A bareboat charter offers the ultimate in freedom and independence. Bareboat chartering, just as it sounds, is for guests who want to captain a boat themselves (qualifications required.) Charter guests are responsible for all aspects of running the yacht, including sailing, navigating, anchoring, provisioning, cooking, cleaning and, most importantly, having fun. A security deposit will be required before you can charter.
If you choose a bareboat charter you will be obliged to provide all necessary documentation that proves your abilities and prior experience. Please see our RESUME form. In the Virgin Islands, for the most part, you enjoy line of sight cruising with very few open water hazards, steady breezes and sunshine – a bareboat yachting paradise.
Why Choose a Bareboat?
Experienced sailors often prefer to take their own boat and enjoy the freedom and adventure that comes with being in command of their own vessel. The Virgin Islands is considered a bareboat yachting paradise due to the steady tradewinds, line of sight cruising with very few hazards, the plentitude of protected mooring ﬁelds and anchorages…and our amazing crystal clear water!
Requirements and Fees
While there are many bareboat companies in the USVI and Tortola that offer a different variety of boats, they all require the same fees for sleep-aboards, security and cruising in the BVI and require guests to follow a Noon to Noon schedule for pick up and drop off.
Mandatory Charges for Tortola
Cruising Tax $2.00/person day 12/01 – 04/30 and $0.75/person day 05/01 – 11/30
National Parks Permit: $25.00-$55.00 for 7 days 2-10 people
For over 10 people the costs are $5/person/week
These charges are doubled the second week or part thereof
Prior Night Sleep-aboard 50% of daily rate
$50/day for security insurance, maximum $500, plus a refundable $500 security deposit
Airport departure tax $15.00 per person plus a $5 charge for the extra security involved in checking bags therefore a total of $20.00
Ferry departure tax at $20.00/person
First day of Charter
If you have booked a prior nights sleep-aboard on your yacht, you usually board at 5pm or after.
If you are coming from a hotel nearby, then ideally you should be at the bareboat base at around 10:00am to begin the brieﬁng process. You will begin by completing the paperwork and paying for any additions to your charter with a credit card or cash.
The brieﬁng/Check in process will include:
Yacht inventory check
Yacht systems overview
Loading of provisioning
Short check out sail
Charter ofﬁcially begins at 12 noon
Last day of Charter
The Yacht is due in by 12 noon. You may be instructed to stop at the fuel dock on the way in.
You will remove all garbage, linens and food stuffs and then be ready for your ﬁnal inventory check and yacht inspection. You will ﬁnish up in the main ofﬁce to pay for fuel and any extra costs incurred. At this time your security deposit will be returned to you to rip up.
Your bareboat yacht comes supplied with the following:
Linens, pillows, dish towels, 2 bath towels, 2 hand towel and 1 facecloth per person.
Basic Cleaning supplies: Dish and bath soap, paper towels, garbage bags, handiwipes, matches and toilet paper
Galley equipment: Dishes, silverware, glasses, pots and pans and cooking utensils.
Masks, snorkels and ﬁns
4 bags Ice