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As of February 2021, yacht chart company The Moorings will start operating from a new base at St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

A variety of charter options will be available, with all-inclusive crewed yacht charters available from February followed by bareboat sailing and power yacht charters offered from March.

The new base is located at Yacht Haven Grande Marina, a 10-minute drive from Cyril E King airport.

The Moorings’ fleet at St Thomas will comprise the previous ‘Boat of the Year’ winners, the Moorings 5000 and Moorings 4500 sailing catamarans; the smaller three-cabin Moorings 4000 sailing catamaran; and the more sporty Moorings 433 power catamaran.

The US Virgin Islands offers a diverse range of tourist and watersports options including the historical center of St Thomas, St Croix, and St John as well as snorkeling, diving, and recreational fishing.

Vice president of sales and marketing at The Moorings, Josie Tucci, explains: “The USVI has long been a sought-after cruising grounds, and we are excited to offer this new, captivating destination to our charter guests. The Moorings always strives to provide first-class charter vacations, and this new operation will enable us to continue delivering the seamless, convenient vacation experience our clients have come to expect.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted upon the activities of The Moorings in the Caribbean, including the adjacent British Virgin Islands (BVI) which is described as the sailing capital of the region. Charter operations there were heavily curbed due to closed borders and travel restrictions related to the pandemic extending over eight months. With the restrictions due to be eased in the BVI from March 1, 2021, The Moorings hopes that a recovery in business volumes will occur.

Besides the new US Virgin Islands base, The Moorings also plans to introduce new models to its fleet in 2021. These include the Moorings 4200 sail catamaran and the Moorings 534PC power catamaran, both built by Robertson & Caine. The Moorings 4200 is a smaller version of the Moorings 5000 cat while the 534PC is said to set a new standard for charter catamarans with accommodation of four en-suite cabins for up to nine guests.

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