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. 


MarineMax Vacations Links With Scrub Island Resort In BVIs

MarineMax Vacations, with its fleet of power catamarans, has partnered with Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina as their base for 2018. All charter operations, from briefings to provisioning, will be handled from the private island, which is linked by a regularly-scheduled private ferry from Tortola.

As an Autograph Collection Hotel, Scrub Island features both hotel rooms and suites as well as private villas, and MarineMax clients will have access to the several pools, gym, restaurants and bar, as well as water toy rentals and excursion planning.  Bookings for before and after charter accommocations are made directly through MarineMax Vacations to streamline the process.  

For info, contact MarineMax Vacations,, 813-644-8071.


Willy T: Bad News, Now Good News!!

After the legendary Willy T floating pub and party pirate ship dragged anchor during the BVI hurricanes and was destroyed, the owners set to find another---converting a vessel in the U.S. and taking it to the Willy T location on Norman Island.  At first, it seemed all was fine and then the BVI government suddenly decided they didn't want Willy on Norman Island where, it seems, a luxury resort was being developed that didn't want anyone rowdy in their bay.  The government caved, and the Willy T was out.  

But, after meetings with the government in May, owner Ewan Anderson was able to have a hopeful commitment that the Willy T would be welcome at Great Harbour on Peter Island.  Anderson described the government as "helpful" and that permits were being processed.  The new Willy T appears to be a converted oil rig supply vessel, so doesn't have the "piraty" look with masts and poop deck for guests to jump off.  But, judging from the joyful response, the bareboat charter world is just happy to have Willy back.  

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