Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-05-2015, 09:31 AM   #1
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,153
Bareboat Tips and Recos

As most of you know, Bess and I are still... "between boats", however, our 25th wedding anniversary is this year (September) and e are CONSIDERING bare-boating as an option for a memorable trip.

We are very experienced in Caribbean travel with well over 30 visits since 1990, so we are good there. We visited many of the islands and understand the general culture. Not sure if this matters or not, but I think it's worth mentioning. That said, we aren't married to one island over another. The BVIs are the most used by charters, so that is certainly on the list by default. Although, if you haven't noticed, our anniversary falls on the statistical PEAK of the Atlantic hurricane season. Something else worthy of noting.

What are our options and what should we look for in a good charter company? We are considering using The Moorings, but I know there has to be a less "mass market" solution that could give us more boat or amenities for the same money. However, if that is the best option for getting good customer service and a well-maintained vessel, we are still okay using them. Speaking of which, we (well, ME really) are not afraid to shell out a little coin for this. It is, after all, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration that, good or bad, we would like to be memorable.

Finally, while we have very little experience in blow boats, we aren't ruling it out as we may become sailors in the not-to-distant future. Worst case, we can always just use it as a swizzle-stick power boat and leave the sails down. I wonder if spending a week on a sailboat might give us a real idea if the different accommodations from Skinny Dippin' are truly something we could live with.

Thanks in advance for you guysezez input and looking forward to learninz me sumptin'.

Tom-
__________________
Advertisement

__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 10:05 AM   #2
Guru
 
O C Diver's Avatar
 
City: Fort Myers, FL... Summers in Crisfield, MD
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Slow Hand
Vessel Model: Cherubini Independence 45
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 4,818
Just a thought, might look at the Sea of Cortez maybe La Paz. Spent a couple of days boating there in the fall of 2013 looking at a Willard trawler. Beautiful water with lots of marine life. Would think you could charter out of La Paz or one of the other major tourist cities. Not much risk of hurricanes there.

Ted
__________________

__________________
Blog: mvslowhand.com
I'm tired of fast moves, I've got a slow groove, on my mind.....
I want to spend some time, Not come and go in a heated rush.....
"Slow Hand" by The Pointer Sisters
O C Diver is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 12:10 PM   #3
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,153
That's a neat idea. :-)
__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 12:18 PM   #4
Enigma
 
RT Firefly's Avatar
 
City: Slicker?
Country: Bumpkin?
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 9,996
Greetings,
Mr. T. 25 years and you're wimping out in the Bahamas? Hell, man...go to Europe and rent a canal boat through wine country or better yet, through beer country. Poor Bess. She's a saint for sure.
__________________
RTF
RT Firefly is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 01:41 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
ragin cajun's Avatar
 
City: Lafayette, LA
Country: USA
Vessel Name: presently boatless
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 267
Perfect time to be in the PNW! Would love to spend time in the San Juan's during Sept on a trawler. If you still want the Caribbean how bout the Grenadines/St. Vicent. Charter a sailing cat and motor sail around the islands.
ragin cajun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 01:50 PM   #6
Guru
 
roguewave's Avatar
 
City: Hill Country TX/S.Portland Maine
Country: Texas
Vessel Name: Southern Cross III
Vessel Model: 1988 Defever 41
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 610
I lived in St Croix in the early 80's and sailed all over the BVI's. Been back numerous times to charter boats out of Tortola. TMM is who we have used and had great success ( I always try and get the newest boat in the fleet). The last time we switched over from monohull to a 42 ft Jeaneau cat. What a pleasure sailing (or motoring) around on a cat in that area. I love to hang at the north sound ( Virgin Gorda) and get a mooring ball in front of Saba Rock for a few days, a very cool place right next to the Bitter End yacht club.
__________________
..."some gave all, KIA"...
roguewave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 02:26 PM   #7
Guru
 
AusCan's Avatar
 
City: Adelaide
Country: Australia
Vessel Name: Kokanee
Vessel Model: Cuddles 30 Pilot House Motor Sailer
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 2,097
Perhaps look at the Ionian Sea off Greece. We were cruising there Sept 2013; perfect weather, beautiful anchorages, clear water, and the crowds have thinned by September.

I was told there are more bareboat charters available there than anywhere else in the world. Mostly blow boats, but why not try something new like a catamaran.
AusCan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 03:53 PM   #8
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,153
Not married to the Caribbean, but would sorta like to scope it out by boat for a change. The PNW is an option we didn't consider, but Europe is not really what I want. Well, except for an F1 race.

Robert, is TMM an acronym (actually an initialism) for The Moorings?

And a power cat is what Bess keeps mentioning as an option... I suspect if she likes it, we'll have to buy one.
__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 04:00 PM   #9
Guru
 
roguewave's Avatar
 
City: Hill Country TX/S.Portland Maine
Country: Texas
Vessel Name: Southern Cross III
Vessel Model: 1988 Defever 41
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 610
Here ya go,
http://sailtmm.com
__________________
..."some gave all, KIA"...
roguewave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 06:46 AM   #10
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,153
Ratts! looking at the calendar, they appear to be, like a lot of businesses down there, closed for the entire month of September.
__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 07:53 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
City: Bayfield, WI
Country: USA
Vessel Name: All Night Long
Vessel Model: Regal 2765
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 201
I love new adventures and we have them all the time. But for me personally I would avoid one on a big milestone event like your 25th. It's an event you'll talk about for the rest of your life. I wouldn't want it to be reliving the hurricane fiasco or the sailing fiasco. I'd go tried and true here.
BDofMSP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 08:42 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
ktdtx's Avatar
 
City: Galveston, Texas
Country: U.S.A.
Vessel Name: Howdy
Vessel Model: 52' North Pacific
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 417
I had a great experience chartering in the Desolation Sound area of the PNW in August. Think first half of September would be similar.
ktdtx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 10:27 AM   #13
TF Site Team
 
Pau Hana's Avatar


 
City: Seattle, WA
Country: Good Ol' US of A!
Vessel Name: Pau Hana
Vessel Model: 1989 PT52 Overseas Yachtfisher
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 1,647
September is the best time of year to cruise Puget Sound. Start in Anacortes, and head as far north as Glacier Bay, Alaska!

Anacortes Yacht Charters
Crown Yacht Charters, Anacortes, Washington
__________________
Peter- Marine Insurance Guru & tuna fishing addict!

1989 52' PT Overseas yachtfisher
Pau Hana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 10:37 AM   #14
Guru
 
JDCAVE's Avatar
 
City: Lions Bay, BC
Country: Canada
Vessel Name: Phoenix Hunter
Vessel Model: Kadey Krogen 42 (1985)
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,612
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pau Hana View Post
September is the best time of year to cruise Puget Sound. Start in Anacortes, and head as far north as Glacier Bay, Alaska!

Anacortes Yacht Charters
Crown Yacht Charters, Anacortes, Washington

Prior to buying our boat, we did two bareboat charters with Desolation Sound Charters out of Comox. DS is very nice in September and there are often good last minute rates. Also, the low Cdn $ works in your favour. DS is a one day steam from Comox.

http://www.desolationsoundyachtcharters.com


Jim
Sent from my iPad using Trawler Forum
JDCAVE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 06:00 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
MartySchwartz's Avatar
 
City: Poulsbo, WA
Vessel Name: M/V Knot Knormal
Vessel Model: President 41
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 236
Last year (1st week of September) we chartered a boat on the Caledonian Canal is Scotland, absolutely loved it.

Marty...................
MartySchwartz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 08:28 PM   #16
Guru
 
caltexflanc's Avatar
 
City: North Carolina for now
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Small Incentive
Vessel Model: Boston Whaler 130 Sport
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 3,801
Count me in on the PNW rec. great time of year, great cruising, tons of charter options. No brainer to me.
__________________

__________________
George

"There's the Right Way, the Wrong Way, and what some guy says he's gotten away with"
caltexflanc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012