Busy Bee is a 2006 World Cat 250dc with a pair of bulletproof Yamaha 150hp outboard engines. Designed with offshore fishing in mind, she is an excellent choice for cruising the Virgin Islands. Open, quick, stable, and comfortable in big seas.
She is perfectly laid out for up to six people, with ample seating in the bow, a co-pilot seat and a bench in the stern. There is space to keep your belongings dry, drinking water and a cooler stocked with soda (feel free to bring anything else you may want… no glass).
What about bad weather?
A meteorologist in the Virgin Islands has a fairly easy job throughout most the year. It will be in the 80’s with a chance of rain. If it does rain, it is often quick and then the sun is back out, again. With a power boat it is easy to weigh the anchor and move on to another place if need be. Therefore it is improbable the captain will cancel due to the weather. If the forecast calls for rain, consider packing a light jacket.
If you choose to cancel, you will be subject to our cancellation policy. In the case of an extreme storm (i.e. hurricane/tropical storms in the off season, unseasonably high wind/swell) the captain will cancel and will not charge for the day.
What is the cancellation policy?
A ha! You are a clever one!
When you book the trip we will take a credit card number to hold the space. Nothing will be charged at that time. If you cancel less than 48 hours before the trip, you will be charged for half the trip. Cancellations on the morning of the trip or “no show” will incur the full cost of the trip.
The cancellation policy is for everyone’s protection. We work seven days a week on St John – if not on the Busy Bee, for someone else. Having a last minute cancellation or a no-show can be devastating. We do everything in our power to keep our rates as low as we can while still providing a top notch service.
What about seasickness?
Busy Bee is a catamaran, which means she has two individual hulls, making it a very stable platform to cruise the islands with. That being said, people can still get seasick aboard.
If you are prone to the mal de mer, take medication prior to coming on the boat. Most medication will not work after you get sea sick and often require an hour to become effective. Please, let the captain know if you aren’t feeling well… we will find a place to hide out for a while if we need to.
How many people can come along?
6. If you have more than 6, it doesn’t mean we can’t help you. We can find a second boat to book. We would also be happy to suggest larger boats, like Born to Rhumb.
Do we need British money?
No, sir. The official currency of the US and British VI is the American dollar.
Will there be booze?
On board, the captain will provide soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Ginger Ale), water and ice. If you want to bring your own drinks/beer, feel free to do so. Please, DO NOT bring anything in glass bottles.
Do I need to know how to swim?
If you want to get in water more than waist deep – yes!
We have aids to floatation on board including snorkel vests, lifejackets and noodles. If you have never snorkeled before or are apprehensive about it, let the captain know. We will take good care of you with floatation aids, instructions and supervision. The plan is a day of fun and adventure!
How far above sea level are we?
The bottom of the boat is about 4 inches below sea level most of the time. So a foot… give or take.
Is there a bathroom aboard?
In sailor speak, we call it a head… but, no, we don’t have one on board.
We have a small child, can they come along?
Sure. But full disclosure: this is a power boat and that is the ocean out there. It can get bumpy from time to time… and it is our understanding, if the kid ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. I’m sure we can find a lot of fun for the whole family. Yes, even infants are considered passengers by the Coast Guard and the Customs Authority. This means a child does count as one of the maximum six passengers and will need a passport to visit the BVI.
Children will need to wear a lifejacket on board. We have some vest style jackets for this purpose.
What should we bring?
• Swim suit/Rash Guards
• Cover up
• (Non-aerosol) Sunscreen
• Passport for BVI trips
• Snorkel Gear (we have some on board, but for best fit, bring your own)
Where do we meet?
At the long dinghy dock in Coral Bay.
Heading from the triangle (Welcome to Coral Bay sign) towards the East End. Turn right immediately after the Coral Bay Firehouse, before you get to Skinny Leg’s. Drive until you hit water. Park anywhere that is off the concrete.
What are these roads like in the winter?
Can you tell me anything else?
We could go on about a great many things. Any interest in how a Zamboni Ice Resurfacer works? We have an expert on the subject.
Haven’t booked a place to stay, yet? We have many options to suggest.
We love St. John and the whole of the Virgin Islands and even if we don’t have a service to suit your needs, send us an e-mail or give us a call and we will gladly point you in the right direction.
Captain Bryan has a USCG 100 Gross Ton Master’s License and professional experience with a wide variety of boats – single and twin engine setups, catamarans and monohulls, power and sailboats of all sizes. He purchased the Busy Bee in 2012 and formed the company. Bryan is a Divemaster and adament about spending time above and below the surface.
Captain Matt has a USCG 50 Gross Ton Master’s License. Matt has dedicated the bulk of his last few years to diving – earning himself a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer designation. He has a ton of helm time on the Busy Bee as well as joining Captain Bryan for a delivery of an engineless sailboat from Puerto Rico many summers ago.
Captain Jeremy has a USCG 100 Gross Ton Master’s License. Jeremy is an avid sailor and has been a licensed captain for over 15 years. He has owned many boats and has innumerate professional experience on both sail and power driven vessels. Jeremy is a PADI Rescue Diver.