaran charter can range from a 46ft+ catamaran. The captain aboard will look after the sailing and make suggestions as to your next destinations, with you playing as much or as little a role in getting from A-B as you want. It is customary to pay a tip at the end of the trip, on top of the $100-$150 a day fee for the captain you pay as well as the basic charter fee.
A crewed yacht charter could mean a 60ft yacht with captain and crew, but could also mean a superyacht or crewed charter with a team of people looking after your every need. As well as sailing the vessel up the Leeward Island chain, they will cook, look after the housekeeping and water toys, and provide you with the service you expect at the top end of yacht charter vacation experiences.
Ranging from a 40ft yacht to much, much larger, this will be enjoyable to sail (particularly with the wind aft of the beam) and unlike a monohull sailing yacht will often have en suite heads in all the staterooms. You will have plenty of entertainment space aboard and even the smaller vessels will have room for water toys such as paddleboards and kie surfing gear or even diving gear and jet skis. If the windage of the catamaran gets too much, powerful twin engines will be able to get you upwind to your next destination too!
Ranging from 46ft to over 100ft LOA, you can charter a luxury motor yacht catamaran with crew or bareboat. Thanks to the wider beam they are more stable than a monohull motor yacht (no one going green at sea unless too much rum was involved!) and much faster. This may mean a longer trip to St Croix, St John, Puerto Rico or even the Windward Islands is feasible. The larger luxury motor yachts will have space for larger water toys as well.
Likely flying in to Tortola from St John in the US Virgin Islands, you will be in for a great time on your boat charter, no matter what you want from it. Tortola is at the center of the BVI chain, with the Little Sisters of Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island, Cooper Island and Ginger Island to the south. Just visiting these with their reefs for snorkeling and delightful resorts can be enough on a BVI yacht charter for a week.
Other small islands in the BVI archipelago are Guana Island, Scrub Island, Beef Island and indeed, Necker Island (a private island and excusive resort to the north of Virgin Gorda). Jost Van Dyke is a short sail to the north, and the farthest flung is Anegada to the NE. All of these have their own attractions from beach bars to relaxed resorts and beautiful beaches.
You may choose to join your boat charter in the US Virgin Islands thanks to their air links to Miami. You could join in St Thomas, St John and sail into BVI waters that way. Whatever you do, be prepared for a week or two of serious fun on your yacht charter vacation!
A BVI yacht charter vacation will differ as to your tastes and who you have in your group. Whether on a bareboat charter or luxury yacht charter, those without children may wish to over-indulge at a beach bar or two to see if the rumours about them are true. Again, without children and as a couple you may choose to hit an exclusive resort or two on your sailing vacation.
With kids or less energetic folk in your midst, go swimming, snorkeling or just wander the beaches. Drop anchor off a cove and dream you're on your very own Treasure Island.
You will want to sail for several hours a day - with the near perfect sailing conditions this is unmissable. Watching the marine life from the windward rail on a beam reach as the catamaran bounds across the sea will be an unforgettable experience.
As such your typical day could be a mix of things, from an early start to blast off to the next island to waking up at lunchtime feeling a little green around the gills and thanking your crew for getting you back aboard. The choice is down to you.
From its fashionable resorts, to jaw dropping scenery and perfect temperatures, a British Virgin Island yacht charter vacation in BVI is something that cannot be missed. You can party the night away at one of the world renowned beach bars, chill on an almost empty beach and enjoy the world-class sailing to be had, perhaps on one of the many sailing regattas. A BVI charter is one of those sailing vacations you will never forget!
A luxury yacht charter broker like Borrow a Boat can help you arrange your sailing vacation in advance, ensuring you get the right yacht for your budget and tastes. We can also suggest destinations and arrange for any extra requirements you may wish for.
Where it comes to a British Virgin Island catamaran charter, the best time of year is November, December and January with times outside school vacations a lot quieter. Perfect for a bit of winter sun!
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Whether you are planning a romantic escape, a family celebration or an important corporate event, we will handle all logistical preparations to make your yacht charter the experience of a lifetime. We can help with logistics, including pre-and post- charter hotel stays -as well as embarkation. Book a private helicopter charter to land on your own superyacht helipad or step aboard a glamorous limousine tender that will take you in style from the port to your anchorage. Our experienced local teams in each destination take care of all the logistics on your behalf, ensuring you arrive onboard your luxury yacht relaxed and ready to enjoy your vacation.
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The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
You will typically pay 50% up front on reserving the catamaran hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company and they can typically send someone from the charter base
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the catamaran before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool in the evenings.
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. If you choose to have a skipper on board your catamaran you won't require licences.
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