Facts And Questions about Seabbatical Long Term Charters
Below you will find some answers to common questions asked about Seabbatical Discount Bareboat Charters and how we offer such reasonable rates for our Bareboat Yacht Charters. You will also find hints on travel, packing, and provisioning for your bareboat charter vacation.
Where are you based?
We are primarily based at Manuel Reef Marina, Sea Cows Bay, which is just east of Nanny Cay. (Jpeg ) You can fly into Beef Island Airport Tortola BVI and take a cab. Or you can fly into St Thomas and take a ferry to Road Town or Soper’s Hole and take a cab from there.
What are the cruising grounds I can enjoy?
For one week charters are just enough to explore the BVI. Our regular cruising grounds for a month are the BVI, USVI, and Spanish VI (Vieques, and Culibra). For longer than a month we will consider you plans for sailing outside of this area based on your sailing resume. Occasionally we have boats in other places. During the Christmas winds Dec and Jan or Hurricane season July to Nov we need the boats to stay in the BVI.
Where can I get complete specs on your boats?
You can get complete specs on the Our Fleet page here. link
How do I get price information?
Please go to our pricing page and enter the dates and times you are interested. link You will get pricing if the boat is available and you will be able to see the calendar for other dates that might interest you or see other boats that are open for the dates you have in mind. The calendar is updated and correct. When you find something interesting you can put it on hold and even book it on line. Please bear in mind when booking, that we need a minimum of 2 days either side of the charter to clean and service the boat. 3 days is preferred after a longer charter.
What is included the prices quoted on the website?
The prices quoted on the website are bareboat for the entire boat and not for a cabin. Our prices are so low that we get this question often. The price includes a dinghy normally 10 – 12 ft RIB with a 10 – 15 HP Outboard. Two sets of fins per cabin are included, but not snorkel or masks. We supply two complete sets of linens and towels for each cabin so you can send some out for laundry and still have another set to use. The galley is well stocked; in fact we ask guests to just replace anything that has outlived it useful design life and charge us. David George looks forward to meeting you at the dock when you arrive to give you a boat and chart briefing.
A four week cruise with Seabbatical cost about the same as a one or two week charter with our competitors or a one week crewed yacht charter. All our Yachts have queen berths, just think of how many friends or family members can join you throughout your charter to help share the costs and multiply the fun on your bareboat yacht vacation.
What are the additional costs?
The fully refundable security deposit for catamarans is $5000 and can be reduced to $1000 with an additional $500 payment. The fully refundable security deposit for monohulls is $3000 and can be reduced to $1000 with an additional $300 payment. As of 2017 the BVI Cruising Tax is $6 per person per day . National Parks Permit: $25 per week up to 4 persons $55 for up to 10 persons. Airport Departure Tax: $20 per person. The fee for a Captain is $200.00/day (plus meals and gratuity). If you would like to spend a extra night due to flight requirements, we have a Sleep Aboard option for $200 (if available, 5pm check-in). For Scuba Gear - Rentals try Blue Water Divers www.bluewaterdiversbvi.com For Kayaks etc. - Rentals try Last Stop Watersports.
How does your payment schedule work?
We take 50% down at the time of booking, and a final 50% two months prior to the charter. The damage deposit is due, 1 week prior to the charter.
What is your cancellation policy?
Charter payments will be refunded if charter is cancelled 90 or more days before the charter start date. Cancellation less than 90 days before the charter start date will be refunded (less any discounts) only if the vessel is rebooked. We advise that you take out proper cancellation insurance in the event that you must cancel. If we have to cancel due to a mechanical problem you will get a full refund.
What if something breaks?
Due to the long term nature of our Cruises we tell our customers to expect a day or two of down time in a month long trip, even though we do our best to keep our boats maintained to the highest level. We will supply a list of all of our company contacts and others that have done work for us in different regions. The first thing to do if you are in the BVI is to contact our base manager David George. You are responsible to coordinate repairs. Although we have a small chase boat you may have to come back to Tortola or some other island if you are further down island. You will be reimbursed for lost sailing time due to a mechanical problem while in the BVI, and USVI but not if you are outside of our normal cruising area. If we have a major problem we hopefully can transfer you to one of our other boats that are open. We have only had to cancel one charter in 10 years due to a mechanical melt down.
What to bring with us
Being charter people ourselves we recommend bringing the basic necessities like a beach towel each, rose tinted sunglasses so you can see water depth and bottom contours and details best. We have a good supply of fins, but ask you to bring your own snorkel and mask. Bringing your own gear ensures you will be more comfortable while exploring the underwater wonders of the Caribbean. Fishing gear, most airlines will allow you to check a fishing pole if its in a short cardboard tube without charging extra fees and a fishing permit is required for fishing from your bareboat charter if you are within a countries territorial waters. Electronic devices, with Wifi free in most restaurants and bars Seabbatical charters would like very much if you post your experiences to our Facebook page during your charter and send us an email now and then telling us how things are going. The boats have a local phone, but an unlocked phone or tablet is great to have if you are leaving the BVI. First Aid supplies, our boats have well stocked first aid kits but you will want to bring your own as well and maybe you can leave some of the basics behind for the next charters. This makes sure that every charter has ample supplies of first aid supplies onboard.
Sun screen, if you have ever reacted to sunscreen it might be because there is a lot of chemicals that your skin doesn't really like in their ingredients. Try to get the most natural protection you can and if all else fails try Hawaiian Tropic. I personally have seen very few people react to Hawaiian Tropic over my many years of chartering and living in the Caribbean. Bring spf 4, 15 and 30 and even some Zinc for your noses, re-apply after swimming. Word of advice on sunscreen... do not apply sunscreen to your face when you are going snorkeling, it will burn your eyes for hours and hours. Your face is in the water and not exposed to the sun when your looking at the coral and fish. Apply it when you are finished swimming and back on board your charter yacht.
Local provisioning in the BVI, we like Tico for alcohol (best prices) and Bobby's supermarket for the basic's, Rite Way for a little more exotic food and Ample Hamper for the Speciality foods. You can pre-provision your bareboat with the basics while at home via the links provided and have the order delivered right to your yacht for usually no extra fee. You can also re-provision while your on your bareboat charter using a local wifi access to the above links and have it delivered to West End Sopers Hole, while you are topping up your water, fuel and ice. These little measures will reduce your time doing stuff you need to do, so you have more time to do the stuff you want to do... Have fun and happy chartering with Seabbatical Long Term Charters.
What if I want to go to a different place?
Let us know where you would like to go cruising. One of the advantages Seabbatical Long Term Charters is time and the distances time allows you to travel and exploring places, which have no charter bases. Maybe we can include your dream destination in next years routing?
How do we join your fleet?
We are eager to add more yachts to our program and you can fill out a contact form on our Join Our Fleet page to learn more on how you can cover most of the costs of ownership by letting us look after your yacht. Give us a chance to show you how the numbers work out and why this program looks better than the others. This can be especially appealing to corporations that want to reward their best employees, and customers.