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First Time Charter - Help Me Decide #257678
06/09/2021 10:22 AM
06/09/2021 10:22 AM
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We have been invited on a week long boat charter (on a catamaran) with family this winter. We will be sailing around the USVI, if Covid is still an issue or the BVI, if restrictions have been lifted. Neither my husband nor myself are good swimmers and both have some reservations about the trip in general (though we really would like to go). Are there any fellow grandparents out there that have taken a similar trip and can give some feedback? Are there many places in the BVI/St. Thomas/St. John we would have to swim to (as opposed to taking a dinghy) or can we manage getting to most of the "hot" spots by dinghy? All help would be greatly appreciated as would recommendations for restaurants/places to go/sample itineraries and charter companies.

Thanks so much.

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Re: First Time Charter - Help Me Decide [Re: scz] #257682
06/09/2021 10:30 AM
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The one place I can imagine needing to get in the water is Lime Out in Coral Bay St. John, the floating taco bar. Magens Bay, St. Thomas allows dinghy dropoff, but you cannot beach your dinghy. Otherwise, there is dinghy access. You can see the National Park beach dinghy access at https://www.nps.gov/viis/planyourvisit/boating-information.htm

CYOA is who we like for USVI charters - newer boats, well maintained. Best itinerary was compiled by Capt. Jay from CYOA at https://www.facebook.com/groups/usvicruisers/permalink/3824749230911034

Cheers, RickG


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Re: First Time Charter - Help Me Decide [Re: scz] #257773
06/10/2021 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by scz
We have been invited on a week long boat charter (on a catamaran) with family this winter. We will be sailing around the USVI, if Covid is still an issue or the BVI, if restrictions have been lifted. Neither my husband nor myself are good swimmers and both have some reservations about the trip in general (though we really would like to go). Are there any fellow grandparents out there that have taken a similar trip and can give some feedback? Are there many places in the BVI/St. Thomas/St. John we would have to swim to (as opposed to taking a dinghy) or can we manage getting to most of the "hot" spots by dinghy? All help would be greatly appreciated as would recommendations for restaurants/places to go/sample itineraries and charter companies.


We were out in April with a friend of mine who is delta away from passing away from cancer, i.e., really pretty bad shape. He enjoyed the trip and was glad he made it. He spent more time on the boat than the rest of us - he was fine with being "left behind". He was able to get in the dingy as long as the conditions were calm. And we had him stay in the dingy until we had drug it up a few feet on shore for him to swing his legs over the side and stand up., We only had him come in to shore if the conditions on the beach were pretty calm. He was able to do this and enjoy a few a short walk on the beach and later in week also started swimming/snorkeling off the beach. We did not allow him (nor did he desire) to swim off the boat. We were afraid it would be difficult to get him back in and we might hurt him. If you have the opportunity to go I would recommend you pull the trigger. But let the rest of the crew know that you are fine just hanging on the boat and enjoying yourself in situations you feel uncomfortable going with the them.


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