There was some good news out of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean last week, following the devastation that Hurricanes Irma and Maria wrought in popular charter destinations. Several crewed-yacht fleet managers reported that most of their boats survived the storm or had minimal damage, and that they expected to have availability this winter.
The news is not as good from CharterPort BVI on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. Its fleet manager managed to get WiFi service on Saturday, and the report is of widespread damage to the offices and the fleet.
“Two hundred Royal Marines are ashore, and volunteers from police departments in the U.K., Bermuda and the Cayman Islands are here,” the manager said in an e-mail blast. “HMS Ocean, a helicopter assault carrier, arrived today fully laden. Its Chinook choppers are loaded with supplies, and the pilots from the Royal Navy have been hard at it all morning ferrying in cargo.”
While all of that life-saving and security effort is happening, CharterPort BVI has been assessing the condition of its charter yachts. Those that sustained severe damage or are lost, according to the company, include some catamarans that have spent years earning strong reputations for charter. They include:
The 48-foot Privilege Pentesilea 2, the 58-foot Privilege Kestrel 2, the 47-foot Leopard Exta Sea, the 57-foot Lagoon Ma Ha, the 65-foot Lagoon Jan’s Feline, the 58-foot Voyage Bliss, the 54-foot Jeanneau Zuma, the 50-foot Lagoon Sea Anemone, the 47-foot Leopard Cool Runnings, the 41-foot Leopard Mimbaw, the 56-foot Lagoon A2, the 47-foot Leopard Viking Dream, the 62-foot Sunreef Catsy, the Privilege 58 Sabore, the 58-foot Leopard Something Wonderful, the 62-foot Lagoon Dragonfly, the 76-foot Matrix Akasha, the 62-foot Lagoon Enigma, the 60-foot custom trimaran Grand Oasis and the 105-foot trideck Cuan Law.
Numerous yachts in the CharterPort BVI fleet did survive the storm and are expected to be available this winter in the Caribbean and in the Virgin Islands as shore-side facilities rebuild. A few escaped the storm by cruising “down island” to destinations such as Grenada, and are considering whether to remain in the southern Caribbean for charters this winter.
Our hearts and best wishes go out to all the staff at CharterPort BVI, and to the owners and crew of the affected charter yachts. To learn the latest news about yachts in this fleet, contact a reputable charter broker.