We are 2 adult couples contemplating a 4-night stay in Virgin Gorda in Feb 2013, combined with a 3-night private, crewed, all-inclusive sailing charter. For the sail, we are interested in seeing the remote places that only a boat can take you to plus fishing, snorkeling, and general relaxation. We are complete rookies at this - having never been to VI, let alone BVI, and never having chartered an overnight sail. The websites I have been to - some brokers, other actual sailing outfits -- offer a bewildering array of choices, levels of luxury, pricing, etc. Does anyone have any advice on this? How much does it complicate the matter of getting on our charter to be in Virgin Gorda, and not some more bustling place like Tortola? (Do the charters pick guests up wherever they are?) Are certain vessels more affordable than others, i.e. yachts vs. catamarans? We are not looking to be "pampered" with super high-end luxury, but do want to be reasonably comfortable and well-fed. What is reasonable to expect to pay for such an experience? What are the "gotchas" to look out for? (For example, I've noticed some place give rates that don't include fuel. Is that common?) I realize some questions are impossible to answer without knowing more detail but if anyone can point me to some good resources that would be great.
If we conclude the 3 night charter is out of our reach financially or logistically, we might consider a one-day charter - any tips on that (particularly charters that include fishing) would be welcome as well.Edited: 13 May 2012, 14:23