Yacht charter Grenada
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 January 2012 10:00 Written by Wednesday, 25 January 2012 06:31
In 2008 we hired 2004 Bavaria 38 from Horizon Yacht Charters in Grenada for two weeks Caribbean charter exploring the islands. The following article covers both our experiences and recommendations. This is a work in progress.
Pilotage guide has to be Chis Doyles Sailors guide to the Windward islands
Yacht Check out
recommendation – take the express check out option with skipper out of Grenada
Horizon Yacht Charters offer what they call “Ease into the Grenadines” with their express checkout with one of their appointed skippers.. This particular skipper turned out to be both skipper and local taxi driver who we then used to get ourselves back to the airport at the end of the trip. It does cost $250 but not having to check out at the dock and do it underway means you can have an extra day outside of Grenada.
On our return and I guess most people’s you have to sail the day before back to Grenada (5/6 hour sail up her West coast) - most likely to Prickly Bay, just round the corner from the yacht base. So if you have headed north (and 99% would) to be able to return the vessel back mid morning you will have some time in Grenada as it is.
Another plus for taking the skipper is you find out about the yacht as your sail her not still tied up to the dock, you have an extra pair of hands for your first day and first attempt at anchoring, getting the tender going etc. Going through the on board equipment list is a chore, so you can also kill an hour of two while heading in the right direction. it’s worth noting that the sail up the west coast is probably the most arduous,, it’s the longest sail and can get a bit lumpy, so while it’s not a Biscay crossing I think its $250 well spent.
On arrival in Carriacou after anchoring we dropped the skipper off for his boat ride back home.Learn More