Top Caribbean Crewed Charter Yachts of 2019-Catamarans, Motor Yachts & Sailboats
We Visited the Charter Yachts & Interviewed the Crews! ~Capt. Randy & Shelly Tucker This year's round-up of top of award-winning crewed charter yacht shows in Tortola, BVI and St. Thomas, USVI was the largest in well over two decades in terms of the number of yachts showing, brokers in attendance and yacht size combined!
Since every yacht is different and each has developed its own unique niche to compete, standards across the board are extremely high. See all the yachts below that won awards in each division! With new photos & videos of over 120 yachts, we're able to fulfill your vacation expectations by matching you to the right yacht & crew at the right price.
BVI Charter Yacht Show Winners
CATAMARAN TELLSTAR Winner Best of Show Brand New for 2019 - TELLSTAR is the latest Lagoon Seventy 7 offering the ultimate in luxury travel on the sea. The interior has a layout optimized for space and comfort. The salon is bright, comfortable and roomy and opens not only to the aft cockpit but also directly to the forward cockpit for seamless movement around the yacht. There is a massive flybridge affording an uncompromising 360* view.
TELLSTAR has luxury accommodations for eight guests in a master stateroom with seating area. There are 3 additional queen cabins that are elegantly appointed. For additional flexibility, one cabin can be converted from a queen bed into 2 individual berths. $7,438 per person/ 8 Guests BROCHURE
CATAMARAN AZURIA Winner Best Multihull Under 56' AZURIA is a beautiful Lagoon 50, refit in 2018, offering 3 queen cabins each with a private bath. The master cabin is larger and includes a private sofa and lounge area. Master cabin also has its own ensuite head with a separate shower stall, electric head and vanity. The other two spacious guest cabins each have a queen-size berth, ensuite bathroom with electric toilet and semi-wet shower area. There is plenty of deck space for alfresco dining, lounging and sunbathing. All cabins have individually controlled air conditioning units for client comfort. $3,325 per person/ 6 Guests BROCHURE
PORT TO VINO Winner Best Multihull over 56' Scuba diving and lots of boat toys are available to make your fun on the water even better! Port to Vino is a truly stunning catamaran, built and maintained to the highest of standards. She has a spacious cockpit where you can live inside and out with an amazing foredeck for sunbathing and a magnificent flybridge for relaxing and entertaining. The views are breathtaking as you sail. The interior of Port to Vino has all of the comforts of home but on a luxury yacht. She has 4 queen staterooms each with its own ensuite bath as well as an inviting common area. Port to Vino will accommodate up to 6-8 guests for your dream vacation.
Gourmet meals are expertly prepared in a fully stocked galley and served al fresco on the aft deck where you can view the coastline and feel the Caribbean breezes.
Port to Vino's outdoor deck areas offers plenty of flexible space. Pass the day reading, sunbathing or relaxing on the flybridge. The forward trampolines and aft dining area extend your living area and give you easy access to the clear blue of the Caribbean sea. All of the boat toys are available to make your fun on the water even better. There is something for everyone as you sail in pristine waters. $3,500 per person/ 8 Guests BROCHURE
ANGELEYES Winner Best Motor Yacht With a huge 24’ beam, motor yacht Angeleyes offers a cabin layout and volume unmatched by similar sized motor yachts. She offers 5 double, en-suite cabins, making her the perfect choice for a group of 5 couples. Angeleyes offers an on-deck master suite with a huge master bath complete with rain shower and jacuzzi tub. Below deck is 2 walk around VIP suites with Queen beds and 2 staterooms with 2 twin beds that both have the option to convert to King beds if preferred.
Her spacious aft deck and open flybridge invite quality time spent with family and friends. The flybridge is the perfect space for guests to all relax together, with multiple seating areas, a large hot tub, full wet bar and pop up outdoor TV that can swivel 360 degrees to enjoy at any angle. $7,400 per person/ 10 Guests BROCHURE
BVI CULINARY COMPETITION Best Overall Award at the BVI Boat Show— Catamaran Jan's Felion Chef Nia Mora is a culinary goddess! Competition Theme: Under the Sea / Blueberry Cake with Sugar & Chocolate Sculpture.
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USVI Charter Yacht Show Winners
POWER CATAMARAN SEA GLASS Winner Best in Show 66' & Over The key elements of power catamaran SEAGLASS are Elegance, Stability, Efficiency, Performance, Luxury, Space, Privacy, Amenities, Safety, Maneuverability, Ease of Maintenance and Eye Catching Dock Appeal. It is fair to say that no other yacht of her size offers everything that has successfully been designed on SEAGLASS.
The guests will appreciate the main deck, with all the primary living areas on a single level, including the massive aft deck with dining for 10 and lounging for 8, a bar and ample storage lockers. The large saloon offers seating for 8, separate inside formal dining for 8, gourmet galley with island and bar with 4 stools. Forward on the main deck is the glamorous full-beam master stateroom with walk around King bed, 180-degree views, spacious en-suite bathroom, sofa, vanity, and ample storage.
The lower decks offer two large King VIP en-suite staterooms, port and starboard forward. The fourth guest en suite stateroom, port aft; can be configured to accommodate couples or 2 children. The crew cabin, for 3, is in the starboard aft section of the yacht and has a separate bathroom and kitchenette. Note that each cabin has a separate entrance, offering privacy for everyone aboard.
The Flybridge is an entertainer's delight, with large comfortable dining/lounging for up to 10, a well-equipped bar with seating for 5, a day head, separate BBQ area, and dinghy stowage plus loads of room for chaise lounges once anchored off a secluded beach in an exotic location.
The aft deck Hi/Lo swim platform, suspended between the hulls, ensures that everyone can access the water with ease. The foredeck offers two large sun pads and bow seats.
SeaGlass has 3 permanent crew and hires a 4th crew member to Captain the Scout (30ft SeaGlass Too) while on charter, this ensures a high level of service. The 4th crew is selected based on the guests' preferences, specializing in either Fishing, Diving, Watersports or island hopping tours.
$8,750 per person/ 8 Guests BROCHURE
BLUE PEPPER Best in Show 56' to 65' Known for excellent cuisine as well as being child-friendly! 5 spacious and well-appointed staterooms each with en-suite dry bathrooms $3,435 per person / 10 Guests BROCHURE
CATAMARAN KARMA Best in Show up to 56' Capt. Daniel & Hazal are passionate about sailing & diving and want to share with other people. $3,000 per person/ 8 Guests BROCHURE
CATAMARAN AZULIA II Best Crew in Show Experience the unspoiled beauty and quality sailing of the Virgin Islands on Azulia II, a premium, fully-equipped Lagoon catamaran available for charter. Excursions depart from any port in the British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands or from eastern Puerto Rico. Explore the beautiful Caribbean while enjoying delectable galley treats aboard beautiful Azulia II. Having been gently chartered and meticulously maintained with the same crew, Azulia is among the finest yacht charters that the Virgin Islands can offer.
Azulia II accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 elegant queen guest suites, each with its own ensuite head and shower. Cabins are beautifully appointed with luxury bedding and linens. She is air-conditioned throughout with individual controls in each cabin. Crew quarters are separate bunk beds, with own head and shower $3,375 per person/ 8 Guests BROCHURE
USVI CULINARY COMPETITION
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Quotes from the Captains:
Expedition-style and a one-of-a-kind experience is what Seth Salzmann, Captain of the largest yacht on show, the 141.8-foot COLUMBIA, says is his vessels' niche. Launched in 2014 by the Eastern Shipbuilding Group, the replica of the same-named famous fishing schooner built in Massachusetts in 1923, boasts 21st-century amenities and accommodates up to 12 guests.
"We offer a comfortable experience getting from point A to point B, especially at longer distances such as from the Virgin Islands down to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Barbados or Grenada,” says Salzmann, who explains that while this is Columbia’s third season in the Caribbean, it’s the first time the yacht is available for charter."
EROS, a 1939-built 115-foot staysail schooner that has hosted European royalty in the past and more recently underwent an 18-year-museum quality restoration, offers guests a wonderful mix of tall ship and yacht charter experience.
“We cater to everyone from those who want to participate in a full-on sailing experience to those who simply want to relax, since we have four crew, and enjoy the classic nature of the vessel,” says captain Justin Bernhart. “We also have all the modern-day water toys from surfboards to SUPs, inflatable beach and water toys, and a 14-foot tender for wakeboarding.”
There were beautiful power yachts such as ELITE, a 2018-built Sunseeker 66, on show. “Sailing is all about the journey, power is about the destinations,” says Captain Mike Briggs, who adds that the yacht’s gyrostabilizers offer a smooth ride.
Over three-quarters of charter yacht show entries this year were catamarans. No two are the same and we enjoyed seeing new models & designs.
“Our focus is on watersports,” says Kieran Bown, Captain of the 2014-built 62-foot Lagoon, TWIN FLAME, which true to niche was the only vessel with Lift-brand foiling boards aboard as water toys. “We run an expedition company in the off-season and want to bring some of that on board, such as expedition-style advanced scuba trips and luxury liveaboard dive vacations.”
We just had to show off all the fabulous lunches we had onboard the yachts during the crewed yacht charter shows in the BVI and USVI! We will post videos of these yachts on our YouTube Channel very soon! They "wowed us" with their talent!
Many Thanks to the Following Yachts: Catamaran Serenity Now, Catamaran Elysium, Power Catamaran Mucho Gusto, Catamaran Blue Pepper, Catamaran Xenia 74, Catamaran Relentless, Catamaran Mahasattva, Sailing Yacht August Maverick
💥We Booked Catamaran Slivochka!
SLIVOCHKA 59′ Fountaine Pajot Catamaran – Our clients had a great Thanksgiving charter! We recently interviewed the crew aboard this 2014 44' Fountaine Pajot catamaran and are happy to report that Captain Dylan & Chef Gi are a fantastic team, perfectly prepared to provide the ultimate crewed yacht charter vacation experience. Charming & upbeat, this team is an asset to the yacht charter industry. They welcome their guests aboard with a big smile and an ice-cold hand towel upon arrival to cool off. They believe that attention to detail & going the extra mile adds a level of sophistication that their guests deserve when aboard Slivochka. Tons of water toys and Scuba Diving are available onboard! BROCHURE & RATES: http://bit.ly/SailSlivochka Crew Profiles: Captain Dylan and Chef Gi have an enthusiasm and passion for life on the water. With their easy-going charm and love of hospitality, your trip aboard its sure to be that of a lifetime!
Dylan will guide you to perfect bays and secret spots, pairing your expectations and his knowledge to make exploring the Islands all the more enjoyable. Nothing is too much for any of his guests, be that sun tanning on the flybridge with a cocktail in hand, or getting you involved in sailing Slivochka. Dylan grew up sailing the Indian and Atlantic Oceans with his family, totaling 20 000 nautical miles over six years, having left his home of South Africa at age 6. Fully qualified and commercially endorsed as a MCA/RYA Yacht Master Offshore 200GT, he has a full STCW and is a certified PADI Dive Master.
Gi grew up in Mozambique, a country on the east coast of Africa, famous for its tropical beaches, fresh seafood, and Portuguese influences. Later on, she would discover her interest in local and international cooking, learning from seasoned chefs operating within the Safari. In 2017 she made the decision to advance her skills by completing the Capital Culinary School Diploma in Professional Cookery, affording her the opportunity to return to Mozambique to delight guests with her refined culinary skills. She now looks forward to welcoming you aboard Slivochka and creating delicious meals for you and your friends and family.
Both Dylan and Gi enjoy families & children and aim to maximize the fun and adventure in each charter, whilst providing a relaxed atmosphere for you to unwind. They are great at creating a vibe and throwing a party, perfect for couples or those looking to visit in island style! They believe that attention to detail and personal touches make all the difference! This is part of what sets them up as a top crew in the Islands. They both look forward to making this vacation everything you hope for!
💥We Booked Award-Winning Catamaran Mahasattva!
Mahasattva is a luxury Lagoon 620 catamaran, offering 4 Queen guest cabins, each with individual air conditioning controls, private en-suite baths with electric heads, vanity, and dry shower stalls. The main salon is very spacious. The aft deck is available for alfresco dining, lounging, and access to water and water toys. The yacht has a large top fly-bridge with a 360-degree view, bar, and ice maker.
Brochure & Rates: http://bit.ly/CharterMahasattva
Our Clients are Going to Love Ringing in the New Year in the Virgin Islands! This yacht is sporting a newly painted navy blue hull for the upcoming season & an excellent crew. At $2,500 All-inclusive per person for eight guests, this is one of THE Best-Priced charter yachts sailing the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands for her size. Scuba Diving is included for Certified Divers: Up to 3 dives per week. INFO & RATES: TABULA RASA
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