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national safe boating week

Take Precautions to Make Your Caribbean Yacht Charter Safe and Fun

Every year, about a week or two before Memorial Day, the President of the United States issues a proclamation for “National Safe Boating Week.”   In part, the proclamation reads, “As Americans anticipate the warm weather of the summer months, we look to our Nation’s abundant outdoors and waterways for relaxation and recreation.  America’s lakes, rivers, and oceans are enjoyable, but can sometimes pose dangers to watergoers.  National Safe Boating Week (May 21 – 27, 2011) is an opportunity to highlight the importance of safety precautions and sensible behavior when spending time on the water.”

As bareboat charter enthusiasts head to the Bahamas, Caribbean, New England and points in between, it seems the perfect time to take a few extra moments planning for safety on the water.

Here are four tips to help you stay safe:

1. Wear a Life Vest. Ok, you’ve rented a Bahamas bareboat sailboat, and you think you’ll look like a goof wearing the bulky day-glow PFD (professional floatation device) provided by the charter company.   The solution, spend $100 or so on a vest that automatically inflates when needed. Take it home after the charter and use it on your personal boat.

2. Don’t Drink and Drive. We understand – the Virgin Islands yacht charter lifestyle is all about freedom.  With freedom comes responsibility. You have your family and friends onboard your sail bareboat and their safety is your responsibility.  Local police and marine patrol officers have beefed up enforcement to cut down on boating accidents.  Local judges are now throwing the book at DUI boaters involved in an accident, and that just mean serious jail time.

3. Keep a Constant Watch. This rule is a basic as they come – it is always important to stay on watch and keep a good lookout.  Many novice sailors do not know the rules of the road. By maintaining a look out, you’ll have an opportunity to spot potential danger and take evasive action to avoid trouble.

4. Steer Clear of Fast-moving Boats. The biggest concern we hear from luxury sailing charter customers in South Florida is that “the weekend warriors with the speedboats pay no attention to the smaller, slower vessels.” It’s sad, but true, and many accidents are the result of reckless boating involving high speeds.   Stay away from other boats going fast. It’s so easy for many boaters to get distracted while driving fast and not see you.   A simple solution is to always steer behind fast boats, no matter who has the right-of-way.


Can you think of another safety tip to help us carve out a “Top Five” list of boat safety tips?  Submit your tip HERE as to what safety protocols you follow when you rent a private yacht for your island vacation.  We’ll share your tips with our readers and send you a small than you gift, as well.

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Learn to scuba dive in the BVI among the incredible reefs

For an exciting twist to your next Virgin Islands bareboat yacht charter, take a little time and learn to scuba dive.

Charterers spending time in Tortola, BVI can now take rendezvous diving and scuba education programs during their sail bareboat vacations, thanks to a new partnership with Sail Caribbean Divers, a PADI dive center.

Says, Mike Rowe, a course director at Sail Caribbean Divers, “We realize families often refine their traditional travel plans for more meaningful and interactive vacations.

Indeed, self-drive luxury sailing charter vacations combined with watersports such as snorkeling and diving can certainly fulfill such wishes.

A new diving reservation desk has been opened in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI at the Moorings bareboat fleet base.

Sail Caribbean Divers has three full-service dive centers, with four dive vessels at the three centers in the BVI – at Hodges Creek Marina, Cooper Island, and Norman Island.

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Wreck of the Rhone, BVI - British Virgin Islands

Certified divers can enjoy guided dives of incredible sites like the Wreck of the Rhone, a British ship that sank in 1867.   Novice divers can take a certification course or simply enjoy a short, introductory dive course.


Do you have a favorite diving spot in the Caribbean?  Tell us about it and we’ll share your tips with our readers. Contact us HERE

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