Bareboat Yacht Charters Blog


New bareboat moorings in the Virgin Islands -- FREE!

If you’re planning a Virgin Islands bareboat charter, new moorings await you – and they are FREE!

A dozen sand screw-style moorings have been installed in Christmas Cove, off  St. Thomas, USVI. An additional 10 moorings will be installed next year.

Caribbean yacht charter enthusiasts have long known about this great anchorage.  A holiday raft-up in the mid 1950’s earned the scenic bay at Great St. James Island, off St. Thomas, the name, “Christmas Cove.”   It has become one of the most popular destinations in the U.S Virgin Islands for bareboat charter yachts, as well as local cruisers looking for an overnight anchorage.

In an effort to protect the seagrass beds – critical habitat for protected marine species like sea turtles, the local Fish and Wildlife Division of the Natural Resources Department came up with the idea to install moorings in this area.  Funds for the project have come from a Boater’s Infrastructure Grant.

Brochures with information about the moorings, their GPS coordinates, a map. and rules of use are available at St. Thomas, USVI marinas, or you can call 340-775-6762.

Use of the moorings is currently free – but the length of stay is limited to 10 days.

To book a St. Thomas yacht charter, click here to visit our bareboat website.

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Basics of Bareboating

February 25th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Have you ever dreamed about renting a bareboat and just sailing away?

You can do this on bareboat yacht charters!

Bareboats range from thirty to fifty feet in length. You can charter a catamaran (two hulls, very stable in the water and very roomy), monohull (one hull), or powerboat (boat powered by engines, not sails). These yachts come with everything you need to operate them, as well as kitchen utensils, bedding, and towels. Some charters provide you with a dinghy with motor at no charge.

Are you interested in a sailboat or a powerboat for your bareboat charter vacation?

Are you interested in a sailboat or a powerboat for your bareboat charter vacation?

A bareboat is a yacht that you sail yourself, or you can hire a captain (referred to as a captain only or skippered charter), if you wish. 

While you are not required in the Caribbean or the United States to provide a certificate or license to charter a boat, you will have to demonstrate experience and skill (called a “check out sail”) to be allowed to operate the yacht by yourself – otherwise you will require (and will have to pay to hire) a captain to assist you. 

Your bareboat yacht charter company will ask you critical basic questions in order to select the perfect boats from which to choose for your vacation. Those questions include whether you want a sailboat or a powerboat, the destination in which you want to charter, the number of guests in your charter party, amenities required (like air-conditioning), and budget.

To arrange your next vacation on a chartered bareboat sail or motoryacht,
contact your charter specialists at through our website at
by email via 
by phone via 1-800-BAREBOAT (227-3262) or 305-720-7245
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