Day sail operators typically take visitors to St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Most serve lunch and drinks, and all provide snorkel gear and instruction if necessary. Most day sails cost between $100 and $120 per person for a full day, $60–90 per person for a half day. Sunset cruises are also offered.
The Winifred (340/775-7898) is a 43-foot wooden sailboat that takes a maximum of six passengers to St. John. The 50-foot Nightwind (340/775-4110 or 779-2877) provides breakfast, lunch, and an open bar to passengers on its day sail to St. John. Alaunt (340/771-8044) is another good option for small groups and families.
Sandspur (340/227-5825, www.sandspur.com) takes up to 26 people aboard its 37-foot power boat on trips within the U.S. Virgin Islands and up to 12 to British Virgin Islands destinations including Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Norman Island, Cooper Island, and Virgin Gorda. Rates are $150 per person. For a more intimate trip, sign up with Ike Witt (American Yacht Harbor, 340/690-6244 or 340/626-9655, www.ikewitt.com), which offers full- and half-day trips for up to six passengers aboard a classic Chris-Craft sail yacht.
If you’d like help making your day sail reservation, contact the Charter Boat Center (American Yacht Harbor, 340/775-7990, www.charterboat.vi).
If you have experience at the helm then renting a boat is a fun way to explore other islands and get out on the water. Powerboat rentals are available from Nauti Nymph (American Yacht Harbor, 340/775-5066). They have 25-, 29-, and 31-foot powerboats, which come equipped with a bimini top, ice cooler, and freshwater shower. Rates range $225–480 for a half day, $240–570 for a full day. Another boat rental company is See & Ski (340/775-6265).
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition