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Best charter companies for Virgin Islands #248586
02/27/2021 02:13 PM
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Hi, I'm looking to charter a couple of cats in the Virgin Islands and would love any suggestions for the best companies to charter through. There seems to be a ton of companies and brokers and it's hard to sift through them all. Who would you recommend? Any issues with booking through a broker? Thanks.

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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248596
02/27/2021 04:41 PM
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Are looking in the British or US Virgins?


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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248610
02/27/2021 08:11 PM
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If looking to charter in the USVI (bareboat or with a captain), you can do no better than CYOA Yacht Charters. Other charters companies are actually sending some of their boats to CYOA for much needed maintenance so they can be safely and reliably chartered.

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: Orange_Burst] #248618
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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: BaardJ] #248619
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Thank you!

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248620
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CYOA may not have the right size cats for my weeks, but Dream Yacht might. What's their reputation?

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248626
02/28/2021 12:38 AM
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They stopped paying the owners in their Guaranteed Income program. I spoke with several DYC charterers in Jan and Feb while I sailing for 4 werks in the USVI that complained about the sorry state of maintenance of their boats. I suspect they are cutting out ad much maintenance as possible to minimize their negative cash flow. Buyer/charterer beware.

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248686
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If CYOA doesn’t have what you want, try Navigare. Several companies, including Navigare have moved boats to the USVI’s. I heard that Moorings was moving boats there too. Not sure when.


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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: Orange_Burst] #248688
02/28/2021 08:22 PM
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There are sooooo many DYC boats at Compass Point Marina right now and I have heard more than a few recent DYC charter horror stories. We saw several Navigare boats out around STJ last week. Moorings had half a dozen or so anchored in the Yacht Haven Grand area when we passed by on the way to the airport Friday. Personally, I'd change travel dates to charter with CYOA.

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248708
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Navigare contracted with CYOA to maintain 6 or so of their boats. I understand that the Navigare maintenance had been woefully lacking when they brought them over and that CYOA had to put several tens of thousands of dollars in maintenace (per boat) into some of these boats just to make them safely charter-ready. As a charter boat owner, I feel very bad for the owners of DYC and Navigare boats.

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248749
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We had a charter with Navigare in the BVI’s scheduled for April, 2020. We rescheduled several times, we ended up moving it to the USVI’s. We have used Navigare in the past we no problems, hopefully we will not have problems next month.


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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: Orange_Burst] #248752
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Charter company Boats at Sea is Not ethical.

Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #248885
03/02/2021 02:06 PM
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The boat we are chartering is a 2020, so if they put tens of thousands of dollars into it, hopefully, it will be in good shape next month.


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Re: Best charter companies for Virgin Islands [Re: ronbaugh] #250612
03/20/2021 09:40 AM
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We had a good experience with Virgin Island Yacht Charters in Compass Point a couple of weeks ago. Newer fleet of FPS and Lagoons. As reported, Dream Yacht Is also at Compass Point, office and slips. Mooring now has some bare boats in the USVI now too.


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