Questions & Answers
First night aboard or at the hotel?
Ok, this is very common. You will most likely be faced with this as your first charter decision. Most times you charter your arrival flight will put you into the docks late in the day. This means you won't be sailing the day you arrive unless you get there early. So.. hotel for the first night, or sleep onboard your yacht. Here are a list of pros and cons so you can make the call for yourself.
Pros: Quiet, solid land under you, A/C, food readily available.
Cons: More expensive than sleeping on board, your bags are still packed, bottled up excitement to get on board.
Pros: Cheaper than a hotel, gives you the evening to unpack and get the yacht ready for departure the next morning, learning where everything is, getting settled in. Shore Power. When tied up you will have access to shore power. If you have AC on your yacht this is a big plus. You get AC without the hum of the generator.
Cons: Bumpy if you're not in a quiet or WELL protected marina. When tied to a dock, even in a very quiet slip any motion will push the yacht side to side, bumping each side of the slip with the fenders unless your spring lines are set up just so. The motion of a yacht tied without a spring line set up or in a open harbor is not a smooth like at anchor or at mooring. It can be a bit abrupt in its motion. If you get seasick easily you may want to consider the hotel for night one, or sleep up on deck the first night. Included in the slip bumping comes with a light thumping sound also.
If your yacht has no AC the stillness of a marina or slip will make it more likely for visits from the local mosquito population. Without the wind of an anchorage the stillness can make the yacht not only hot, but a bit buggy.
Charter Advisors note: We have experienced a mixed bag when it comes to sleep aboard nights at the dock. In some spots in Road Town Harbor we get the "bump." In other areas like Nanny cay hardly a movement at all... nearly still, even on windy days. We regularly choose to sleep aboard. We'd take a berth in a yacht any day over a hotel.
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