Soundings from the Waters Edge

Notes, observations, and current happenings
from around the Cruising Grounds.

Last minute special offers and other things you will find happening here in the Caribbean. Compiled by us at

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The Weather Here is Delightful!

July 2015
Announcements

TARA VANA II - Ric and Miss announce new plans for the summer. They know "Where they gonnna if the Volcano Blow". Grenadine plans are now canceled due to rumbling of submarine volcano Kick-'em-Jenny just north of Grenada.

They are now offering half board charters in the Virgin Islands of $13,000 up to four pax and $17,000 up to 8 pax.( minimum 6 days. 8 pax 6 adults and 2 youth.) This offer is for any charters booked and taking place by October 30, 2015.

For all inclusive charters we will match or beat any comparable yachts advertised rates. Onboard SCUBA! Sportsfishing equipment!

Kick em Jenny below!

GREAT ADVENTURE - This 2014 launched, 45' Lagoon Cat is now offering special introductory rates, from $13,00 to $15,000 for 2 to 6 guests, all inclusive. That is up to $2,000 less than other yachts of the same model. This St. Thomas based catamaran boast a flybridge with plenty of seating, and bunny pad (sunmat), forward cockpit, Scuba diving (with gear) included plus the most spacious interior of any cat in this size range. Book now for the winter season.

 

May 2015
Announcements

FREE INGWE- This 45' Leopard Catamaran is Capturing the Spirit of the Caribbean by offering one person to go free on parties of 3 or more this summer on either the all inclusive or 1/2 board charters. Check the rates on their webpage for 1/2 board, starting at just $10.000 for 2 guests. the yacht offers a Dive Instructor & PADI Dive Master onboard Charter rates include 5 dives per week for certified divers including tanks, lead weights & air fills. Additional dives possible.

MIMBAW- THis value priced, Scuba docused, 41' Lagoon Catamaran announed a couple of interesting offer for this summer and beyond. 1st for this Summer Season 2015:
8 nights for the price of 7! THe yacht will be in the Virgin Islands then later this Summer in the Grenadines starting late July or august.

For the comming season
EARLY BIRD BOOKING DISCOUNT- UP TO 10%
Confirm charters 4 months or more in advance on Mimbaw and take a 1% discount per month for each month greater than 3 month after the date of confirmation.
Holiday Season not included, max 10% discount.

Check Mimbaw's website - Divers just pay for air

May 2015
Announcements

XENIA -a new (2015) Alliaura Marine Catamaran-gets a special thanks for hosting an exceptional lunch we and a few other brokers attended onboard at the Spring charter show in Tortola. I especially enjoyed the Wahoo roll appetizer. Recent charter guest caught the 30lb fish a few days earlier.

19 yachts, mostly either new to charter with new crew attended the 2 day event in mid May.

 

KNOT ANCHORED - 46' Leopard Cat
is now offering 10% off regular rates for charters in June . This recent design accommodates 6 guests in 3 queen cabins with ensuite heads with electric heads and separate showers. In all respects it is much more spacious than the older more common. Leopard (Robertson & Crane) 45' or 47' models. Keg beer onboard.

2 guests now $9,540 4guests now $10,800, 6 guests=$12,150

April 2015
Announcements

Feb.. 2013

Hypnautic- 44' Lagoon Catamaran is now offering $1,500 off regular rates for charters in until 22nd of July

March 2015
Announcements

Twilight Rodeo- 50' Simonis Catamaran is now offering $2,000 off regular rates for charters in July and August. Great Family Yacht!

Feb. 2015
Announcements

Details surrounding the recently passed legislation allowing the US Virgin Islands an exemption to US Coast Guard 6 passenger limit in US waters has now digested. A number of yachts have been inspected and determined they comply allowing board their capacity, up to 12 guests in St. Thomas, and St. John. Yachts announcing this designation will be designated with this Icon Board up to 112 gueststs in ST. Thomas (Delivery charge may apply)

Breanker- 55' Classic Catamaran just released a New Video

Jan 2015
Announcements

2013

Quest- 57' Simonis Catamaran is now offering 15% off regular rates until end of March

Dec 2014
Announcements

December 11, 2014

U.S. Senate Joins House in Passing Six-Pack Exemption
While President Obama still needs to sign off, a bill now through both houses of the U.S. Congress exempts uninspected Virgin Islands boats under 24 meters (78.7 feet) from the current limit of six passengers. The legislation would allow them to carry up to a dozen passengers In the USVI.

 

1st Class Charter Broker Dennis Vollmer accepting the 2014 Most Ecological Broker award from CYBA International at the Tortola Charter Show in Nov.


PACIFIC WAVE - 72' Giorgetti & Magrini sloop is now offering BOGOF!
BUY ONE WEEK - GET ONE FREE!

BUY A FULL WEEK'S CHARTER ON PACIFIC WAVE TO SAIL IN FEBRUARY 2015 AND GET THE SAME WEEK FREE IN FEBRUARY THE FOLLOWING YEAR!

REACTION - 55' Lagoon Cat
Take 10% OFF any charter taking place before July 31, 2013, 5 night minimum please. With her lockers full of water toys, a fun go fast dingy, a hardtop with ladder for jumping off into the water, and her spacious cockpit - everyone is sure to be happy and entertained aboard.

 

 

 

A number of yachts have dropped rates for the entire season or rolled back rates to last years levels. This changes are indicated as "specials" on the various list of yachts.

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8 days for the price of 7 has been one of the more popular offers for those who can take advantage.

No price surcharge for charters of 5 or even 4 days is offered on a number of smaller yachts making a "Ship & Shore" Holiday more affordable than in past years.

Call or email for thos Of Special interest:

 

Fresh bananasTropical plants come in bloom in Spring.
This stand of bananas out side the 1st Class Charter office sports Hundrends of the soon to be ripen fruit.

Yellow Cheek Parrots

Blossom draw wildlife including these Virgin Island parrots seen eating the flowers on the "Ginger Thomas" tree, Official tree of the USVI. 4 pairs of the birds were observed in a single tree.


vanilla BeanVanilla

For the 2st Time since planted 10 years ago, the Vanilla Orchid on property is in bloom. Individual blooms last but one day and must be hand pollinated. Vanilla beans have started to reach maturity in Early Oct. 2006.

Hand Pllinate

 

Jost

View of Red Hook in St. Thomas, a  popular boarding of spot for charters.

Red Hook


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