Thank you for your interest in sailing with us at Waypoints. We have designed this page to help you with the planning of your charter, and to help make your sailing vacation planning as stress-free as possible. If you have not chartered in the BVI before, we recommend you read through the whole page. We have gathered and answered all our frequently asked questions. If you have questions that remain unanswered, please feel free to email us, and we will be happy to help.
“All Inclusive” means the fee includes the yacht, Captain, Chef, all meals, snacks, open bar (!), use of all toys and amenities listed for that yacht, fuel, water, moorings, ice. Not included are your airfare, ferry and taxi to the yacht, gratuity (15-20% is common), island trips and drinks or meals ashore. Open bar means that all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are included except for special requested premium wines, liquors and champagne. The amount and variety will vary depending on the cost of the charter with larger, more expensive yachts providing finer wines and premium liquors. Please have a look HEREFull All-Inclusive Service for more information.
Half board charters are similar to All-inclusive charters (see above), but some meals are not included in the rate and guests take those meals ashore at their own expense. This option is for people who would like to experience the local restaurants on their all-inclusive charter. In general this does not save you any money ($150 deduction per person for 7 meals ashore).
“Captain only” on a crewed yacht means the fee includes the yacht, the captain and use of all toys and amenities listed for that yacht, but does not include all other expenses such us provisioning (for you and the captain), fuel, water, moorings, ice, etc. You are responsible for the provisions, cooking (or dining ashore) and cleaning up the boat at the end of the charter. Most crewed yachts don’t offer captain-only, but this option can be offered on a bareboat with the free-lance captain as an extra daily fee.
No. The cost of the yacht will be the same regardless of whether you book through a broker or directly with the yacht. The yacht owner has set the price and not the broker handling your booking. Some crewed yachts give specials/discounts for last-minute charters, summer charters or for charters with children. However most yachts give the same rate for an adult or a child and offer the same rate all year around.
Most crewed yachts have a minimum of 5 nights. Please note that 5 night charters get a 16.7% surcharge on the daily rate, so 6 night charters are relatively much cheaper. To calculate your pro-rated daily rate: Just divide your 7 nights rate by 7 and multiply it with the number of nights you want to charter. Add 16.7% to the daily rate when calculating 5 night charters.
It is customary to tip your crew at the end of your charter, something between 15-20% of the full charter rate is suggested, according to the level of service you feel you have received. You can give the captain a US$ personal check, certainly cash or traveler checks. Tipping is at your discretion of course!
It depends on the yacht. Most crewed yachts are BVI based which means they only can start and end in the BVI and offer a BVI charter. Some crewed yachts can start and end your charter on St. Thomas, USVI and sail most of your charter in the BVI. Special request for other islands to start from are possible, but have to be discussed with the yacht. We also offer crewed charters in other areas of the Caribbean such as St. Martin, Grenadines and Bahamas
Your charter will start at noon and ends at noon. You can start and end on any day of the week as long as the yacht is available. If your flight arrives later than noon, you can board the yacht at that later time, but you can also decide to arrive a day before your charter and stay in a nice hotel or resort . This enables you to start your charter the following day at noon, rested and refreshed. We can assist by recommending hotels and resorts for your first night or more nights before and after your charter.
The crewed yachts have a maximum of 10 guests. When you want to charter with a larger group, we can arrange a tandem charter for you. This means you book 2 or more crewed yachts that sail together as a tandem charter.
Since your charter will be from noon to noon, we count your charter in nights (or 24 hour days). Most charters are 7 nights: Saturday to Saturday or Sunday to Sunday, etc. More or less nights are possible too, pro-rated. 5 nights are minimum and those charter get a 16.7% surcharge on he pro-rated rate.
When you need to canceling your charter, all payments will be forfeited. However, if the yacht can re-book a different charter for the same dates, you will receive a (partial) refund. We highly recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance. We can help you with this travel insurance
If your charter is cancelled due to Force Majeure events (like hurricane or travel restrictions due to Covid) then a reschedule is offered within 12 months or a full refund with a 35% cancellation fee. A travel insurance can protect you for these events as well.
Most crewed yachts have a minimum of 5 nights. Please note that 5 night charters get a 16.7% surcharge on the daily rate, so 6 night charters are relatively much cheaper. More nights are always possible. To calculate your pro-rated daily rate: Just divide your 7 nights rate by 7 and multiply it with the number of nights you want to charter. Add 16.7% to the daily rate when calculating 5 night charters.
When we have discussed all your options and you are interested to book a crewed yacht charter, we will make a courtesy reservation for you without any obligations. This will place the yacht on hold for your dates and gives you time to make a final decision and arrange other things for your vacation, like flights. The hold is valid for one week, but can be extended if you need additional time.
We can place a challenge when your preferred yacht has a reservation (not a booking) for the dates you like to book. A challenge means that the other party gets 48 hours (not including the weekend or holidays) to book their charter by paying the deposit. If they fail the reservation goes to you and you can then book it for your dates. A Challenge can also be placed against you, if another party wants to book the dates you have on hold. You then receive 48 hours to confirm your booking by signing the contract and paying the deposit.
When you are ready to book your charter, we will e-mail a contract for you to sign via DocuSign. We also will email you payment information for your deposit payment. The booking is confirmed when both contract and payment are received. Charters that are booked 6 months or more in advance require a 25 % first deposit and charters of less than 6 months in advance require a 50% deposit. The final payment is due 45 days before your charter starts.
We give a 1% discount if you arrange an ACH (electronic) payment or wire transfer direct into our account. You also can pay with credit card, but then without the 1% discount. You can pay with more than 1 credit card. We do not charge credit card fees for our crewed charter bookings.
All crewed yachts have excellent chefs on board and your meals will be prepared with fresh high quality ingredients. Most gourmet meals on board will be better than what you can find in our local restaurants. Please have a good look at the sample menus that every yacht provides on their online brochures. It gives you a very good indication of what you can expect. All menus will be adjusted to your preferences! Before your charter, we will ask you to fill in a preference sheet, so the chef knows exactly what your group likes and dislikes and can plan the menu accordingly. More info
Yes! All the crewed yachts can accommodate vegetarian, low sodium or low fat requests. Most chefs will prepare something different for children, if they are picky eaters. Some yachts offer Kosher, Vegan, Gluten free or other menus. You should definitely request this prior to booking, so we can check with the chef. Also make sure your chef knows about any allergies!
This is your private charter and there will be no standard itinerary! Your crew will discuss with you the daily itinerary that will suit your wishes, at the beginning of the charter and every morning. The itinerary will be based on your party’s mood and the weather conditions. Your itinerary is not set in stone and can be changed to your preferences. The itinerary is weather depending as the strength and direction of the wind and the swells can make a sailing route or an anchorage less preferable. SAMPLE ITINERARY
The peak tourist season is December to May, but this has more to do with the cold weather in North America and Europe. Christmas, New Year, Easter weeks and the American Spring Break are the peak season weeks and need to be booked far in advance. Our off-season runs from August through the end of October. This is our hurricane season, with greater chance of storms or hot weather and not much breeze. Our ocean temperature is very comfortably warm throughout the year, but if you want to swim or snorkel for hours, April till July are your best months as the sea is at its warmest then. November is rain season.
Absolutely! The Virgin Islands are gorgeous and there is much more to do than just sailing. There are dozens of beautiful anchorages and beaches to enjoy, many excellent spots for diving and snorkeling, a variety of shore excursions are available, you can go shopping or hiking and you can always find something going on in the evening. The best way to visit these islands and anchorages is with a yacht and the crewed yachts offer so much more than sailing! Our islands are more sheltered from the open ocean than other Caribbean areas. They are close to each other and there are numerous quiet and flat calm anchorages with pristine white beaches. You rarely need to sail more than an hour or two to get from one anchorage to the next. Often, you will anchor somewhere for lunch and snorkeling. After a short afternoon sail, you will arrive in a different anchorage ready to enjoy cocktails and dinner. Alternatively you can decide to charter a power yacht if sailing is not your thing.
That depends if the captain or chef is a Dive Master or Dive Instructor and offers diving. If you are a certified diver you only need a Dive Master on board that can dive with you. A Dive Instructor can offer a resort course, which is a an introduction to diving. He/she can also offer a referral course, if you would like to get certified on board. All other yachts can offer Rendezvous diving, whereby a dive company picks the divers up from the yacht to do a 1 or 2 tank dive. This is ideal if not everyone in your group wants to dive, because they then do not need to wait for the divers to return to do other activities.
It depends if the crewed yacht has a BVI fishing License! The USVI based crewed yachts can fish in the USVI, but not in the BVI. Most BVI based crewed yachts offer on-board fishing, but you need to purchase a fishing license for a small fee for every person that would like to do some fishing on the charter. Children under 18 do not need a fishing license. We can give you the application form.
Yes. Most crewed yachts have wifi on board, but the connection can be limited and slow. You will be able to check and answer emails or look at Social media etc. In general, streaming is not possible or limited.
Seasickness really is not a big problem in the BVI. In general you are sailing about 1-2 hours in the morning and 1-2 hours in the afternoon to go from anchorage to anchorage, but the itinerary can be adjusted to your likings so if you want to sail less or want to go on engine, that is fine and can be arranged. The reason the BVI is a sailing paradise is because you are sailing on waters that are protected by the outer islands and the islands are close to each other, so short sailing is possible. You can compare it to sailing on a big lake. In March till August the winds are light to medium (10-15 knots) for nice smooth sailing, but also to keep you still cool. In December- February we have much heavier winds and seasickness can occur then, but in spring/summer time I would not worry about it. Important is to always look at the horizon while sailing (no reading etc) with your nose in the wind and you’ll be fine. You stay each night in different anchorages that are completely flat, so no motion sickness there either. A catamaran is more stable than a monohull and the larger the catamaran the more stability you will get while sailing or on an anchorage.
Before your charter, we will ask you to fill in a preference sheet on which you can let the chef know about your group’s likes and dislikes for the food and for the drinks. Make sure you let the chef know about any allergies or other restrictions. The chef will contact you shortly (about 2 weeks) before your charter to discuss your preference sheet and propose a menu. You can chat with your chef to adjust this menu to your preferences
Yes! The crew will contact you shortly (about 2 weeks) before your charter to introduce themselves, set up a meeting point, discuss your preference sheet, menu and itinerary and answer any question you still might have. You also can email with the crew if you still have a few questions for your charter.
Yes! All American citizens traveling to the BVI require a passport (As of 1 Jan 2006,). It is no longer possible to enter with only a birth certificate and picture ID. Citizens of the USA, Canada and most European countries do not require a visa. However, citizens from some other countries are required to have a visa to visit the BVI. Click HERE for more information on BVI VISA’s
Not much! Most people bring too many clothes they don’t wear on charter. Be sure to pack light as storage on most yachts is minimal. Please be sure to pack a hat or cap(that won’t blow off!), sun glasses, sunscreen, t-shirts, bathing suit, shorts, sarongs, insect repellent (for the beach at sun-set), flip-flops or water shoes and casual evening wear. Beach towels will be provided on board. Squashy luggage is essential, like a duffel bag that will fit into a drawer when not in use. More infoCharter Tips Crewed Charters
Yes. The crewed yachts have inverters that give power all day to 120 Volt outlets for charging items like cameras, phones and computer batteries. high-voltage appliances like hair dryers need the generator to start to avoid draining the battery bank. Check with your crew before your charter, as they might have a hair dryer on board for you to use.
It is customary to tip your crew at the end of your charter, something between 15-20% is suggested, according to the level of service you feel you have received. You can give the captain a US$ personal check, certainly cash or traveler checks. Tipping is at your discretion of course!
Crewed Charter Guidelines & Tips
For more information on your upcoming charter, click on our Charter Tips. These are guidelines as to what to expect on a crewed charter, what to bring (and not to bring), and other guidelines and tips that help you prepare for your charter.