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Bareboats BVI - Bareboat Sailing and Motor Yacht Charters

BVI Yacht Charters - What's Included

The bareboat companies represented have individual policies and vary in equipment and services provided. We represent four very reputable bareboat charter companies in the British Virgin Islands:

BVI Yacht Charters
Horizon Yacht Charters
TMM - Tortola Marine Management
Voyage Yacht Charters

Depending upon the sailboat or motor yacht selected, all bareboat holidays will begin at one of four locations on Tortola in the BVI. There are over 50 models and 95 boats from which to choose, including monohulls, catamarans and power boats. To make your selection, see sailing charters or motor yacht charters. For base locations, see map of Tortola below.

Tortola Bareboat Holiday Prices

For monohull and catamaran sailboats, see bareboat charter rates or motor yacht charters for powerboat prices. Note: BVI bareboat rentals do not include crew, provisioning, cruising tax, National Parks Trust permit, fuel costs or insurance.

Charter weeks span 8 days. Most British Virgin Islands boating holidays begin and end at noon and include 7 full days and nights with the exception of Voyage Charters which end at 10:00 am on the last day of your charter.

You may begin or end your sailing or power boat holiday any day of the week you choose provided the boat is available.

Boat systems and chart briefings begin at or around 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. on the day your Tortola bareboat holiday begins with the exception of Voyage Yachts who do not start their briefings until noon unless you sleep aboard the night before.

Some (but not all) of the charter companies require you to do a quick check-out cruise around the harbour to establish your boat handling abilities. The whole briefing process takes approximately 2 to 2.5 hours.

Provisioning for your bareboat vacation may be delivered at any time provided you are at the dock to accept it.

All BVI Yacht Charters Include:

  • Bed linens, pillows, bath towels, cookware, glasses and flatware in sufficient quantities for all guests. Beach towels are not supplied.
  • VHF radio, boat phone, Virgin Islands Cruising Guide, charts of the USVI and British Virgin Islands, basic navigation tools, binoculars, USCG required safety equipment, small first aid kit, flashlight and tool kit.
  • A complimentary "starter kit" of consumable products such as dish liquid, hand soap, matches, paper towels and toilet paper is supplied for your first night aboard. Anything "consumable" is your responsibility once the starter package has been used. Free items vary by company and are noted in the 40 page charter guide we provide when you book your vacation.
  • You will be provided with full fuel and water tanks and are requested to return the boat with full tanks.

Who Includes what in their rates?

HYC = Horizon Yacht Charters
TMM = Tortola Marine Management
VYC = Voyage Yacht Charters
BVI YC = BVI Yacht Charters

Free Stuff & General Info
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HYC
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TMM
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VYC
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BVI YC

Free Taxi Transfers
 

No
 

No
 

No
 

No
Minutes from Airport
 
40-45
 
30-35
 
55-60
 
20-25
Minutes from West End Ferry
 
12-15
 
20-25
 
5
 
30-35
Minutes from Road Town Ferry
 
12-15
 
4 to 7
 
20-25
 
7-12
Complimentary Starter Package
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
No
Free Shower at Charter Base
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
Free WIFI at dock or base
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
Free WIFI Aboard Yachts
 
No
 
Yes
 
No
 
No
Water price/Gal. (Oct. 09)
 
.12
 
Free
 
Free
 
Free
Free Snorkel Gear
 
No
 
Yes
 
Yes
 
Yes
Free Ice
 
1 Bag
 
4 Bags
 
2 Bags
 
0
Sleep Aboard Fee
(Available Pre-charter only)
 
75.00/
person Min. 200
 
50% of
daily rate
 
Priced per yacht *
 
30.00/
person Min. 120

*Sleep aboards are only available on any of the Voyage catamarans if you are chartering for a minimum of 7 nights or longer.


Crew Costs
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TMM
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VYC
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BVI YC

Daily Captain's Fee + meals
 

175.00
 

175.00
 

150.00
 

175.00
Daily Cook 's Fee + meals
 
150.00
 
150.00
 
NA
 
Request
Daily ASA Instructor's Fee + meals
 
200.00
 
200.00
 
NA
 
200.00

Insurance & Security Deposit
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HYC
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TMM
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VYC
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BVI YC
Daily Insurance Rates
 
50.00
500/cap
 

50.00
500/cap

 
50.00
700/cap
 
30.00
300/cap
Refundable Security Deposit
(with insurance)
 
1,000.00
 
500.00
 
400.00
 
1,000.00

Provisioning (excl. Beverages)
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BVI YC
Provisioning House Packages
 
Bobby's
 
RiteWay
 
Nne
 
Boby's
Full Provisioning /person/day
3 meals /person/day
 
34.5
 
30.0
 
-
 
28.00
Split Provisioning /person/day
 
26.95
 
26.00
 
-
 
24.50
Dinners Ashore /person/day
 
22.95
 
21.00
 
-
 
18.00

Scuba Diving and Snorkel Gear

If chartering from TMM, Horizon Yacht Charters, BVI Yacht Charters or Voyage Charters scuba gear is available for rent from Blue Water Divers located at Nanny Cay Marina and Soper's Hole Marina.

Additional Charges
In addition to the basic bareboat fees and those included in the table above, the following charges are applicable for all charters:

Cruising Tax
$2.00 /person/day from November 1st to April 30th
.75 /person/day from May 1 to November 31st.

National Parks Trust Mooring Fees
$25.00/week minimum for up to 4 guests
$35.00/week for 5 to 6 guests
$45.00/week for 7 to 8 guests
$55.00/week for 9 to 10 guests

Add $5.00/person for the first 7 nights for 11 people or more.
Weekly rates double if chartering 8 to 14 nights and triple if chartering 15 nights, etc.

V.I.S.A.R.
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue is a volunteer Organization which operates on donations from the sailing community. TMM and Voyage Yacht Charters collect $1.00 per person, while Horizon Yacht Charters collects $2.00 per person and BVI Yacht Charters collects $10.00 per boat towards the continuing efforts of this very worthwhile and all too frequently needed service. These are voluntary donations and although included on your invoice, may be deducted if you wish.

Early Arrival for Charters in the British Virgin Islands
If you plan to arrive in Tortola a day prior to your BVI sailing adventure, we will be happy to make arrangements for you to sleep aboard your boat or at a nearby hotel. Sleep aboard rates are listed in the table above. Hotel rates vary, but are usually between $170.00 to $250.00 /night and up.

Refundable Security Deposit
A security deposit is required at time of arrival and may be paid in cash, traveler's checks or credit card. Your deposit will be returned upon the safe and undamaged return of the boat and its equipment and provided you have settled any outstanding charges. See rates for the individual bareboat companies in the table above.

Airport & Ferry Transfers
Once you've made your reservations, you will be asked to complete a taxi order form which includes your flight number and time of arrival in Tortola. Your charter company will make arrangements to have you picked up by taxi at the port of entry. If you will be arriving in St. Thomas, see the Ferry Schedule to Tortola.

Provisioning & Groceries in Tortola
We recommend Bobby's Market Place or RiteWay located in Road Town (see map below). They have an excellent selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, wine, liquor, beer, soda and a wide variety of canned goods, fresh bread, cheese, frozen foods, snacks and typical supermarket items. For more information on BVI provisioning, go to BVI yacht provisioning.

Water Toy Rentals
Water toys may be rented through either BVI Watertoys or Last Stop Sports. Both companies will deliver to your boat.

Chase Boat Service
All the bareboat companies we represent operate their own chase boats, making service calls possible within very short order! Call the base from the cell phone provided aboard your yacht or use your VHF radio. Calls to the base are free of charge. If it is determined that a chase call is required as a result of "customer error or neglect", you will be charged for parts and labour as well as the chase call itself. If it is a maintenance problem, the company will assume all expenses.

BVI Mooring Fees
Depending upon the anchorage, overnight mooring fees vary from $25.00 or $30.00 per night to $60.00 per night depending upon where you are and who owns the moorings. Mooring fees are usually collected late afternoon or early evening. There are no fees for anchoring.

Map of BVI Yacht Charter bases

For more information about bareboat holidays, see our Yacht Charter Information and FAQ sections. Come to the British Virgin Islands for a fabulous Caribbean sailing vacation!


Need more information about BVI Yacht Charters?
Contact our Tortola bareboat specialist!

Phone: (284) 495-4168 Tortola, BVI
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Launched 2001 - Last Updated: January 27, 2014