Cruising Area of Better Days

Pref. Pick-upAmerican Yacht Harbor
Other Pick-upUSVI
Summer PortUSVI
Winter PortUSVI
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Better Days Specification

Length50 Feet
Beam28 Feet
Draft5 Feet
Built2012
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Nude ChartersYes
Num Hatchmany...
Children AllowedYes
Inverter3000 watt
Voltages220/110
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity300 gallons
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
GeneratorOnan 13kw
Max Speed14
Cruising Speed10
Fuel Consumption1 US Gall/Hr
Turnaround24 Hrs.
EnginesYanmar 75 hp Onan 13kw

Accommodations

Guests6
Cabins3
Crew2
Queen3
Showers3
Wash Basins3
Electric Heads3

Entertainment

Sat TvYes
Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
DVDsWeb Based
CDsWeb Based
Board GamesYes
BooksWeb Based

Cuisine

Special DietsYes
KosherYes
BBQYes

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)14ft
Dinghy Hp40hp Yamaha
Dinghy Pax8 pax
Adult WaterskisYes
Kids WaterskisYes
Snorkel GearYes
TubeYes
Wake BoardYes
2-Man KayakYes
Standup Paddle2
Boarding LadderSugar Scoop ladders
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeTrawling, Casting, tackle
Fishing Rods2
Deep Sea FishingYes
Under Water CamYes
Other Toys
Fishing registered in USVI and BVI

2 Stand Up Paddle Boards

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaOnboard
LicenseMaster
Air CompressorNot Onboard
Tanks8
BCs6
Regulators6
Weight Sets6
Num Divers6
Dives/Week3 included
Dive Costs
3 dives per week included for certified divers - charters 6 nights or more.

Additional dives $25 per person per dive.

Better Days Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Captain
CaptainTaylor Smith
NationalityUSA
SpeaksEnglish, Canadian English, Pig-Latin
Years Sailing10
Years Chartering3
LicenseUSCG Ton Master, PADI Dive Master, STCW 95
Crew
CrewMargaret Harrington
NationalityUSA
Years Sailing10
Years Chartering3


Genuine hospitality and contagious enthusiasm for the islands are what Margaret and Taylor are all about. Having sailed their 30’ monohull extensively from Maine to Grenada and lived aboard while exploring the Virgin Islands, they know how to turn the dream of a sailing adventure into a reality.

Taylor grew up in Central Virginia, splitting summers between living on the lake driving ski boats and traveling in the family RV to every state with a road to it. After earning a business degree from Appalachian State University with honors, Taylor started pursuing his passion for living. Playing in a touring rock band transitioned to trekking in South America, which led to bartending in Breckenridge, Colorado. After a few years of the ski bum life, the dream of setting off for points unknown in a sailboat started to form. He jumped head first into sailing, taking American Sailing Association courses, walking the docks for crew work, completing safety certifications, and before he knew it he was working day sailing charters in the Virgin Islands.

Margaret also hails from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and has sailboat chartering in her blood from her Dad, who captained classic windjammers in Maine. She began traveling internationally early on and developed a love for traditional recipes and an appreciation for the way a good meal can bring families and friends together. An ambitious explorer as well, Margaret attended the National Outdoor Leadership school before earning her bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She is a certified yoga teacher and recently returned to where she received her training in India, joining a month long motorcycle expedition over the highest drivable passes in the Himalayas.

Despite being raised less than an hour apart and sharing so many passions, the two didn’t meet until they were both living in Colorado. Shortly there after their dream of sailing the islands took off and they moved to Saint John where they worked day sailing charters and eco kayak tours. After that season they bought their sailboat and began cruising full time, meshing into a dynamic team afloat. Having guests aboard ignited their passion for sharing the good life with others and providing a truly bespoke charter.
Margaret and Taylor offer a vacation experience informed by years of local knowledge and a menu of their favorite island recipes personally gathered from the Bahamas to Grenada. From diving for conch that are later served up as fritters to helping someone catch their first wave surfing, providing lasting memories in one of the world’s most special places is something this team never tires of. Together they bring personalized service and engagement, with true authenticity and passion for sharing the island experience with others.

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Better Days Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Jul 28, 2019Oct 31, 2019Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Nov 10, 2019Nov 15, 2019Boat Show: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Dec 28, 2019Jan 04, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jan 25, 2020Feb 01, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Feb 05, 2020Feb 12, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Feb 15, 2020Feb 21, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Mar 03, 2020Mar 08, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Mar 21, 2020Mar 29, 2020Booked: Spanish Virgin Islands, PR to Spanish Virgin Islands, PR
Apr 18, 2020Apr 25, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook

Better Days Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $15,500
(normal rate)
High price: $18,500
(normal rate)

Better Days Special Offer!
Fam. Special!
Offer: $250 off for each child age 15 and under. Age is based on the charter date NOT the date of booking. Max 4 children.

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2019 Summer$15,500$16,250$17,000$17,750$18,500
2019/20 Winter$15,500$16,250$17,000$17,750$18,500

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 Better Days.

Better Days Guest Reviews

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor and Margaret for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of!

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As a busy family of four (kids ages 13 and 11) who likes to travel a lot – we rarely have time to sit down and write a review. In this case, we felt it absolutely necessary to let you know about our recent trip aboard White House (Better Days) with Taylor Smith and Margaret Harrington.

We were a bit nervous booking with a first-year crew, however, we kept going back to their biographies and felt as though they were the right crew for us - and boy were they ever!

Captain Taylor – Rest assured that you are in good hands with Taylor. His sailing and island knowledge are impressive and it’s easy to see his genuine love and passion of all things outdoors related. His attention to detail is second to none.

Taylor proved to be very safety conciencious in every aspect of boating from sailing, to driving the dinghy and pulling our daughters wake boarding. He also planned our stops at Willy T’s and Soggy Dollar accordingly to avoid the rowdy drinking crowds that both places attract at times in order to ensure the best experience for our entire family.

As recently certified divers and having expressed an interest in doing quite a bit of diving on our trip, Taylor did not let us down. We would mention diving and before we knew it Taylor had a spot picked out and had our dive gear set-up ready to go. He took the time to research the dive spot and brief us to be sure it met everybody’s comfort and skill level as well as personal expectations. During each dive, Taylor kept a close eye on us all and pointed out ocean life that we would have otherwise missed. Taylor took his role as dive master seriously and it was very much appreciated as it put us all at ease and allowed us to enjoy each dive to its fullest. It is also worth noting that his navigational skills under water are top notch as after every dive we would come right back to the mooring line.

When asked on the first night of our trip what we hoped to do, learning to sail was near the top of the list. Taylor took time to explain the basics and the ways in which the wind affects the sails and how one must adjust accordingly. Much to our delight, we were given an opportunity to raise and lower the sails a time or two.

Taylor’s patience and sincere passion for showing us all things both under and above the sea made for a remarkable trip.

Chef Margaret - Margaret surpassed any and all expectations of meal preparation, presentation and flavor. Our family was able to try new foods and experience comfort food in new and exciting ways thanks to Margaret’s expertise.

Margaret was very flexible with us on meals and even went off her prepared meal plan one night to try her hand at making cauliflower wings for us. Our youngest daughter loves to cook/bake and Margaret was such a sweetheart allowing her to help in the kitchen. When we had oranges for a snack one day our daughter mentioned how she’d love to try to make chocolate covered orange peels when we got home. Moments later and much to our surprise and our daughter’s utmost joy, Margaret had a recipe pulled up and the girls were making them to serve with ice cream for dessert that evening.

She was an amazing guide of our snorkeling adventures and for our on shore excursions - from hiking up the hills of Salt Island, walking on the beaches of Cooper Island, touring the Baths of Virgin Gorda, and exploring the Bubbly Pool - her enthusiasm and sense of adventure created memories that will last a lifetime.

As a yoga instructor, Margaret was very excited to teach a class to us as the sun was rising one morning. She encouraged us to settle into our senses and really become one with nature and our bodies. It was a great way to connect with the islands around us, the salty air, the warm sun shine and the sound of the waves lapping against the shore.

Both Taylor and Margaret are such a sweet and warm-hearted couple who have contagious smiles and evident passions for living their best lives. Our trip was made complete by having them as our crew. Together they work seamlessly and make for a first-class experience. The boat was kept immaculate 24/7. It is easy to see that both Taylor and Margaret treat the boat as if it were their own. Impressively, they went about and kept the boat neat and tidy without us noticing it. While we were eating our breakfast, or out enjoying the morning sun on paddle boards, kayaks or on the deck of the boat, our beds were being made, showers and bathrooms cleaned, and towels were replaced. When we would wake up in the morning the boat was as spotless as the first day we boarded.

From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to say THANK YOU to Taylor and Margaret for sharing with us the best vacation we could have ever dreamed of! We look forward to hopefully joining them both again soon for another trip around the (Leeward) islands.

The Vish Family

Jim and I have been on a 7-day charter previously and we thought it was the best vacation, but Taylor and Margaret beat our last experience hands down.

We are just wrapping up our fabulous 7 day charter on the Better Days with Captain Taylor and Chef Margaret. They are such an amazing pair. We were treated to the best service we could’ve asked for. They anticipated our needs and really went above and beyond our expectations.

Jim and I have been on a 7-day charter previously and we thought it was the best vacation, but Taylor and Margaret beat our last experience hands down.

Margaret is so thoughtful about the menu. We had several special diet accommodations and she managed to create a menu that met everyone’s dietary needs while creating meals that were delicious for the entire group. At the end of the week, we all had a favorite from the menu and everyone’s pick was different! The fresh, locally sourced ingredients made it feel like we were eating in a different local restaurant every day.

Taylor was a wonderful captain. His ability to just drop off the boat with our divers was a huge plus. He listened carefully to what each of our group wanted to get out of the trip and he made sure everyone’s goals were met - “100%:-)” - by the end of the week.

We appreciate you creating a great match with our “Carolina 6-pack” and the best crew ever with Taylor and Margaret. The memories we made on the White House...aka Better Days...will last forever.

Now - back to the grind,
Kim and Jim
Dunn, North Carolina

One week in the year of Frances

Margaret and Taylor,

This has been the best week that we could have asked for- thank you both so much for making it happen. From the moment we came aboard, we’ve been overwhelmed by your warmth and hospitality, and we’ve so enjoyed getting to know you both this week. From conch diving, to starting our own scooter gang, to late night Catan and rescuing Hanes’ belongings-y’all have gone above and beyond, and we are grateful not only for our time together, but that we are walking away with two new friends. Thank you for everything - we’ll be back!

-Frances, Gibbs, Mary Park

Our family is very appreciated to your wonderful service, kindness, and training to sail

Margaret and Taylor,

Thank you so much for the wonderful experience and we know many more “Better Days” to come. The food was amazing, the guided tours made the experience so much greater, our dream of sailing and being in the beautiful Caribbean Islands fulfilled. Our family is very appreciated to your wonderful service, kindness, and training to sail. See you soon. Enjoy the charters until we are back.

Love,

Jeff, Bonnie, Devin, and Lillie
<3 PS: blowing the conch was so much fun!

Your service was exceptional, as was our trip.

Taylor and Margaret,

Thank you for an incredible experience aboard White House! Your service was exceptional, as was our trip. I wish you the very best and hope our paths cross again.

We had a fantastic week vacationing on the White House. Taylor and Margaret were awesome...considerate, thoughtful, and fun

We had a fantastic week vacationing on the White House. Taylor and Margaret were awesome...considerate, thoughtful, and fun. We snorkeled, hiked, paddle boarded, kayaked, went scuba diving, sight seeing, sailed (Taylor is a great Captain), and wakeboarded. Margaret cooked us amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Her food was delicious. Margaret and Taylor made this one of our best family vacations. We can’t wait to come back.

Better Days Sample Menu