Charter

As adventure-seekers, we take our sailing trips seriously. We want to unfurl our sails, explore far-off locations and leave the daily grind behind. But when the pennies start to pinch, vacations tend to be the first luxury to go.

This doesn’t have to be the case. With a few adjustments you can still enjoy the trip of a lifetime without breaking the bank. Stay closer to


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Some like it hot

by Peter Nielsen, Posted August 19, 2009
According to received wisdom, there’s no point in going to the Caribbean in the summer. “Too hot,” the naysayers grumble. “And if it’s not too hot, it’s too wet. You’d have to be pretty dumb to go down there in hurricane season.” All of which is true, and also not true.

Yes, it can be hot, yes, it rains more than in winter and yes, there is the chance a marauding


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Reef your bareboat budget

by Sail Staff, Posted July 23, 2009
Are you contemplating a Caribbean bareboat charter, but concerned about the cost? Here’s how you can blow those worries off the chart with just a few simple tricks.

Most charter companies have tempting deals that offer full or partial meal provisioning. If you choose not to take advantage of these, you will save money by not paying for items that you don’t use. We recently met a couple who,


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Would you like fresh banana in your smoothie?” asked the woman at the roadside smoothie shop, nestled in the higher elevations of St. Croix’s rainforest area. “It’s sweeter with banana.”

I readily agreed, and Mark Jones, my tour guide, and I strolled through the establishment’s collection of native fauna. Mark explained that the smoothies take a little while to prepare, as the woman had to


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Charter deals

by Sail Staff, Posted May 21, 2009
Sunsail was one of the pioneers of the flotilla style of chartering, and the company has some great deals going on its BVI flotillas through summer and in to the fall. You can get 20% off on select dates—call 1-800-797-5309 and mention SAIL Magazine—and also check out the “Sailing With Railey” flotilla, hosted by Olympic sailor Zach Railey, from 6-13 November.

Caribbean not exotic enough


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