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Free Luff dockside at CYOA on the
Since 1980, CYOA has earned a reputation of excellence in
the charter industry, specializing in Virgin Islands sailing
vacations. They are small by choice and proud to offer highly
personalized service. The folks who run the show at CYOA are
residents of the Virgin Islands and come from many different
walks of life. The yachts available for bareboat or crewed charters
are first class and well maintained. CYOA offers reasonable
rates year round as well as some of the best specials! CYOA's
goal is to have you experience the vacation of a lifetime.
CYOA is on the island of St. Thomas, in a small community
called Frenchtown just west of the main harbor of Charlotte Amalie.
The small marina houses CYOA's bareboat fleet, private vessels,
and visiting yachts. Marina facilities include clean rest
rooms with hot and cold water and showers, ice machine, a neighborhood
laundromat, convenience store, post office, and bank a short
The international airport on St. Thomas is served by several
major airlines and is under 10 minutes away -- you'll be on board
before you know it. Or enjoy your first night dockside, surrounded
by the sparkle and lights of downtown, festive party boats, and
the grand cruise ships. Take a stroll to downtown Charlotte Amalie
for dinner, a cocktail, a cup of coffee, or a variety of duty
Then prepare yourself for a carefree sail aboard an immaculate
vessel brought to you by CYOA.
Why should you book Free Luff with CYOA versus the thousands
of other boats available in the Virgin Islands? Check out more
about the advantages of the boat HERE,
and check out our Travel Tips HERE
||After a long year of research, phone calls, and
emails, we ultimately asked CYOA to accept Free Luff into their
charter fleet. It is not without great trepidation that one leaves
their life dream in the hands of someone else to care for, but
right off the bat we had a good feeling about CYOA and their
capabilities. We're confident they'll take the best care of our
boat and make sure you're taken care of, too.
If you have questions about the boat, rates, availability,
the virgin islands or an itinerary, feel free to email
Keel boat experience is necessary to charter a bareboat. You
will be asked for information about your sailing and boating
experience as well as your travel plans. The manager of CYOA
will review the information you supply on this document, and
will determine whether you have the experience to charter. The
goal is to be sure you and all aboard have a FUN and SAFE time.
Some of the elements in your experience that
will be important in determining your competency to handle the
boat you would like to charter:
Click here for an Application
* Your recent boating experience (last 5 years).
* The size and types of boats you have sailed in the past. Were
they of similar size to the size of the boat you wish to charter?
* Have you owned a boat? This is important because most people
who have owned boats have an understanding about systems and
the inner workings of a boat, which is essential to happy cruising.
* Have you done some cruising? Have you planned a trip that would
require navigation skills, decision making, anchoring, mooring
or docking under sail and power?
* Have you sailed on the ocean or large lakes (Great Lakes)?
* Are you experienced in the operation of twin screw vessels.
This is an important requirement to charter a trawler or a trawler
catamaran and a slightly lesser important requirement for a sail
catamaran. If you do not have any twin screw experience plan
on spending at least a half day getting up to speed in
this area before we let you leave the harbor.
* Who are the crew that will be aboard with you? Are they knowledgeable
people that will be actively participating in sailing the vessel?
Can you count on them to help you or will they be inactive guests?
* Have you had any professional or formal training? Have you
cruised in the Virgin Islands before?
* The answers to these questions will help CYOA assess your skills
and ability to take command of the charter boat.
* If your skills are a bit weak, CYOA may suggest a SKIPPER be
aboard for a few days, or if you are not approved to charter,
skippers are available for your entire cruise.
* A Bareboat Certificate is not necessary to charter a bareboat.
A Bareboat Certification course is valuable training, however,
this document alone may not qualify you to charter. Your overall
practical experience is what counts!
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download acrobat reader. You probably don't)
After you've booked your charter, it's time to think
about the little stuff:
(These are all PDF file downloads that you can print, fill out,
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How to book...
Call CYOA's office, toll free at 800-944-2962 or send an email
to email@example.com, and check to see if Free Luff is available
for the dates you wish to sail. CYOA will put a hold on Free
Luff for 48 hours while you sort out your travel arrangements.
A 50% deposit and a completed Application
to Charter are necessary to confirm your reservation. Deposits
may be made with a credit card [download form now] or by check
via overnight mail. Once your application has been reviewed and
approved and your deposit is received, CYOA will mail a Contract
Package to you. This package will include charter paperwork,
provisioning forms [available for downloading] and general
information about chartering in the area. Your final payment
is due to CYOA 45 days before your charter starts.
Special deals require payment in full by credit card at the
time of booking and are not refundable but you may change dates,
subject to availability, for a $100 change fee.
2006-2007 Weekly Rates...
Sorry, but as of January 2007 we are pulling Free Luff out of charter service to live aboard full time.
Good news for us, bad news for you.
Or it would be bad news if you couldn't just get another geat charter boat from CYOA! Email them now or go to their site for more info...
If your plans change, and it is necessary to cancel your charter,
you must notify CYOA in writing. If you cancel 91 days or more
prior to your charter, you will receive a refund less a $300
cancellation fee. If you cancel 90 days or closer to your charter,
a refund is not issued. Trip Insurance may be purchased to protect
your trip from unexpected emergencies. Contact ACCESS AMERICA
at 800-284-8300 for more information.
If you would like to go directly to the CYOA website
to see some other boats, just to confirm that Free Luff is the
best choice (no, really!), Here you go: CYOA
Yacht Charters, St. Thomas USVI