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Joann Higgins

Bareboat Charter Broker

Joann Higgins Bareboat Charter Broker

Joann has been working in the bareboat sailing industry for over 16 years. Prior to joining Virgin Island Sailing as a Bareboat Expert, Joann was Reservations Manager and Charter Broker for The Catamaran Company. During the nine years with them, she spent four years working at their Tortola, BVI base. She became familiar with not only The Catamaran Company's fleet, but other company's yachts and operational bases as well. While enjoying this time around the dock, Joann developed a much better understanding of her clients needs! Let her put this knowledge and experience to work for you.


Prior to working for The Catamaran Company, Joann worked for Sunsail. It was during her three years with their company that Joann acquired a love of boats and being on the water. Joann was born in California and attended school in Pennsylvania, where she currently resides.


Throughout the years, Joann has attended numerous boat shows in the Caribbean and Florida, familiarizing herself with the new models and keeping up-to-date with the older ones. Joann's knowledge of the fleets and the British Virgin Islands makes her a welcome addition to our excellent team of experts!



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References From Clients:


Joanne Higgins is awesome and well versed in all things BVIs. I would recommend her to anyone interested in a yacht charter. -Stefan Mandanis

Joann was amazing and answered all requests and questions incredibly fast and thoroughly, as always. - J. Spaeth

You did great- better than expected! Joann is amazing and I don't think she takes a break from her job.
- John and Shannon M

Joann Higgins was the best broker I've ever worked with. Very accessible, knowledgeable, and responsive! - T. Barry

I just wanted to comment on the great job Joann Higgins did in assisting me with getting the charter. I spent a lot of time comparing other offerings to what she provided, and she was spot on the whole time. She is a true professional. The next time I go back, Joann will be the first person I call. Thank you Joann! - R. Gibfried

Joann was amazing. She answered all our questions as ridiculous as some must have seemed. - R. Stewart
From beginning to the end charter was outstanding. I have been chartering for more than 15 years and this was the best one yet. - R. Adams
Y'all were great, especially Joann. Every question was answered timely and completely. I would definitely go through your brokerage again.We had a wonderful experience on our charter. It is not something I would have done had it not been for a fantastically reduced rate on our yacht. VISailing is a great company to work with, the BVIs are sensational and it will be a memory never forgotten. - R. Pippin

Virgin Island Sailing and their website was a big help for me and I will certainly use them and Joann again for my next charter. They made my trip a breeze to plan and it was great to have someone to call or message if I had any problems. Hurry and send me some deals for my next trip! -P. Santilli

We had to reschedule due to a medical situation on very short notice. You folks were amazing at making it far more seamless than I'd even hoped for. Thank you - L. Williams


The customer service is excellent! Joann is always courteous, helpful, knowledgeable, and responds promptly to questions and inquiries. A true professional! - Beata V.


Joann was wonderful. She was basically available 24/7 and followed up promptly with every question and request. - Jack S.


Hats off to Joann Higgins. Every question answered promptly, every issue addressed promptly, every concern taken care of quickly, every detail disclosed and remained true to first answer. Outstanding service. Thank you! - Dutch V.


We really like working with Joann and as usual she was very helpful and informed. We had an amazing trip and loved having a longer charter period. We really look forward to our next trip to the BVI's!! We would highly recommend Virgin Island Sailing. They can charter through most any service, and get you the perfect size boat at a competive price. Thank you VIS!! - Harris J.


Joann was fabulous! I love working with Joann Higgins. She is very responsive, keeps me well-informed, and helps me to get the best possible value for my money. I will keep coming back to her for my charter needs. - Lisa W.


Joann did a super job helping us find the right boat and answered all of our questions. This was a great sailing vacation!! We plan to be back sailing in the BVI sooner than later. Thanks. - Greg M.


Joann and the team were wonderful! I will definitely use VI Sailing again! My sons are already planning the next trip and we got back last night! - Ron M.


Overall, a spectacular charter! This was my first charter. VI Sailing did a great job of addressing all my concerns. The website is very helpful, also. Thanks especially to Joann Higgins for her patience in answering all my questions. - Bruce B.


You guys are doing great! We will always book through VI Sailing on future charters! Joann has taken great care of us. Emails and phone calls were answered almost instantaneously, even if Joann was not at work! - Charles R.


I thought Joann was patient and knowledgable and did a great job working with us. Thank for a wonderful time! The boat was the perfect one for us! - Rob J.


Joann was more than helpful. Joann and Virgin Island Sailing handled all logistics quickly and professionally making our trip planning extraordinarily easy. Our three couples are already planning our next vacation. Kudos to Joann! - Tommy K.


Joann was outstanding to work with on brokering our first bareboat charter! Quick, honest communication and was in touch with us all throughout the process. - Mike J.


A special thanks to Joann Higgins - she promptly answered every inquiry we had prior to the charter. Everything went to plan, .and she was right - we had a great time.! It was a long way to and from Australia but worth it. The BVI's are beautiful. - Bruce W.


Thanks to Joann/VI Sailing for answering every pre-trip question promptly and making planning a breeze! - Noah B.



Other Comments About Joann:


Joann was very helpful and communicative. Found the sailing guide indispensable.


We had an awesome trip. I would charter with Joann any time.


You guys really were amazing. I can't say enough about how great Mallorie and Joann were..


Joann did an excellent job. We will be back.


It is always a pleasure to work with Joann.


Joann, your services were above my expectations.


Joanne was great about returning emails answering all my questions - very patient and prompt.


Joann Higggins was helpful beyond her normal duties.


VI Sailing, and Joann, were just delightful to work with. Highly recommended.


Joann did a wonderful job of answering all our questions and arranging the vacation of a lifetime.


Every question I had asked Joann was quickly responded to. It was great!






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