White Squall II, Road Town, Tortola, BVI. has an attractive, idyllic web site. Prior arrival communications, with the owner via e-mail, was responsive, informative, and friendly. The daysail adventure seemed like a good value, with an attractive schedule, onboard barbeque lunch, continuous refreshments (beer included) and popular destinations. (The Baths, Virgin Gorda)
We met the captain the previous day so as to be familiar with the next days’ routine. He had been varnishing the bright work on the boat all day, so he was not the most presentable. His personality was a little ruff.
We arrived the next morning at the appointed time and departed on schedule. The weather promised to be beautiful after a passing shower but windy. The captain was still a little ruff but thorough in his pre-departure safety briefing. He explained that due to a confused sea we may not visit the famous “Baths”. The boat was of 1936 vintage. Old but seemed sea worthy, tidy in the passenger accessed areas but in need of a lot of cosmetic TLC. A peek at the below decks engine room / captains quarters was a disaster.
We motored to Cooper Island for some snorkeling. All the equipment was provided. Lovely spot at anchor. We were then informed that we would not be going to the “Baths”, but instead to Peter Island for our onboard lunch, more snorkeling and a beach visit for those who wanted. Lunch was cooked by the captain and was very good. Plenty to eat and drink. Lots left over for the crew (Chris and Ashley).
The captain had a bit of an ambivalent ruff attitude. He conversed but didn’t really seem interested in what the passengers had to say. I sensed some animosity toward the owners. Ashley showed some signs of this but really worked hard when it came to working the sails. She was very helpful and attentive to serving refreshments.
All in all a bit of a disappointment.
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