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Cheap Chartering #217693
02/14/2020 02:52 PM
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Good afternoon. My husband and I just finished ASA sailing certifications and we can't wait to get back. I'm looking for tips from this community about how to charter for less. I've checked with several of the charter companies and rates seem to be similar for similar sized vessels. Just wondering if there's a cheaper alternative. TIA!

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Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217697
02/14/2020 03:06 PM
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In the words of the great William "Smokey" Robinson.."You'd better shop around". There are so many companies out there now..large and small in the BVI's and USVI's ( Shout out to Capt Jay) that a few e mails and phone calls may well get you a decent deal.

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217701
02/14/2020 04:09 PM
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I don't have first hand experience but many folks on this board speak well of Captains Compass. Older well maintained boats. I think they are a sponsor.

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217719
02/14/2020 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by RebeccaTN
Good afternoon. My husband and I just finished ASA sailing certifications and we can't wait to get back. I'm looking for tips from this community about how to charter for less. I've checked with several of the charter companies and rates seem to be similar for similar sized vessels. Just wondering if there's a cheaper alternative. TIA!


You usually get what you pay for.
I would suggest instead of trying to find the boat where you need to bring your own tool box that you instead look at chartering in low season and charter a smaller boat or find someone to split the charter costs with. The costs in low season ore substantially less expensive plus if you are somewhat new to the charter/sailing fun the, conditions in terms of wind/wave plus crowds are better suited to someone with less experience.


Life's short - sail more!
Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217724
02/14/2020 08:20 PM
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Thread title= Oxymoron?


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I spent my money on booze, broads, and boats...the rest I wasted.
Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217726
02/14/2020 08:23 PM
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My perception is that it has gotten harder to find low cost charters. We chartered a couple of times from North South, which is gone. Their boats were not in great condition, but we had a blast anyway and appreciated the savings. Then we used Footloose several times. They're still around, but only have cats, not the lower-cost monohulls we used to charter. Captains Compass lost their monohulls in hurricane Irma.

Given the ongoing struggles to recover from Irma, I'm ok with paying a bit more to help the BVI economy. But it just seems like chartering is heading in a more luxury-oriented direction.

By the way, our last charter (pre-Irma -- it's been too long) was with TMM. It was our most expensive charter to date, but I must say it was a beautiful boat in great shape. They're now down to just one monohull.

Dan cheers

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217728
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Really appreciate all the input. I don’t mind an older boat as long as it’s in good repair. The catamaran we were on for our ASA certifications had all kinds of problems so we got some unexpected lessons in boat repair smile.

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #217739
02/15/2020 06:45 AM
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Ahoy Captain, Sorry, not cheap, but a Great Value with ' thecaptainscompass.com ' with the Leopard 43/42 with 4Bed and 4Baths for 10 Nights this Spring and Summer for $3850.

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #218109
02/19/2020 12:04 PM
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I have used Captains Compass...older boats - yes...bring your own toolbox - no. Everything worked as it was supposed to,

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #218112
02/19/2020 12:17 PM
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if you can do things last minute 'latesail.com' are quite good with offers, you're better to call them than rely on their website imo.

Re: Cheap Chartering [Re: RebeccaTN] #218115
02/19/2020 12:47 PM
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Some of us work directly with charterers to give them good deals compared to many of the companies. I wouldn't necessarily call them cheap charters - like agrimsrud said, often you get what you pay for.

Also, sign up for the email lists from individual boats, since I know I send out occasional deals. Also worthwhile to email or message an owner with your dates, and ask what sort of deal you can get - or make an offer! Especially true for last minute trips. Like Manpot said, you're going to end up shopping around a bit, but its fun, and I think, worth it!

Feel free to check out my site (www.syTimeWillTell.com) and send me a message!


-Peter


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