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Yacht: Jeanneau 36i with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Jeremy Brehmer
Charter Dates:
4/7/14 at 6pm - 4/14/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

yes

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

yes but no propane on board. not discovered until day 2

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

yes

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

no

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

yes

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

yes

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

no

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?



10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?


 

 

Review Date: 04-18-2014

Yacht: Jeanneau 38 Premier with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: David Gootnick
Charter Dates:
3/22/14 at 6pm - 3/27/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

yes

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

yes

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

yes

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

ok

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

yes

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?



8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?



10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?


 

 

Review Date: 04-15-2014

Yacht: Leopard 384 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Julie Snow
Charter Dates:
4/5/14 at 6pm - 4/12/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Yes

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Yes but with roaches

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

Yes

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

Yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

Yes

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

Yes

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

Excellent

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

Great boat, very clean, responsive staff, roaches only problem but what can you do?

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?

Fall tomturkey
 

 

Review Date: 04-14-2014

Yacht: Jeanneau 38 Premier with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Greg Jay
Charter Dates:
4/2/14 at 6pm - 4/12/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Yes, we found all the staff friendly, helpful, and on time. The before-sail chart briefing, however, was a fairly perfunctory PowerPoint. I think this presentation should be done by an experienced sailor who can do an informed Q&A.

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Yes, the yacht exceeded our expectations. With the exception of one door handle, everything was ship shape. The motor always started, the dinghy always started, and the sails went up smoothly (once we learned to keep the stays from getting caught).

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

More than sufficient, though the pampered on board were yearning for a microwave. Given that we were only docked once in 10 days, that would have been a waste.

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

The forward cabin in the Jeanneau 38 has very limited ventilation. It was best to leave the door open.

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

Yes, they were superb. Julian checked us in with a thorough briefing, going over all the boat's operational details. We felt very comfortable after that.

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

Fantastic. How can you go wrong in the BVI. Favorite points were: Kelly's Cove, The Dogs, Cooper Island, Monkey Point, Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor, Cane Garden, Diamond Cay, and Buttonwood Bay on Peter Island. The east winds were running higher than expected (20-25 knots), which made sailing north a challenge. If we had known, we would have planned a route with a bit more east-west sailing. We still were able to circumnavigate Tortola.

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

The staff and web site at VIS made our trip so much better, providing great information on how to prepare, what to pack, where to go, and how to have fun! All the communication was timely and efficient, and we always got prompt responses to our queries. For anyone interested in exploring the BVI, you cannot do better than to put your trust in VIS.

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

What a fantastic experience. Everyone in our group commented on the attitude and professionalism of the Sunsail staff and on the exceptional working condition of the yacht. We have chartered elsewhere before, and always had trouble with various mechanical things on board. Not this time! What peace of mind you get from being able to trust the preparation of the yacht! VIS worked with us to pick the right boat, and we couldn't have been more pleased. The Jeanneau 38 is an outstanding vessel and very comfortable for four people. That said, we will probably move up to the 44i for our next charter: it has a much bigger engine and the salon is easier to navigate (not to mention the extra bathroom). Although the engine on the 38 was adequate, it was a challenge facing straight into the easterlies when trying to get up the channel in April. I think a more powerful engine would be appreciated for those times when we were exhausted from tacking and wanted to just motor the final leg.

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?

We hope to charter again next year in January or March. We spent some time on the dock visiting other yachts and were impressed by the 44i/3/3 from Sunsail as well as the 41/s from The Moorings. I know it sounds picky, but these yachts have galley layouts that are straight along the wall instead of in an L-shape that inhibits access to the forward cabin. We also found the table in the salon of the 38 to be too big--it makes it hard to actually get into the seats. Also, the cockpits on these larger vessels feature seating areas with higher backs--the ones on the 38 were too low. ALL the Sunsail and Mooring yachts provide the same hard cockpit cushions. Ouch. I think I'll bring a duffle with a couple of cushions next time!
 

 

Review Date: 04-14-2014

Yacht: Jeanneau 36i (with check out skipper) with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Dave Tilden
Charter Dates:
3/22/14 at 6pm - 3/28/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Yes

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Yes

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

Yes

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

Yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

Yes

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

Yes

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

Put a sticker on the radio re calling channel 12 for Sunsail.

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?



10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?


 

 

Review Date: 04-12-2014

Yacht: Jeanneau 41 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Keith McKinley
Charter Dates:
3/29/14 at 6pm - 4/5/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
4
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Absolutely, except the bar tender in the pool bar the night we checked in. He was complete unaccommodating jerk!

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Everything was very clean and organized

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

Yes, although a small bottle of Windex would be a nice addition, Heads should have been filled with a little sea water in the bowl, they were dry and it was a little smelly.

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

Excellent

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

I was already very familiar, but any questions I had were answered.

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

Loved it

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

As a Delta Air Lines pilot I wish I knew you had an airline crew member discount!

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

The sleep aboard first night was the way to go. We waited too long for the morning boat brief and that was frustrating. Please tell people to stay clear of Bobby's provisioning service! I'm sure the store is fine but the provisioning service was horrible and almost ruined our trip. We had asked for a blender and that was not on board, no cooler either. Boat hook supplied was too short.

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?

Next Spring
 

 

Review Date: 04-10-2014

Yacht: Sunsail 44i/3/3 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Marvin Dillard Riley
Charter Dates:
3/30/14 at 6pm-4/7/14 at 11am
Broker:
Joann Higgins
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Very much so

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Very clean--had a couple of minor problems that were fixed right away

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

It was perfect

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

Could have used more fans but it was very hot outside with low winds ---once the breeze filled in it was very nice

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

They did a great job

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

The best sailing area that I've had the pleasure to sail

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

I think you did a perfect job !!!!!!

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

I dealt with Joann throughout this entire process and she was extremely prompt and a real joy to work with . The next time I charter will definately be with Joann thru Sunsail !!

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?

ASAP !!!!!!!!!!
 

 

Review Date: 04-08-2014

Yacht: Sunsail Jeanneau 44i 3/3 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Russell Anderson
Charter Dates:
3/29/14 at 6pm- 4/4/14 at 11am
Broker:
Joann Higgins
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

yes, from the desk crew to the checkout people and the dock crew all were helpful and friendly. A little hard to understand sometimes due to accented English.

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

yes, we had no problems with the boat during our week sailing. The dinghy outboard started with one pull every time.

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

yes, it all was new

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

Yes, very good check out briefing

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

Could it be any better? Warm air, warm water, consistent trade winds at 10 to 20 knotts, white beaches, mooring buoys

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

VISL was extremely helpful, even sending the Virgin Islands Cruising Guide to me before the charter

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

I found Joann Higgins to be very knowledgeable and willing to take the time to give me all of the details that I asked about. She volunteered much useful information about negotiating the taxis and ferries in the US and British Virgin Islands. I am completely satisfied with the service that I received from VISL.

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?


 

 

Review Date: 04-08-2014

Yacht: Sunsail 42i/3/2 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Peter Lane
Charter Dates:
3/16/14 at 6pm -3/26/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
4
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

yes, they were all very accomodating

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

yacht needed some additional cleaning, particularly forward head. we did have some mechanical issues once underway - prop shaft disconnected from engine on first day but it made picking up a mooring under sail an exciting start to the trip; and lost water pressure 3rd or 4th day in. repair crew was great.

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

adequate

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

did not have one of the regular briefers so a few things were not covered that we later figured out for ourselves.

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

loved it

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

thought you all were great in terms of communications and preparations

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

the boat was a bit tired, and in general I'm not a fan of the beneteau line - just not very well made. but all in all, we had a blast exploring, sailing, and relaxing.

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?


 

 

Review Date: 04-05-2014

Yacht: Jeanneau 53 with Sunsail - Road Town, Tortola

Name: Dave Pancake
Charter Dates:
3/8/14 at 6pm - 3/15/14 at 11am
Broker:
Melody Delgado
Area Cruised:
Virgin Islands
Overall Rating:
5
5 being the highest 0 being the lowest


We hope your charter lived up to your expectations and we are eager to have your evaluation and impressions of your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Were the staff at Sunsail friendly and accommodating?

Yes very much

2. Was the yacht clean and in good working condition?

Yes

3. Was the yacht's cooking and cleaning equipment sufficient?

yes

4. Was the boat well ventilated?

yes

5. Did the staff at Sunsail do a good job familiarizing you with the yacht and it's equipment?

yes

6. Did you like the area you cruised?

yes 4th time in the BVI but first on Anegada! Outstanding.

7. Could we at Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd. have helped you further in any way?

No, I highly recommend VIS!

8. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

9. Additional comments on your charter?

The Jeanneau 53 is a great yacht. My favorite so far in any fleet. Auto pilot, power wenches, bow thrusters and extra room is worth it. We consistantly exceeded 7 knots in 15- 20 knot winds.

10. It is our pleasure to keep you informed of relevant specials / updates for your next charter. When do you plan to charter next?

Spring 2016
 

 

Review Date: 03-30-2014

 

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