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British Virgin Islands YACHT CHARTERS

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) consists of more than 60 islands and islets with only 16 inhabited. Located in the east of Puerto Rico tranquil waters of BVI is the ultimate destination for first time and returning charterers providing exceptional sailing conditions. 12 Knots offers vast choice of yacht charter in BVI to fit your budget and type of yacht.

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Everything You Need to Know About a BVI Yacht Charter

Everything You Need to Know About a BVI Yacht Charter

There is nothing better than spending time on crystal clear waters that lap against picture-perfect beaches in the British Virgin Islands. Sailors can make use of beautiful anchorages and well-equipped marinas that make the area one of the Caribbeans top sailing destinations.

This area has excellent line-of-sight navigation, consistent trade winds, and relaxed island-hops, along with safe moorings and anchorages that make this a dream come true for any sailor who wants to sail in a picturesque environment.

Some of the most visited areas include Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, and Anegada. There are also small islands ideal for daytime snorkelling, relaxing in the sun, or having a luxurious overnight stay. With colourful islands and beautiful harbours, a BVI yacht charter can be the experience of a lifetime.

Sailing Conditions to Expect During a Boat Charter in BVI

Before you decide to set off on a BVI yacht charter, knowing what sailing conditions to expect is crucial. Thankfully, there isn’t a lot for you to worry about in terms of conditions in this area. The British Virgin Islands location in the Caribbean means there are consistent easterly winds in the area from December through to June. These winds are called the “Christmas Trade Winds,” and they consist of a steady 10 to 15 knot winds that are at their highest in the afternoon and their lowest after the sun sets.

 As with other protected island chains, the British Virgin Islands typically have waves that reach no higher than one meter. However, when moving between major island groups, the Atlantic can create waves and swells that can reach up to five meters. The tides in this area are minimal and tend to range from 10 to 50 millimetre.

The Best Time to Go on a BVI Yacht Charter

The Best Time to Go on a BVI Yacht Charter

Any time of the year is a great time to enjoy bareboat BVI yacht charters. Those who are looking to enjoy a faster pace will find that the busiest times of the year are from December through April, as there are more people enjoying some winter sun. If you are a sailor who prefer lots of fun and energy then you should consider chartering a yacht at this time.

In February, the BVI Kite Jam happens, and the BVI Spring Regatta is held in April. At this time of year, the wind speeds average 15 to 20 knots. The slowdown in the season starts to happen in May and June, so fewer people will be in this island paradise. This is a peaceful time of year to come out. The water is warmer, the wind is gentler, and the rates are lower.

 If safety is a serious concern, be aware that there is a risk of hurricanes in September to October. However, many people still charter during this period since the risk is low. This is the best time to come for anyone who wants true solitude out on the clear waters.

Skill Level Required for a Yacht Charter in BVI

When you are looking to rent a boat in the British Virgin Islands, there are some qualifications you should have to enjoy your time. It is typically required that you have experience using a similar type of boat in an area that is similar to the location you are planning to sail. Some examples of questions you should ask yourself include:

  • Are you capable of handling tidal ranges and currents?
  • Do you understand how much anchor to put out?
  • Are your reef navigation techniques sound?
  • Can you pull into a reef quickly if a storm pops up?

Even if you aren’t sure you have the skills needed, that doesn’t mean you can’t acquire it. Taking sailing and yacht courses will ensure you have the knowledge you need to handle bareboat BVI charters in any situation. A bareboat course will teach you the way to handle large boats and bareboat cruising.

Those who have a bit of experience and some qualifications should have no problem with chartering a yacht. Having common sense is a lot of what you need to skipper a yacht in the British Virgin Islands.

 12Knots offers several sailing courses, including bareboat skipper classes and competent crew classes for those going out on yachts. There is also a theory course as well as a weather forecast seminar. Those who want to learn more or need a refresher can consider these classes before booking a charter.

Requirements for Sailing Charters in BVI

BVI yacht charters are one of the most popular for sailors around the world. If you choose to enjoy bareboat charter, this means you will be renting the boat without the use of a captain. To do so, you will need to prove that you can safely manage the boat.

At 12Knots, that means you will need to have in your possession a valid navigation permit or sailing license, or you will need to have a crew member taking care of the navigation who has a permit. By booking a bareboat charter, you are guaranteeing:

  • Your own nautical competence
  • Knowledge of the area
  • Your qualifications
  • The qualifications of your crew
  • Ability to operate safely in all conditions
  • Willingness to take full responsibility for the vessel and all equipment

 Keep in mind that if it is determined you do not have the competence and knowledge needed, this is considered a breach of contract. This is why it is crucial to take a class or otherwise understand the sailing process before chartering a yacht in the British Virgin Islands.

How to Best Prepare for BVI Catamaran Charters

There are many things you can do to get ready for your British Virgin Island yacht charter. First, we want to look at some useful information that will be helpful while you are on the islands. Some things differ here from how things work in other countries, so make sure to read over them, so you are prepared.

  • Currency – In the British Virgin Islands, the currency is the United States dollar. However, most establishments will happily take Visa and Mastercard. It is far less common for any business to accept an American Express Card.
  • Departure Tax – There is a departure tax of $20 per person. This is mandatory and must be paid when you depart from British Virgin Islands. Typically, this can be paid at immigration right before leaving. The best option is to pay in cash.
  • Environment – 12 Knots cares deeply about the environment. All visitors are asked to help with keeping the islands clean and healthy.
  • Wi-Fi and Cellular Phones – You will be able to use your cellular phone while in the British Virgin Islands. However, it is a good idea to speak with your cellular provider about roaming options and plans available to you. You will also be able to connect to wireless Internet.

Additional things should be kept in mind in terms of the time you spend sailing on a yacht. These are not all mandatory but can ensure that you have a comfortable and exciting time on your vacation or holiday in BVI.

  • Travel Light – When spending time on a British Virgin Islands catamaran charters, it’s completely fine to travel light. Relaxed and comfortable clothing will be appropriate for your time on a boat. The weather varies from around 26 degrees Celsius in December, January, and February to 31 degrees Celsius during the other months of the year.
  • Bring Long Sleeve Shirts – If you are going to do any snorkelling while you are in the BVI, having long-sleeved shirts on hand is a good idea. This will help to protect your back from the sun to prevent sunburn.
  • Other Items to Bring – Suntan lotion, shoes with nonskid white soles, caps or hats, and bug spray are all useful while out on a charter. You should consider packing them for comfort. Another thing to bring is a pair of earplugs since boats can make a lot of noise.
  • Choice of Luggage – When it comes to luggage, you can more easily store a soft travel bag on a yacht than you can a large, hard suitcase. Make sure you have the appropriate luggage so you can have access to everything you need while out on the water.
  • Entertainment Options – While hanging out on a boat can be fun; you may want some entertainment options available at times. A high-quality waterproof camera, your favourite books, and music you like is an excellent place to start.

 Seasickness Medication – Even if you don’t think you will need seasickness medication, it’s best to have it available.

General Information When You Rent a Boat in the British Virgin Islands

12Knots offers a large selection of yacht charters to fit your budget and style. You can choose a sail yacht, a trimaran, a powerboat, or a catamaran. Each of the boats will be available at either St. Thomas or Tortola and can take you to over 15 inhabited islands, as well as more than 40 that are non-inhabited.

St. Thomas is easily reached by flight and is often the cheapest option. You will want to land by 3:15 PM to catch a ferry if you are going to Tortola and want to make it on time. The ferry is about 10 minutes away and costs $10 per person plus a fee for luggage. Water taxis are also available but are more expensive.

Those going straight to Tortola can get a flight to Beef Island, which will often have a layover in Saint Martin or Puerto Rico. After the flight lands, it is only a 10 to 20 minute taxi or bus to get to the correct charter base in the city.

Depending on the boat charter in the British Virgin Islands you choose, the boat may accommodate anywhere from 2 to 12 people. This gives you the versatility to decide what kind of trip you prefer. If you want solitude, you can go out alone or with a loved one. If you have a celebration going on, you can take the whole family out on the water to enjoy a good time. It’s entirely up to you.

 Have a great time out there in paradise!

Frequently Asked Questions about yachting in British Virgin Islands (BVI)

How much does it cost to rent a yacht in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

The price of yacht charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) depends on number of factors (age & size of the boat, time of the year). On our web site you may find boats from $1,716 per week and all the way up to $40,000 per week. The median price for a one week charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) is around $7,439

How many boats are available for rent in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

We offer professional fleet of 290 yachts available for bareboat or crewed charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI).

What are the main yacht charter bases in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

Most of the boats for charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) are available at the following bases: St. Thomas - 50 boats , Tortola - 669 boats

What boats are available for charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) ?

The following yacht types are available for bareboat charter in British Virgin Islands (BVI) : 174 - Sail yachts 98 - Powerboats 433 - Catamarans 1 - Trimarans
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