The only bad news about a Virgin Islands charter vacation is that at some point it ends. Because time seems to fly by so quickly, I always recommend a nine to ten-day charter (minimum) in the Caribbean. Why? It takes one to two days at the start of the trip to slow down and re-learn how to relax, island style. Som... Details
During Part 3, we started our trip by flying down to the British Virgin Islands from Seattle, preparing, provisioning and taking off from the MarineMax base at Hodges Creek on the island of Tortola. We checked out our beautiful MarineMax 443 powercat with all the bells and whistles and plenty of lounging and entertai... Details
The British Virgin Islands - Getting There
After planning for months, it was finally time to fly to the Virgin Islands, get to the boat, board, provision, get underway and unwind. Oh yesssss. For our crew, the big challenge was the transition from our busy lives to settling in for a relaxing British Virgin Isla... Details
In the weeks leading up to your trip, the excitement grows. For us, the weather around Seattle and Anacortes cooperated. It was cold and we even had snow! Perfect weather to inspire the packing of bathing suits, shorts, and t-shirts.
In Cruising to the Virgin Islands, Part 2, it's important to square away the detail... Details
This winter it's time to update one of most popular cruising guides in the Virgin Islands, Cruising the Virgin Islands. In mid-February, we are headed to the Virgin Islands and have chartered a MarineMax 382 with three cabins and lots of living and entertaining space. We will take a tour of the boat for you when we... Details
We had just finished a photo shoot on the water near Guemes Island for the new SeaSport Commander 2800. The boat looked great running by at 30+ knots. My fingers were still stiff from the cold encountered while shooting from the flybridge in the January air. We brought both boats back to the Cap Sante Marina to set u... Details
by Mark Bunzel
What were the odds that Oracle Team USA would come back from an 8-1 deficit in the America’s Cup finals? After Race 4, Las Vegas odds-makers said 700 to 1.
Undeterred, Oracle achieved the seemingly impossible and won the America’s Cup. They made their boat faster, got the boat better balan... Details
Story and Photos by Mark Bunzel
America’s Cup racing may be the most exciting event in the boating world. This is especially so with high performance catamarans in the challenging seas of San Francisco Bay. I used to live and sail in the Bay area. I’m no expert, but I understand what they mean when they sa... Details