MarineMax Vacations Launches BVI-Based First Timers Flotilla

Sailing is super. Now, there’s also a great opportunity for those new to power boating or confident powerboaters new to chartering in the British Virgin Islands. MarineMax Vacations, which operates a base at the Nanny Cay Marina and Resort on Tortola, is offering its new First Timer’s Flotillas. These one-week cruise-in-company vacations will be led by the company’s BVI-based professionals in two time slots: February 29-March 6 and May 2-8. Each charter features a choice to charter a 2-cabin MarineMax 362, 3-cabin MarineMax 443 and 4-cabin MarineMax 484. The itinerary includes stops at world famous destinations such as the Willy T Floating Bar at Norman Island, the Baths at Virgin Gorda, Tortola’s beautiful Cane Garden Bay, and the beach bars in Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke.

“Our Vacation Planners suggested the idea,” credits Raul Bermudez, vice president of MarineMax Vacations. “They said they get a lot of calls from qualified boaters with fear of the unknown. Plus, there are a lot of qualified power boaters that are not aware of the small/mid-sized self-drive charter options. The First Timer flotilla is a great way to be on your own boat with the comfort of having a lead boat with local knowledge and direct access to the support team. Flotillas are also a great way to meet like minded people who share the same boating passion.”

Bermudez adds that although this new charter option is called a First-Timers Flotilla, second-timers, third-timers and beyond are welcome.

Carol M. Bareuther, RD, is a St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands based marine writer and registered dietitian.