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Charter yacht at The Baths, Virgin Gorda
Charter yacht at The Baths, Virgin Gorda
Diving in the Virgin Islands
Diving in the Virgin Islands
Sailing in the Caribbean
Sailing in the Caribbean

The phrase "term charter" or "crewed charter" means that you have contracted a boat for a certain period of time (term). The crewed charter boat will come with a captain and a chef/first mate. The crew will prepare your meals, navigate and sail the boat, and basically be your tour guide.

The length of a charter runs anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks, but most charters last seven days (8 days, 7 nights) and the pricing is based on that. For charters 5 days or less, there is a 10% surcharge. The further in advance you book, the better your choice of yacht. For the holiday season (Christmas through New Year's),  January, February, March and April, the boats book up quickly limiting your choice.

Your accommodations will be lovely. All the yachts provide quality sheets and towels. And  the bigger the boat, the bigger the stateroom. The more people you have on a boat, the smaller it will feel. For instance some boats take six guests, but it would be better suited for two couples with an extra cabin to stash luggage. That is where I have the advantage having seen the boat. A crewed yacht charter is an INCLUSIVE vacation. As mentioned above your linens and towels are included. Your meals, prepared by excellent cooks and many times chefs, are prepared especially for your likes and dislikes. All the yachts have snorkel gear and many have added water toys such as wake boards and tubes, floating mats, padding boards, etc. all for you to enjoy. What will not be included are any island tours you may want to do. If you would like to give the chef a break and dine ashore, that will also be at your expense. And, as in most service industries, a recommended 15% tip is not included in your charter fee. There may be other things like diving that may also be extra. I will make sure you know what the extras are.

The location of your charter is something to consider. The Virgin Islands are considered one of the premier sailing destinations in the world. There is always a breeze, the water is warm with great snorkeling and beautiful beaches, and lots of great anchorages and short sails to get there. It's the perfect "first time" spot. Next is the Grenadines in the southern Eastern Caribbean. Again, lots of nice anchorages with good snorkeling and pretty beaches, like the Virgin Islands were 30 years ago. The sails are a bit further and a little more open ocean. The St Martin area is easy to get to with surrounding islands being Anguilla and St Barths. These passages are longer still and if you love sailing, this is a great location. The other islands in between are much larger and the passages between islands can take all day. When we would charter down there, we would sail a day and explore the island the next day. All are lovely. To answer more of your questions and help you find that wonderful crew and yacht, call Leslie.


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In 1994 Leslie Jones left her job at an international lettering arts magazine in Norman, OK to go with her future husband Charles on his 50 foot sailboat to sail around the Caribbean.

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