Originally Posted by froglover
Now Now Mike we could post our photos too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kathryn & Kev
Oh dear…. Maybe I should have kept quiet! Please don’t post THAT one!
Seriously though, and to broaden this thread for people not of the Solent Mafia…. If you’re looking for a great bit of tropical boating, in an area about the size of the Solent, then consider the British Virgin Islands.
Warm seas, clear water with tropical fish and coral galore, plus a countless number of islands to visit, many uninhabited.
Also, it’s not as expensive as you might think. Get a bucket shop ticket to Antigua from the UK and then a Caribbean LIAT flight will cost about £125 return to the BVI. Off season, (now), hotels start at about £60 up per room per night. Food is slightly dearer that the US but still on average cheaper than the UK. They use US Dollars as currency so it’s a good price at the moment.
Drop me a PM for more info, but if you want a boat to rent, I can thoroughly recommend the outfit we used. We rented a 23 foot ‘Contender’ - ‘Nikita’ from Island Time Ltd for about £150 per day. That’s big enough to get around all the main island collection in the Force 4’s we experienced. If it’s windy, there’s always an island to hide behind where the seas will be flat! They do also rent RIBS but not very big ones. Call Mark or Katrin and they will sort you out. Their website is http://www.islandtimeltd.com/
Nikita is in excellent condition, (apart from a half inch Gel Coat chip in the bow which some idiot put in it when he forget he wasn’t driving a RIB).
Now, we just need them to import some big RIBS we can rent!!!!!!!