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Christmas Aboard Catamaran Get Along in the Virgin Islands


Our clients skipped the cold winter weather in favor of spending the week of Christmas aboard 58’ Catamaran GET ALONG in the Virgin Islands. They had fun enjoying in the tropical sun aboard a privately crewed charter yacht, while playing in the warm turquoise waters! See all the amazing cuisine Chef Kristi prepared for their holiday celebration. Spending time on a beautiful yacht where you don’t have to do any cooking sounds like a great way to spend the holidays! Start thinking now about booking a trip for the holidays in 2023 and offer the itinerary as an unexpected gift!


CAPT. BRAD & KRISTI

Brad Marquart grew up in a small Mississippi river town in Missouri. After completing a degree in Biology at a liberal arts college it was time for some adventure, and he left the Midwest for a new life on the ocean. He joined a commercial fisheries management consultancy in Alaska, working on fishing vessels to provide precise and timely data regarding fishery health directly to NOAA. After working aboard 12 large fishing and fish processing vessels operating out of Dutch Harbor and Juneau, he traded the Bering Sea for the Rocky Mountains and moved to Denver, Colorado. There he started as a bioenergy researcher developing alternatives to mining coal, before switching gears and becoming an environmental scientist liaising between the oil and gas industry and state regulatory bodies. However, his previous life on the ocean had left a mark.


Upon meeting Kristi, the new team set out to reconnect with previous careers on the water. Denver provides perhaps the most landlocked American Sailing School in the USA, and Kristi and Brad took every class they had time for. They left Denver for the east coast where they assisted with a sailboat delivery, and then took to new careers aboard a 74 foot charter ketch here in the Virgin Islands, which led to Brad earning his USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license and moving on to operate charter catamarans. Now starting his 7th year in the term-charter industry, Brad has also earned an advanced scuba certification and enjoys sharing cooking and guide duties with his wife. An innate naturalist, he loves identifying fish and watching their behavior. He loves life most when guiding snorkel and hiking excursions in the beautiful Virgin Islands and when winding down with our always-interesting guests after a memorable day.


Kristi Marquart has a diverse background within the charter boat and restaurant industries. Her culinary interest sparked at an early age in her family’s restaurant and brewery in Kansas, where she worked every position throughout high school and college. Eager to grow in the hospitality industry after graduating from KU, Kristi went on to manage three successful restaurant openings across the country with a company that believed in serving real food sourced from American farmers. She has always loved to cook for friends and family but it was her experience working alongside talented chefs and restaurateurs that ultimately groomed Kristi for her role as a professional yacht chef. Kristi recently expanded her culinary repertoire while attending the Ashburton Cookery School in England, where she trained under talented chefs with Michelin star backgrounds. Her cuisine style utilizes fresh ingredients that bring both color and flavor to the plate, and her menus are made with the guests’ preferences in mind. Kristi loves the creative freedom of serving beautiful meals that become a conversation piece over the table.


Kristi also holds a USCG 100-ton Master Captain’s license, a bachelor's degree in environmental science, an advanced diver certification, and 12 years of experience handling various boats along the coasts of California, Georgia, South Carolina, and throughout the entire Eastern Caribbean. This is her tenth season operating charter boats in the Virgin Islands. Kristi & Brad are honored to call Get Along home and will ensure your vacation is the kind you smile about for years to come.



ALTERNATE CREW: JANUARY 16, 2023-JULY 2023

CAPT SY & KARA


Originally from Atlanta, Ga, Sy was born in 1987 to a family rooted in hospitality and travel. His passion for the ocean began early during his summers on the shore of Amelia Island, Fl. After college he spent nearly a decade in hospitality management. Prior to finding his passion working on the water he managed an event venue and historic bed and breakfast in Amelia Island. In early 2017, Sy stumbled upon the beautiful islands of the Florida Keys. The crystal clear waters, fruitful life, and a certain Aussie sheila captured his heart. He spent three years captaining with Fury Water Adventures; taking thousands of guests a year snorkeling, on backcountry mangrove tours, and parasailing!!


Kara was born in West Australia in 1988 and moved to Darwin, Northern Territory at a young age. Kara is the oldest of eight adventurous children raised in the bush of the Outback. Her father inspired the love of the sea with sails along the coast of north Australia and throughout Indonesia. After a career driving haul trucks in the mines she set off to explore the world. Living throughout Indonesia, Thailand, and Europe she eventually found her way to the US.


She lived in New York City for two years working in event management, but whilst on holiday in Key West she realized she wanted to be back at the ocean. She was hired by Fury Water Adventures, where she worked for almost 5 years. Her long list of experience and credentials include chef and mate for a charter spearfishing company as well as chef and ground support for a TP52 Series Team in Europe. She is a USCG 100 ton captain and accredited Ashburton Chefs Academy graduate.


Sy and Kara met in Key West in 2017 and solidified their love camping across Australia in 2019. They were married in their beloved Key West in December of 2020 and headed south to their new Caribbean home the very next day! These two have spent the last few seasons aboard the lovely S/V EASIR II a 2020 46’ Lagoon and are thrilled to be partnering with Brad and Kristi Marquart on S/V Get Along for the 2022-2023 season!!


🚩Brochure & Rates: https://bit.ly/CatamaranGetAlong

🚩Learn More About Yacht Charters: https://www.YachtCharters.Guru

 

Why Choose a Crewed Charter Vacation? You work hard all year, and now it’s time to play! If you are like most of us, you only have two or three weeks a year to relax and unwind, so this time is extremely valuable to you, and you don’t want to waste your hard earned money or your time.


The Benefits of using a CYBA Or MYBA Broker:


There are hundreds of charter yachts to choose from, but how to choose? One looks just as nice as the next, but is this what they really look like today, or what they looked like 5 years ago, when the photo was taken? Each yacht looks just as nice as the next but the accuracy and reliability of the photographs can not be authenticated (or trusted) from looking at them on the internet. And, what about the crew? Are they the kind of people that you’ll want to spend a week with? Will they be good with children, couples or your multi-generational vacation group?


These are very important questions which cannot be answered by looking at an Internet website, or browsing through online brochures. You need the advice of someone who has actually seen that yacht plus lots of others and met the crew so they can compare and help you find the best match. Such a person is called a Charter Yacht Broker and they can help you to compare yachts to find your very best choice. But, just like the boats, there are good brokers and not-so-good brokers. So, how do you choose the right one? Look for the CYBA seal of approval!

How to find a CYBA Broker? Look for the CYBA logo in the broker’s advertisement or on their website, and ask the person that you talk with if they are a CYBA member. Working with a CYBA member gives you assurance that you are dealing with a real charter professional who is registered & qualified to handle your money to book a yacht charter vacation.


About Us-Your Charter Yacht Brokers: Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker!

We do not sell yachts like many other agencies so there is no conflict or distraction in our focus for your yacht charter. Our service is free to you. We travel extensively to boat shows and yacht charter shows year-round to personally view and inspect as many of the yachts as possible.



6 Reasons Why We are Qualified: 1. As Members of the Charter Yacht Brokers Association and the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, we maintain contact with the yachts to keep abreast of the very latest information on crew/yacht conditions and new yachts entering the arena. 2. We stay on top of local and Federal Governments to keep informed about changes in our industry, as well as involve ourselves with the changes in the environment in which we offer charters. 3. We engage in open dialogue with local publications to help keep the government and the public aware of this important industry in our islands. 4. We attend multiple charter yacht industry shows in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, go aboard each of the yachts, meet the crews, attend association meetings and seminars. We'll happily share our notes about changes to the boats and crews and confirm any newly added features and upgrades as well as re-fits to the boat’s decor like new carpets, interior and exterior soft goods & fun new water toys. 5. As a seasoned charter yacht Owner & Crew, we have access to the "inner circle" and know all the insider facts. 6. We've developed a longtime friendship with vendors of services such as local taxi drivers, ferry companies, good places to stay on land, great restaurants, and much more. Contact us for more info! Yacht Charters Guru is Accredited by the Following Professional Associations:



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