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maytrix
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Thoughts on getting to Tortola
      #1740336 - 08/06/17 08:40 PM (76.19.126.165)

As I am looking into our next trip and costs, it has become a lot more costly to fly into EIS, especially with 3 of us now.

So as I have been looking into the various options, I had a thought. Couldn't we hire a Captain for a day to bring the boat to us in St. Thomas? Pick us up and we sail back dropping the Captain off. Same thing returning back to STT.

I figure this is a nominal cost, prevents us from having to deal with C&I with a huge group coming off the ferry and gets us on the boat right away.

Thoughts?

And on a side note - does BVI VIP get you anything at the ferry, or is that still only at the airport?

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Matt


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DEL
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: maytrix]
      #1740337 - 08/06/17 08:58 PM (68.95.97.119)

Seems like the cost of a captain for a day (+ tip and meals and probably taxi from West End) plus a charter day (frequently 2X a sleep aboard) would be significant expenses. I guess it depends how much you dislike waiting in the C&I line in Road Town.

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Deepcut
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: DEL]
      #1740341 - 08/06/17 09:36 PM (96.32.194.30)

agree with Del.
Typically start day after we land in STT. We have been able to make ferry every trip to Road Town. Sleep Aboard ready for us a marina (air conditioner/lights on) and we get to boat about 5-6pm. Leave next morning after getting provisions delivered and settled in.
What are your intentions about provisions?

Not sure if BVI VIP gets you any VIP treatment at Ferry.

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Wes
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bukovsrp
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: maytrix]
      #1740342 - 08/06/17 11:39 PM (68.53.206.190)

On our last trip in June, we got to STT at 12:30. Kevin got us to ferry dock for 1:30 ferry. We cleared customs and at boat in Sopers Hole by 2:50. It was so easy, airfare was much less. The main thing though, is the connections were much better and we got on boat sooner than the SJU/EIS route.

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warren460
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: bukovsrp]
      #1740346 - 08/07/17 06:59 AM (99.228.220.74)

Matt won't be charged for the extra days or sleep aboard on his boat. I think that he is on to something. But is a captain all that is needed? How about a crew? And 2 days food.

Re the ferry dock. I have been told no to west end and yes to road town. We went through road town on July 28th and nobody from the VIP club was there in spite of assurances that they would be.

I guess it's hit and miss.

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Warren
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CDavis2
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: warren460]
      #1740348 - 08/07/17 07:32 AM (24.30.77.119)

We take this approach on most of our trips and it works very well. We usually check back in at Great Harbour after picking up the boat in Red Hook. Please keep in mind that American Yacht Harbor will charge you a small fee for the drop off. There are also good provisioning options on St Thomas that are less expensive if your schedule allows for a short stop.

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CaptainJay
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: CDavis2]
      #1740349 - 08/07/17 08:08 AM (199.77.132.36)

Matt you could just fly yourself in the day before to Tortola and pick the boat up and meet the rest of the crew in Red Hook.

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GeorgeC1
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: CaptainJay]
      #1740351 - 08/07/17 08:33 AM (108.213.0.118)

The ferries were really bad two years ago. They have improved quite a bit lately. I think the whole avoid the ferry at any cost is getting a bit overblown. The bigger issue is the poor customs clearance process at Roadtown. You can avoid that by clearing at WestEnd and cabbing up.
G


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CHS_JDE
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: GeorgeC1]
      #1740352 - 08/07/17 09:38 AM (206.74.253.18)

Would be interested to hear if any others find it better to clear in to West End than RoadTown

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xrayman67
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Re: Thoughts on getting to Tortola [Re: CaptainJay]
      #1740353 - 08/07/17 10:13 AM (69.85.255.97)

Quote:

CaptainJay said:
Matt you could just fly yourself in the day before to Tortola and pick the boat up and meet the rest of the crew in Red Hook.



Some charter companies require a minimum of 2 persons aboard to leave the marina.

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Adrian


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