November 2007

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    Jump up!

    “Caribbean islands are full of scratch bands that play in the casual atmosphere of our beach bars. Enjoy a beer or rum drink and laugh at the satire the islanders create about local politics or jump up and start dancing! Charter yacht crew know where to go for the best party every night of the […]

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    Fun Yacht Charter Dates for St. Barths!

    “Why not try a charter during the St Barts Music Festival which occurs January 11-18 2008. This music festival brings world-class classical and jazz musicians to perform in quaint churches and meeting halls in and around Gustavia, St Barts. (See www.stbartsmusicfestival.org for more information about the festival.) Another jumping time this winter — St Barths […]

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    Still Going Strong

    “One of my pet peeves about the way boating magazines cover the charter industry is that unless a yacht is brand new–and at least 125 feet long–the odds are that you’re not going to read about it at all. Editors want to cover only brand-new launches that happen to be going into charter, for the […]

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    10 Best Tips for Chartering in the Virgin Islands

    November 19, 2007 Ann Landry of Merrill-Stevens Yachts says not to think of the Virgins as just a winter destination: “You can cruise the Virgin Islands anytime except the peak hurricane months of August and September.” Ann also says to make sure you stop in at more than a few islands that are close by […]

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    The Harried Holidays

    “There’s less than a week’s time here in the States before Thanksgiving, the holiday that involves more shopping, cooking, and food preparation than any other. We host Thanksgiving here at our house for both sides of our family, with anywhere between 25 and 35 people attending during any given year. Yes, it’s quite a big […]

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    Family Fun

    “Next week is Thanksgiving and charter crew are busy with preparations for families coming to celebrate their time together. Traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be burned off by plenty of snorkeling, tubing & kayaking. Football on the sat TV. Room for one more piece of pumpkin pie anyone?”

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    Tag Teams

    “There’s an interesting trend that I noticed down at the Virgin Islands boat shows last week: yachts that have not one, but two separate sets of crew who alternate working four to six months on, then take four to six months off. This isn’t a brand-new idea, and it’s been done onboard everything from the […]

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    Fall Sailing Weather

    “It has started to turn cold on many parts of the US, but many clients still think of the Caribbean as ‘hot, hot, hot!”. The fall months see good winds, uncrowded anchorages, crystal clear waters for diving or snorkeling and friendly locals ready to say ‘Irie!”. Charter yachts have shown brokers their wares and are […]

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    Troubling Trend

    “I’m a little hot under the collar about a trend I saw emerging during last week’s charter boat shows in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. It seems that some of the boats–definitely not most of them, but more than a few–are now tacking on a $30 to $50 per day surcharge for guests who […]

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    La Dolce Vita -- Sweet!

    “I’ve been out pounding the docks looking at yachts, chatting with their crew learning who is shining bright & ready to go for this winter deason. Greg & Lana on the sailing yacht La Dolce Vita are an example of a yacht & crew I’ll recommend. The interior sports new upholstry and lots of special […]

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