April 2009 - Ed Hamilton

Whether you’re bareboating the Caribbean for the first time, or you’re an experienced Caribbean sailor looking to explore somewhere new, a great way to get your feet wet is to sail in a flotilla. When it comes to flotillas, there are few operators who do a better job than the company who pioneered the concept – Sunsail. Sunsail is a well known and ...

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One of our guests chartering a bareboat with a skipper brought up an interesting point in her post charter comments. The skipper, who she met 5 minutes before their charter, was unsuitable and another had to be found, delaying her departure. The problem had nothing to do with the ability of the captain, who would have worked well in a different situation. We ...

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‘Tonina’, one of the best new flybridge model Lagoon 51’s,  is taking $1,000 off her regular rates. There are plenty of specials this summer, but relatively few popular British Virgin Island yachts are offering discounts for next winter. You do need to book soon to take advantage of this as the special is not likely to last long. This beautiful, customized 51′ catamaran ...

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Fidelity, a 46′ Jeanneau based in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, has two guests interested in a ‘per cabin’ charter and are looking for another couple to fill the boat. Dates are very flexible and could be in May/June or November/early December. Per couple, 7 night prices are $2999 for the aft cabin or $3999 for the larger forward cabin. This price includes ...

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‘Pas De Deux’ is one of our favorite Fontaine-Pajot 60s. She has three guest cabins, all accessed from the saloon. The master cabin is in the port hull and features a walk around queen size bed, desk with laptop computer and internet access. Two identical double cabins are forward, with queen size beds that taper at the foot. Each cabin has luxurious 1200 ...

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At the end of Lynne’s excellent article on how to access the internet, rent cellphones and connect iPods, we asked for a vote on how important these items are to charter guests. The results are interesting. Responses are still coming in, but the surprise so far is how many people feel they don’t need an internet connection (currently 44%). True, many cruising grounds ...

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