Aristo-Cat II is available for Bareboat Charters in BVI
For most charterers they truly get a bare boat. During the time we are not on the boat we are willing to rent her out bareboat surprisingly reasonably. For photos go to our main page. For the detailed operations guide, go here.
The Island Spirit 40 catamaran is build as a live aboard boat and not as a charter boat. As a result you will have more space, storage and comfort than you will find on most charter boats. One thing missing is all the “what the heck were they thinking” features found on many charter boats. Most of the charter boats in the Caribbean are built around a huge cockpit table which allows no where to hang out in the cockpit. In May we had a party with 22 people in the cockpit, could you do that on a Lagoon, Fountain Pajot, Voyage or Leopard – NO!
The boat is setup with 4 cabins and 2 heads. All the cabins are the same size, all with great storage. I am 6’2 and can sleep anywhere on the boat.
Not familiar with the Island Spirit? They are built in South Africa and sailed to the Caribbean, not shipped Builder’s site. This alone says a lot about the construction, safety and comfort of the boat. Could your boat handle 6 weeks of the South Atlantic?
Now for the fun stuff…….some of the extra toys not found on most charterboats that Aristo-cat II has are:
Here is a video shot by bareboater Rick Allen in 2004 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6926760390369685747&q=bvi if shows off a lot of the great features of the boat.
Sailing related items
– Garmin 172c Color chartplotter at the helm, with the Garmin Bluechart SE Caribbean. The Bluechart looks just like paper charts. All major waypoints set. There is also a serial interface hidden in the panel, if you want to unlock a Caribbean Bluechart and be a geek and navigate with your laptop. Garmin won’t allow you to use the laptop interface without unlocking to a specific unit. The serial number for the unit is 3030250737, you will need that number to be a geek and show anything on your laptop. Also Garmin now used NRoute as the interface software, this is a free download from www.garmin.com
– 12v at the helm
– Icom 402 DSC VHF remote at the helm
– Autohelm STS 5000 which allows you to singlehand
– Port Jib sheet can run to the helm to allow singlehanding or remain on Port side
– Batten Car system. Mains on all cats are huge and heavy. With a Batten Car system the main slides up quickly and easy with less effort. It is a South African boat so the sail is large, strong and heavy.
– Rigid walkway on the bimini so you can tuck the reef lines in to the stackpak. No ugly unkempt sails on this boat!
– 225 feet of chain anchor rode.
– Corian Countertops
– 2 Fridge/Freezer units, one will hold 5 cases of beer or soda so the only ice you should need will be for the blender.
– Microwave, Toaster, Coffee maker, Blender all 110v
– A lot of galley storage and food prep area, dual sinks and a separate dish drain area. We even have a pizza stone!
– Proper non stick cookware and cooking utensils.
– A large proper trash can in a convenient location and easy to use.
– For those people that like to grill, we have invested in the ultimate charcoal grill. The Tailblazer with an 18x 13 inch cooking surface! There is no better grill.
– A helm seat for TWO that adjusts in any direction for your comfort and visibility
– Dockside Air-conditioning
– Each cabin has 2 fans not the normal 1 fan, no more hogging the fan issues
– Electric toilets, no pumping!!!!
– 200 Gallons of water with water gauges, the tank gauges are only working on the bow tanks right now.
– Hot and cold water shower on Port Sugarscoop, cold only on Starboard side sugarscoop
– Swim ladder designed to come up with fins on
– Oodles of cockpit storage, nothing has to be left out as a trip hazard
– Lights in the main salon are on a dimmer for atmosphere
– Of course there is tons of COMFORTABLE seating EVERYWHERE on the boat. The settees in the main salon are setup in an “L” shape allowing two tall adults to nap head to head straight out. I snooze here often.
Just Plain Cool Stuff
– Drink holders scattered all over the boat, each bow seat, each winch, each pushpit seat, helm and cockpit seats
– Large 3.6 meter dinghy with 15hp engine
– Four 75watt Solar panels. You should never have to just run the engines to charge batteries, which is so annoying. With our 155amp alternators on each engine just normal motoring and solar will keep the batteries up.
– Courtesy lights on each sugar scoop to help board the boat at night. Of course we have wide sugarscoops and handholds also, which most boats don’t have.
– Led light in the beer cooler
– Our bow seats are full wrap around for safety and comfort, these are so cool!
OK you have read this far and worried about how the heck could I afford the best boat in the islands. Well the rates are:
Jan 5-Jan 30 $4995
Jan 31-April 11 $5895
April 12-May 2 $4995
May 3-July 9 $4195
July 10-Oct 31 $3695
Nov 1-Dec 17th $4195
Dec 18-Jan 4th $5895
Confused??? There are of course all the other add on items, insurance, fuel, cruising fees etc……. Obviously, not all dates are available, but drop us a note, we love the boat to go out bareboat. The feedback we received from bareboaters is how we make the boat better. Click here to check dates Please put a proper subject in the subject line so the Spam filter doesn’t throw it out.
For detailed Bareboat Guide to the Aristo-Cat II select this link. This is the guide book we provide on the boat to people bareboating Aristo-Cat II.