Day Charter Business for sale in the Caribbean


This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase not only a splendid day sailing yacht, but also the operating business behind it in a dream location. The British Virgin Islands.

Spirit of Anegada is a Shearwater 39 - 44 ft overall.

Gaff schooner rigged with pro furl on the jib.
Powered by a 1994 M60 Perkins.

Custom built with a large deep cockpit easily seating and fully insured for 20 passengers with a separate small cockpit aft for the skipper.
Small galley in forward cuddy cabin area and a separate head in the bow.

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Design : Shearwater 39 Excursion Schooner. 
     Designer : Dudley Dix.

Builder : Nebe Johnson Boats.   Year of construction : 1989.
LOA : 44 ft.  LOD : 40 ft.
Beam : 13 ft     Draught: 6 ft     Displacement : 15 tons.

Hull construction : fibreglass .

She has a cruising fin keel and transom hung rudder with skeg. Lead cast keel, through bolted to glass hull. The Deck construction is a customised plywood deck for day sailing.

The Engine is a Perkins M60 ( 1994 ) diesel.
Her Rig is gaff schooner.

Masts, spars and bowsprit are laminated, hollow, varnished, Oregon pine.

Standing rigging is stainless steel with bronze turnbuckles. The stanchions are stainless steel.
Her sails are North and there is a new spare main. She has a Profurl reefing system on jib.
Gibb bronze winches sized to work the jib
Windlass : Simpson and Laurence manual Sea Tiger 555.
Ground tackle : two 45 lb. CQR's and approx. 200 ft of 3/8 chain plus 200 ft of rode.

Autohelm Bidata instruments.
V.H.F : waterproof Apelco 5200.
Head : Jabsco.
Diesel tank : Tempo 55 gallon.
12 ft Tortola hard dingy with 4 hp Yamaha engine.
20 lifejackets. 20 rain jackets. 20 sets of masks, fins and snorkels.20 flotation seat cushions. Flares.  First Aid kit.
Large roll away awning providing shade over half the seating area.
Sturdy swim ladder.

A current insurance survey is available on request.
B.V.I. registered.
Lloyds insured to carry 20 passengers


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History of the Yacht and Business

" Spirit of Anegada " was built by Nebe Yachts in Cape Town, South Africa as a day sail excursion schooner. She worked out of Hout Bay from 1989 - 1992. She was then sailed direct from Cape Town to St Maarten in 35 days, a very good time for such a long passage. She worked in St Maarten until September 1995 when hurricane Louis destroyed the hotel she was working for. Fortunately, " Spirit " was on the hard and had no damage. We purchased her in June 1996 and started preparing her for the work she does now.

We saw a gap in the market for a purpose built and professionally run day sail operation on Virgin Gorda. We started providing a day sail service to the hotels and villas on Virgin Gorda in November 1996. In March 1998 we were approached by Little Dix Bay Hotel, the largest and most prestigious resort on the island ( an ex Rockerfella Resort ) to become their contracted day sail yacht. Little Dix Bay's business comprises approximately 1/3 of our earnings. The rest is made up of bookings from the other hotels on the island, private villa groups and families and bookings from Leverick Bay Water Sports. A typical full day charter involves offering two snorkel stops, lunch and drinks on board. Half day trips involve one snorkel stop and private charters are tailored to the customer. We also offer sunset sails and cocktail cruises for parties.

  Further Details on the " Spirit of Anegada "
We must emphasise that the " Spirit of Anegada " has been custom built for day sail. Thus, she has a very large deep cockpit which can easily seat 20 people. The skipper has a separate small cockpit aft. Sail trim can be managed from here. There is a small cuddy cabin forward with a galley with simple amenities for day sail - ice boxes, sink, storage etc. There is a separate head compartment in the bow. The engine room is below the large cockpit. It boasts excellent access and ample storage area. There are no sleeping berths below decks as this was not her intended use. Below the water, she has a modern cruising fin keel and transom hung rudder on a skeg. She is fast as she is light with a large sail area and has al the pros and cons of the schooner rig. Being a relatively new boat she thus offers all the advantages of a modern fiberglass hull as well as the charm of the traditional looks topsides which distinguish the vessel and are appealing to guests. As she is a classic, she will never date or loose her value.
She has sister ships working in Cape Town and St Thomas. We do not offer the crowded catamaran, cruise ship type charters. " Spirit of Anegada " is the ideal boat for Virgin Gorda's discerning clientele; she is the right size and price range for people who are prepared to spend the extra money for exclusivity.
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Marketing / Bookings and Client Base

A strong relationship and reputation has been established with the hotels and villas through positive word of mouth, pamphlets, colour laminates on hotel ad boards, and advertising on the B.V.I Welcome's web page and in it's magazine. Business is also generated by contracts with Little Dix and the Leverick Bay Water Sports booking office. Hence we enjoy a solid client base and substantial repeat customer business.

Financial Figures

We charge $ 75 per person for a full day, $ 45 for a half day sail and $ 30 for a sunset cruise. Private charters start at $ 500 for 6 people for a full day including lunch. We are busy an average of 5 days a week over the season.

The business turns over approximately $ 100 000 US per annum of which one can bank 40 - 50 %.

We will  make detailed figures available to serious inquiries

Reasons for Selling

We have been a husband and wife team in the yacht charter industry for 5 years. We enjoy living in Virgin Gorda and have been offered the opportunity to purchase Leverick Bay Water Sports. We have taken advantage of this opportunity and purchased the company, hence our present business is for sale. It was always our intention to set up the " Spirit of Anegada " day charter operation, run it a few years and put it on the market. It has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience and we hope it will offer you the same financial and lifestyle benefits we have enjoyed over the past few years.

The Place     

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Virgin Gorda: is  one of the prettiest islands in the Caribbean and is a magnet for sailors and Tourists alike.

Because the islands are a British territory, There is a delightful blend of Caribbean and European cultures. There there are no high-rises or casinos, just friendly people, small boutiques and dancing in the sand .
The British Virgin Islands are also a favourite among the yachting crowd. The crystal-clear waters of the British Virgin Islands provide protected cruising and exhilarating sailing, where you're always in sight of land, and sheltered anchorage's abound. These islands offer fine cruising throughout the entire year, because when it comes to weather, there is no off-season; the 85 to75 degree climate invites you all year-round.

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Doing Business in the British Virgin Islands

Yachting trade licenses are available to all nationalities to do business in the B.V.I. We will assist with the paperwork involved in processing the business transfer and will help train and hand over the business. there are many advantages to doing business in the B.V.I : low taxes, low crime, warm weather, strong currency ( US $ ), cash business. We enjoy these benefits living and working in the B.V.I.

This business is now sold, however the new owners have a limited time frame to run it, as a life project and it will come back on the market in 2001, if you are interested

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