February 2021 Chartering Update

Monthly news and notes from the charter and vacation sailing industry.
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands
Nanny Cay Resort and Marina on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, is the new location of Navigare’s Caribbean hub. The company has also opened a base at Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. Courtesy Navigare

Navigare Adds Bahamas

In time for winter sailing 2021, Navigare Yachting, with a global fleet of more than 300 monohulls and multihulls, has added a base in Abaco, Bahamas, and expanded its Caribbean facility in the British Virgin Islands.

Bareboat and crewed charters are available from a fleet of 12 multihulls at Marsh Harbour, on Great Abaco, which opened in December 2020. Also in December, Navigare moved its base in Tortola, in the BVI, from Road Town to Nanny Cay Resort and Marina. A fleet of 50 boats include these models: Jeanneau, Beneteau, Bavaria, Hanse, Dufour, Lagoon, Fountaine Pajot and Nautitech. The new location is naturally sheltered and features convenient taxi, air and ferry connections. Facilities include a boatyard, showers and restrooms, a hotel and restaurants, convenience and marine stores, a swimming pool, laundry and postal service.

In other company news, Navigare continues its weekly bareboat-charter auction. Join in on the live event, which offers savings up to 60 percent off regular rates, via webinar every Wednesday at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Bidders receive a list of available charters and starting prices, which excludes cruising taxes and other applicable fees. They are invited to negotiate in $200 increments until there are no bids for 30 seconds, when a winner is announced. Auctioned charters aren’t refundable, though the company has a flexible postponement policy. Preregistration is required.


Navigare luxury property- and travel-club partner Thirdhome allows Navigare charter-yacht owners to receive bonus travel credits when reserving their first stay. Membership fees are also waived.

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Pocket the Passport and Sail Florida

Southwest Florida Yachts, which offers clients easy access to the cruising grounds of Pine Island Sound from its base at Tarpon Point Marina in Cape Coral, Florida, is adding to its fleet. New boats include a Swift Trawler 52, Saona 47, Helia 44, Lucia 40 and an Aquila 44 power cat. The company’s sailing school, which teaches the American Sailing Association’s curriculum, seeks to add to its instructor staff. Contact the company for details (

Colgate 26 sailboat
The popular Colgate 26 was designed for sail training. Courtesy Offshore Sailing

New Colgate 26 Builder

Waterline Systems, known for the Alerion Yachts line of sailboats, is the new builder of the Colgate 26 keelboat, the teaching platform of Steve and Doris Colgate’s Offshore Sailing School.

Three Colgate 26 hulls that Waterline will build have been sold, and orders for more are being taken. Today there are close to 400 Colgate 26 boats sailing and racing throughout the United States by private owners, sailing schools, yacht-club fleets and the US Naval Academy. Offshore Sailing School owns 17 Colgate 26 sailboats, used for sailing lessons, basic Learn to Sail certification courses, performance sailing courses and racing events, and team-building and leadership-development sailing programs.

Waterline Systems will also now service Colgate 26 sailboats at its facilities in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and Hubert, North Carolina. Colgate 26 owners may contact the company (; 401-247-3000).