December 30, 2018
We were fortunate enough to bareboat charter Dream Machine for 10 days in December from St. Thomas to sail around the BVI. She lived up to her name, and was a dream to sail and was hands-down one of the best charter boats we’ve had. We have a Beneteau Oceanis 45’ at home, so we’re familiar with the boat, and we’ll speak to specifics of Dream Machine.
Love that there was a generator on-board because being able to run the air conditioner while at a mooring ball greatly improved our comfort on our trip. The generator is surprisingly quiet and doesn’t use much fuel. In the 10 days, we didn’t need to refuel once. The water maker was also nice to know that it was there.
When it comes to charter boats, it’s the little things that mean the most to us, and Dream Machine delivered. For example, there are USB plugs. Again a minor thing, but SO MUCH easier to a charge a phone than messing with the inverter and/or using a “cigarette lighter” to USB adapter that we’ve had to use on other charters. The water was always hot and pressure was great. Having the hot shower on the swim platform is also a blessing to rinse off after snorkeling. While we didn’t need to use it, the helm anchor windlass and depth meter would have been so handy! Oh, and there are also solar panels. All instruments worked perfectly, and the underwater lights made it fun to watch the fish at night. The way the bimini is set up is also nice, plenty of shade, but still able to feel the wind on your face.
She handles well, especially in the strong December currents of the BVI. On board, she felt like home. We cooked most meals – the galley is a great size. The fridge also seems to be upgraded (bigger) from the standard Beneteau offering. She’s perfectly maintained, and we were pleased at how the interior was practically new. The galley had everything we needed, e.g. pots and pans, dishes, utensils, even a microwave and toaster!
It was just the two of us, but with three berths (four with the convertible saloon) and two heads, she could have easily handled a larger group. The Oceanis 45’ is a great boat; very stable and easy to sail.
We couldn’t imagine a better boat to enjoy our time in the BVI!