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By Rich Armstrong

There's no need to postpone your winter charter plans as The Moorings is bouncing back from hurricanes in a big way.

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Despite this past summer's spate of destructive hurricanes, the charter firm The Moorings is open for business and offering new boats and new destinations for the 2018 charter season.

"The BVI team has made great progress in just a short time. We will reopen December 9," says Josie Tucci, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for The Moorings.

In September and October, the Caribbean islands were dealt a one-two punch by hurricanes Irma and Maria. While The Moorings bases in the Bahamas, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Belize were unaffected and are operational, the marinas in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), St. Martin, and Puerto Rico have been significantly affected. Despite the setback, The Moorings expects its severely damaged St. Martin location to reopen February 1, possibly at a different location on the island. More than 70 boats are ordered to replace those damaged in the BVI.

Beyond rebuilding its existing locations, The Moorings is launching a new charter destination for sail, power, and all- inclusive crewed yachts in the Exumas, Bahamas.

"This is the quintessential Caribbean," says Ian Pedersen, Marketing Manager for The Moorings Americas. "With our marina located in Nassau just a few-hour sail from the Exumas, it's an easy-in, easy-out location."

The Moorings has also opened a new base in Antigua, geared mostly to sailing enthusiasts. Nestled in the middle of the Leeward Islands, Antigua boasts 54-miles of coastline ringed with 365 beaches.

The Moorings is also introducing new, larger boats to its fleet, The Moorings 4500 and 5000 Sail catamarans will debut in the BVI next year. This next-generation sail catamaran sets the pace for yachting performance, accommodating up to 11 guests on a modern vacation platform with all the comforts of home. The 5000 features four en-suite cabins, each with zoned air conditioning for personalized onboard climate control.

The Moorings 4500 catamaran is an addition to its fleet in the British Virgin Islands. The innovative midsize catamaran by boatbuilders Robertson & Caine features four cabins, each with its own en suite.

"The styling and innovation of the new 4500 sets the bar quite high for yacht charter vacations," says Tucci. "When you pair that with the BVI, one of the most desired vacation destinations in the world, it's an unbeatable combination."

In the wake of the challenging hurricane season, The Moorings started a #CaribbeanComeback campaign for people to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund for employees in the Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit CaribbeanComeback.com  

— Published: October 2017


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