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Bareboat Division Manager / Charter Broker
Melody is a native to Tampa Bay, Florida, where being on the water is just part of life. She grew up enjoying wind-surfing, fishing, boating and diving. Before joining VI Sailing, Melody worked at The Moorings for over 11 years, where she was promoted from Vacation-Planning Specialist to Vacation-Planning Supervisor to Department Manager and finally, Yacht Ownership Representative. Melody really knows the charter industry inside and out!
Melody and her family enjoy frequent visits to Tortola where they visit her mother, Valerie Rhymer, at Myett's Garden Inn and Grille in beautiful Cane Garden Bay. Melody has also spent time chartering in St. Martin, the Grenadines, Bahamas, Tahiti and Australia.
References From Clients:
This is the third or fourth time I have used VI Charters as my booking agent. Melody and the rest of the team are awesome at finding the right boat for the right price. All my expectations have been exceeded in terms of price, condition of boats, and friendliness of the Charter companies they book with. I'll never go back to finding my own charter by searching company by company. These guys make the process SO EASY! - Julio Salimbeni
The best vacation we've ever had! It's our first time to charter with Virgin Island Sailing and would highly recommend booking with Melody and staff. In fact, I emailed her staff a couple of times during our charter, and Melody was quick to answer. That's excellent customer service. We will book again! - G. & P. Neill
You always do a great job in pairing us with appropriate boats and crew. - G. Proctor
VI Sailing does an excellent job in providing guidance and assistance with sailing charters. We look forward to booking another trip in the future. - R. Bouvier
Melody at Virgin Island Sailing gave us prompt and reliable support... I highly recommend BVI Yacht Charter and Virgin Island Sailing. - Gus W.
It was an extraordinary vacation. VI Sailing and Melody were very helpful and responsive. I really appreciated being able to do everything via email. That makes it easy. Dream Yacht Charter was very, very good. Their staff were friendly and helpful and they were eager to help us resolve the mechanical issues we encountered. Mechanical problems happen on boats, and the measure of quality is how the charter company responds. These guys were great, meeting us at our planned destination to remedy the problem. In other words, we didn't have to alter our plans. The boat was great - we love the Lagoon 450 and this is our third time with that same model. All eight of us were very comfortable and happy. Thank you VI Sailing and DYC. - Steve D.
Melody, we had a great time, due in no small part to your assistance and attention to detail. We are part of a community of people who are avid boaters and sailors and we will be recommending your services to them. - Paul & Jackie B.
Melody you were Awesome! You made it so easy. I’m not a good trip planner and had never been to the Virgin Islands (or anywhere in the Carribbean). You streamlined the process while keeping us informed each step of the way. It was flawless. I’ve already recommended you to friends who want to plan a BVI bareboat cruise. - Patty M.
You guys are top noch and I’ll use you again. Your method of presenting charter offers is phenomenal . I realy liked the email with the links to the site where I could actually take a look at the yacht in question, and review the pertinent details of both the yacht and the charter company. Great work! - Matt H.
Other Comments About Melody:
Melody was very responsive and helpful in both the pre-booking process as well as in the last few weeks before the charter.
Melody was the best broker I have ever used in 15 years of chartering.
You gave very accurate info, great advice, very responsive.
Thanks for great insight & accurate advice.
Service and communication was first rate.
Everything went spectacularly. Couldn’t ask for better.
Melody is fantastic – helped with every detail!
Support was excellent!
Service was “above and beyond”.
You did a very good job, always answered questions quickly.
Melody was incredible!
Our family considered your service to be in the excellent category.
I think you did an excellent job and helped keep us on track.
You were very helpful in every way. Everything went very smoothly! No glitches.
Melody was very helpful. We will use VIS every time we sail from now on.
You were very accommodating, helpful and extremely informative!!
Excellent job as usual!
Communication was great and exceeded my expectations. Thanks for EASY!
Melody did a great job meeting our last minute needs and dates.
3rd time I’ve used you to book a charter. I get great choices & rates. Thanks!
Service was your #1 Goal. Thanks!
Appreciate your making it as simple as you did.
Every detail was perfect!
I'm very happy to have used Virgin Island Sailing as my broker. Before calling you, I had attempted to charter directly with two different captain/yacht owners. Both of those arrangements ended badly and motivated me to contact you. Booking through VI Sailing gave me piece-of-mind in the weeks leading up to our trip that I would not have otherwise enjoyed had I booked directly with a captain. Your staff was helpful, always answered the phone, and called me back promptly. Without question, I would use VI Sailing again to book my future charters. Thank you!