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BAREBOAT SPECIALS


Sunsail BareboatsAs with any segment of the travel industry, there is almost always some sort of special, deal or discount being offered on yacht charters. This is primarily seen in the bareboat side of the charter business, which tends to be more commercial than crewed charters. To be sure, there are usually some crewed yachts offering specials, but generally they are relatively small or even 'value added' specials where rather than getting a lower price, you get a bit more for your money. Bareboats on the other hand have large fleets and really need to fill their open inventory.

The challenge is that most bareboat specials are for fairly late bookings, with the highest discounts usually reserved for bookings taken within a month of departure. This is fine of course if your schedule is very open; however, the vast majority of our customers book their charters six to three months before departure, and want to be sure they get the boat they want. When booking your charter very late, you get far fewer choices, and have to choose from boats that no one else wanted.

Sunsail, several years ago, came up with a unique special offer that helped address these concerns - Reef Weeks. Reef Weeks are selected weeks, posted up to 6 months in advance, that offer 15% or 25% savings, (a Single or Double Reef). They're naturally not available for vacation weeks, and there are of course a few restrictions, but the ability to book 6 months out and still get notable savings has been very popular with our customers.

Sunsail's Reef Weeks are for Caribbean charters only, and can change at any time as they're driven by what weeks are the quietest. You can see the current discounts for October through January at the bottom of this page (remember these will change in the future).

We feel Sunsail's approach is unique so are highlighting it here, but there are a number of special offers from other bareboat operators that are well worth considering. Horizon for example, is offering an alternative to 10 days for the price of 7, for those who don't have 10 days to spare. Check out their spectacular prices for 7 night charters on their monohull fleet, as well as all the other current bareboat specials listed on our site.

If you'd like to check availability and take advantage of one of these offers, please give us a call (800 621 7855) or complete our
online request form.

If you don't see any offers that are a match for what you're looking for, let us know and our bareboat brokers will be happy to discuss your plans and advise what the best values are for your charter.

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Caribbean Specials (Sunsail's notes)

SINGLE REEF WEEKS*: Get away with 15% discount on stays of 7 nights from October 30 to November 12, 2010; from January 7 to January 14, 2011; January 21 to January 28, 2011 and January 28 to February 11, 2011 sailing on monohulls under 48' to Caribbean destinations including the BVI, Bahamas, Antigua, Martinique, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

DOUBLE REEF WEEKS*: Enjoy a holiday get away with 25% discount of stays of 7 nights on select dates from October 9 to October 23, 2010; from November 13 to November 20, 2010; from December 4 to December 18, 2010 and from January 14 to January 21, 2011 sailing on and monohulls under 48' to Caribbean destinations including the BVI, Bahamas, Antigua, Martinique, St. Martin, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

* Single and Double Reef Weeks may not be combined with any other offers, except 5% discount. Caribbean bareboats only. Not applicable on catamarans or monohulls 48 feet and over. Reef Weeks are based on availability. New bookings only of 7 nights. Departure must fit entirely in the reef week. Restrictions may apply. Must book by July 31, 2010.

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