Life is busy these days here at Feathered Fibers…. the long awaited bareboat trip to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is just a few days away!! This is the reason why we took all those sailing lessons earlier in the year.
The term, “bareboat” refers to that you are chartering a boat without a licensed crew. We first bareboated in the BVI 2 years ago with my sister and her husband, Dave and Yvette. Dave and Yvette are professional captains on large motor yachts, so we bareboat chartered under their experience.
Yvette and Dave couldn’t come on this trip, instead they are traveling around Africa right now. Joe and I still wanted to come, but we had to prove to the charter company that we had the education and experience to not wreck their sailboat and land on a reef. Hence all the sailing classes.
We actually had to write up resumes to send the company. We were glad to learn that we passed muster. So now all I have left to do is pack my bags, the snorkel equipment, sunscreen and coffee press. Yes, you heard that right, I am bringing my favorite coffee press along, with some yummy Kona Coffee. Vacation is not the same unless you have good coffee.
The trip to where the boat is at is rather lengthy. First day, we fly to Miami, stay the night, then fly to Puerto Rico, change planes for a ride to St. Thomas. Grab the luggage, take a cab to the other side of the island, then take a ferry to the BVI. Along the way, we have to get off the ferry, go through customs, then board the ferry again. Once at the 2nd ferry dock, we again grab a cab to where the boat is docked.
Last time, we had a 44 foot catamaran, this time, we are trying out a 36 single hull Jeanneau. You pre-order all your provisioning so that it is delivered when you get there. Life is good.
Next year, Joe and I, and hopefully Yvette and Dave, will bareboat in the South Pacific. Joe gets a sabbatical at his work, so this will be our big trip then.
Any other Bareboat charterers out there??
Fair weather and calm seas, Carla