Waypoints Yacht Charter: a boutique, elevated charter experience

Happy charter guests on the new model Fountaine Pajot Tanna 47
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At some charter companies, boat fleets can seem cookie-cutter and impersonal, stripped of all the details that make guests feel like they’re on board a real home away from home.

That’s why Waypoints Yacht Charter strives to provide a boutique-style charter experience aboard boats that have character and premium amenities, with everything from the softest blankets to the best coffee machines ready to go. be appreciated by customers.

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The Waypoints team provides a charter briefing to charter guests at the BVI.
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“Each of the boats has its own story,” says Susan Restauri, who, along with Kirstie Palmer, brings a combined experience of over 45 years in the charter industry to help Waypoints Yacht Charter customers have the best experience possible. .

The company’s fleet of new model yachts are housed at four bases in the British Virgin Islands; US Virgin Islands; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Annapolis, Maryland, always in the heart of places for easy access to all the best sights and activities.

Waypoints BVI is located on Nanny Cay on Tortola, just steps from local restaurants, beach bars, refueling points and more. The location features an on-site spa and swimming pool, free Wi-Fi and luxury showers, among other amenities, so charter guests can relax and feel at home even before setting off. explore the islands. There are several grocery stores in nearby Road Town where boaters can stock up, as well as several beverage companies to choose from.

Interior of a monohull charter boat from the Waypoints fleet.
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The U.S. Virgin Islands location is in Frenchtown on St. Thomas, a hub of activity in the island chain. In fact, guests who start their charter here can get from the airport to the base in a 10-minute taxi ride, which gets them afloat in their mooring in less than two hours after stepping off the plane. Or guests can linger near the base and take the time to check out all the local restaurants and duty-free shops. Groceries are plentiful for provisioning, and some services will stock up before the client arrives, so food and provisions simply need to be stowed on the boat before leaving.

In St. Petersburg, the Waypoints base is downtown, with an award-winning hotel that adjoins Vinoy Park and Beach Drive, overlooking the Vinoy Yacht Basin in Tampa Bay. Waypoints customers are entitled to enjoy room service which can be delivered directly to their charter boat. Guests arriving from nearby locations can leave their vehicle in one of the many easily accessible public parking lots, and access for guests traveling from further afield is easy from Tampa International Airport, Saint -Petersburg-Clearwater or Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

The Waypoints Yacht Charter Team
The Waypoints Yacht Charters team is ready to provide first class service.
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In Annapolis, the Waypoints base is in the historic district of Eastport, overlooking the United States Naval Academy. Charter guests can hike or dinghy into historic downtown Annapolis, which is filled with quaint shops and restaurants, before heading out to explore the Chesapeake Bay by boat. Grocery supply is also convenient at this base, with delivery available from select stores. There is also the option of a private chef onboard the Annapolis base, with sample menus available upon request.

And whatever other questions customers have at any of the Waypoints locations, the staff is very knowledgeable and ready to answer.

“Everyone who works with us has sailing experience,” Restauri says, adding that Waypoints staff is more than just people taking reservations over the phone. “We can actually tell you about these boats and places.”

Options for enjoying time on board abound at each of the four bases. Guests can choose to book as a bareboat or with a captain, and can choose from sailing monohulls, catamarans and powerboats from top manufacturers including Fountaine Pajot and Dufour. Each yacht is privately owned with comfort and performance amenities such as generators, air conditioning and watermakers – again, which sets the fleet apart from those offering stripped-down boats with virtually no creature comforts.

Charter guests enjoying the sun in the BVI.
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Ensuring that customers can choose from such a high quality fleet of boats is the hallmark of the Waypoints Yacht Charter brand. One of the things that helps the Waypoints team secure access to top-notch charter boats is the company’s exclusive partnership with Atlantic Cruising Yachts, which offers yachts of all kinds for purchase. ACY introduces Waypoints brokers to yacht owners the moment they purchase and outfit their boats, a process that allows the Waypoints team to ensure from the outset that everything charter clients expect will be on board.

And, after booking a rental on any boat, the Waypoints team goes out of their way to ensure that everything the customer has requested is ready to go.

“We had a situation in Annapolis where a charter customer didn’t receive his drink order, which he had placed himself at a local store,” Restauri explains. “A member of our Waypoints team went to the liquor store for him. It’s the kind of personal service that sets Waypoints apart. It’s the extra step we’re willing to take. We want people feel totally special.

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