Virgin Islands
Marine Industries

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Yacht Charter Capital of the World

The Virgin Islands Marine Industries Association (VIMI) is a trade association whose members are professional operators of charter yachts and land based marine related businesses.

Some of our member businesses have pages on the web.

VIMI Businesses on the Web

A complete listing of our member businesses is available on two separate pages:

Cruising Charterboats in the Virgin Islands

Listing of all the boats that are available for charter. These include bareboat rentals, both power and sail, as well as sportfishing boats, luxurious crewed charter yachts, daysail and halfday excursion boats, small outboard rentals, etc.

Marine Businesses and Services

Includes listing of Charter Brokers, Marinas, Repair Services, Yacht sales, and all manner of marine related support services.

 A Yachting Paradise

The hundreds of islands and cays that make up the Virgin Islands have an unspoiled beauty and accessibility unequaled anywhere on Earth. The safe, calm, crystal clear waters are caressed by the gentle trade winds. The average year round water temperature is 80 degrees and varies only 5 degrees summer to winter.

Whether you sail your own bareboat or relax in the luxury of a crewed term charter yacht, the magic of this tropical paradise will live with you forever.

Watersports of every possible type (hold the ice sailing!) are available. Diving on some of the worlds most famous wrecks. Fishing in waters where world record Blue Marlin are caught. Windsurfing, parasailing, even submarine tours, are here for your enjoyment. All under the constant Virgin Islands sunshine.

Our marinas and repair services are second to none. All boats, engines and boat parts are tax free in the Virgin Islands (just like the rum!).

For hundreds of years these islands have been a haven for free spirited seafarers. For the last twenty five years we have been providing the very best services to those who are not fortunate enough to live here but who, just for a week or so, share the exhilaration of a life of total freedom. Freedom to wander at will among the harbors and bays, and living reefs and pristine beaches that hug our tropical shores. The freedom to escape into a dream world.

You can be totally isolated, anchored in a moonlit bay where your only company is the dolphins and sea turtles, or you can party where the partying is legendary. The choice is yours.

Business Incentives

Boats placed into charter service in the U.S. Virgin Islands are exempt from all import duty and excise taxes.

Recent legislation, enacted in 1994, completely eliminates all taxes on boats, boat engines and boat parts in The U.S. Virgin Islands.

Industrial Development Commission (IDC) benefits are available to anyone who starts a new business in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The benefits are subject to certain, minimal investment and employment requirements and include valuable income tax exemptions.

VIMI Information

VIMI holds monthly luncheon meeting throughout the year where members network and share fellowship. Guest speakers inform, educate and inspire us, and often learn a thing or two themselves.

As the voice of the marine industry, the VIMI executive director and all-volunteer board of directors monitor legislative activities and apprise government officials of industry positions on various issues. VIMI is a marine information, referral and lobbying resource for current members and prospective businesses.

VIMI promotes camaraderie within the industry, by hosting luncheons and social events. Our community work includes the promotion of marine awareness to the community at large and competitions that bring the wonders of boating to our youth. The association promotes industry job development via its involvement with the Marine & Aviation Vocational Training Center and other youth job training and placement programs. Marine industry accomplishments, current events and issues are reflected in the twice-monthly VIMI News column of the Virgin Islands Business Journal.