BVI Charter Reviews from satisfied customers

At Horizon, we aim to provide the best possible service available when you charter in the BVI. The latest Horizon Yacht Charters BVI reviews reflect this in spades.

Many larger charter companies cannot match the level of customer service and personal attention that you will receive from us at Horizon Yacht Charters. Meticulously maintained yachts, one-on-one boat and chart briefings by our friendly and knowledgeable staff ensure a great sailing vacation and good value for money too.

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Here’s a selection of what our valued customers have said about us in their latest Horizon Yacht charters BVI reviews:

Darrel Hearne, BVI, February 2021 — Nautitech Fly 46 (2020) 'Luna'

A while back, some friends and I got to spend a week onboard the good ship Luna, a 46’ Nautitech catamaran, one of the boats in the Horizon Yacht Charters fleet.  The experience was overwhelmingly positive, and I thought it fit to share my review of the boat, company and charter experience.

First, a bit about me – I have been operating charter vessels in the BVI for the past fifteen years, and spent several years working as a bareboat skipper – you hire a boat and you hire a captain.  Suffice to say that I have chartered a multitude of different boats in the BVI, from many different charter companies.

My week onboard Luna was slightly different; it was myself and some good friends, just vacationing, so not a working week for me.  Having been on board many bareboat charters in the past, my expectations were low.  Bareboats tend to get a bit beaten up and look a bit tatty early on, in my experience – the result of credit card captains not taking the proper care of them, or the management company trying to cut corners in the maintenance.  To say that I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement.  The boat was pristine.  Spotless inside and out, and none of the usual bareboat nicks and scratches I’ve come to expect.  Understand that I run a high-end luxury crewed charter yacht these days, so I have high standards.  I couldn’t find fault.  At all.  The cushions were immaculate.  The towels and bedding new and lacked the usual bareboat mystery stains.  The boat was impeccably maintained.

In addition, the boat was equipped way better than any other bareboat I have ever been on.  Properly stocked with a good assortment of pots and pans, plates, glasses, cutlery etc – enough to actually cook a real meal, should you so desire.  I’m used to a warped pan and maybe a broken spatula on board, but the owners of this boat had spared no expense and kitted her out properly.  Fridge and freezer space galore – way more than we needed for the week.  An ice maker on board, as well as (if you can believe it) a water maker.  Oh, the luxury of hot uninterrupted showers.  A/c was ice cold throughout.

Then I got to take her out and put her through her paces.  I’d never sailed a Nautitech before – this version is the 46’ flybridge, featuring powered roller-furling in-mast mainsail, with a self-tacking jib.  Fully rigged for solo sailing, this boat was an absolute joy to sail.  Every line runs straight to the flybridge helm station, and I single-handed the sailing side of things the whole week.  Easily.  The self-tacking jib was an absolute eye-opener.  Honestly, couldn’t be easier.  As for electronics and nav equipment, she has everything you could possibly want onboard.  Full disclosure here: she’s not a fast boat.  She’s built for comfort and ease of use.  The roller-furling main means no battens in the mainsail, and the self-tacking jib makes for a somewhat baggy bottom profile.  This is not the boat to take racing.  If you want to drift along in ease and comfort, though – I highly recommend it.

All in all, I give her a solid five-star rating, with two additional thumbs up.  Great boat.

As for my dealings with Horizon Charter Yachts, all I can say is that they were extremely professional and competent.  Definitely my best experience ever with a bareboat company.  Emails were quickly replied to, information was given clearly and their manner was friendly and courteous throughout.  Here again, I cannot find fault at all.

All in all, a great week on a great boat, from a great company.  My sincerest thanks.  We’ll be back for sure.

Satisfied Client, 17th-24th November 2020 — Wave 58 (2016) 'Santa Ana'

I highly recommend Horizon Yacht Charters for planning a crewed charter in the Caribbean. Despite obstacles faced from COVID-19, they worked with us to find a way to make our charter happen. We were supposed to sail around the BVI in May, but with the Island closed, HYC came up with a plan to sail around the USVI in November instead. Our yacht was the Santa Ana and our Captain and Chef , Jacek and Maya, were a great fit for our group of 8. They spent time getting to know us and Jacek planned a route to fit our wants of beach bars, snorkeling and shopping. Maya’s food was delicious and so colorful. The presentation was made with great care and everything looked as good as it tasted! HYC’s detail and follow through helped us to navigate covid protocol for entry into St. Thomas. Thank you Kayleigh and HYC for providing outstanding service to make our charter a truly memorable experience!

Mike & Cindy Koenders, 25FEB-2MAR — Bavaria 34 (2017) 'Maverick'

Just wanted to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed sailing with you and looking forward to next time!

David Rogers, January 23rd 2020 — Sun Odyssey 410 (2020) 'Tola Sunrise'

We would not hesitate to recommend Andrew and Sylvia and the great crew at each of their Caribbean locations for a terrific sailing holiday on a well-maintained yacht.  We love the freedom of being in control of our own destiny on some of the most beautiful locations in the world, supported by experts who are intimately familiar with both the areas they charter and the yachts they offer.

Recent customer, New Years 2019/2020 — Jeanneau 64 'Bodhisatyva'

We spent eight glorious days sailing throughout the BVI’s on a mono hull, Bodhisattva, with Jannas, our captain, and Carolina, our chef, and our vacation experience exceeded every expectation. Our only disappointment was that we couldn’t make Bodhisattva our permanent living arrangement and, alternatively, Jannas and Carolina couldn’t come home with us! Their exceptionally warm, fun, intelligent, accomplished selves were a superb blend for our family and their client service was five star. Jannas, so knowledgeable about the technicalities of the yacht and sailing, graciously shared the helm throughout our excursion with my husband and sons thereby allowing them to be active crew members. Carolina, a master sailor herself and an exquisite chef, produced amazingly delicious meals that met all of our dining preferences. Celebrating New Year’s Eve with them on shore was momentous!!

As for Bodhisattva itself, the yacht was incredibly clean, comfortable and had every amenity, including a state of the art expresso maker, (The best COFFEE which, we learned, is one of Jannas’ many areas of expertise). The master berth and our sons’ berths were so comfortable and well air conditioned and the bathrooms /showers were great. The lounging salon and cockpit were spacious and totally relaxing spaces where our family, Jannas and Carolina connected, interacted, laughed a lot and ate together without any distractions or outside influences for the entire excursion. Bodhisattva is well-equipped with water toys and water sport paraphernalia which allowed us to do yoga on a floating mat, relax in floating bean bags, water ski, wake board, paddle board, snorkel and more! Bodhisattva and its outstanding crew provided us with an ultimate sailing experience throughout one of the world’s greatest sailing destinations!

Cindy2014 Lagoon 450 (2014) 'GREAT ADVENTURE'

I just had to write to let you know how impressed our family was with the Great Adventure crew. As you may have heard, we had some difficulties early on when I couldn’t find our passports. Connor was on the phone, I was crying, everyone was looking. They were light on their feet and adapted quickly with a new plan and enthusiasm about how great vacation would still be. When I found them early the next morning, it was game one. Back to the first plan and they managed to make everything happen that we hoped for.

Connor and Taylor are hospitable, accommodating, and knowledgeable beyond their young age. Our sons related well to them and enjoyed learning from both of them about local history, fishing, boating, and even cooking. Their boat was clean, well kept, and provisioned perfectly for us. We would highly recommend them to anyone in the future.

Darlene2014 Lagoon 450 (2014) 'GREAT ADVENTURE'

Thank you so much! I could not have imagined a more perfect trip and what an amazing way to celebrate “50”! You two provided a perfect trip! Much love and thanks!

Past Customer2014 Lagoon 450 (2014) 'GREAT ADVENTURE'

Thanks for the epic adventure that won’t too be forgotten. We all wish you guys the very best in whatever is in store for you and hope to see you again in the future.

Past Customer2014 Lagoon 450 (2014) 'GREAT ADVENTURE'

You two are amazing! We had the most unbelievable time and were blown away with your hospitality and enthusiasm! Come visit us once our small town recovers!

Steve & Tara2014 Lagoon 450 (2014) 'GREAT ADVENTURE'

Thank you for all you’ve done to make this such a special trip. You’ve been fun, accommodating and gracious host. The food was fabulous!

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