Bareboating Icon Departs...Again!!

Not long ago, we wrote the good news that the Willy T, famed floating restaurant and pub, had been replaced after the original was driven ashore in last year’s hurricanes and wrecked.

Then we had to amend that story, when the Willy T was kicked off from Norman Island when it was offending a development being built on shore.  But the good news was that it was welcomed at Peter Island, just a bit away.

But now the tide has changed and Peter Island has given the Willy T just three months to depart and find another place to drop its hook. Peter Island apparently filed a complaint with the BVI Department of Trade and Consumer Affairs.

At this point, no one knows where the Willy T will end up.  Co-owner Ewan Anderson says they are “in limbo” and frustrated because they’ve been a tourist attraction and bareboat icon for 35 years.  There are rumors that Willy T may leave the BVIs for good.  We’ll keep you posted!


New CruiseAbaco Bareboat: 4-Cabin Fountaine-Pajot Lucia Cat

Newest offering in the growing CruiseAbaco fleet is Lucky Cat, a Fountaine-Pajot Quatour model with four double cabins and two heads. Lucky Cat has a spacious entertaining and relaxing area that stretches from the salon with its L-shaped settee through the sliding doors to the cockpit with table (seating 8).  The helm is raised, with GPS map, radar, chart plotter, and autopilot, and other niceties aboard include freshwater heads, electric primary winch, electric davit and hard-bottomed inflatable with outboard.  She features a full galley with icemaker and includes either a French press or percolator to help you jumpstart your mornings.  Propane grill, full air conditioning and generator, and stereo with USB and Bluetooth capabilities. For info, contact or 321-473-4223.


Bareboaters Rejoice! Cooper Island Open Again!

The popular Cooper Island Beach Club in the British Virgin Islands is now officially open for the season.  The club, which rebuilt and reopened during the summer after the devastating hurricanes of last year, is now officially reopened, including the boutique hotel.  

More important to bareboaters, however, is the outstanding restaurant with its deck, a micro-brewery, and its famous rum bar that has one of the world's largest collections of cane spirits.  Aside from its array of rums from across the West Indies, it has the famed Black Tot, the last of the British Royal Naval Rums.  The restaurant is serving lunch and dinner, while the Coffee Box cafe is open daily from 8-4:30.  Great anchorage offshore, too.


Virgin Motor Yachts: A Hot Deal Going Fast!!

Virgin Motor Yachts is offering a not-to-be-missed 15% (Fifteen!) discount on any and all bareboat charters of 7 days or more before the end of 2018.  So that gives you about three months to make your plans to escape the cold and slush and rain and all that ick, trading it for sandy beaches, warm waters and pleasant tradewinds.  

Virgin Motor Yachts is growing steadily under the hand of Gary and Alexia Lucas who are stedily building their fleet that now includes Hudson Power Cats, Horizon motoryachts, Fountain Pajot power cats, and a pair of fully-crewed Sunseekers.  Based at Nanny Cay in the heart of the BVIs, VMY offers bareboat, crewed, daysail and yacht ownerships.  Don't let this great discount slip through your fingers, or you'll be kicking yourself in a month or two with icy feet!

Contact them at (888) 684-6486,, or  The clock is ticking!


Voyage Charters Adds To 480 Cats To BVI Fleet!

Voyage Charters based in Tortola has recently added two brand-new Voyage 480s to their fleet, and two more will be arriving before the end of this year and....wait for it....yet two more early in 2019!!

A family-owned and run business, Voyage builds their own yachts in South Africa and has a charter base on Frenchman's Cay on Tortola.  The 480s are big sailing cats, with a beam of 25-feet on a length of 49.5 feet.

The 480s have four king or queen staterooms, all with ensuite head and shower stalls.  The salon has a large galley with counter seating as well as a full dinette, and the cockpit is designed for alfresco meals as well.

For info,, (888) 869-2436. 

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