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.
If you can handle a monohull sailboat, chances are you should have no trouble handling a cat. You will require suitable navigational experience to safely navigate in these waters. Please remember that the BVI is tidal salt water, with some areas open to the Atlantic Ocean, so we can get some fairly large swells. This may affect potential anchorages and sailing plans whilst here.
You will also require suitable prior skippering experience on a comparably sized vessel, not simply crewing experience. For Sea Runner II we require the skipper’s resume and a resume for the first mate.
Before beginning your bareboat charter, a yacht familiarization and chart briefing will be conducted at the base. All of your questions will be answered at this time. If you are unsure about sailing a catamaran on your own, your charter consultant will discuss your qualifications during the booking process. To enhance your sailing experience, hire an instructional skipper for the first hours of your cruise (usually 12PM to 5PM). He will cover jibing, tacking, anchoring and general catamaran sailing with you. He will act as your personal “yacht briefer” and more often than not, will speed up the hand-over process at the base which will get you on the water faster. Instructional Skipper day rate applies.
Whether it is the sound of the canvas negotiating with the wind, the smell of mango in your frozen drink or the sight of the waters off of Anegada where the color turquoise was invented nothing is better than decompressing on the edge of my slice of heaven in my 52 foot catamaran sailing through the Virgin Islands. Reaching a depth of relaxation where I have never before keeps me coming back year after year.
I’ve recently returned from a trip with my family and friends. We rented Sea Runner from the Catco team after seeing the boat via the website on-line. This was our eighth charter vacation, so we’ve seen a lot of bases and companies from around the world. Without question, the service and attention to detail that we received from your team in BVIs was the best we’ve seen yet. I’d like to share the highlights of the experiences we had with the team. It started with a most excellent briefing with Catco on the dock. They love what they do and it shows. There was no question too dumb and they went out of their way to ensure we were equipped and ready for great sailing around the BVI’s. The week sailing was great and boat was absolutely wonderful. No issues, everything went great with the boat and weather. We didn’t have to call into the base once. However, on the morning of our return to base, we got a huge chunk of coral caught in the anchor when raising it. Our flight was at 12pm and we didn’t have much time to waste, so after spending 1.5 hours trying to dislodge the coral I decided to motor into the marina so that we wouldn’t miss our flight. We arrived at base and let the team know that we were running late…. and had a big rock hanging from the boat. The team didn’t make us feel bad and instead worked double fast to ensure we got off the boat as quickly as possible. We arrived just in time and were the last to board our flight home. We had to leave some rubbish on the boat and I’m sure the crew had to work extra to turn it over. We are extremely thankful for their understanding. This was all done with a smile, and you could tell that their love of the country, water, and wind translated into fantastic customer service. They really love what they do. To the crew in Tortola. thank you! We will definitely be renting the Sea Runner again!
My crew and I greatly enjoyed our charter in the BVI, and wanted to thank you for providing a spectacular boat and an excellent captain on short notice. The catamaran “Sea Runner”” was well maintained and equipped. The water maker on board was a big help. The propane gas for the outside grill was excellent. The captain, Steve, from Ireland, was wonderful. He integrated seamlessly into our group and his sailing expertise and knowledge of the BVI allowed the crew to make the absolute most of every day, regardless of wind and weather conditions — we had a varied and fun trip. It was a joy to rent Sea Runner, and my crew and I look forward to chartering with you soon again.
My family and I (12 in total) chartered Sea Runner during our Cruise. We had experience sailing with other sail boats, but it was the first time with a catamaran and the first time in the wonderful BVI’s. The islands were beautiful and exactly what we were looking for. We heard about the Cruise just searching through internet and what struck our attention was the complete and excellent presentation of Sea Runner’s website. We were happily surprised by the professionalism of your Company. Everything was well planned and the catamaran was in very good condition. What an opportunity to charter a brand new boat!! The professional crew: Captain Paul, Hostess/Cook Marie, made our stay on the catamaran so fantastic! Captain Paul was an absolute professional Captain who provided us a safe sailing experience during our vacation. All in all, it was an excellent experience for us and we enjoyed our vacation so much!