Q. Why the Virgin Islands?
Because with some 140 beautiful tropical islands and an inexhaustible variety of busy party bays, exclusive resorts and deserted coves all within a few hours cruising, the Virgin Islands is paradise for boating.
  Q. What’s the weather like?
  With a typical Caribbean climate, the islands are warm year round, max daily temperatures vary from about 29oC at Christmas to 32o in August. The winter months are windier, the summer ones much like the Med.
  Q. When should we go?
  With the stable climate, there is great cruising year round. High season runs December to April and is driven by the US winter. This is also the windiest time of year. The summer months offer less wind, calmer seas, better diving, and cheaper rates.
  Q How do we get to the islands?
  Plenty of flights from Europe are available directly to the Caribbean islands, especially Antigua. You can also fly via the US and Puerto Rico. Once in the islands, there are several airlines running regular island hopping services. Your UK travel agent will be able to book these connections with your flights.
  Q Why charter a Trader?
  The Trader fleet is unique because they are the only motoryachts to have been specially designed and purpose built for charter in the islands. Not only do we use special materials, finishes and appliances suited to the task, but have also created bespoke layouts. Every double cabin is equipped with an en-suite head and shower so that everyone on board gets the same treatment – making it easier to plan a trip with friends. Traders are available to charter with two, three and four staterooms.
  Q What qualifications would we need?
  Yachting conditions in the islands are nearly always perfect and navigation is easy – so it’s a good area to build up your experience. The Traders are offered bareboat, with your experience being the main criteria, certification to at least Day Skipper is recommended for UK charterers.
  Q What do we need to take with us?
  Very little – shorts, sunglasses and sunscreen mainly. The Traders are fully equipped with linens, crockery, galley appliances and towels as well as snorkelling gear. Life is simple in paradise – you certainly won’t need a jacket and tie.
  Q How do we provision the Trader?
  Good food and wine stores are easy to find throughout the islands. In addition, we can even arrange the boat to be provisioned for you in advance so you can just turn up and sail away. Most overnight mooring destinations have great restaurants and bars if you don’t fancy cooking on board.
  Q Can we go anyway without experience?
  Yes – it’s a great way to experience motoryachting. Skippers are available for under £100 a day who can undertake all the work – you just have to decide which island to visit next.
  Q If we don’t fancy anchoring at night, are there options?
  Yes, there are plenty of marina berths throughout the islands, in towns and at some of the resort hotels which welcome yachts. There are also a wealth of prelaid buoys at the main anchorages – you just tie up and pay a small fee at the beach bar and sleep soundly.
  Q Can other activities be organised?
  Of course, most watersports can be enjoyed in the islands and organised through one of the many operators at the resorts. The scuba diving is world famous and particularly well organised – you can book over the VHF, and the dive boat will pick you up from your Trader en route to the dive site.
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