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Getting Ready for Yacht Charter Season in the Caribbean

Updated: Oct 16, 2023

As the temperatures begin to cool down stateside, things are heating up with the crews and yachts planning the fall/winter yacht charter season in the Caribbean!


Below you see some of the newest crews aboard the newest yacht vacation catamarans!


CREW UPDATE: Capt. Doyle Van Horn and Chef Maya Walsh are officially returning as crew on NAE KAE for the 2023/2024 season! Here’s to another year of awesome charter memories on NAE KAE!

See our amazing lunch aboard Catamaran Nae Kae!


 

CREW UPDATE: Capt. Troy Vile (formerly on Black Tortuga) will be the crew on SALUS for the 2023/2024 season!


Salus, a stunning 60-foot power catamaran by Horizon, was constructed in 2022 and remains in pristine shape, making its debut in the charter world. It boasts a King suite, a queen room, and a double room, each with its own private bathroom. Diving onboard.



 

MULTIPLE UPDATES: OCELOT has decreased their charter rates!

2 Guests: $22,000 (-$3,500)

8 Guests: $28,000 (-$500)!

OCELOT has also had a lot of recent rejuvenation including a New salon headliner, Paddle Boards, Bean bags, Inflatable mat, Exterior cushions by Lagoon, 42’ LG salon TV, AC at 120k BTUs, 13’ Dinghy, Interior cushions reupholstered, and much more! Lastly, we’re exited to announce Capt. Tim and Chef Zara are staying on OCELOT for the fall/ season!


 

CREW UPDATE: Capt. Sean O’Grady (formerly on Freestyle) will be the captain on SHANGRI LA for the 2023/2024 season! All-star chef Julia Ray will continue as chef as well!


Shangri La is an exceptional 2016 52' Lagoon sailing catamaran with 3 beautifully decorated queen cabins each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. She boasts multiple areas to sit and relax or sip a cocktail and enjoy the cool trade winds of the beautiful blue Caribbean water! The well-decorated salon will seat all guests in comfort for lounging or dining. The luxurious exterior offers alfresco dining , top deck seating and lounge area in front of helm plus forward lower deck lounge area behind trampolines. With numerous areas to unwind, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding a private place to really relax.


TOYS: 2 Stand Up Paddle Boards, Snorkeling Gear, 1 Large Floating Mat, Tubes, 1 Subwing, 2 Fishing Rods & Onshore Games.


DIVING: Offered via rendezvous only


LAYOUT OPTION: The crew quarters are in the port aft deck cabin and bunk. Both crew will move to the bunk cabin for an additional $1,000 with approval.



 

UPDATED HOLIDAY CHARTERS SPECIAL: Ring in the New Year living your best life with 2023 Christmas charters available at the standard seasonal rate and New Year's charters just 15% above the standard rate for the yachts below!





 

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

If you want to experience a luxury yacht charter vacation first hand and up close, there is no better way than on your own privately crewed yacht with a full-time professional Captain and Chef/First Mate. We've been sailing and chartering for well over twenty-five years.


The U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands were our "backyard" which we came to love and cherish. So much so, that we sold everything in 1997 and moved to Charlotte Amalie, USVI as owners & operators aboard the 72' sailing yacht Three Moons. We do know the ins and outs of this special place & the people who live there. That's what makes us an official "Yacht Charters Guru”! Never been on a chartered yacht vacation? We will help you personally design your charter yacht vacation. Imagine being able to sail into small bays with beautiful white sands & fantastic snorkeling. A yacht vacation is a great way to spend time with your friends or family.


Why use a CYBA Certified Yacht Charter Broker?

Key Takeaways:

  • As a member of CYBA, the Charter Yacht Broker’s Association, we adhere to strict yacht charter booking protocols. We have access to the CYBA industry escrow account to protect your money.

  • Charter yacht crews, yacht owners and travel agents do not have access to this account.

  • If it is a busy yacht with lots of charters, the crew are taking care of guests onboard and they honestly do not have time to answer a lot of travel questions.

  • This is what differentiates professionally licensed yacht brokers from anyone else trying to book charters.

  • Very Important! It is not safe to send your hard-earned money directly to a business or yacht that is not accredited by a professional charter industry association to handle yacht charter client funds. Always ask!

  • We have access to the The CYBA E-Contract Charter Agreement. It is made available by CYBA for electronic use only by established, industry recognized and reputable Yacht Brokers.

Choose from an extensive list of yachts, including our spacious and stable catamaran charters, power catamarans, traditional monohull sailboat vacations, or high-end luxury motor yacht charters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Belize, Croatia. Greece, and the Mediterranean.


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, The Virgin Islands Professional Charter Yacht League, and the BVI Charter Yacht Society, 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.


Yacht Charters Guru is Accredited by the Following Professional Associations:


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