I consider us extremely blessed to be living and working in the Virgin Islands, how many of us can get up every day, enjoy the beautiful scenery, breathe fresh air and go about our business enjoying every minute of our working day?
There is an old hippie saying from the 70's " Do what you love and love what you do and the world will come to you" that really sums up the life of a sailor for me, sailing has been kind to me and looking back I would not have had my life any other way, OK I will never be a millionaire but to me the journey has always been more important than the destination, navigating your way to a new continent under sail is an incredibly rewarding experience, crossing oceans, conquering your fears of the unknown and arriving safely at your destination is worth much more than money to me, for those of you with an adventurous spirit I highly recommend it.
This week we were fortunate enough to take part in the LWEYC Firecracker 500 regatta out of Nanny Cay, Tortola, this race has been going on in the BVI for over 20 years, usually an end of season get together for all the crews working hard throughout the season in the sailing industry, this year it was a little different, obviously turn-out was down, no boats competing from the USVI but we did manage 10 entries and the spirit and comaradare was still there in abundance, we raced around the cans, our boat being a classic gaff rigged cutter was never going to be competitive against the carbon fibre racing trimarans, but we enjoyed our time on the water, friends together, sailing for fun and enjoying the empty waters of the St.Francis Drake channel, a year ago an impossible dream.
We retired at the end of the race, not enough wind to drive our 18 ton boat along but we did make it to the prize giving and Andrea my partner got 2nd prize in the Annual chills cook off competition which was amazing, after that we had a great full moon party at Admirals marine which was awesome, Sunday was a recovery day!
So as I sit in my sailboat wring this blog, watching the Pelicans diving for fish in the channel, feeling the gentle movement of the boat sitting at anchor, the warm breeze of the trade winds lapping at the canvas above me I realize that we are more fortunate than many people at this time, safe in our little BVI cut off from the rest of the world, and I realize that I have never explained the role of a charter yacht broker in the sailing industry so I raise the question “Why use a broker to book your charter, why not just book direct?”
Most people when considering a catamaran charter will make their decision based on, and possibly not necessarily in this order, Price, Service, Quality, Availability and Reputation.
I believe we can help you navigate the vast amount of boats and deals out there and possibly save you some money at the same time.
We specialize in Caribbean bareboat charters, we live in the Islands 12 months of the year, see the boats every day, know the fleets, know the fleet managers and most of the crews that work in the Islands, it’s a small industry, so we believe we have an almost unique insight into what’s going on in the business.
Price! We have real time access to fleet pricing, special offers and availability for over 5800 boats in 61 destinations world wide, we can scan every fleet by location and find the best deal on the best boat instantly without contacting every company, we also get exclusive access to deals from the companies as they want to sell charters so we can pass those deals onto you, it costs you not a penny more than booking direct and can also save you between 10-30% less than booking through the fleet.
I regularly post special offers, I don’t hide the fleets name online some other companies do, I believe in a handshake so if someone finds the deal online and books it direct, I don’t worry, it was not meant to be.
Service! I believe we are great communicators and pride ourselves on our response time whatever the query, whether it’s at the beginning or the end of the deal, we always answer emails or messages unless we are asleep so you will get the answers 7 days a week.
Quality and value for money! Recently we had a charter that booked into a new location as the fleet needed to move boats, our client arrived at the operator and the boat was not ready for charter, it happens and thankfully not often, we jumped in got him an upgrade on a newer boat that was ready and at no extra charge, that would not always happen when booking direct, we used our buying power with the fleet to convince them to upgrade him and I as a client.
Reputation! After 20 years in this industry I know the good people to deal with, the bad companies don’t last long and the good companies do, I know of one fleet in Tortola with a 70% repeat customer business, that’s an amazing number and they do a fantastic job!
So... if you are looking for a bareboat charter give us a shout, it’s cost you nothing, there is zero obligation and we can more than likely find you an amazing deal on a charter with a great company and ultimately it will enable us to continue to live this blessed life we live.
Have great day.......