How do I choose the yacht
There are many different designs and sizes of charter yachts chartering throughout the Caribbean.These designs are categorized into sailing yachts, catamarans, mono hulls, or power boats which operate only under motor, while the sailing yachts have either motor or sail. Take into consideration the cost of your charter yacht how much do you want to spend. We will help you the best we can to find your perfect yacht.
Prices vary from yacht to yacht depending on size and the number of persons wanting to charter.
If you are interested in a sailing vessel you tend to pay for the number of guests and the time of year will affect the price.
With a motor vessel you tend to pay for the whole yacht at one fixed price although this may vary depending on certain vessels.
Summer rates usually run from June – November, winter rates December – May.
Crewed charter yachts generally cost approximately $2000.00 USD/ £1000.00 Pounds, per person, per week in the Caribbean with everything included, meals, beverages and the use of water toys and dive equipment but not dive instruction.
The yacht will be fully insured but we do recommend you take out standard travel insurance. When we send you the yacht agreement contract insurance will be mentioned.
Many of the yachts offer scuba diving, this may be for certified divers with a Dive Master or Instructor onboard.
If you want to do a resort course, refresher, or certification certificate we can find you the right crewed yacht with a Dive Master or Instructor onboard.
There are also many dive companies that operate throughout the Caribbean or with in the British Virgin Islands who we can put you in contact with once you have contacted White Horse Yacht Charters.
Typically a gratuity will be paid to your crew at the end of your charter the recommended amount would be 10% – 15% of your charter cost.
All our crews are professional captains and chefs and they work very hard to make your vacation an unforgettable experience. They really do cater to your needs, comfort, and safety.
All crews are very knowledgeable of their yachts and cruising areas, finding the best anchorages and "must see" sites whether it’s the BVI’s, Leeward Islands or Windward Islands.
What is a Preference sheet download Pdf
Once you have secured your yacht with a deposit, a questionnaire/preference sheet will be sent to you.
On this preference sheet will be a section on travel arrangements, persons travelling, number of guests, arrival and departure information, sailing experience if any, and there will also be a section on food and beverage. This information will be for your charter chef who can plan a menu for your group. If there is a member of the party who has food allergies, vegetarian diet or other food requirements please make sure you mention in detail when completing your preference sheet. This will help your chef decide on a menu.
Certain food items and beverages cannot always be purchased in the Caribbean Islands although the chefs will do their best to for fill your dietary requirements.
The captain will take you through a detailed safety briefing before you depart from the dock.
The yachts are all equipped with life jackets and safety equipment standard for that particular cruising area, basic first aid supplies will be available to you and there are medical facilities and pharmacies on most Islands
Most yachts have internet facilities and phone lines for emergencies. This can be checked when you book the yacht.
If at all you suffer from the occasional feeling of sea sickness, make sure you pack your Demimean. Most yachts do supply this but take your own if not. Pressure bands for the wrists also help. Tell your captain if your feeling sea sick and he will try to accommodate you the best he can maybe by making shorter sailing times and more frequent stops.
Depending on your sailing experience and type of yacht you have chosen along with the destination and itinerary you have decided on will all effect how much sailing you will be doing. If you are new to sailing and not sure if you want to be sailing most of the day then the appropriate destination we would recommend would be the Caribbean Virgin Islands because these Islands are relatively protected and a short sailing distance apart.
Day 1 Midday. Step aboard your crewed yacht and meet your crew, Have a welcome aboard specialty cocktail if you like while your captain gives you a briefing about the yacht, its safety features and a little information about your next stop.
When ready, cast off from the dock and get ready for a spectacular sail across the Sir Frances Drake channel, heading towards Norman Island, famous for its pirate coves and the Willy T. Stop at the Indians for a snorkel or on to the Caves, you will be amazed by the variety of sea life and beautiful coral that makes these two places unforgettable.
Lunch will be prepared by your very own personal chef, with cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres to follow around five. Then finish the evening off with a romantic dinner taking you into a warm starlit evening.
Day 2 After a good nights rest start the day with a hearty breakfast then set sail to your next destination, visit the Baths on Virgin Gorda, one of the must see places in the BVI’s, explore the beaches and it’s many trails that guide you though the maze of giant boulders. After lunch set sail once again onto your evening anchorage. Settle for the evening at North Sound, home of the Bitter End Yacht Club. Here you can go ashore for a walk, a little shopping or just relax on the yacht with delicious cocktails and hors-d’oeuvre
Day 3 If the wind looks good then set sail to Anegada, watching out for dolphins on the way. You may be lucky and experience seeing these wonderful creatures first hand swimming in the wild.
Anegada truly is one of the best kept secrets of the Caribbean. Miles of long sandy beaches will have you just itching for a stroll along them. After lunch take a taxi ride across the Island to Loblolly Bay, on the way see if you can spot the Pink Flamingos.
Try one of the local restaurants for an evening meal. It truly is an experience, friendly people a wonderful atmosphere and best of all, the fresh local caught lobster cooked to perfection on the grill.
Day 4 Rise early and cast off for a relaxing sail heading down to the Dog islands, pick up a mooring at West Dog and stop for a scuba dive. If you are not a scuba diver then take a dip and have a snorkel instead, take your time to explore the many coves keeping an eye out for that barracuda.
After Lunch cast off once again and sail down to Cam Bay, on Great Camanoe island. This is the place where your find turtles, sting rays and lots of conch. Or pick up a mooring ball at Marina Cay, have a look ashore at the famous Pussers store or there’s always Trellis Bay nearby where you can stop for a spot of shopping at Aragon’s Art and Craft Studio.
Cocktail hour comes around and I’m sure your captain will want you to try a painkiller, famous in the BVI’s for its pain relieving qualities or maybe it has something to do with the rum. Have a relaxing evening and enjoy your chef’s cuisine with a bottle or two of fine wine.
Day 5 A quick dip before breakfast then it’s off you go again. Sail this time to Sandy Cay, drop anchor and have a swim in the beautiful waters that surround this charming sandy Island. After lunch sail off to Jost Van Dyke, anchor at White Bay, swim ashore and have a cocktail at the Soggy Dollar bar or take a walk on the white sandy beaches before heading around the corner to Great Harbour where you'll find Foxy’s. Enjoy an evening of music and entertainment by Foxy himself.
Day 6 Wake up to the calm and clear waters of White Bay. This anchorage truly is beautiful especially during the early morning hours. After breakfast up anchor and head off to Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola. Here you pick up a mooring ball, then take the dingy ashore, take a wander around the boutiques and gift shops or maybe stop for a cocktail at the Pussers Bar.
Then it’s back to the yacht for some lunch and an afternoon sail heading up the Sir Francis Drake Channel towards Peter Island. Anchor at Great Harbour or Little Harbour, These two anchorages are great to try out those water skis or any other water toys your yacht may offer.
Take a walk ashore at Peter Island, look out for the iguanas basking in the sun or listen out for the crying goats wandering the steep slopes that surround the bay.
Evening comes around and your chef is spoiling you once again with her delicious creations prepared especially for you, Enjoy.
Day 7 After a leisurely morning, sail to the Wreck Of The R.M.S Rhone on Salt Island, pick up a dive buoy and whether you’re a scuba diver or just want to snorkel you really don’t want to miss this spectacular and historic site.
After your dive drop anchor at Salt pond bay. Take a swim ashore for a look at the salt ponds then have some lunch before heading to your evening anchorage on Cooper Island. You may get time to stop for another dive at the Three Tugs or snorkel the wonders of Manchioneel Bay. This is your last evening onboard so enjoy your wonderful chef’s cuisine. Relaxation is all you'll be needing, savouring those special moments as this vacation truly is a wonderful experience that you will just want to repeat.
Day 8 after an early morning swim and a hearty breakfast that sets you up for the rest of the day, it’s sadly time to pack your bags and head off for your last sail across the Sir Frances Drake Channel. You disembark at Village Cay Marina or, if it’s better for you, your crew will be more than happy to sail on to Trellis Bay, to be taken ashore by dinghy, then it’s straight to the Airport to catch your flight home.
Please note this is a sample itinerary, your captain will discuss and plan an itinerary with you depending on your ideas and preferences.
Choosing your yacht
Once you have looked though our web site and are interested in chartering a yacht please feel free to contact White Horse Yacht Charters. We will be more than happy to talk with you about your choice and answer any questions.
White Horse Yacht Charters is based in the Caribbean on the Island of Tortola and are friendly and familiar with most crews and know many of the yachts chartering. We will be able to give you detailed and up to date information on all available crewed yachts and bare boats operating in the Caribbean.
Once you have chosen your yacht and destination we will place a working hold on your chosen yacht then send you a contract to sign and date. Then the contract will se sent to the Captain or Owner of the chosen yacht which will be signed and dated. One completed copy of the contract will be sent back to the broker, the other you keep and the same will apply to the charter yacht.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm a charter unless the charter is booked more than six months in advance, in which case a 25% deposit is sufficient, an additional 25% deposit is due at the six month mark. The charter deposit will be held in a secure ESCROW account.
Payment can be made in either wire transfer or credit card.
Final payment can be paid in advance to the broker 3 weeks before the charter date or final payment can be paid to the captain of the yacht upon boarding. This form of payment must be by either Travellers cheques or cash.
Booked Crewed Yacht
Once the yacht is booked for you and the charter secured with a deposit we then send you a preference sheet, some general information on your chosen destination and there’s also a guide on what to take with you and what currency you will need.
For a crewed yacht charter the captain of your chosen vessel will contact you direct a week or more before the start of your charter. This will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have and let you know where or on which dock the yacht will be moored ready for your arrival.
Preference Sheet download Pdf
This information will help your crew meet all your needs during your time aboard the crewed yacht so please give as much information as you can on food likes or dislikes, particular dietary requirement or allergies to certain foods. Other information on the preference sheet will include:
Times of your flight, arrival and departure, some general information on what activities you like to do and if you have any sailing experience.
There are a few options available depending on where you are coming from.
There are regular flights to Puerto Rico with connecting flights, American Eagle onto St Thomas and British Virgin Islands.
Fly into the US Virgin Islands, St Thomas – Step aboard your crewed yacht from Red Hook. This does not apply to all crewed charter yachts but please feel free to ask if this applies to your chosen yacht.
If you are flying into St Thomas and making your way to the British Virgin Islands then you will need to catch the local ferry service.
Smith Ferry Service
Tel – (284) 495 4495 / 494 2355 Road Town and West End to Down Town St Thomas
Native Son Ferry Service
Tel – (284) 495 4617 Road Town and West End to Down Town Ts Thomas
Nubian Princess Ferry Service
Tel – (284)495 4999 West End to St John and Red Hook, St Thomas
British Virgin Islands
Fly into Beef Island, Tortola – Step aboard your crewed yacht at Village Cay Road Town, Nanny Cay, West End or Trellis Bay, (anchorage opposite the airport).
From Europe Fly into St Martin or Antigua (BA, Air France, Virgin, BWI, First Choice) Then fly with the local air line LIAT or Caribbean Star into Beef Island.
There are regular flights each day so one is bound to schedule in with your international flight.
For Ferry schedules, fares and services to other Islands visit www.bviwelcome.com
Taxi to Village Cay or have your crew pick you up from Trellis Bay.
Hotels and where to stay on Tortola
If before or after your charter yacht vacation you wish to stay longer on the beautiful Island of Tortola here are a few places we can suggest.
Village Cay Resort – Witch is just next to the Marina www.villagecay.com
Maria’s by the sea – Easy walking distance from the marina.
Treasure Island Resort – Easy walking distance from the marina
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284 441 0160
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