We chartered Oxia (a 42' Lagoon sailing catamaran) from BVI Yacht Charters as a group of 11 Sea Scouts and Scouters. Several of us have lots of sailing experience, and a couple of us are ASA trained to cover boats like this. BVIYC did a great job on almost every conceivable aspect of this charter. They answered emails completely and promptly. They were forgiving with delays in payments. They provided a great boat with (almost) everything working on it. Certainly all of the major pieces were all in working order. They provided a very helpful briefing on navigation, including points to avoid and ways around them. They also gave us a comprehensive tour of the boat. The check-out captain was in a hurry and was a little grumpy due to that, but he served his purpose and left his mark on the boat. They provide a cell phone that worked whenever we needed it. Calls to other BVIYC charters and their base are free, and we did make use of that service to verify some navigation questions and get weather approval for passage to Anegada. Mid-week we noticed a tear at the head of the jib. They came out promptly and replaced the sail at Spanish Town on Virgin Gorda. When we returned to the dock, a communications mishap between myself (at the helm) and the dock crew resulted in a crack to the bow of the port hull. We were able to negotiate a reasonable sharing of the cost to get it back to like-new condition. I wouldn't hesitate to use them for this type of trip in the future. Thanks for all the help and hand-holding, guys!
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