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Typical mooring field for a bareboat yacht charter vacation

Typical mooring field for a bareboat yacht charter vacation

So here you are, planning your first time Caribbean bareboat charter. Of course,
you are excited – you’ve read the glossy brochures, submitted your bareboat
charter paperwork to your yacht charter broker, and you and your friends
and anxious to take to the sea!
 
As you begin to pack your bags and review your personal travel check list, remember
preparation is biggest “secret” to a successful voyage and a great Caribbean yacht charter
vacation for everyone.
 
Let’s review some helpful tips that can “make or break” your first time
Caribbean yacht charter – docking, anchoring, and tying up in a mooring field.
 
Remember to BE AWARE OF WINDAGE, especially on catamarans and bigger-model monohulls. This is also
important and applies to any slow maneuvers in confined or crowded areas like harbors, mooring fields or channels.  Check prevailing wind conditions BEFORE you enter a confined area, and appoint a crew member to serve as your second set of eyes, to make sure you do not hit anything.
 
When anchoring and docking, the captain and crew should USE HAND SIGNALS. Get together
before the trip and come up with several agreed-upon hand signals. You don’t want to be attempting a maneuver
in a channel or confined area and find your self guessing as to the meaning of a particular arm wave or gestures by your crew!
 
Grabbing a mooring ball takes good communication (again – hand signals). An extra crew, if you have one,
should assist the bow person, who has the toughest job. Preparation, planning and practice definitely contribute to success.
 
You should always scope out a dock, mooring field or anchorage prior to picking your target destination. This
gives you a chance to compare your notes from the chart briefing, as well as your destination cruising guide.
It is important to NOTE ALL PREVAILING CONDITIONS – the wind speed, direction, water depth,
current or swell, any land protection, boat traffic and any charted hazards in the area.
 
A final tip – listen to that little voice in your head. There are times something pops up in your head or you have a 6th sense to double check something, or make a certain decision. If you have practiced and planned ahead, your instincts should keep you on the right course. Bon voyage!

Trust your intuition!

Trust your intuition!

When you are ready to plan your bareboat yacht charter vacation, trust the experts at 1-800-BAREBOAT. Call us at 1-800-BAREBOAT (800-227-3262) or email info@bareboat.com.  We offer special prices, a bareboat guarantee, and unparalleled customer service for the newest bareboats in the best destinations!

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Foreign visitors planning a bareboat charter vacation might hear a familiar voice on the radio
reminding them of the upcoming change in document requirements for crossing the border
into the U.S. by land or sea.

The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has launched a new radio Public Service Announcement featuring Glenn Frey, solo artist and founding member of the legendary rock band, the Eagles.  The PSA is part of an integrated national communications campaign sponsored by CBP to educate travelers about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and the upcoming change in document requirements for crossing the border into the U.S. by land or sea.

Glenn Frey of The Eagles Band recorded a public service announcement (PSA) to educate travelers about the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and the upcoming change in document requirements for crossing the border into the U.S. by land or sea

Glenn Frey of The Eagles Band

Many foreign tourists pass through the United States or the US Virgin Islands on their way to a bareboat charter vacation.  Whether planning a Bahama yacht charter or a Caribbean yacht charter, a foreign citizen bareboat charter customer needs to be aware of the new rules and document requirements when entering the United States.

In the audio recording, Frey, front man for the Eagles rock band, reminds travelers to obtain a compliant document and relates his own travel experiences to the audience. “In the 40 years that I’ve been touring the world with the Eagles, from Toronto to Tucson and across the southern border, I’ve learned the importance of being prepared. Getting back home is made simple with the proper documents. Travel safe, have fun, and take it easy,” Frey said.

The PSA is slated for distribution to radio stations across the country in February 2009.

As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, the change in requirements will be implemented June 1, 2009, at all U.S. land borders and sea ports. WHTI was designed to facilitate trade and travel while ensuring that travelers crossing into the United States provide proper documentation denoting citizenship and identity.

Tourists planning a Caribbean yacht charter or a Bahama yacht charter are encouraged to contact a charter specialist at 1-800-BAREBOAT for more information about the documents and how to apply for them.  Additional information can be found on the WHTI Web site: GetYouHome.gov

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