FAQ
Your questions, answered

General

Do I need a sailing certificate to charter a yacht?

You will need to be qualified to skipper a yacht of the size you have chartered in tidal waters.

What is the price of food?

Local food is reasonably priced and most is excellent. You will find restaurants of all levels and prices and fun to check menus. Fresh fish can be purchased directly from the fishermen - listen for the conch shell. e.g In Bequia and Kingstown 9 XCD/lb - Mustique 11 XCD/lb (subject to change)

There are big supermarkets in Kingstown and a good selection of produce in Bequia/Mustique/Union/Petite Martinique. We can send you a provisioning list and stock your fridge for you so all ready on arrival

Where are the ATMs?

ATM's St Vincent - Kingstown/Bequia/Union island/Canouan/St Lucia and Grenada/Carriacou

Can I leave cash on the boat?

It is not wise to carry a lot of cash in the Caribbean as in any country in the world. Store in a safe/hidden place and when you are out do not 'flash the cash' as this does attract the wrong attention

Can we buy provisions around the islands?

Most of the islands have at least one small supermarket and a bakery. We can provision your yacht so all is ready for your arrival with staples/fresh fruits/veg and drinks/wines

If we are making alternative arrangements after our holiday can Sail Grenadines help?

Yes we can help to organise car hire, taxi's to ferry ports etc and have a large number of local contacts for accommodation.

The Yacht

Are charts and pilot books provided?

All necessary charts are provided,a pilot book for the Windward islands - Chris Doyle along with a compass, dividers and chart plotter. You also have electronic charts

Is bed linen and towels provided?

Sheets/Pillow cases/Towels and T towels are provided. Please be careful when hanging to dry as the winds can send the pegs flying and the towels into the sea

PLEASE do not use sun screen P20 as this damages linens and upholstery. Sorry banned for use on board any of our yachts

What size are the towels?

Towels are bath sheet size and hand towels are also provided

Do we bring beach towels?

It is advisable to bring a spare towel for the beach if you have room in your suitcase

Is there snorkel equipment on board?

We provide masks and snorkels and have a selection of fins (subject to ability)

Can I use my hairdryer or straighteners on board?

Only when on shore power or if your yacht has a generator can hair equipment be used

Showering on board

You can shower with fresh water on board but short showers are recommended to conserve water supplies. You can fill tanks in Union/Canouan/Mayreau/Bequia/Mustique

Bequia: Daffodil will bring their barge alongside your yacht. Union/Mustique/Mayreau - see guide book for radio channel

CD Players/iPod Connections

All of the yachts have CD players and most have AUX leads that you can connect to any device with a headphone jack.

What about fuel?

When you arrive, the yacht will have already been filled up with fuel. When you return the yacht will be refilled and you will be charged before you leave.

I'd like a paddle board or a kayak onboard, is this possible?

We have kayaks for rental

Sailing

Where can I sail to?

Your sailing area depends upon the duration of your holiday. if a week or less we recommend you stay within the Grenadines islands. if longer you could visit St Lucia or Carriacou and Grenada. Sailing south is more comfortable than sailing north

Safety

What happens if I need a doctor?

There are numbers to call - details on board or contact our office/helpline for assistance

Can we drink the water from the yacht tanks?

It is not advisable to drink water for the tanks. You can boil to make tea/coffee and use for cleaning your teeth. Bottled water is available everywhere and advisable to stock up at the beginning of your holiday and store aboard as this is the heavy item to carry. We can add this to your pre charter provisioning

Transfers

Will there be someone at the airport to meet me?

If we have your flight details number and arrival time we can arrange a taxi to meet you and bring you to our base

What happens if our flight arrives late?

We check flight arrivals (providing we have your details of course) It is also helpful to us if you can text or call us to keep us informed. Your taxi will meet you at whatever time you arrive

Is the supermarket open if I arrive late?

Shops open 08:00 to 17:00

Do we have a problem with Mosquitos or biting insects

On the beach - sand flies will start to annoy you when the sun starts to set so best to have repellent handy. Mosquitos and smaller 'no see ums' do appear sometimes at dawn and dusk so always advisable to spray before you go out in the evenings and if you are leaving your yacht to go for dinner - spray your cabins.

Is it best to bring USD or local currency

By all means bring both but local currency XCD is used in all shops/supermarkets and restaurants. the exchange rate is fixed at 2.67 (2.7) XCD to 1 USD