Has anyone used Seabattical for a long term charter? If so what are your thoughts on the company and condition of yachts? We are considering Seabattical due to the affordability of a long term charter.
We are contemplating a long term charter in 2017 - possibly 4-8 weeks in duration and wish to sail from BVIs to Guadaloupe or Martinique and back.
Typically we charter with Voyage in BVIs, have sailed with Sunsail/Moorings in St. Martin & area including overnight to BVI, Moorings in Mexico, Sunsail in Canada, Horizon in Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada.
We are wishing to take a longer charter to give us an idea if we wish to cruise at some point. We figure a long term charter will give us an idea if cruising life suits us.
We will be chartering with Voyage again June 2016 so may drop in at the Seabattical base to take a peek at their base and hopefully look at a boat in their fleet.
I have used and also had a boat in the fleet. They are older boats that do lack many of the modern bells and whistles. The local manager, David George does a good job. The owner is offsite. The caveat of any older boat charter is things can break at anytime. So for a 4 week charter on an older boat, don't expect 100% uptime. Days dealing with maintenance often lead to other fun adventures. Bottom line, they are the only company that will allow you to do what you want to do, live if a compromise.