How do I book a boat in BVI? Find out general booking procedures and process when booking a boat with The Catamaran Company

Booking a Catamaran is easy as 1, 2, 3!

THE BOOKING PROCESS
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK A CATAMARAN?

The high season in BVI is typically December though April. It is imperative you try to book as far in advance as you can to secure the catamaran of choice. In the Summer months while availability might be better the catamarans with the most number of cabins tend to book sooner. It is wise to try to book at least 6 months in advance for Summer bookings and up to 12 months in advance for winter months. Email charter@catamarans.com for a detailed proposal for your next catamaran sailing vacation.

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP TO BOOK A SAILING VACATION

If you are looking to charter a catamaran, the best way is to call us at 1800 262 0308 and speak to a charter consultant about your catamaran trip. Our email address is charter@catamarans.com. Please email us if you prefer this method and we will send you some detailed proposals that you can look over showing you the rental fee and additional charges. You can then choose the best catamaran for your group. We will need your full name and dates. We will then send you a secure online access website that will have your contract, sailing resume and arrival info. The contract will need be signed prior to online payment and this can be done all through the online secure reservation system.

CAN I GET MY SAILING RESUME PRE-APPROVED?

Yes, we do promote pre-approval of your sailing resume. The Catamaran Company will get back to you within 48 hours. Please click on this link to submit your SAILING RESUME

WHAT IS THE PAYMENT SCHEDULE?
A deposit of 25% of the charter's fee is required to confirm your charter. Upon receipt of the deposit, your booking confirmation will be emailed to you. Please contact us at least 5 days prior to your next payment if additional credit card information needs to be submitted or if payment will be made with a personal check. A late fee of $50.00 will be applied for payments not received by due date. Additional 25% is due 90 days prior to your charter start and your final 50% is due 60 days prior to your charter start.
HOW MUCH IS TRAVEL/CANCELLATION INSURANCE?

Once the charter has been reserved and deposit monies have been received, the charter is considered non-refundable. Should a Charterer be forced to cancel, all monies will be forfeited. However, a Charterer may wish to purchase cancellation insurance or travel insurance. We use an established insurance company that can protect you against postponements, family emergencies, sudden illness, airline delays.
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The cost of the travel guard protection is typically about 7% of the charter fee. Please note if you decline the travel insurance, then the normal cancellation policy applies.

Without this coverage, the following CANCELLATION TERMS apply: Cancel 90 days or more prior to charter departure and a fee of $599 will apply: 60 to 89 days before departure and 50% deposit is lost; and if a charter is cancelled 59 days or less there is no refund given.

Please visit this link to for cancellation and postponement insurance:

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HOW DO I PAY?

The first payment is due to reach The Catamaran Company normally within 7 days of placing your complimentary 'hold'. All payments can be made by visiting your secure zone that we send you upon agreeing to accept our terms and conditions. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure date. Payments can also be accepted by by checks, wire transfer or credit card. Please note that we do need 10 days to the check to clear. We can accept credit card payments over the phone, but your Charter Contract needs to be signed by you prior to accepting the credit card. All credit card payments can be done through the online secure zone. Please email us at charter@catamarans.com if you need your secure zone login.

Our mailing address for Checks:
The Catamaran Company
4005 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308

CAN YOU HOLD THE YACHT FOR ME WHILE I CHECK ON AIRFARES?

Yes, we can 'hold' the yacht for up to 7 days with no fee. If another charter guest would like the same dates and same catamaran that you have on hold, we will contact you as you have first right of refusal upon placing the hold with us.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

We do try to be as flexible as possible but sometimes due to the nature of the business it can become quite complex. We do advise that you purchase the Travel Insurance named ‘TRAVEL GUARD’. This will allow for postponements, cancellations, trip delays, medical emergency and can even cover any type of reason for a slightly higher premium.

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The insurance is normally between 7 - 11% of the rental fee depending on the type of insurance you decide to purchase.

Without this coverage, the following CANCELLATION TERMS apply: Cancel 90 days or more prior to charter departure and a fee of $599 will apply: 60 to 89 days before departure and 50% deposit is lost; and if a charter is cancelled 59 days or less there is no refund given.

 

WHAT PAPERWORK DO I NEED?

When you book a catamaran with us in BVI there are four important documents that is necessary to complete your booking.

  1. Signed Contract
  2. Sailing Resume
  3. Crew Arrivals
  4. Crew List
  5. Purchase optional Travel Insurance

All the above documents will be in your online secure zone to fill in and submit. We ask that the signed contract is signed along with deposit. If you wish to get pre-approval of your sailing resume prior to deposit please click here: www.catamarans.com/british-virgin-islands/sailing-resume

 

IF MORE PEOPLE WANT TO JOIN, CAN WE UPGRADE TO A LARGER BOAT?

This does tend to happen, and we do try to be as flexible as possible. We do ask that you give us 90 days’ notice. Please try to contact us soon as possible to do the upgrade if available. We have try to rebook the catamaran that you originally booked to facilitate your upgrade. It is highly recommended that you purchase the travel insurance that protects you and your group against postponements and cancellation penalties. Please click on this link for Travel Insurance:
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