Preparing for your crossing to the Caribbean? We’re here (and we’ll be there) if you need us!
After a strange summer season many will now be turning their attention to the winter months, and where to spend them. Charter guests and owners have had to change their plans, due to travel restrictions and increased concerns over health and safety, and subsequently the usual itineraries for vessels will have been amended. Feedback from some of our clients indicates that Europe will remain a sanctuary for them, particularly Mallorca and the South of France, but equally many are either making their Atlantic crossing, or preparing to do so for when the window of weather presents itself.
For those making the 3000 mile voyage the usual preparation will be key; provisioning and preparation of food and water, safety equipment and drills, crew planning and rotas, together with additional focus on health and hygiene on board. Mechanical checks are also critical area, plus the readiness of the vessel for navigation and communications. For vessels using 4G LTE and VSAT it makes sense to check your service as you leave Europe, and that you have the correct SIMs on board to connect to Caribbean or US 4G carriers once you’re close to shore. This is particularly useful in the current climate, when you may want to minimize going ashore to look for local services if there are any restrictions at your destination. Equally, preparing your VSAT service so that it’s correctly set up for your crossing route across will minimize any need for support, and ensure that crew have seamless connectivity and communication as they need it.
Preparation is the key, and while most will have it down to a fine art Axxess Marine remains on standby 24-7 to provide support across all of our services to make sure your voyage goes smoothly. And, better still, we’re now operating out of two permanent offices in the Caribbean; one at the Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua and the other at IGY Marina, Isle de Sol, St Maarten. Our teams there will be ready and able to help as you make your approach – whether its local 4G SIM cards, TVRO activations, a VSAT health check or simply a coffee and catch up on what’s happening locally.Bon voyage from all at Axxess Marine, we look forward to seeing you!