|How good is my sailing resume?
Probably the most important thing that counts before you can charter a bareboat is how much "hands-on" experience you have had rather than whether you possess a sailing certification. If you are certified in sailing by The American Sailing Association (ASA certification), and maintain a sailor's log, it will greatly increase your chances of being considered. However, in its absence, you can still charter as long as you have had first-hand sailing experience for a number of years. Many of the charter companies look for the length of your sailing experience, or whether you have prior chartering experience, and which waters of the world you have sailed before. Also important is whether you were a captain when you sailed. These factors are taken into consideration by thecharter companies, and you are informed of their decision.
Another alternative is to charter a boat with a skipper for the firstfew days so that he or she can help you in the details of sailing. Some charter companies also offer a complimentary skipper to get you acquainted onto your first anchorage. In case you are planning to sail a catamaran,but have no prior experience with it, it will help if you have sailed a mono hull.
If your party is less than 3 people, or you have little experience you may join a flotilla and get a sailing certificate along with your charter. Flotillas are also ideal for singles.
What size of yacht is suitable for me?
How do I reserve a yacht?
Depending upon the charter company that we recommend and you select, usually a deposit of 25% of the charter fee paid in US dollars is required for confirmation if the chartering date is greater than 90 days. Within 90 days of the charter date, a 50% deposit is required, and within50 days of the charter date, a full payment is required to confirm the charter. Unless you pay the deposit the charter price cannot be guaranteed; so we encourage you to do so as soon as you and your group have made up your mind.
Is travel insurance essential?
Boatz 'n Yachtz offers the most comprehensive travel insurance through Travel Guard®. Insurance can be purchased within 7 days of your initial payment and will cover your pre-existing medical conditions. It is meant to protect you and/or the members of your charter group from losing any deposit in case of cancellation, as most of the charter companies have a non-refundable policy for cancellations within 50 days of charter. There is also a cancellation fee for charters cancelled before 50 days of charter; to avoid this fee we again strongly recommend the purchase of a travel insurance policy as a means of financial protection for you. Besides cancellations it will cover a host of other important aspects of travel. Please visit our Travel Insurance page to learn more.
Security Insurance: is it mandatory?
Security insurance costs between twenty five and thirty five US dollars per day, per boat with a deductible on dinghy and outboard. For more information, call us.
Provisioning: what do I expect? And,
what is a Starter Kit?
How do I get information on the area whereI
am going to sail?
You can always ask us for more information, if you like. Information such as where to refill your scuba tanks while sailing in the BVI may be readily available. Or, you may simply like to know how to activate the cellular phone on the boat and whether you know the phone number in advance so that you can forward that number to your loved ones who may be staying behind at home. We will provide all that information and also help you get ready in any other way we can so as to make your vacation a smooth sailing one.
What is the best way to book an airline reservation?
If you are flying from the US, American Airlines is the major service provider to the Caribbean Islands. Many other airlines, including United Airlines, Continental Airlines, US Airlines, North West Airlines and Delta Airlines also have services from United States to San Juan, PR, Europe, the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean region. American Eagle and LIAT has connecting flights from San Juan to almost all islands inthe Caribbean. Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Iberia and BWIA serve the various Caribbean Islands from Europe as well. If you are flying from the United States or from any other part of the world we can arrange your travel needs.