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Family Vacation Caribbean Sailboat for $42 a Day

Family Vacation Caribbean Sailboat for $42 a Day

My husband and I grew up sailing with our families. For our recent family vacation, we were daydreaming of sharing our love of the ocean with our teenage children.

But with a vacation budget to stick to and the non-stop programming of a cruise ship not what we had in mind, we decided to charter a sailboat with another family to explore the British Virgin Islands.

The BVIs offer easy-to-navigate waters that are tailor-made for sailing, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned sailor. Prices vary according to the type of boat you choose and the level of service and amenities you require. With current seasonal discounts, a group of eight people can find amazing deals for as low as $42 per person per day for a mono-hull boat that you sail yourself.

The cost benefit of a boat-charter vacation is that the price covers your accommodations, a self-catering kitchen, transportation to inaccessible island locations, as well as unmatched scenery and adventure every day of your trip. (Food and water toys are extra.)Cheapest Family Vacation Ever? A Caribbean Sailboat for $42 a Day

Get started by checking out Moorings, Sunsail, and Horizon Yacht Charters — which are based in Tortola — or Fairwind Sailing School Charters, based in St. Thomas. These companies can help plan a trip to suit any level of sailing experience. They also offer the option of hiring a skipper or, if at least two people in your group have sailing experience, “bareboating,” meaning you play captain. A skipper can be hired for an additional $190-$250 per day.

Bareboating, obviously, saves you a ton of money. If you want to learn how to sail, check out the American Sailing Association for an accredited school.

by Julia Pemberton Hellums

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