There’s nothing quite like sailing your own boat in the stunning waters of the Grenadines. This experience is only enhanced when your boat operates as a charter boat outside your use and earns you money.
Owning a new yacht is an exhilarating experience and charter ownership with Barefoot Yacht Charters can mean a smooth purchase and great returns. For years, savvy boat buyers have bought into well-respected fleets to offset boat expenses.
At Barefoot, we regulate our fleet based on charter demand to ensure maximised occupancy. Our goals are the highest possible charter income for our owners, and excellent maintenance standards – “preservation of the asset”.
A professional organisation with a proven history of success and a unique perspective on Caribbean business operations.
Barefoot Yacht Charters has been successfully managing and chartering yachts since 1984. The company is the only locally-owned one in the Windward Islands and, in the Caribbean working environment, which can be challenging, this gives us a unique and unusual insight that other companies, no matter how experienced, simply cannot match.
Whether dealing with Customs, Immigration, Government or with local contractors and suppliers, we know who to go to and we know how to get things done efficiently and cost-effectively. This has resulted in significant financial savings for our yacht owners. We even enjoy a duty-free status on the importation of our marine spares.
Reputable and Solvent
Our custom-designed facility was built by and is owned by ourselves (most charter companies lease their premises) and offers all of the facilities normally associated with so-called ‘premium companies’ – docks, moorings, workshops, offices, a laundromat, restaurant, bar, water-sports centre and boutique. We’re also the only Caribbean yacht charter company that owns its own regional airline – SVG Air (https://www.svgair.com) with several aircraft including two luxury jets.
Uncompromising maintenance standards
As yacht owners ourselves, we understand the importance of assuring absolute personal attention to your vessel. We will not compromise our maintenance standards. Our technical team recognises that preventative maintenance is paramount and, for each vessel in our fleet, we develop an individual programme that ensures that the yacht is well maintained and that charter commitments are met. Our full-time professional staff take pride in their work and are consistently complimented by our yacht owners and charter guests.
Global Marketing and a very high repeat customer ratio
Barefoot enjoys one of the highest repeat customer ratios in the industry. Around 40% of our guests each year have sailed with us previously. Some have been sailing with us for more than 20 years. Our acclaimed web site, complemented by conventional advertising in high-profile sailing publications, is reckoned to be one of the most successful around.
Soaring sales – but a controlled fleet size to prevent owner revenue dilution
Despite soaring gross charter sales of more than 100% in 6 years – our fleet size has never increased more than 35% – we have limited our fleet to 25 yachts, which enables us to offer high standards of personal service, quality maintenance, and maximised revenues for the individual yacht owner.
Uncompromising maintenance standards
The principals of Barefoot have owned several yachts themselves and well understand the importance of taking good care of an expensive vessel. We will not compromise our maintenance standards. Our technical team recognises that preventative maintenance is paramount, and for each vessel in our fleet we develop an individual programme that ensures the yacht is well maintained and that charter commitments are met. Our full-time professional staff take pride in their work and are consistently complimented both by charter guests and yacht owners.
Generous owners use and low fees
We believe that the primary reason to own a charter yacht should be to enable the owner to enjoy as much sailing as possible in a beautiful cruising area. Under our Optimum Yield Programme, a yacht owner is allowed unlimited use of the vessel, and under our Guaranteed Income Programme, we allow a generous six weeks of use per year. When you use your yacht, your only cost, other than day-to-day running costs such as fuel and food, is the modest cleaning fee.