Cruising Area of Allende

Pref. Pick-upBVI (Tortola)
Other Pick-upSt Thomas, USVI, or Fajardo, P
Summer PortBVI (Tortola)
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter PortBVI (Tortola)
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Allende Description

Allende is a private luxury yacht charter for bespoke, all-inclusive vacations for up to six guests.

The yacht reflects the owners elegant design aesthetic accentuated with the best of their travels to date. They specifically chose the Fountaine Pajot Helia Evolution for her light-filled interior and thoughtfully designed floor plan.

The yacht offers a balanced mix of private living and social spaces for couples, families, and groups of friends. The salon doors slide away to connect the outdoor dining area and the interior salon. Seamless windows provide 360-degree views of the islands around.

Specification

Length44 Feet
Beam24 Feet
Draft4 Feet
Built2016
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
HammockYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
Nude ChartersYes
HairdryerYes
Num HatchDeck hatch
Guest SmokeTransom only
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeWater-safe
InverterYes
Voltages110V
Water Maker30 gal/hou
Water Capacity200 gallons
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
GeneratorYes
Max Speed12kn
Cruising Speed8kn
Range800nm
Turnaround24 Hours
EnginesEngines: 2x 55 hp Volvo Pentas Generators: Yes, 11.5kw Onan

Accommodations

Guests6
Cabins3
Crew2
Queen3
Showers4
Wash Basins3
Heads3
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
The common areas aboard Allende are inviting and uncluttered. The outdoor deck areas offer a mix of sunny and shady spots for relaxing, and guests love the panoramic views from the fully cushioned rooftop lounge. Meals are served al fresco at a teak dining table on the aft deck.

The floor plan boasts three beautifully appointed, private staterooms for guests. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with electric flush head, separate shower, sink and vanity cabinet with mirror. The Helia Evolution showcases redesigned portholes in the cabins which increase natural light while maintaining privacy.

Guests fall asleep on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens topped with a cotton coverlet. Fluffy white towels for bathing and quick-drying Turkish towels for the beach are provided. Additionally, each cabin is fitted with individual A/C controls, an 110V power outlet, two reading lights, a fan and ample closet space and storage.

Entertainment

Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
DVDsYes
CDsYes
Board GamesYes
CamcorderYes
Other Entertainment
Professional espresso machine
Big Green Egg BBQ
Underwater lights

Cuisine

Din-inYes
Special DietsYes
KosherYes
BBQYes

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)11ft
Dinghy Hp20
Dinghy Pax8
Snorkel GearYes
TubeYes
2-Man KayakYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup PaddleYes
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderStern
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeTrolling
Fishing Rods2
Deep Sea FishingYes
Other Toys
2 stand-up paddleboards
1 two-person kayak
towable tube
swim noodles
couples hammock
snorkel equipment
glow-in-the-dark boules

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard
Diving Info
Crew is PADI Open Water Certified, with plans to advance their certification. They cannot lead dives from Allende, but do enjoy diving and would be open to joining our guests on rendezvous dives as their schedule allows.

Allende Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Crew PetsYes
Crew Pet TypeDog
Captain
CaptainGraham Gips
NationalityAmerican
Born1982
SpeaksEnglish.
LicenseUSCG Masters 50-ton
Crew
CrewKristiann Gips
NationalityAmerican
LicenseUSCG Masters 100-ton


Graham & Kristiann Gips
Captain & Chef

Graham is an engineer by training who spent a successful 10-year career in the oil and gas industry. He learned to sail on a 20ft racing dinghy with Kristiann as crew. They raced weekly for several years, topped the local podium and earned the chance to compete internationally.

If you are new to sailing, Graham would love to teach you how much fun it can be to helm and tune the sails. He knows the islands well and can craft an itinerary that suits everyone aboard. When the anchor is set each evening, Graham turns his attention to crafting cocktails to your taste.

From 2011-2015, Kristiann ran a successful catering company. She honed her culinary skills by accommodating a wide variety of preferences and dietary needs each day. She loves to combine gourmet ingredients with local delicacies for new twists on classic dishes.

Avid travelers, Kristiann and Graham have lived on four continents and visited over 40 countries. Their experiences have taught them that great vacations are made up of many small details. Kristiann delights in tailoring the menu and creating special moments for each group of guests aboard.

In 2015, Graham and Kristiann reached a point where they could focus on what they love to do most: travel, host guests, and sail. They have sailed Allende since her launch in France, cruising the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and crossing the Atlantic to meet you in the British Virgin Islands. Both Graham and Kristiann hold a Masters 50-ton license from the United States Coast Guard and are CPR/First Aid certified.

Graham and Kristiann welcome you to share in the luxurious life aboard Allende.

Friday Gips

Friday is a seven-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer with his sea legs. He´s well-mannered and loves the water. He leaps off the front of the boat when at anchor and seduces other cruisers paddleboarding by to take him for rides. Friday can climb the swim ladder on his own. For guests who are pet-lovers, he is a much-loved addition to their charter. With advance notice, the crew is also happy to confirm Friday´s home ashore.


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Allende Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Apr 20, 2019Apr 27, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
May 04, 2019May 10, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
May 11, 2019May 18, 2019Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
May 25, 2019May 31, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Jun 01, 2019Jun 07, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Jun 08, 2019Jun 15, 2019Booked: Tortola, Road Town to Tortola, Road Town
Jun 29, 2019Jul 06, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jul 07, 2019Oct 31, 2019Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Nov 05, 2019Nov 07, 2019Boat Show: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay
Nov 08, 2019Nov 15, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Nov 24, 2019Nov 30, 2019Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Dec 02, 2019Dec 07, 2019Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Dec 09, 2019Dec 13, 2019Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Dec 29, 2019Jan 05, 2020Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Feb 29, 2020Mar 07, 2020Booked: Scrub Island to Scrub Island
Mar 08, 2020Mar 21, 2020Unavailable: Scrub Island to Scrub Island
Apr 26, 2020May 01, 2020Hold: Virgin Gorda, BVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
May 17, 2020May 26, 2020Unavailable: Scrub Island - BVI to Fajardo, Puerto Rico*
Jun 25, 2020Jul 02, 2020Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Jul 04, 2020Oct 31, 2020Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Nov 21, 2020Nov 28, 2020Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*

Allende Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $14,300
(normal rate)
High price: $16,900
(normal rate)

Allende Special Offer!
2 Nights Free!
Offer: Special offer for bookings from June 16-28: 9 nights for the price of 7 nights.
Minimum nights: 7
Travel between: Jun/16/2019 - Jun/28/2019

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2018/19 Winter$14,900$15,500$15,900$16,500$16,900
2019 Summer$14,900$15,500$15,900$16,500$16,900
2019/20 Winter$14,900$15,500$15,900$16,500$16,900
2020 Summer$14,900$15,500$15,900$16,500$16,900

Yacht terms: All Inclusive

An all-inclusive charter covers all provisioning and running expenses. This includes a captain and crew that is fully trained and committed to your safety and enjoyment of your trip. A chef will provide the kind of exceptional, personalized meal preparation that you would expect of a five-star restaurant. The listed rate may not include all local taxes, premium beverages or scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Allende.

Allende Guest Reviews

Allende was truly ´beyond.´

After 20 years of marriage and many adventures this was the perfect celebration. I am amazed at how much we were able to accomplish in seven days. Your home is so beautiful--thank you for the memories.
Anna & David Kessler

An absolutely fantastic crew in every way!

We´re so thankful to have found the Sail Allende team. We just returned from a week´s sail where Graham, Kristiann, and Friday (the crew dog / entertainment crew) treated us to the best time in the USVI/BVI. Pre-trip communication was professional and timely. Allende is kept in fanatical shape. Graham is careful and professional at the helm. And Kristiann kept our bellies full with delicious cocktails and the most 5-star amazing food. As a chef, Kristiann doesn´t skimp - nearly everything is homemade aboard and suited our diverse group´s taste buds.
The Sail Allende team created a customized journey for us. We can´t say enough about this crew! If you´re looking for a crewed charter, look no further. We promise, you won´t be disappointed!
We can´t wait to be back on Allende for BVI 3.0!
Quentin & Erica Carr

We will never forget you or this unbelievable trip!

Both of you are fabulous hosts, Captains, chefs and now friends.
The Gornto Family

Every day, night and minute was beyond my wildest expectations.

Thank you for helping me out of my comfort zone and take this experience fully on. I swam with a shark, over a shipwreck, dove for conch, fished in the deep blue and explored the BVI by moped thanks to you both. We will definitely hold our 15th wedding anniversary close to our hearts. Thank you for this gift!
Trent & Pam Lanham

This was hands-down a once-in-a-lifetime trip!

The words ´thank you´ don´t even seem appropriate! The food, hospitality and attention to every detail was above and beyond the call of duty. Your knowledge of the area, fantastic advice and stories added such a personal touch to our experience. And the amazing Bushwackers didn´t hurt!
Lindsay & Jeff Chastain, Laura & Tracy Ballew

You have catered to our every need and truly spoiled us!

This was an amazing vacation for our family! Thank you so much for everything--from the incredible meals (and I mean every single one!) to the amazing adventures each day. It´s going to be an adjustment to go home and have to do anything for ourselves.
The Dickens Family

We could not have asked for a better first experience living aboard a yacht.- March 2018

You guys packed so much adventure into every day of our trip that I´m sure we could fill volumes (and I have the 2,800 photos to prove it)! We could not have asked for a better first experience living aboard a yacht. Allende has all the comforts we could ever hope for--and Kristiann´s cooking was beyond brilliant and delicious! We´re really going to miss snuggling with Friday on the ´Lido Deck´ while sipping lattes and Painkillers. These experiences have ignited a new passion for travel on the water that I´m sure will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Looking forward to our next sail with you--and the next, and the next...
Bradley & Andrew

Never have we ever eaten such fine food, meal after meal, day after day and never have we ever witnessed such rare natural beauty, reef after cove after mountain after bay. This past week has cleared our minds and filled our souls. You are gracious hosts and patient teachers. All very much appreciated.
Phil & Fontaine

Sail Allende!!!!! 5 Stars---All the Way!!!!

I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for your help setting up our first and BEST sailboat trip in the BVI´s. I can´t explain how magical and perfect our trip was!!! The catamaran was amazing, but no matter how the boat was, you can never replicate the crew! Kristiann and Graham were soooo key to our trip being perfect, fun and delicious. The service was by far better than any luxury hotel I´ve stayed in. They both were low-key and accommodating, and sooo organized and prepared to supply their guest with the best of the best. I HIGHLY recommend making Sail Allende your first choice when a potential customer asks for your ´opinion´ as there are many boats/crew to choose from.

This trip touched my soul! I feel like I´ll need to sail at least once a year, and I will only sail with Kristiann and Graham. They have a loyal following with me and my husband! Truly epic and remarkable experience thanks to them and their perfectly designed and well-maintained boat along with their 5-star meals, coffee, drinks, and appetizers!!!

The FOOD was AMAZING and sooooo THOUGHTFUL!!!! Loved Kristiann´s very own homemade ´Bushwacker´ or ´Frozen Lemonade.´ Let me not forget how Kristiann made homemade hamburger buns, homemade Key-Lime Pie (which she used a ´blow-torch´ to scorch the meringue on top------SO COOL!!!!), homemade Almond Cake, Homemade banana nut bread......... and they have a grill on board, so all of our meats were grilled and yummy right down to the ´grilled pineapple´ they served with our burgers. We appreciated so much of the thought, detail, and care that went into making our trip so special. I felt like the Queen of England on the seas!!! LOL

Kristin G - August 2017

To say that Sail Allende is exceptional is a huge understatement!

One goes on a trip or has an experience they always seem to find something to improve on....but, honestly, I´m unable to find anything. They manage to hit every check box and as far as I´m concerned, they set the benchmark for quality service and crewing a catamaran.

Excellent, knowledgeable Captainship, incredible 6-star gourmet cuisine (ALL made from scratch in a small ship´s galley), deep knowledge of the area with excellent sightseeing, and kisses on the nose from their dog Friday...all make for a ´trip of a lifetime´ we plan to recreate over and over...thank you Kristiann and Graham!
Derek & Christine Atchley

The best trip ever

Super fun-filled week. Excellent food, sailing and water activities. The best trip ever and we´re ready to do it all again!
Lee & David McGarey

BVI - December 20th - 26th 2018

We all agreed that our week with Graham and Kristiann on Sail Allende was the best sailing trip we have had, despite our two boys being committed monohull fans! Specifically, G&K are enthusiastic about sailing so were happy to blast around as much as we liked. They allowed our involvement and were helpful with tips and instruction. G&K took turns to snorkel with us, being wonderful guides and spotters underwater. Catering was fabulous. Their professionalism and attention to detail was manifest in everything they did and included some lovely personal touches. They have given each aspect of hosting serious thought and none of us could find fault with a thing. Perhaps the best way I can communicate it is to report what I said to them: not only could I not find fault, but I could not come up with a single thing that I think they could do better, they really were that good. Sailing, itinerary, friendliness and discretion (and getting the balance), ideas, organisation, catering, drinks and refreshments etc. It was terrific. The boat was perfect for a guest party of 4-6
Andrew

You checked all the boxes! Plus a Whale Watch! March 2018

One of the best trips ever! The food was fantastic and we always felt we were in the hands of an experienced Captain. Each meal, beach, port-of-call was exceptional. Can´t wait until we can return.
Maureen & Andy S

You checked all the boxes! A perfect balance of professionalism and down-to-earth friendliness. Incredible activities and relaxation, all topped by the best eating I have ever experienced. Truly over the top!
Carlo & Karen M

The entire trip was perfect from start to finish. This would not be a complete entry without expressing my utter gratitude for the vegan cooking on my behalf--beyond my expectation. Graham and Kristiann--thank you so much for everything you did to provide a great trip.
Robin S.

Awesome. The whole thing! The BVI, the company, the boat and of course Graham & Kristiann--they treated us like honored guests. A week of perfection.
Dave S

It was such a pleasure to be aboard Allende! July 2018

We cajoled friends for two years to make it happen. Can´t say what was our favorite part; the bays, sailing, snorkeling, excursions and FOOD were all first-class!
Angie & Bill Patterson

We can´t wait to come back.

Thank you for showing us the best of the Caribbean, creating a beautiful experience for us and giving us the best culinary creations ever!
Teresa & Jay Long
November 2018

Round Two on Allende ROCKED

Tom & I had bragged to our friends about your knowledge, culinary skills, sailing ability and all-around greatness! And you both delivered.
The BVIs have returned and we loved doing a new itinerary, full of fun. It´s been wonderful to see the recovery and to see the people so happy. Thank you doesn´t seem like enough! We loved being with you both all week!
Pamela & Tom McKinstry
December 2018

You then exceeded even my greatest expectations!

Our first thoughts once we boarded were, ´This is going to be the best vacation we´ve ever had.´ You then exceeded even my greatest expectations! Food was amazing--who needs to eat ashore? My first time snorkeling and paddleboarding and you made me feel so comfortable doing it. Getting to help raise sails and participate made me feel welcome as a new sailor. Locations were breathtaking and just the right amount of activity vs. chill. Loved the morning kisses from Friday--he is the sweetest dog--and we felt right at home with a dog aboard. Thank you for an amazing week!
Jen Henschel & Jeff Kersten
December 2018

It was terrific!

We all agreed that our week with Graham and Kristiann on Sail Allende was the best sailing trip we have had, despite our two boys being committed monohull fans! Specifically, G&K are enthusiastic about sailing so were happy to blast around as much as we liked. They allowed our involvement and were helpful with tips and instruction. G&K took turns to snorkel with us, being wonderful guides and spotters underwater. Catering was fabulous. Their professionalism and attention to detail was manifest in everything they did and included some lovely personal touches. They have given each aspect of hosting serious thought and none of us could find fault with a thing. Perhaps the best way I can communicate it is to report what I said to them: not only could I not find fault, but I could not come up with a single thing that I think they could do better, they really were that good. Sailing, itinerary, friendliness and discretion (and getting the balance), ideas, organization, catering, drinks and refreshments etc. It was terrific.
The Beverley Family
December 2018

Awesome boat with the best crew!

We had a great time. Awesome boat with the best crew! Graham and Kristiann
made sure that our trip and experience was top notch. I am in the hospitality
business and the level of service they provided was at a level that exceeds the
most sought-after hotels in the world. Graham´s sailing ability, the condition
which he keeps Allende was matched only by Kristiann´s culinary expertise and
the little things that consistently surprised us to make our trip a truly memorable
one. We wish them the best of luck with their boat and are already trying to
figure out how to book the next trip.
The Nelson Family
December 2018

Awesome boat with the best crew!

We had a great time. Awesome boat with the best crew! Graham and Kristiann
made sure that our trip and experience was top notch. I am in the hospitality
business and the level of service they provided was at a level that exceeds the
most sought-after hotels in the world. Graham´s sailing ability, the condition
which he keeps Allende was matched only by Kristiann´s culinary expertise and
the little things that consistently surprised us to make our trip a truly memorable
one. We wish them the best of luck with their boat and are already trying to
figure out how to book the next trip.
The Nelson Family
December 2018

This trip is full of memories we will cherish forever.

Thank you so, so much for an amazing week, and for the passion and love that you put into everything you do.
The Neuhauser Family
January 2019

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