Bareboat Yacht Charters Blog

It’s not much of a secret – the most popular bareboat charter destination in the world is the .

Caribbean bareboat customers can choose St. Martin and St Barts in the , or head further south to the rainforest-covered islands of the Grenadines.  Self-drive sailors usually return to bareboat charter a luxury sailing yacht in the Virgin Islands.
 
Each year, we ask clients returning from their vacation to name their favorite islands and activities. When it comes to the , or , they always select Tortola and Virgin Gorda.
 
Let’s look at the top five activities in both Tortola, BVI and Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands.

In Tortola -

1. Visit one, or all five, historical museums.
2. Hike the nature trails at Sage Mountain National Park.

3. Stroll through the J.R. O’Neal Botanic Gardens.

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens in the British Virgin Islands is a top destination during a bareboat vacation

J.R. O'Neal Botanic Gardens in the British Virgin Islands is a top destination during a bareboat vacation

4. Tour the in .
5. Drive over the hill to Gun Creek and explore North Sound.
 
In Virgin Gorda -
 
1. Explore the pools and grottoes at .

Virgin Gorda Peak National Park, British Virgin Islands, is a top destination for bareboat yacht charter sailors to visit.

Virgin Gorda Peak National Park, British Virgin Islands, is a top destination for bareboat yacht charter sailors to visit.

 

 

 

2. Relax on the beach at Spring Bay.
3. Dig into history at the .
4. Enjoy the many yachting destinations in North Sound.
5. Tour the island by car and enjoy the views.

To arrange your next vacation on a chartered bareboat sail or motoryacht,
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Anyone who has booked a vacation knows that charter companies, especially the large syndicates such as and , heavily promote
 
For the bareboat charter fleets managed by Sunsail and The Moorings, trip cancellation insurance is a substantial profit point. Commissions of as much as 20 per cent for selling this product are common, and these bareboat charter titans simply add the cost to the charterer’s invoice. Although optional, they make the customer waive the coverage in writing in order to remove it. 
 
Suggestive selling is not limited to the industry giants. Luxury brokers often offer this coverage to their Caribbean customers who fear trip delays due to summer tropical weather disturbances. customers also hear the pitch to purchase this coverage, as concerns for lost baggage are common with long, international flights. 
 
Putting aside the fact that someone “profits” from the sale of these policies, a customer should give serious consideration to this coverage option. Whether you rent a boat or a megayacht or a superyacht, for a Caribbean yacht charter or elsewhere, the facts remain the same – you are spending a lot of money and you may wish to protect your investment! 
 
Here are some common questions and answers about :
 
Q. Why should a traveler buy travel insurance?
A. Travel insurance gives travelers coverage for unforeseen problems, such as cancelled flights to serious illness – or in rare cases, even an act of terrorism or the financial default of a travel supplier. If an illness, accident, or other covered unforeseen circumstance forces a traveler to cancel or interrupt their plans, they face two major financial losses – money invested in nonrefundable prepayments and medical expenses that in many instances may not be covered by health insurance. 
 
Q. What happens if a traveler must cancel his/her vacation?
A. Often a traveler will lose nonrefundable deposits and prepayments that can add up to thousands of dollars. An insurance plan can provide coverage for the charterer’s vacation investment – the insurance company reimburses the traveler for nonrefundable expenses for a covered loss. 
 
Q. How does the coverage work?
A. It reimburses for forfeited, nonrefundable deposits if the traveler must cancel or interrupt their trip due to a covered reason. 
 
Q. What other coverage is typically included in a travel insurance plan?
A. In addition to cancellation and interruption, the more comprehensive plans may also cover emergency medical expenses and transportation, when ordered by a doctor, to the nearest adequate medical facility; reimbursement for accommodations and expenses incurred due to travel delays; reimbursement for the purchase of essential items if baggage is delayed; and coverage against lost, stolen, or damaged baggage. 

Lost luggage and trip cancellation insurance

and trip cancellation insurance

Q. Does travel insurance cover terrorism?
A. Many travel insurance policies do not cover terrorism; but some do. 
 
Q. Is the financial default of an airline or tour operator covered?
A. Many programs include financial default coverage if insurance is purchased within 15 days of making the initial trip deposit. 
 
Q. How much does coverage cost?
A. The cost is based on the value of the trip and the age of the traveler. Typically, the cost is five to seven percent of the trip cost. 
 
Q. What else is offered?
A. Most providers offer 24-hour travel agency-type services, in case a traveler has to change a flight or a hotel room. Some offer assistance with emergency cash transfers, pre-trip consultation services (travel advisories, passport requirements, inoculation information, etc.), and live messaging, which will relay any email or phone message to family, friends, or business associates.

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