Ask The Professor
Top Ten Questions Asked by Charters the first time the get onboard
By The Professor
1. Can we drink the water on board? 2. Should we order groceries on line or buy when we arrive? 3. Will my fuel last for the trip? 4. Do I have to use my anchor light? 5. What is the latest I should be on a mooring ball? 6. If I have a problem on my boat, what do I do? 7. How early should I be by the Baths? 8. What are your favorite spots? 9. How do I use the lazy jack? 10. Just Remember to put it back up before you drop the main. You?re going to want something to catch that sail.
When should I reef the main?
A. Yes you could. But to be safe use the water to cook, brush teeth and other simple stuff and drink bottled water. If you plan to cook or consume it, heat it to boiling.
A. Different people have different experience, some will tell you they will never buy on line again others love it and continue to use the service. You can try both and stick to the system you prefer. Either way you?ll have food.
A. Yes, unless you use the sailboat as a motorboat and throttle the thing everywhere. You are required to run at least three hrs a day to charge your batteries plus you may need to run your engine to move or navigate depending on the weather. Unless you have a generator you run 24/7 (in which case you need to keep checking your fuel gauge) typical fuel use for a mono hull is fifteen to twenty gals for a week and that's stretching it. The last Monohull that came in after a week out that motored a lot burned 18.9 gallons. The boat had a 36 Gallon tank.
A. No not technically. Because where you will be anchoring or mooring are designated areas. (I know the B.V.I.) Use your light if you are not in a designated area or in a busy area (where the ferries or other boats run). Use common sense. If you feel better with it on, or its part of your normal boat routine, feel free. Charter Advisors runs their anchor light at each moooring.
A. In the busy season you need to get to some of the more popular spots by two in the afternoon to ensure you get a ball. When it is not busy you can you can get to a ball by four in the afternoon. Take a tip from the professor... Do not try moving at night.
A. Give us a call we will try to talk you through the problem or we will come out to fix the problem for you. No Worries.
A. The Baths is one of the more popular areas (a must see) in the high season. Get there before eight in the morning if you want it mostly to yourself or use a taxi from Gorda Sound or Spanish Town to the Baths. The rule of the Baths - It will be packed by lunch time.
A. They are a few. The Baths on Virgin Gorda, Gorda Sound A.K.A the North Sound (Bitter End Yacht Club, Saba Rock, Fat Virgin, Levrick Bay, Sand Bar!), and the Indians near Norman Island for snorkeling. And we can't forget Willy T's (The William Thornton) for partying. The Bubbly Pool at Diamond Cay, and Little (Sydney's Pease and Love) and Great Harbors (Original Foxy's Tamarind) on Jost van Dyke.
A. Slack the leeward side of the lazy Jack and secure it to the mast cleat before you hoist the main. This opens it up so the main wont get caught on anything on its way up.
A. When your sailing and you start asking yourself if you should... That's when. Do not underestimate the speed and strength of the wind in a storm. Reefing is not a science. It's common sense.
1. Can we drink the water on board?
2. Should we order groceries on line or buy when we arrive?
3. Will my fuel last for the trip?
4. Do I have to use my anchor light?
5. What is the latest I should be on a mooring ball?
6. If I have a problem on my boat, what do I do?
7. How early should I be by the Baths?
8. What are your favorite spots?
9. How do I use the lazy jack?
10. Just Remember to put it back up before you drop the main. You?re going to want something to catch that sail.
When should I reef the main?
The "Professor" has been a staple in the BVI Charter world for the last decade or more. In his role as a senior charter advisor / charter mechanic he walks charters though their yachts, informs on the operation of ALL yachts systems and procedures. His knowledge of charter yachts is extensive and wide as is his experience in the charter industry. No wonder we call him "The Professor"!
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