VIPCA is the territory’s non-profit marine association, whose purpose is to preserve, protect, and promote the charter yacht sector of the U.S. Virgin Islands marine industry and the businesses that sustain them. VIPCA’s focus is multi-faceted and includes offering membership benefits such as access to health and hull P&I insurance; sharing pertinent, timely industry updates and compliance guidance; producing a Marine Directory; promoting USVI marine charter tourism; liaising with USVI, BVI, and PR to assist in cooperative efforts; seeking relevant official rulings from Customs and Border Protection (CBP); developing USVI marine infrastructure, including moorings now available at BoatyBall.com; and providing marine vocational training for USVI youth under VIPCA’s charity, the Marine Rebuild Fund, which is fiscally sponsored by CFVI.net. www.VIPCA.org
There are already over 800 members benefitting from VIPCA's non-profit services, including discounts at local marine vendors, yacht insurance and health insurance. The health insurance program is underwritten by Cigna and managed by the insurance experts at Gowrie Group Risk Management with a choice of two deductibles for both crew working on the water, and shorebased personel, with worldwide coverage at very low premiums. All memberships contribute to VIPCA's projects and initiates and members will receive quarterly newsletters about what's new in the VI Marine Charter Industry. VIPCA provides advertising opportunities to the marine industry professionals and clients, as well as access to the USVI Charter Yacht Show the second weekend in November and the Virgin Islands Boating Exposition (VIBE) the second weekend in May.