Not Yot Sailing Vacation FAQs

When is the best time to charter in the Caribbean?

The main season in the Caribbean is November through to the end of April with the very high season rates being the two weeks over Christmas and New Year when higher rates nearly always apply.

The early summer months of May to mid-August are good, although life ashore may be quieter and there is an increasing chance of tropical waves which might bring some rain. Later in the summer we stand the increased chance of tropical storms and hurricanes.

Will my cell phone work in the Caribbean?
It is advisable to check with your provider before you travel – mentioning each of the Caribbean islands that you intend to visit as this will make a difference.

Will my phone work offshore?
The range tends to be around 4 miles offshore.

Do I need a visa?
Please check with Immigration.

Can we choose the food and drinks we like?

Before the charter you will be sent a Preference Sheet. This gives you the opportunity to list your food and drink preferences and dislikes and to specify any food allergies and dietary requirements. We will do our best to accommodate, however, please keep in mind that in the islands options can be limited.

To confirm the charter a 50 percent deposit is payable. The balance of the charter fee is payable six weeks prior to the charter date.

The full charter fee is payable on booking for all charters starting within six weeks.

Do we tip our captain/instructor?

It is usual practice to give the captain a gratuity- this is not included in the charter fee.  Between 10% and 20% would be customary.

What is included in the sailing vacation cost?

Seven-nights onboard in your private cabin, daily lunch and breakfast, 3 dinners, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Four dinners will be onshore at your expense. You may however bring something onboard to prepare yourselves on those evenings if you prefer. Bath towels and bed linens will be provided. Please bring a beach towel and suntan lotion.

What is not included in the sailing vacation cost?

Airfare, airport transfers, customs/immigration, park fees, snorkeling and diving fees (where applicable) alcoholic beverages, onshore meals, beach towels, suntan lotion, personal hygiene products, and crew gratuities.

Is the itinerary flexible?

At the start of the charter and probably each morning it is best to sit with the Captain and discuss the plans for the day depending on what you feel like doing and taking into consideration the wind and sea conditions at the time. If you feel like staying in the same bay for another day, typically you can. The only real fixed pointes are the start and end ports.