Fall 2013 Cover Feature
We are pleased to be featured not only as the cover image of the Fall issue of MarinaLife Magazine with an image of the MarineMax 433s under sail in the BVI, but also as the feature charter article in this important issue.
We are proud to be chosen for the cover of this well respected magazine and we thank them for their selection and their continued partnership.
Chartering in the British Virgin Islands
Written by Meeghan Truelove & Joy McPeters
Our posse arrived at the Beef Island Airport in Tortola — from Baltimore, New York City and Lancaster, Pennsylvania — ready for our six-night charter. Luckily it was just a short ride to the MarineMax Charter base of operations at Hodges Creek Marina (284-494-5000), because we were all starving and in need of our first BVI rum punch. The staff at the marina were happy to help us sort that out.
Our MarineMax 43-foot monohull had already been provisioned, so we were just waiting for our infamous captain, Jelly Belly, to arrive to start our adventure. After a quick swim at the marina pool we found out that Jelly Belly had been delayed, thus prompting us to give him a new nickname before we’d even met him: Jelly Delayed. Captain Kevin would get us underway until Jelly could catch up with us. Eager to set sail, and feeling happy and loose from what had now been several rounds of rum punches, we untied from the dock and headed out toward Cooper Island, a straight shot from Tortola.
At Cooper Island’s Manchioneel Bay we grabbed a mooring ball and decided it was time for a swim off the boat, our first of many. However, for some reason we also thought it would be fun to rig a swing with the boat lines, which did not exactly work out as planned. Soon we heard a boat engine and turned to see the MarineMax tender approaching, with Jelly Belly onboard. “Jelly Delayed!” we called out as we swung from the lines, all but oblivious to our rope-burned hands. Little did we know that the real adventure was about to begin.
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