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Charters & Seasickness

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Charters & Seasickness

Need some help - we are looking at chartering a boat for 7 to 10 days for 2 to 3 couples and some are concerned about seasickness. I have read that most of the waters are calm where the boats are docked and from my understanding the people concerned have only been nausea and when the tides/waves were high. I know there are several items available for seasickness but would like to try to avoid them. Is there any boats that are better than others as far as the motion goes? We are all 1st timers when it comes to sailing, never being on a boat for longer than a day trip.

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1. Re: Charters & Seasickness

Simple, catamarans sail more "upright" than monohulls and thus offer a more stable sailing experience , however, if there are ocean swells neither type boat would give you a smooth trip. Also, generally speaking the larger the boat the more stable it will seem to sail. So for example, all things being equal, the sail in a 50 foot cat should be smoother than a sail on a 35 foot monohull.

The above is a generalization and you should know that it's difficult to predict what the weather and sea conditions will be during the week or so you are planning to do your charter.

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2. Re: Charters & Seasickness

"I have read that most of the waters are calm where the boats are docked"

Charter boats rarely "dock" or take a slip while on charter (unless you're paying for it). You usually are anchored or on a mooring ball at night.

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3. Re: Charters & Seasickness

I've sailed the bvi for the past ten years, first on a monohull, now on a cat. The cats are much better if you are worried about being sick. In general, if you stay hydrated and take it easy, you should not have any problems. The waters around the bvi are more like a lake than an ocean. Hope this helps.

Capt. Derek

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