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May 2016

Pampered At Sea

A fleet of Voyage Charter yachts at anchor at Sandy Spit (photo courtesy of Voyage Charters)

Pampered At Sea

Starting small and spare, today’s charter boats have grown big and undeniably luxurious

By Julian Putley

It all began in 1968 when a few adventurer/sailor/visionaries realized what the British Virgin Islands had to offer and took the plunge into a risky endeavor – the bareboat chartering business. Crewed chartering for vacationing had been going on since the late 1940s and had become well established in the US Virgins but bareboat chartering, where the visiting sailor takes the boat and captains it himself with his own crew, was a new idea. One of the key factors in making the enterprise a success was that the charter company would sell and then lease the boats from individual owners when they weren’t sailing them; then rent them out, and share the revenue. There would be no capital outlay necessary from the charter company. ...Read More

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