Virgin Islands Property & Yacht | September 2018 | Exploring the Great Indoors in BVI

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EXPLORING THE GREAT INDOORS Refresh your home with these distinctive styles!

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SEPTEMBER HAS TRADITIONALLY been the quiet month of the British Virgin Islands’ calendar year—a time of recuperation for all professionals in the hospitality arena, business-planning for the upcoming high season, and property renovation for the savvy residential homeowner—whether for preference or to upgrade for their upcoming vacation rental requests. Villa retreats will experience makeovers and charter yacht companies will be confirming their rosters for impending visiting guests; with such thoughts in mind, we present you with an issue that matches these workings. Our opening feature Exploring the Great Indoors, has Sara revealing some inspirational creative ideas for the restoration of your interiors. Are you more partial to the traditional decoration of the Balinese or does the spacious, minimalism of the Contemporary suit your tastes? Subsequently, we review some ideas for exterior property development with home accessories retailer House; their keen eye for fashionable home design trends, lends experience, aesthetic pleasure, and functional practicality to their advice. OBM International provide us a peek at their developments over at luxurious retreat Oil Nut Bay, and Villas & Views contributors Smiths Gore grant seven reasons why vacation rentals are an extremely attractive way to enjoy these great islands. The Harneys’ series continues with information about a very important area of yacht ownership – commercial yacht registration. And in our Sea Style segment this month, we look at two subjects: ‘What’s new for the charter yacht high season?’ and a review of the 2017 refit of exquisite vessel Sherakhan; this grand yacht will provoke your yearning to return to sea in cruising style. Maritime History Tales explores the dark history behind saltfish’s popularity as a national dish of the BVI while Sara reviews neighbouring Caribbean island St. Lucia for those residents seeking a respite that’s not too far from BVI lifestyle. Our final editorial sees Green VI Executive Director Charlotte updating us on all the eco-friendly, ‘green’ activity that the BVI is undergoing. The principal advice of this month’s educational and enlightening piece is ‘reduce’ waste! Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.

Stephen L France

This month we inspire you with ideas for home interior design styles. See page 10.

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contributors Geoffrey Brooks

James McDonald

Geoffrey is the curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum and both pioneers and takes part in many of the initiatives related to the traditional art of sloop building.

James contributes creative design solutions to his clients as a Senior Designer for OBMI’s Destination Creation and Island Living Studios. He collaborates with his team to bring residential and hospitality projects to life, including many luxury villas at Oil Nut Bay.

Lauren Hodgins

Fran Morrell

Lauren Hodgins is a crewed yacht charter broker based on St. Thomas, USVI. Working in the yachting industry since 2004 and sailing more than 8,000 nautical miles to date, Lauren now heads Caribbean Yachts International.

Sherene Liburd

Sara Sherman

Sherene is a member of Harneys’ Private Client practice group. She advises local and international clients on a range of property and real estate, shipping, banking and finance, corporate, and commercial matters.

Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yoga teacher, and former resident of St. Thomas, USVI. You can find her work at

Charlotte McDevitt

Morgana Tilling

Charlotte is the executive director of Green VI, a non-profit organisation that works toward a greener, cleaner, and healthier BVI, finding balance between development and conservation of the natural environment.

aLookingGlass Team Erin Paviour-Smith

Sales Director & Project Manager Originally from New Zealand with a background in brand management for three of New Zealand’s top-selling lifestyle magazines, Erin has strong understanding of sales and marketing within the publishing industry. She brings a fresh approach to advertising in magazines and digital media.


Fran is the owner of House, a home interiors and design store in the BVI. Fran has a fantastic eye for home interiors and is renowned for her great style.

DESIGN & LAYOUT Sally Fullam

DISTRIBUTION Francoise Frank



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Morgana is a key member of Smiths Gore’s team, running a portfolio of exclusive villa rental properties. With years of experience in luxury hospitality, she works to ensure clients experience the very best of the BVI.

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EXPLORING THE GREAT INDOORS Six distinctly different home interior styles for you to choose!


TOP 10 TIPS FOR AN OUTDOOR SPACE Tried and tested know-how with ten top ways to decorate your outdoor spaces!


OIL NUT BAY PROSPERS OBM International proudly talks about one of their principal projects




Smiths Gore present seven reasons why BVI villa rentals are such sought after retreats

The 2017 refit that has made her look like a brand-new vessel in every way



YACHT REGISTRATION Global offshore law firm Harneys provide expert advice on all your yacht registration needs



We find out what’s new for the charter yacht high season!




How saltfish became a national dish in British Virgin Island’s culture


CAPTIVATING ST LUCIA For residents seeking respite in another island paradise…



The first part in our series!


To discuss your Project, contact Roy Keegan: Office: 284 494 5240 Cell: 284 541 7483 Arawak Interiors, Road Reef Plaza #9, Road Town

Arawak Interiors offers home interior design advice, custom designs and sourcing from Asia, Mexico and USA. We also offer an extensive range of furniture, fixtures and fittings to choose from at our interior store and warehouse located in Road Town. Arawak Interiors manages all the shipping and logistics to deliver to your door anywhere in the BVI. Overseeing projects for Private villas, Private Islands, Resorts & Restaurants.


EXPLORING THE GREAT INDOORS Interior designs vary greatly, and if you’re looking to refresh your space, these styles may spark some creative ideas for your interiors WO R DS BY SA R A S H E R M A N

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THIS PAGE Mid-century Modern panders to the minimalist and emits an organic appearance

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CHOOSING AN INTERIOR design style for your home can be daunting. The thought of having to select colours, furnishings, and accessories to fit into a style’s framework can feel restrictive. Yet without an over-arching theme to a home, rooms may feel jumbled and the spaces won’t flow well together. Deciding on a design style will help create seamless transitions from room to room and allow a cohesive home feel. Let’s explore some popular design styles and see if any pique your interest.

Mid-century Modern Like its name implies, this style is getting a reboot that feels both futuristic and nostalgic at the same time. Born after World War II—hence the mid-century title— like its Scandinavian cousin, it is

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minimalistic and puts functionality above ornamentation. It features clean lines, geometric patterns, and plenty of large windows allowing for lots of natural light. By making those windows a focal point of the room, this naturally allows for elements of the great outdoors to also be featured. Organic materials like wood are often used for smooth yet architectural furniture, and textiles often feature natural fabrics and colours. Perfect for anyone that loves a clean and simple look, mid-century modern design offers functionality with a slightly vintage aesthetic.

Country A rustic and cosy design, the term ‘country’ sometimes makes people think ‘shabby.’ But with the popularisation of farmhouse style,

‘shabby-chic’ is an increasingly desirable design style. Incorporating old and new is key to avoiding a space that is too kitschy. Vintage furniture paired with soft and luxurious fabrics brings a cosy feel into the home, and antique accessories make a room unique. It’s easy to incorporate coastal elements into a country style home as well. Weathered wood and rope accents invoke the sea and still keep things cosy and comfortable. The key to country décor is not to over-do any one element.

Contemporary Another minimalist design style, contemporary furnishings are clean and ‘perceptive.’ This style features glass and metal materials, creating a futuristic feel to any room. Open floor plans provide ample space and light,

ABOVE A spacious contemporary lounge evokes calm RIGHT The contemporary bathroom boasts a smooth, spartan appearance OPPOSITE PAGE

Country design themes exhibit the rustic and increasingly desirable ‘shabby-chic’ aesthetic

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Whichever design style you choose, should reflect your own personality and lifestyle





and furniture and other elements have sharper, straighter edges. Colour palettes for contemporary furnishings stick to black, white, and shades of grey. If other hues are introduced, they are bold and vivid, like a true red or a deep indigo. Some feel that the contemporary style is cold, but it is possible to have a warm and inviting space that isn’t too soft. A minimalist approach with softer textiles will keep the space from feeling institutional. Art also plays a big role in this style, and having unique statement pieces throughout the home will set the stage for how each room will feel. A contemporary style often works well in an island home because it lets the view do the talking.

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lines, a Scandinavian bathroom is functional and simple ABOVE The Balinese bedroom is akin to a vacation retreat

Scandinavian This minimalist style is hallmarked by clean, smooth lines, lots of neutral colours, and very little clutter. Everything is functional and simple, without fuss or a lot of ‘extras.’ This style is great for people that like a neat home and minimal fuss. Maximising natural light is important, and white or light-coloured walls enhance this feature. Bare wood floors are a hallmark of Scandinavian design, and can be warmed up with rugs or even painted to add colour to a space.

Balinese For a Zen retreat-like feel, nothing captures the essence of laid-back luxury like the Balinese style. Centred around nature and allowing life to flow harmoniously through its halls, a home in Balinese style feels like a resort getaway every day. Natural materials like teak, bamboo, and stone are used throughout the home, bringing the outdoors in. Plenty






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LEFT AND RIGHT The Industrial style features a harder look with warm accents

of live plants also create a tropical, jungle-like feel. Earth tones accented with bright, bold colours in textiles continue keeping things interesting while still feeling grounded. Impeccable artisanal craftsmanship is another hallmark of this style. Think of intricately carved doors and art pieces that evoke traditional Balinese motifs like elephants, lanterns, or the Buddha.

Industrial Don’t let the name scare you; industrial style doesn’t have to feel like you’re living in a factory. That being said, this design style does feature some elements that offer a ‘harder’ look. Wood and metal take centre stage, while exposed

brick, pipes, and ductwork enhance the warehouse look. All of these hard edges are softened with plush furniture and cosy textiles, along with both natural light and warm lighting fixtures. Neutral colours go well with all these materials, and colour can be incorporated as accents. Open concept is the name of the

game for industrial style, so living areas flow seamlessly together. Whichever design style you choose, should reflect your own personality and lifestyle. When a home is filled with comfortable things that make it easy for you to relax with friends and family, it feels just right. ■

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TOP 10 TIPS FOR AN OUTDOOR SPACE Home accessories retailer House provide experienced, tried and tested know-how when it comes to exterior home décor WO R DS BY F R A N M O R R E L L – H O U S E P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F H O U S E

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OUR CARIBBEAN CLIMATE means that we are able to enjoy the outdoor spaces in our homes as much as we relish the inside; many of us have the use of outdoor sitting rooms and dining spaces to great advantage when thinking of overall home design. Creating welcoming, comfortable, stylish yet functional outdoor rooms requires understanding of what works with the elements to create a balanced and a harmonious scheme. We have put together our top 10 tips for decorating outside spaces:


START BY SELECTING A COLOUR SCHEME THAT WILL WORK The approach to decorating an outdoor area is much the same as you would plan any indoor space. Co-ordinate with outdoor walls, floors, and surrounding finishes. You want the area to flow seamlessly from the inside rooms. Consider the style of your indoor space and ensure that the mood is not broken as you move to the outdoor area.


OFTEN A LARGE TERRACE OR DECK WILL BE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL. There are several ways to delineate spaces. Outdoor rugs are an excellent means to separate spaces for function. Furniture for a seating area can be placed around a rug to bring the grouping together. Group pieces of furniture to create different seating arrangements. Flower planters or side tables can be placed to create a natural barrier between a dining area and a casual seating area, allowing access whilst defining the space.

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CONSIDER THE SIZE OF YOUR SPACE. If it is limited, ensure the furniture you choose is not too big. Similarly, if you have a vast area to fill, make sure the items you select are not dwarfed by the space they are inhabiting.


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CREATE A FOCAL POINT FOR FURNITURE PLACEMENT; focus on the view, the pool, or a centre table for example.


WHEN PURCHASING OUTDOOR FURNITURE, ALWAYS BUY THE BEST THAT YOU CAN AFFORD. The better-quality pieces usually come with a warranty and will last much longer. Always ask the seller if the line is all-weather—suitable for an uncovered space—or if it should be placed in a more protected area.


THINK ABOUT HOW THE SUN OR SHADE WILL AFFECT THE SPACE AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE DAY. If a dining table is going to be in full sun when your guests are likely to be eating, try to find a way to shade the area, with outdoor curtains or an umbrella.

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LIGHTING IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUTDOOR DECORATING. Again, as you would indoors, use a mixture of light sources for optimal effect. Overhead lights—preferably dimmable—together with side lights and table lamps are all important. Don’t rule out candle lighting as well as battery operated candles and string lights which are especially useful outdoors.



DON’T FORGET ARTWORK AND WALL DECOR. Mirrors, iron sculptures, palette gardens, and sconces can also double as interesting artwork. Wall-gardens are increasingly popular and can be combined with lighting.

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USE MATERIALS AND FABRICS THAT ARE SPECIFICALLY DURABLE IN OUTDOOR ELEMENTS. Regular pillows and cushions will fade very quickly with the harsh sunlight. Synthetic resin wickers, synthetic woods, and Sunbrella type fabrics, although sometimes more expensive, will pay off financially in the long run as they last much longer.

PLANTS AND TREES MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE TO OUTDOOR SPACES. Be prepared to mix the real thing with fake plants to tell ‘the home’s story.’ Silk plants mixed with real are less noticeable, practical, and blend in well. ■

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For home decor..... Start with the colour palette. Cool greys are the current favourite.

Darker hue for a lamo brings in a spot of colour if required.

Artwork completes a space and sets a mood.

Bring the outside in with real or faux plants.

Coral accents work well with greys

Benton bench seat slipcovered sofa.

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Give the theme some continuity with coral pillows.

Wool viscose blend rugs add an air of oppulance.

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PROSPERS Out of Irma’s destruction, a wave of new property developments is sweeping the BVI WO R DS BY JA M E S M C D O N A L D – O B M I S E N I O R D E S I G N E R P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F O B M I

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A STRONG WAVE of new development is happening in the British Virgin Islands; one such thriving location is Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda. Stepping foot on the dock at Oil Nut Bay, you will quickly realise that the community is booming with expansion. With numerous projects in early design stages, many others have recently been completed making the first half of 2018 very busy for the luxury resort and residential community. OBM International is a part of many of these efforts and is helping to define Oil Nut Bay’s architectural vision for the next stage of development. Together, Oil Nut Bay and OBMI have recently completed the construction of two luxury homes, including an incredible hilltop villa lot with spectacular views of both the ocean and the Sound. This astonishing site called for a unique home with floorto-ceiling windows that open to let the spectacular views into the contemporary interiors, and complete with a plunge pool that seemingly falls off the hilltop into the sea. Villa Infinity was also recently completed; this property is an impressive four-bedroom residence measuring over 5,700 square-feet that symbolises luxurious Caribbean living. Nestled into the hillside, the estate offers a stunning wraparound outdoor terrace, that takes advantage of the dramatic cliff views and features a full-size infinity pool. Two homes currently under construction include one villa that is on the steepest site in Oil Nut

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Bay, Villa iMaronti; the location affords a private six-bedroom villa with fantastic views and the feeling of complete secrecy from the rest of the island. This spectacular site demanded a bespoke home that felt as if it was nestled into the cliff for the luxury of privacy. The site was also the inspiration for its floating design, utilising the slopes of the location to design the home so that it appears to float within the natural vegetation that will grow along the foundation of the house. The Compass Rose is under construction with a design boasting a cantilevered design making portions of the villa appear to be suspended from the air. The fantastic villa boasts four bedrooms, a huge infinity edge pool, wrap-around terrace, and a private beach area. The property is nestled within its rocky perch, working with its natural elements

A strong wave of new development is happening in the British Virgin Islands; one such thriving location is Oil Nut Bay on Virgin Gorda.

throughout the entire design, and allowing the pool to be perched over the site through an engineered cantilevered design. Several private residences and villas are also in various planning, design, and construction phases. Three new homes are being designed with an innovative, more contemporary architectural vernacular that will complement the community’s existing villas while adding depth and diversity to Oil Nut Bay’s style. Architectural styling is sure to get increasingly dramatic and exciting as

new villas are being designed. A year following the devastating hurricanes of 2017, one can see the resilience in the BVI people and the desire for tourists to make the islands their home away from home as can be evidenced by the tremendous development at Oil Nut Bay. The community continues to draw luxury seekers from around the world and shows no sign of slowing down. Next time you’re cruising the waterways near Virgin Gorda, make sure to steal a peek at these amazing, developing villas at Oil Nut Bay—you won’t be disappointed. ■





Relishing retreats 7 Reasons We Love to Rent Villas in the BVI WO R DS BY M O R G A N A T I L L I N G – S M I T H S G O R E P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U T E SY O F S M I T H S G O R E

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THINKING OF VISITING the beautiful BVI? Our weather is perfect coupled with unspoilt beaches and the friendliest people. What makes the islands even more personable and unique is staying at one of the large selection of stunning private villas available for rent, making your vacation a truly memorable one. Witnessing for years the sheer enjoyment that visitors experience when choosing vacation accommodation, here are seven reasons we love renting villas in the BVI:

Peace & Quiet Hotels by nature will have many patrons; either staying in the rooms, dining in the restaurants, or sunbathing on the beach. A villa is like a home away from home. Therefore, they are generally located in quiet residential areas with fabulous views and beautiful surroundings.

Privacy In most cases, villas are stand-alone homes. It means that you don’t have to share your space with other guests as you would if you were staying in a hotel. Hooray! You don’t have to share the pool, the beach, or the dining area!

More Space & Comfort Your villa can become your ‘home away from home.’ Amenities that are only available at the most expensive hotels are standard in most villas; bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, fully equipped kitchens, pools, exercise rooms, entertainment centres, and even spas come as standard for your sole use.

LEFT Golden Pavilion – one

of many attractive options in the British Virgin Islands

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Suitable for Groups of Friends or Families A villa offers the opportunity to gather larger groups all under one roof; a perfect chance for a family vacation, reunion, or possibly a gathering of friends that can enjoy each other’s company around the pool or the dining table in privacy.

Fantastic Location Villas are generally located in the most spectacular locations within the British Virgin Islands with fabulous views, possibly access to a secluded beach, and/or are surrounded by stunning gardens yet never too far from restaurants or shops.

Unique Designs One major factor when choosing a particular villa is the design of the building. Villas designed for vacation rental guests usually have the ‘wow’ factor and exude a sense of rarity and exclusivity that is yours for the duration of your stay; a place with individuality, style, and personality.

Value for money Dollar for dollar, a villa can offer a better return for your hard-earned cash. Having your own private house for a few days will give you the flexibility to save money and prepare your meals rather than having to eat out every night. On special occasions, you may want to hire a private chef to provide a truly spectacular dining experience in the privacy of your villa, but for the most part, the overall cost of a villa will be cheaper—especially for larger groups who would need to rent four or five separate hotel rooms. Guests also have the bonus of being able to share their holiday time with the people they know and love, all under one roof. ■


Villa options are varied and vast visitors are spoilt for choice

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Residential Sales ‘As Is’ Post Hurricane Properties For Sale Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, some of our property owners are selling their storm damaged homes ‘as is’. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have dreamt of owning a home in the BVI, looking for a renovation project, or wish to purchase an investment property.


Original listing price $1.475 million. Open to offers Terrific family home or investment option. Situated above Apple Bay

with expansive views of the north shore. Suffered damage to roofing, railings and windows and doors. Landscape gardens have been restored.

Lizard Junction, FAHIE HILL, TORTOLA




One minute walk to Little Leverick Beach. Dock and views of North Sound Channel. Moderate storm damage to roof and windows.



Original listing price $2.1 million. Reduced to $1.1 million

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Paved driveway, pool and surrounding gardens. Extensive damage to roof and throughout. A full renovation is anticipated.

Casablanca,offerings, Virgin Gorda For more information on these listings or additional call 284 494 2446 or email



Turpentine House, HAVERS HILL, TORTOLA Custom built villa with incredible views. Has lost decking and some roofing. Owner is very keen to sell.



Original listing price $1.5 million. Reduced to $595,000 Stunning, eclectic property with separate guest house and studio cottage. Storm damage to roofing, decks and some windows.


TORTOLA Britannic Hall


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Your guide to registering commercial vessels in the British Virgin Islands WO R DS BY S H E R E N E L I B U R D

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THERE ARE MANY advantages to registering a commercial vessel in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Among those advantages are low initial registration fees and annual maintenance fees. Registered ownership is permitted to citizens of and companies registered in the BVI, the United Kingdom, and its Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, the European Union and European Economic Area, and the member states of the Caribbean Community and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. The BVI is a member of the British Red Ensign Group and vessels flying the Red Ensign Flag are entitled to the protection of the Royal Navy. The BVI has its own full survey and certification resources and also has access to the range of technical expertise of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Process of Registration The process of registering commercial vessels begins with reserving the name of the vessel at one of the available ports of registry, which are Road Harbour, Gorda Sound, and White Bay. A name can be reserved for up to 180 days by paying a fee of $50 to the Virgin Islands Shipping Registry. After the name of the vessel is reserved, the following documents should be prepared based on the particular circumstances surrounding the vessel: • A Ship Builder’s Certificate and/or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin if the ship is new; • A Bill of Sale if the vessel is not new; • If the vessel is registered under a foreign flag, a certified copy of the closed

transcript of the Register or a Certificate of Deletion (or its equivalent in the foreign jurisdiction); • A Declaration of Ownership/ Eligibility; • A Certificate of Survey and/or Tonnage Certificate (including an international Tonnage Certificate, where relevant); • A Copy of the Certificate of Incorporation if the vessel is owned by a company; • A Certificate of Good Standing where the owner of the vessel is a company which has been in existence for one year or longer; • An Appointment of Authorised Officer; • An Appointment of a Representative Person; • An Undertaking to Act as Representative Person; and • A Certificate of Proposed Use indicating that the vessel will be used for commercial purposes The Certificate of Survey is usually sent by the surveyor directly to the Shipping Registry. The Certificate should be prepared by a certified surveyor from one of the approved classification societies being Lloyds Register of Shipping, Bureau de Veritas, Det Norske Beritas, Germanischer Lloyds, American Bureau of Shipping, Registro Italiano Navale and Class Nk. The surveyor must otherwise be MCA or IMO-accredited. In cases where the proposed surveyor does not fall within the authorised categories, a copy of the surveyor’s resume would need to be submitted to the Registrar of Ships so that the surveyor’s suitability can be assessed.

A vessel registered for commercial use must meet a standard of safety requirements depending on the size of the vessel and the intended number of passengers it will carry. A vessel less than 24 metres in length must be compliant with the Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels operating in the Caribbean. If such a certification is made by a surveyor—following a satisfactory inspection of the vessel—the Shipping Registry will issue a Certificate of Inspection in respect of the vessel. The Certificate of Inspection remains valid for a period not exceeding one year for vessels carrying more than 12 passengers on international voyages and not exceeding five years for all other vessels from the date of inspection. All other vessels used for commercial purposes will be inspected by the Shipping Registry and if the safety requirements are satisfied, a Commercial Certificate will be issued prior to the vessel being registered. When all the required documents are compiled, an application is made to the Shipping Registry. Once the Registrar of Ships is satisfied that the requirements for registration have been met, the Registrar will issue a Marking and Carving Note for the vessel. The Note provides detailed instructions on how the name, official number, and the port of registry of the vessel are to be marked on the vessel. The Note must be signed and returned to the Shipping Registry in order to demonstrate compliance with the marking instructions. On receipt of the Note duly signed, the Registrar will issue the Certificate of British Registry/Blue Book for the vessel.

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There are many advantages to registering a commercial vessel in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Among those advantages are low initial registration fees and annual maintenance fees.

All BVI registered vessels must obtain a ship station licence and a radio operator telecommunications licence by submitting an application to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and paying the associated fees of $30 and $10 respectively. Persons seeking to register commercial vessels in the BVI should also be aware of the fees associated with registering vessels for commercial purposes. The fees are based on the size and type of the vessel. Government fees for vessels less than 24 metres in length include the registration fee which is $750 and the annual maintenance fee which is $250. If the vessel is less than 500 Gross Tonnage, the registration fee is $750 and the annual maintenance fee is $300. If the vessel is between 500GT – 1000GT, the registration fee is $1000 with an annual maintenance fee of $500, and if the vessel is between 1000GT – 3000GT the registration fee is $1500 and the annual maintenance fee is $1000. The Shipping Registry does not issue reminders to pay annual fees, so vessel owners must remember to pay. Although the process of registering commercial vessels in the BVI is fairly straightforward, it is often more convenient to instruct a shipping lawyer who is more familiar with the procedure to assist with preparing the documents and administering the annual renewal of the relevant licenses and payment of fees.

About Harneys’ Private Client Team Harneys’ Private Client team regularly advises clients on the acquisition of BVI real estate, including devising ownership structures to satisfy the tax, regulatory, succession planning and other needs of each client. For more information on these solutions or any other matters relating to acquiring property, a yacht, registering a business, or planning for future generations, please contact Sheila George, Johann Henry or Paul Mellor. ■


What’s New for the High Season? The High Season of 2018/19 is fast approaching and the Virgin Islands will be bursting with activity WO R DS BY L AU R E N H O D G I N S P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F C Y I C H A R T E R S , TA N YA T H E R O N — C H E F M / Y I R R E S I S T I B L E , AND ISHOOT BVI

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AS THE CHARTER YACHT high season approaches the Virgin Islands, green vegetation reigns supreme, once again inviting tourists and locals to relish the sand between their toes, fresh air in their lungs, and sunshine on their faces. Here’s what’s in store for the Virgin Islands this upcoming season…

...visitors can see vibrant flamingos, hold a baby tortoise, encounter exotic lemurs, and experience the joy of this endangered-animal sanctuary

Bucket List One fresh activity to look forward to this season is visiting Richard Branson’s Necker Island Nature Preserve, where conservation is the raison d’être. Accessible only by boat, visitors can see vibrant flamingos, hold a baby tortoise, encounter exotic lemurs, and experience the joy of this endangered-animal sanctuary. Charter yacht guests can dinghy into Necker Island where they will meet Gumption, director at Sea It Clear Tours, for a private conservation experience. Spots go quickly, so be sure to book these excursions early. Feeling like a little relaxation? Take your charter yacht to the new Oil Nut Bay Marina Village set to open in December; a hotspot renowned for its serenity.

TOP The re-introduced flamingos of Necker Island ABOVE Holding a baby tortoise, Necker Island OPPOSITE Relaxing at Hendo’s Hideout on White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

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BVI Updates Pirates Bight at Norman Island has a gorgeous new outdoor dining area where visitors can indulge in fresh seafood and a variety of tropical cocktails. Hendo’s Hideout in White Bay is the new place to be on Jost Van Dyke! With Caribbean inspired food, a beach bar, corn hole, volleyball, and family-friendly board games, Hendo’s embodies the spirit of island fun. Here, you’ll find excellent service, food, and enough chairs to chat and chill all day long. The Willy T floating bar has a new location in Great Harbour, Peter Island and is ready for visitors! The new Willy T is almost identical to the former, except larger. A beloved fixture of the British Virgin Islands, the famous floating bar and restaurant is inviting guests to make new memories aboard.

USVI Updates Flying in to St. Thomas to board a charter yacht? Beer enthusiasts visiting Yacht Haven Grande will have reason to linger over a pint—or three—at the marina’s new brewery and distillery. Check it out this season. Business is in full swing at Pizza Pi, the Caribbean’s only floating pizzeria! With winter, spring, and summer seasonal menus, a bounty of flavours and toppings are sure to please any palate. For something truly unique, try the Mango Mami Pie, with mango chutney, red onions, fresh mango, goat cheese, and bacon. For more traditional, the Fresh Margherita has housemade spinach pesto. Did we mention dingy delivery? Christmas Cove is a wonderful stop during a week-long journey onboard any charter yacht. The upcoming yachting season will offer conservation opportunities, beachside cabanas, locally made brews, some of the most unique pizzas in the world, and, lastly, a chance to enjoy our lively, lush islands to the fullest once again. Don’t miss out! ■

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OPPOSITE TOP Holiday makers enjoy cocktails in the waters of White Bay, Jost Van Dyke OPPOSITE BOTTOM

The famed Christmas Cove

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THIS PAGE Sherakhan’s main dining salon - picturesque in her every detail

REFITTING SHERAKHAN A vessel that promises exploration, exhibits grandeur, and glides the water with elegance WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E P H OTO G R A P H Y BY C H R I S TO P H E R S C H O L E Y

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AFTER AN EXTENSIVE refit at the Dutch yard Icon Yachts in 2017, Sherakhan unveils herself as the ‘world-discovery’ yacht, avid cruisers are seeking or as promoted by Y.CO, the safari on the high seas. Built to glide any ocean— whether Mediterranean, South American, or Caribbean waters— the 70-metre charter vessel lends her praise to her airy feel and flexible accommodations. Wherever she is moored, the highly conspicuous vessel has a distinct appearance that allows all her detailing—windows, contours, and alternative colours—to pop with vitality. Initially launched by Vuyk en Zonen in the Netherlands as passenger ship Princess Margaret in 1965, 2005 saw her rebuilt as a luxury vessel, but no refit has been as profoundly surgical as December 2017’s meticulous facelift.


‘world discovery’ yacht, equipped with everything one would expect of her worldliness...and more

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Sherakhan’s interiors—that sleep up to 26 guests— have been upgraded to a vivid white palette with a myriad of gentle textures, complementing the plethora of unique ornamental works decorating the yacht. The collection of curios includes custom-made olive root chairs, first edition works of famous authors, and an intricate, freestanding globe. The art and décor are representative of her worldly travels and add to her rare beauty. Originally built by Vuyk En Zonen and Jan Verkerk, naval architecture in 2005 is credited to KMC and KHMB Enkhuizen. The interior design was the yacht owner’s own company Verkerk Yachting Projects and Claudia Rijntjes. 2017’s refit was a solo operation by Verkerk Yachting Projects entailing a thorough repainting of the guest areas, new carpets, fresh multimedia equipment, new marble in the main salon, and a refit of lighting throughout Sherakhan, presenting her as brand new. Comprised of 13 cabins with a room configuration of seven double beds and six sets of twin beds, elegant interiors complement the spacious exteriors that boast wide decks, showing off the extensive expanse the yacht holds. Onboard spaces incorporate a seven-metre high atrium with a luxury dining room hosting 22 guests, fullyequipped gym, spa, sauna, and beauty salon with a full-time, qualified beauty therapist as part of the crew. With 19 dedicated crew members determined to see guests enjoy their experience with the epitome of customer service, availability to alternatively cater to a party of smaller groups onboard this vessel makes for the ultimate in versatility. An 18-person glass-bottomed Jacuzzi is one of the many extra-curricular activities Sherakhan is proud to exhibit; a multitude of activities are available through the range of instruments and water toys, encompassing an eightmetre inflatable water slide, two 7.3-metre Joker Clubman tenders for additional excursions, a trampoline, jet skis, laser sailboats, surfboards, wakeboards, and three WaveRunners. Renowned for great reviews and popularity in the past decade, it is to be anticipated that the 2017 refit was targeted at improving the charter experience further to maintain this stellar image. ■

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For the upcoming high season, Sherakhan will be cruising the Caribbean, Cuba, Central America, and Mexico. Winter charter rates are available here:

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Saltfish, Slavery, and the Canadian Maritimes How saltfish became a staple and national dish in British Virgin Islands culture WO R DS BY G E O F F R E Y B R O O KS

I RECENTLY WATCHED a documentary about the history of Newfoundland and the people who live there. I was amazed to discover how much they shared in common with the African population of the West Indies.

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Newfoundland is a part of the Canadian maritime provinces, consisting of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador. It was first settled in 1630 and was colonised throughout the 1600s by fisherman from France, Netherlands,

Portugal, and mostly from England. They came to fish for Cod which was found in great numbers and replaced the dwindling supplies in Europe due to overfishing. The Codfish that they caught was dried, salted for preservation, and packed into barrels to be shipped all over the world. It was an economy based on one product and the entire fisherman’s family was involved in the production. While the men were out fishing, the women and children were given

the tasks of drying, salting, and packing. It was a hard and perilous life and fishing remains the most dangerous profession. The Newfoundlanders also found themselves at the mercy of a wealthy aristocracy, who owned the ships that transported the fish and controlled the price they paid the fisherman. They also owned the stores which supplied the fisherman with their basic needs. It was in this way that the shipowners kept

the Newfoundlanders in a state of perpetual poverty while they grew rich through exploitation. It was during this same period in the 1600s, that the Atlantic slave trade flourished. Enslaved Africans were transported in horrific conditions across the Atlantic Ocean to the West Indies and forced to work on plantations, growing sugar cane and producing sugar, molasses, and Rum. Since this economy was based on one product, the plantation owners were forced to purchase food supplies from abroad to feed their workforce; hence, the introduction of saltfish as the mainstay of their diet. Once the need was identified, the supply was provided by the shipowners from the Canadian maritime provinces who transported enormous amounts of saltfish packed in barrels, lumber, and other materials that were unavailable in the Caribbean. On arriving in the West Indies, they would trade their goods for the products produced on the plantations. These supplies were transported on fast sailing schooners whose last stop was Anguilla where they would load up on salt to carry north to preserve the Codfish. It is ironic that both sides of this commerce were based on the exploitation of the means of production, in this case the labour force—the enslaved

Africans on one side, and the Newfoundlanders on the other. These two groups shared a common bond of persecution without which the system would not have worked. Britain outlawed the Atlantic slave trade in 1807 and in 1834, slavery was abolished in the British West Indies. Make no mistake, this was not done out of any humanitarian feelings of guilt, but because it no longer made a profit. It was economically unfeasible. At the same time of emancipation, women and children were being exploited in the textile industry in Britain which is referred to as ‘dark satanic mills’ in England’s great national hymn Jerusalem. In the British Virgin Islands, the freed Africans overcame continued attempts to exploit them and by 1853 had created an independent lifestyle based on entrepreneurship. For the Newfoundlanders, it was a different story. They continued to be exploited well into the twentieth century, enduring poverty, hardship, and danger. Saltfish became a staple in the diet of all West Indians and is our national dish in the British Virgin Islands. For those interested in reading further about how this economic system operated, I highly recommend reading Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1949. ■

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Named for the saint whose very name means ‘light,’ St. Lucia is a beacon of beauty in the Eastern Caribbean WO R DS BY SA R A S H E R M A N

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The stunning Pitons rise out of the Caribbean sea as the country’s most famous landmark.

IF EVER AN ISLAND was a crown, the only country in the world named after a woman rises as a stunning centre jewel of the Caribbean. With amazing beaches, fantastic culture, and incredible experiences for every kind of traveller to explore, St. Lucia is a true gem. The island’s first European settlers were the French, who created a treaty with the indigenous people of the island in 1660. The British and French were at war for rule of the island 14 times over more than a century. Because it had been under both British and French rule so many different times, the

island was sometimes known as the ‘Helen of the West Indies,’ a reference to Helen of Troy and her ability to induce a fierce battle over her beauty. Named for St. Lucy of Syracuse, legend says that sailors were shipwrecked on the island on the feast Day of St. Lucy—December 13—and therefore honoured her by naming the island Saint Lucia.

What to See, Taste, and Do The island offers a plethora of amazing experiences, and every visitor will find something

unforgettable to see and do. Snorkellers and scuba divers will enjoy many stunning places to explore the world under the sea. Many wrecks make scuba dives exciting for both beginners and experienced divers and eagle rays, sea turtles, eels, and fish create an amazing underwater universe. Other water sports are an obvious choice for an enjoyable day on the water. Boat tours of the island are particularly popular as many beautiful sights can be appreciated from above water, and these tours allow guests to delight in the beaches and snorkelling as well.

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If being outdoors but on land is more your style, the island offers many beautiful hiking opportunities. Beginners and more adventurous hikers have lots to discover, and St. Lucia’s rainforests and waterfalls never disappoint. The Diamond Waterfall at the St. Lucia botanical gardens is of particular interest to those wanting a taste of nature. Creole culture permeates the island, so tasting the many flavours of St. Lucia is an amazing way to eat and feel like a local. Amazing fish dishes and curries are popular local meals, as well as the ‘hot bake,’ a savoury bit of dough similar to a fried doughnut. And one can’t experience true St. Lucia cuisine without tasting some amazing chocolate—the cocoa trade on the island dates back to the 1700s! St. Lucia is much more mountainous than some other Caribbean islands, thanks to the now dormant volcano that created the island. Even though the volcano isn’t active, few islands in the world give you the opportunity to actually drive into a volcanic crater! The sulphur

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The island offers a plethora of amazing experiences, and every visitor will find something unforgettable to see and do. springs there create warm pools of mud; visitors can bathe in this for a very natural detoxification process. These mud baths are said to heal, relieve arthritis and sore joints, and more. A dip in the baths is messy, fun, and something you won’t soon forget!

The Pitons Speaking of volcanoes—the island’s most-recognised landmark—the Pitons, tower above the sea between the towns of Soufriere and Choiseul on St. Lucia’s western shore. Translated from French as ‘little pegs,’ these volcanic spires and the mountainous ridge that connects them are a World Heritage Site. The calm waters between the mountains, welcome snorkellers from around the world and are a top tourist destination on the island. The Pitons

are so famous that even the island’s own lager beer is named Piton.

Plan Your Visit St. Lucia has two airports, and getting there from the mainland US, Canada or UK is relatively easy. The island also receives regional flights daily. Once on the island, there are accommodations to fit every style. From all-inclusive luxury resorts to small boutique hotels and private villas, the stunning views of the ocean mean anywhere you stay on island will be fabulous. From shopping in the markets of Castries to seeing history unfold at the Fort Rodney military ruins on Pigeon Island, St. Lucia is full of all kinds of amazing things. Whether stopping by St. Lucia on a cruise or spending a week or more on her beautiful shores, the island is sure to become one of your favourites. ■

TOP Capital city Castries is full of local delights to explore and enjoy. ABOVE The Diamond Waterfall at the botanical gardens is a visitor favourite. RIGHTThe sulphur springs mud baths in the Soufriere volcano is said to have healing properties.

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“ REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” Putting the commonly used slogan into practice to make our planet greener W O R D S B Y C H A R L O T T E M C D E V I T T— G R E E N V I P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F G R E E N V I

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YOU’VE HEARD THIS slogan often repeated, but have you stopped to think what it means in daily life? Let’s start with a look at ‘Reduce,’ the most powerful and effective action we can take to manage our waste. There’s a lot riding on reducing plastic waste. Plastic that’s too small to see—microplastic—now pollutes oceans, lakes, rivers, drinking water—tap, cistern, bottled—food, beverages, and our bodies. By 2050, research suggests there will be more plastic than fish in our seas. These microplastics come from many things we use in daily life, including synthetic clothing and Styrofoam— two things we can eliminate from our lives with relative ease.

B est Practices to Reduce Waste A few tips for individuals • Buy only what you need and opt for products with less packaging • Install your own water dispenser or filtration system

• Use reusable bags, water bottles, food containers, straws, and cutlery • Support green businesses

Green businesses are Growing It’s great to see a rapidly increasing number of businesses taking the initiative to reduce their plastic waste for a better BVI. Island Roots Cafe, Beans, Nanny Cay, Lady Sarah’s, Captain’s Kitchen, Tradewinds Cruise Club, O’Neal Webster, and Sail Caribbean are at the top of a growing list of professionals who are going greener with good ideas, such as: • Using only biodegradable food/ beverage containers, instead of singleuse Styrofoam/plastic containers • Giving a discount for bringing in your own reusable container • Water dispensing stations with reusable glasses readily on hand • Replacing single-use plastic cups with reusable, branded cups • Not providing straws, or providing only compostable straws upon request


Showcasing ‘reduce, reuse, and recycle’ products for taking action: Green VI reusable water bottles, reusable kegs, Cooper Island Microbrewery, a home water filtration system, and an even to support local farmers

• Sourcing locally grown food to reduce packaging waste and support farmers and fishers • Using ‘green’ suppliers who keep packaging to a minimum Cooper Island Beach Club’s best practices to reduce waste are both effective and innovative. Their microbrewery and glass crusher have reduced their waste by 65%, as they no longer import bottled/canned beer, and the glass they do use is crushed to a fine sand and returned to the beach. Their locally-made craft beers enrich the overall Cooper Island experience, and a portion of beer sales are donated to the Association of Reefkeepers (ARK), who focus on BVI turtle conservation.

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Laws to Reduce Waste In response to a request from the Ministry of Health & Social Development, Green VI submitted recommendations that Styrofoam and other plastic food and beverage containers, along with straws and cutlery, be banned from the BVI, and that eco-friendly alternative products be exempt from import duty. As we await helpful new legislation, we can all use our consumer influence, asking businesses to stop using Styrofoam, other single-use plastics, and support businesses who make the change to eco-friendly alternatives—which are now readily available on-island.

Voluntary Plastic Bag Ban ABOVE Using reusable shopping bags for groceries

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A big plastic waste polluter we can reduce—with or without legislation —is the single-use plastic bag.

In 2013-14, Green VI and Worldhouse Caribbean brought BVI supermarkets together and worked out a voluntary one-year suspension of providing free plastic bags to customers. The Supa Valu stores have carried on with this best practice, and we are now asking food outlets to re-implement policies that encourage customers to bring their own reusable bags. When we simply carry our goods home in our own bags, we’re making a difference.

Reuse & Recycle We’ll focus on these important steps —’reuse’ and ‘recycle’—next time. Meanwhile, check out the ‘Get Involved’ section at for Reuse tips and also to see where your closest Recycling Points are on Tortola and Virgin Gorda. ■

SOL Y SOMBRA VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STEPS AWAY FROM Little Trunk Bay, this classic and timeless British colonial beachfront villa has five suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen offer spacious and elegant entertainment areas. A 45-foot ocean-front infinity pool, observation deck and lighted tennis court are set within over an acre of tropical gardens. The property is proximate to The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, exercise equipment and gym and a chef (upon request) complete the villa’s offerings.

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