We are often asked for references
I'm afraid we do not supply references anymore. At one time, if asked for references, I would go down the list of recent charter guests and just select three or four people (at random and without warning to the prior client) and send their contact info to whomever requested it. I soon discovered that some people take exception to having their e:mail addresses and or phone numbers given out to complete strangers.
I refuse to send references from those people whom have offered to do so because they will obviously give us a glowing report ... and that seems rather self serving if not dishonest!
So the upshot is (if references are really that important to you and if you truly believe ANY reference supplied by the various companies) that you have two options: a. Go elsewhere (which we would prefer you didn't) ... or visit Traveltalk Online and click on the British Virgin Islands forum listing!
Traveltalk BVI is an independently owned and operated online chat board which is moderated by travellers such as yourself. They are very familiar with the British Virgin Islands. Each of these travellers have their own biases and some fervently support specific companies. It can be frustrating at times if you ask a question such as:
I have been looking for a charter company and have been communicating with Bareboats BVI ... any thoughts?
Those who have never used our services will not give you any information about our services but will feel compelled to answer anyway as you have asked for their thoughts! They will tell you about those companies they have personally used whether you wanted to know or not. However, if you pose your questions carefully in order to get the responses you are after ... you will get direct and honest responses.
Just keep in mind that Traveltalk is an open forum and people are really just trying to help, even when they go off topic or do not supply a direct answer to your questions. By the way, if we get good reviews, I can assure you that we do not have any "plants" who frequent the board nor do we in any way try to influence opinions. You will get the straight dope there, good, bad or indifferent!
I have lived and worked in the BVI since 1993 after emmigrating from Toronto Canada in search of a warmer climate with year 'round boating. For three and a half years, I worked as office/sales manager for a small charter company based here in Tortola. For various reasons, I left to start Bareboats BVI in September of 1997.
We specialize in BVI based charters only and do not venture out of the area we know best and the boats we know intimately.
I like to think we offer one of the best and most professional brokerage services available ... but that's just my opinion! :)
I hope this helps!
Liane Le Tendre
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