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
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.

Better Days Calendar

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Better Days Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Mar 23, 2019Mar 30, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Apr 06, 2019Apr 12, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Apr 13, 2019Apr 20, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Apr 22, 2019Apr 25, 2019Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Apr 27, 2019May 04, 2019Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
May 13, 2019May 20, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jun 01, 2019Jun 08, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jun 16, 2019Jun 22, 2019Unavailable: Unavailable, Crew Holiday to Unavailable, Crew Holiday
Jul 12, 2019Jul 18, 2019Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Aug 05, 2019Oct 31, 2019Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Dec 28, 2019Jan 04, 2020Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Feb 05, 2020Feb 12, 2020Booked: British Virgin Islands* to Red Hook

Better Days Rates / week


Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2018/19 Winter$15,500$16,250$17,000$17,750$18,500
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

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. 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 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.
Book before: Dec/31/9999

Better Days Guest Reviews

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