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State Of BVI Anchorages & Businesses Post Hurricane Season 2017

A Look Back At Hurricane Irma

I compiled a short video with images of the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the British Virgin Islands and US Virgin Islands.

*Friends and Catamaran Guru fans in the islands sent these images to me just after the storms. I have no idea who they belong to or where exactly some of the images were taken (mostly the BVI or S'int Maarten), so if you recognize any of the pictures, please help us identify them. Leave a comment of location and owner of the picture in our comment section below this article

This video reminds us of the utter devastation that these hurricanes left behind in the Caribbean and the Herculean task that now face the people left with the cleanup and rebuilding. All the locals know that devastation is part of the natural cycle of life in the islands and in the past four decades, the Caribbean has been hit by more than 200 major storms. The 2017 season was particularly bad, but as bad as these storms are, they also revive and renew nature and people. Both come back stronger and smarter than before. 

Anthony Bourdain Explores Puerto Rico On FP Saba 50

FP Saba 50 featured in puerto rico with CNN Anthony BourdainAnthony Bourdain of CNN's "Parts Unknown", traveled to Puerto Rico to explore the island for the show a few months before Hurricane Maria. We were thrilled that he and his team rented one of our owner's Fountaine Pajot Saba 50's to film part of the show (click on the picture to see the video).

In this sneak peak video, Anthony and his team prepare a sumptuous meal with locally sourced ingredients in the galley of the Saba 50. The galley with a walk-around island and big drawer fridges proved to be more than good enough for one of the world's most famous chefs. What a delight!

Anthony Bourdain, much like every sailing cruiser I know, loved the ambience of eating a local dish prepared onboard while gliding through the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. But then, we all know that life is best on a sailboat and that food just tastes better onboard!

FP Saba 50 Owner

We helped this yacht owner to place his Saba 50, "Stanby One", in a charter business program with Dream Yacht Charter. The owner is happy to have this beautiful vessel partially pay for itself while in charter and to be able to go cruising on his own boat in five years. Charter "Standby One" with Dream Yacht and get a special discount of 5%* with coupon code CATGURU1!

Cool Bali 4.3 Catamaran Video

Here's a great sailing video of the Bali 4.3 catamaran by Dream Yacht Charter in Australia. When do we go to Aussie Land?! Check out the specifications and pictures for this fun cat here>>

Scams Prevalent in Yacht Buying Transactions

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Two scams are impacting the successful completion of yacht buying transactions. It was bound to happen as these documentation and wire-transfer scams have plagued the real estate industry for years. And, buying a yacht often involves larger sums of money than people's homes.

We have personally seen one of these scams play out with a broker and it was a nightmare for both him and his client. Hundreds of thousands of dollars vanished into thin air! It seems that these scammers hijacked the email communications between the two parties and diverted the money to their own bank account. The broker and his client were totally oblivious to it and only figured this out days later when the money transfer did not appear in the escrow bank account. It is crucial that you talk to the person receiving the money tranfer to confirm wire transfer details BEFORE you wire the money.

Learn more about these scams and how to protect yourself from them.

Touching Moment With Boat Buyers At The Annapolis Boat Show

nestor yolanda lagoon 42We met up with an excited Nestor and Yolanda at the Annapolis boat show this October. They were ready to put their order in for a Lagoon 42 sailing catamaran and brought along their family to share this exciting occasion with them! We have been talking to them via email for a while and helped them do the research and get answers to all their questions regarding boat ownership.

By the time we met them at the show, they had made up their minds about the boat, the yacht management program and the charter company they wanted to partner with. All we had to do then, was to put this on paper and make it official.

Nestor and Yolanda are a colorful couple; Nestor is a university professor at the University of Michigan and Yolanda, a gorgeous blonde decked out in colorful tattoos, is a physical therapist. Both of them have big personalities and strong opinions and they were on a mission to realize their dream of sailing around the world.

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