The SpaceThere are 3 bunks avail. 2 in shared salon space and the private forward Vberth cabin. with in suite head. we can accommodate up to 4 people as long as there is one couple to share the v berth cabin. The boat is a well found cruising sailboat. 42 ft in length. with 2 inside heads and outdoor showering. there is all so a master cabin in the stern with it's own entrance. capt usually lives here but for certain types of trips , accommodations to use this space can be made. Honeymoons or 2 couple groups etc
(price surcharge applies)
The captain and possibly one crew member will be on hand to sail the boat around to your desired destinations in the Virgin islands. Guest AccessThe boat is equipped with snorkel gear for those interested in exploring the stunning coral and fisheries around the Virgin Islands. You can free dive or try your luck with the fishing pole . The boat also has two stand up paddle boards for exploring the bays from above the water. Interaction with GuestsThe captain and possibly one crew member will be on hand to sail the boat around to your desired destinations in the Virgin islands.
Please read, Other things to note and house rules for your GETTING READY GUIDE at bottom of the page for more information about your trip including pricing structure . The NeighborhoodCome sail the British Virgin islands. it's considered one of the nicest cruising grounds in the world.. Getting AroundThere are taxis and inter island ferries for your transportation needs to get to boat. All BVi trips pick up and finish in the BVis. Other Things to NoteGETTING READY GUIDE
The following information has been compiled for our charter guests from a variety of sources. We hope you find it useful in getting ready for your charter.
What to Expect:
This is a truly custom made vacation and is designed around the desires and wishes of you and your party. Your crew will do their best to make sure your charter is a fantastic experience that you will remember with fond memories and want to repeat. The crew will act as your Captain, cook , chief snack preparer and "Sundowner cocktail" maker if you've chosen the provisioning plan. You will be cleaning up after yourself and helping doing the dishes after your meals..
Lunacy is a cruising sailboat. It is much smaller than a cruise ship, and much larger than a row boat. Most people consider Lunacy a nice boat. You be the judge. Lunacy is set-up to provide up to 4 guests plus crew with a safe and enjoyable sailing experience. She is very well equipped. As a result, she is also very complicated. The crew is prepared to help you with all aspects of using the boat. On deck, a sailing vessel can be a bit like an obstacle course, with winches, lines, and other hardware to negotiate. A boarding ladder is used to get on and off from the dingy or the water. This can make a sailboat charter unsuitable for anybody with physical limitations or medical issues.
Each bunk or cabin is “boat sized”, like being in a camper that has a funny shape, and has what is roughly a double or single bed. Your bathroom, or “head” as it is called on a boat, is another small space with a sink and marine toilet -- similar to the lavatory aboard an airliner. Except when sleeping, changing, or attending to personal matters, you will likely not be in your Vberth cabin or salon bunk. Rather, you will be relaxing in the salon, cockpit, on deck, in the water, or doing something ashore. Each bed is made-up with bed linens, pillows, bath towels.
Storage for your use and storage for things like your collapsed luggage is very limited by lack of space. Pack lite..
Showering aboard sailboats is like camping. Fresh water is a precious commodity aboard a boat. We can only take a limited amount of fresh water with us that must last the duration of your charter. “Navy” showers are the rule – get wet, soap-up, rinse-off. On most charters, the typical place to shower is on-deck. or we just jump in the water get out soap up and jump back in to rinse in the salt water then up on deck to rinse with fresh water
Food and Meals:
A varied menu will be designed around the food selections on your general preferences and availability of items in the markets here. Unless you have chartered with the Captain Only option, your crew will prepare and serve your snacks and meals aboard. If you like, you can offer to help. The crew will have some beverages available, if you want something special then it can be arraigned for us to purchase it ahead of time for you or you can pick it up along the way..In the Caribbean, Rum is King -- plentiful, good, and a favorite of the crew for making “boat drinks” before sunset, and sipping after dinner.
Although the food aboard is included if you've chosen the provisioning plan, you may decide to take some meals ashore, You may enjoy the ambiance and menu at some local establishments, which can range from a fancy dinner to a traditional island beach barbeque. When you do dine ashore, you pay the bill. Most guests find a lunch and a dinner ashore provides some additional variety to your charter. The point is for you to enjoy the islands.
The extremely consistent weather conditions in the Virgin Islands are one of the reasons this area is considered to be one of the best cruising grounds in the world. The trade winds are nearly constant ranging from 10-25 knots, allowing for wonderful sailing. These cooling trade winds also keep it pleasant aboard. The water temperature ranges from 76 to 85. Daytime temperatures rarely drop below 75°F in the winter or rise above 90°F in the summer. Even on a really warm day, if you are in the shade, you are comfortable because of the breeze. The night temperatures vary by only 10 degrees.
A typical forecast on any given day will have scattered clouds and a 30% chance of rain. These showers can happen any time, but are most common in the early morning hours prior to sunrise, and last less than 30 minutes each. An occasional frontal disturbance or tropical wave moving through the Virgin Islands may make for rainier conditions for a day or two. Hurricane season runs from June through November, but tend to occur closer to the Virgin Islands from late August to late September.
The primary activities for your charter will be based from aboard Lunacy. These include sailing, swimming, snorkeling, sunning, relaxing, reading, napping, eating, and drinking.Additional activities like diving, parasailing, tours and other excursions are available depending on the island. The cost of these additional activities is not included in your charter fee.
The itinerary is based on your preferences of activities. The captain will tailor the charter to fit your requests. The Virgin Islands offer a tremendous variety of bays and anchorages to visit. It is typically not possible to see everything in one visit. You may need to return again in the future for another charter to see more. The itinerary will also be flexible to accommodate your schedule and activities. Weather, safety, and other considerations may also affect the itinerary.
If you are susceptible to motion sickness, then ask your doctor for a prescription, bring a nonprescription treatment, or use acupressure wristbands. Be sure to treat yourself for motion sickness before you are experiencing symptoms.
Electrical power in the Virgin Islands is the same 115 VAC as the US mainland, and Lunacy also has 115 VAC with domestic type outlets, and 12 VDC with car type accessory outlets. Charging of devisies to be done only when the engine is running You will not need to bring any special power adaptors or inverters. You should bring whatever power cords and chargers are required for any electronic devices you are bringing.
For much of your charter you will either be sailing, aboard at an anchorage, in the water, or going back and forth from a beach or dinghy dock in the dinghy. Figure that most of the time you will be in a swimsuit or shorts and shirt. The privacy and seclusion that being on a sailboat provides may make it acceptable for guests to sunbathe or swim ala natural at times during the charter if so desired.
You will need to cover up properly when ashore. There are some beach bar/ restaurants where swimming attire is tolerated, but most establishments do ask that you wear appropriate clothes like shorts with shirts, or wraps for the women. A few finer restaurants may prefer a collared sports shirt and slacks for the gentlemen. No jackets or ties. "Smart Casual" is the rule of thumb for everyone. Around town, be sure to wear a shirt and shorts, or a cover-up over your bathing suit. Sometimes shoes are optional, but bikini tops are not appropriate.
While aboard we will all be in bare feet. Your sandals, flip-flops, or shoes will be for doing things ashore. If you must use footwear aboard, a dedicated pair with soft soles and white bottoms that have never previously seen terra firma would be preferred.
Most folks tend to over pack for their trip. The more you bring, the more you have to carry around and store in your bunk or Vberth cabin. If your bag is uncomfortable for you to carry it then you've packed way too much. Travel delays can happen, so consider having a change of clothing in your carry-on luggage. You may want to get into something cooler and more comfortable upon arrival. You may also want to have critical items with you like medications, travel documents, credit and ATM cards, cash, cameras, and other things of value. DON’T FORGET YOUR PASSPORT.
Many charter guests simply like to “carry-on” their things. To make this easier with today’s travel restriction, we provide the following items.
You will not need to bring:
As to sunscreen, please do not bring oily lotions that can cause the decks to become slippery and can stain the boats upholstery.
Only pack in soft, collapsible luggage, a duffle-bag, or backpack. The storage for your bags is limited , and there is no storage space for rigid suitcases.
You will need casual wear such as shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, beach cover-ups and some footwear for ashore.
sunglasses and a hat
2to4 pairs of shorts
5 to 6 shirts
2 to 3 bathing suits
optional – bathing suit cover-up
for dinner ashore;
There is a saying, "Bring half of the clothes and twice the amount of money that you think you'll need."
You can bring your own mask and snorkel, or use one from the assortment aboard . Fins can be a bit more difficult for travel. Please let us know the shoe sizes for all guests in your party so we can insure in advance that we have the right size fins available, and let us know if someone is bringing their own fins.
Feel free to bring your favorite tunes on CD, iPod, or MP3 player. Lunacy has a music ipod , but you may want to bring some of your own to suit your personal tastes. Also, you will find a small selection of books aboard to supplement what you bring.
With today’s roaming services most mainland cellular phones will work in the Virgin Islands. Check with your carrier regarding rates and roaming charges when making a connection from the USVI or BVI.
The US dollar is the currency used throughout the Virgin Islands, both in the USVI and BVI. Many places accept credit cards. Traveler’s checks seem to be increasingly hard to find places to cash. Banking conveniences in the islands are not as readily available as they are stateside, so bring ample cash for situations where credit cards are not used.
The ability to get on-line to access the Internet and get e-mail is increasing throughout the islands. You may find hot spots and Internet cafes at some of our anchorages.
The Virgin Islands has its own culture and customs that can be different from the mainland. It is proper to greet the locals with a "Good Morning", "Good Afternoon" or "Good Evening." Smile and be polite. Remember that everyone is on “Island Time”, so patience is a good thing. Food services and other tasks may take awhile. The beauty of the Virgin Islands is preserved in part by government regulations and the considerate behavior of its visitors. Many of the areas we will be visiting are in marine parks and sanctuaries where the flora and fauna is protected. Do not bring samples of marine life aboard. Leave them in the water or on the beach for others to enjoy. A good philosophy is to “Take only pictures, leave only footprints.”
The use, transportation, or possession of illegal drugs or narcotics, including marijuana, or of any other contraband, or the participation in any other unlawful activity is strictly prohibited.
No smoking on boat. and please treat the boat with the same respect you do your own home, as this is ours. Thanks, steve