Bluewinds Description

Bluewinds (ex-Playtime) is the perfect platform for experiencing the majesty of the Caribbean! An ongoing 2022/23 refit brings all new interior and exterior decor, new generators, water maker, tender and a ´boat load´ of new gear, making Bluewinds will be the premiere Lagoon 560 chartering the British Virgin Islands and Greater Caribbean region. Her crew, Josh and Bean, are industry professionals that will not only take care of guest needs, but lead experiences and create an active, albeit luxurious charter experience for groups of friends and families alike. No expense was spared in outfitting this gorgeous luxury sailing yacht which offers four guest cabins (for 8 guests), each with their own private bathroom, a salon with 360 degree windows, 2 dining areas and a foredeck sitting area. Amenities and toys include TVs in each cabin, 2 trampolines, a 15-foot tender for wakeboarding, tubing or zipping to gorgeous beaches, 2 standup paddleboards, 1 double kayak, a hydraulic swim step for easy water access, and snorkeling and diving gear. Bluewind´s elegant yet minimalist design provides the handling of a performance sailing catamaran while offering the ambience and amenities of a world class resort on the water. Spacious design of the cockpit and flybridge areas offer guests panoramic vistas, al fresco dining and ample space for lounging, whether in sun or shade. If you are looking for world class dining, sailing, diving and adventure, look no further than BLUEWINDS!

Cruising Area of Bluewinds

Pref. Pick-upRed Hook, St. Thomas, USVI
Other Pick-upInquire
Summer PortVirgin Islands
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter PortVirgin Islands
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Specification

Length56 Feet
Beam31 Feet
Draft5 Feet
Built2014
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
HammockYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
HairdryerYes
Num Hatch15
Guest SmokeTransoms only pls
Children AllowedYes
Inverter5000 W
Voltages110v & 220v
Water MakerYes 75 gal
Water Capacity260 gals
Ice MakerYes
Generator17.5 Kw
Max Speed10
Cruising Speed8
Turnaround48
Communications
Wifi is available in USVI waters and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds in the USA.

Accommodations

Guests8
Cabins4
Crew2
Queen4
Twin1
Showers4
Wash Basins4
Heads4
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads4
Accommodation Details
BlueWinds features 4 guest suites, 3 with queen berths, 1 with twin bunks, all with full A/C and ensuite toilet and shower. Twin cabin has a wet head.

Crew will take port aft queen cabin

The crew will move to the bunk cabin for an additional $2,000 non-commissionable fee

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)15 ft
Dinghy Hp50
Dinghy Pax8
Adult WaterskisYes
Snorkel Gear12
TubeYes
Wake BoardYes
2-Man Kayak1
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle2
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Fishing PermitFishing USVI only
Other Toys
2 Stand-Up Paddle boards
Complementary USVI and BVI map to track your charter

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaOnboard
Resort Course150
LicenseMaster
Air CompressorNot Onboard
Tanks8
BCs8
Regulators8
Num Divers8
Dives/Week3
Dive Costs
3 dives per week included for certified divers - charters 6 nights or more.

Additional dives $50 per dive per person.

Online course required before charter commences.

Entertainment

Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
Board GamesYes
CamcorderYes
Other Entertainment
Stream2Sea Products Including-
Shampoo
Body Wash
Leave-In Conditioner
Body Lotion
Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen

Cuisine

Din-in8
Special DietsYes
KosherYes
BBQYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes

Bluewinds Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Captain
CaptainJosh De La Rey
NationalitySouth African
Born1993
SpeaksEnglish
Years Chartering3
LicenseRYA Yacht Master Offshore, STCW, Padi Dive Master
Chef/First Mate
Chef/First MateMegan Beangstrom
NationalitySouth African
Years Chartering3


Captain Josh De La Rey

Qualifications:
-RYA Yacht Master Ocean
-ENG 1
-STCW
-SAS Yacht Master Offshore
-RYA Powerboat Level 2
-PADI Dive Master


Chef Megan Beangstrom

Qualifications:
-National Small Vessel Certificate of Competence
-STCW
-Food Safety Level 2

Josh and Bean are an experienced crew with a passion for the industry and the ocean. As a couple they have charted for 3 seasons in Florida, The Bahamas and The British Virgin Isles where they thrived diving with sharks, scouting out pink iguanas and finding the best spots on the islands. Josh has been sailing the seas for 7 years and is an experienced dive master. He has chartered in the Med, the Seychelles and the Caribbean. He has also worked as a dive master in Malaysia where he gained experience in effortlessly leading large dive groups and found joy in showing people what the deep ocean has to offer. He has a passion for the sea, the creatures living there and the adventures we can have in it. He has a love for surfing and wishes to become a kite boarding instructor in the future. Bean has always found great joy in working with people and providing experiences that will last a life time. She worked as a qualified teacher for 5 years before finding her passion for the culinary arts. She is a creative soul who has a keen eye for beautiful foods and luxury interior up-keeping. She has a ready smile and a warm heart and loves connecting with people from all walks of life. Together, Josh and Bean strive to provide the best sailing experience for each individual group who joins their vessel as they adapt and create a holiday perfectly suited to the unique desires of each person.

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Bluewinds Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Feb 12, 2023Feb 19, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Feb 20, 2023Feb 27, 2023Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Mar 04, 2023Mar 11, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Mar 13, 2023Mar 20, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Mar 25, 2023Apr 01, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Apr 04, 2023Apr 10, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Apr 24, 2023Apr 30, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
May 28, 2023Jun 03, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jun 05, 2023Jun 11, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jul 10, 2023Jul 16, 2023Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jul 22, 2023Aug 01, 2023Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Aug 02, 2023Oct 31, 2023Unavailable: unavailable to unavailable

Bluewinds Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $31,000

High price: $36,000


Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax
2022/23 Winter$31,000$31,500$32,000$32,500$33,000$33,500$34,000
2023 Summer$31,000$31,500$32,000$32,500$33,000$33,500$34,000
2023/24 Winter$33,000$33,500$34,000$34,500$35,000$35,500$36,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive*
*Cruising Permits, Fees, and Taxes to be paid by the Charterer upon entry to Cruising Grounds or Ports for all locations. Please inquire about rates and customary fees.

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, cruising permits, premium beverages and scuba activities. Inquire for more information.

Send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Bluewinds.

Bluewinds Guest Reviews

March 2022 USVI Charter

Dear Captain Paul and Ashley,

Wayne and I want to thank you for a wonderful adventure / vacation. It was absolutely amazing! The memories we have will last a lifetime.

Captain Paul, all the places you took us starting with the first night in Red Hook to the last night at Lavango everything were amazing. The hike up to Rams Head and jumping off the front of the boat were two of my highlights. Wayne thought snorkeling through the coral reefs was his favorite. Everything we did was fun and memorable.

Ashley, all I can say is ... WOW! Every meal you prepared was wonderful. The flavors and presentation were five-star worthy. Trying all your delicious seafood dishes was a real treat for me. Now to find a chef as talented as you – you have a real gift.

We hope to be able to sail with each of you again. Hopefully BVI will open back up and we can have another wonderful adventure on Playtime or whatever may be your next boat. Keep us aware of any new developments.

Wayne and Lynn

March 2022 USVI Charter

Captain, Our Captain... our Captain Paul, the best! Thank you for sharing your love of the seas, for creating a ´Playtime´ world that values caring for others, sharing the islands, and bringing out the best in others along the way. Cannot understate the ´Ashley´ connection, subtly creating wonderful constructed meals, deliciously served with grace and pride to match. A delightful spirit that weaves your own magic knitted into Paul´s expertise perfectly. May the friendship we have started carry on for years to come.
Thanks again
-Diana

March 2022 USVI Charter

Paul and Ashley,
Thank you for a wonderful week! The snorkeling, walk up Rams Head, and the sporty sail from St Croix were great experiences. Gene and I love sailing the USVI and BVI and look forward to being back.
Love Cathy and Gene

Pashley,
Thank you two for a trip of a lifetime. From the day we arrived to our last meal it was magical. The food, the snorkels, the sunsets, the ´Paul´ moments were very special. Our best to you in your future endeavors.
-M&M

NYE 2021 USVI Charter

Captain Paul and Chef Ashley,
An amazing trip had by all-from private beach walks, to scuba trips in the most amazing places, to sailing, and the most fabulous food, drinks, and service. This trip was once in a lifetime!
Our crew was more than awesome and became family! We cannot possibly thank you enough for sharing this boat and this week with us. Here´s to the most perfect start to a new year! We will be sailing with you again.
All our love
the Lewis Family

November 2021 USVI Charter

We had a wonderful time on the charter. After postponing our trip for a year and a half, we were over-due for a real vacation with the family. The boat was spectacular and Paul & Ashley were great. Playtime was comfortable, especially the brand new cushions throughout the boat. It’s apparent that the owner and Paul pay attention to every single detail in order to ensure smooth sailing and luxurious comfort for all the guests. Captain Paul was AMAZING! We had many different excursions and things we wanted to do. Paul was attentive and made sure that both adults and kids each had individual experiences as well as a great family experience. For example, our oldest son wanted to scuba, our youngest son wanted underwater photography, my husband wanted a secluded beach and I just wanted lots of painkillers and sunshine! Paul delivered and then some. He was gracious and constantly asked for feedback in order to ensure a relaxing charter. Paul suggested that we venture on a four hour sail from St. John over to St. Croix and we were not disappointed. Paul knows the islands and where to go to truly live and breathe ‘island time’ away from the tourists, even allowing us all to share in the experience of seeing baby turtles (5 days old) and an octopus. Ashley was wonderful as well. She effortlessly juggled meals that consisted of various requests and she always left us in awe. Her culinary expertise and her excitement for sailing and traveling was out of this world. I do need to circle back with her and get her recipe for turkey meatballs!! We are already thinking about our next charter in 2023 and we hope to be able to reconnect with Paul when that time comes. My youngest son is anxiously awaiting Paul’s response to connect over Skype this week to finish editing the underwater photos that they took (and Paul was trusting enough to let my son use his underwater camera). I am so thankful to Paul for giving this gift to my son. Paul is a true teacher and his passion for sailing, Playtime and connecting with nature left all of us wanting more.

Thank you again,

March 2021 USVI Charter

We had the most amazing trip and is certainly our favorite trip by a long shot (which is saying a lot because we have loved every other trip)! Truly, it exceeded any and all expectations and and I believe Paul and Ramona were a large part of that. I honestly cannot think of anything that would have made the trip any more enjoyable.

Paul is clearly an expert captain and wanted to make this a special trip for us. His warm and friendly personality could not have been any more enjoyable. It was the perfect mix of activity vs. relaxation and Paul had planned awesome hikes, snorkeling, paddle boarding, etc. The only thing that is keeping us from rebooking for next year is our children will be on different schedules and they all refuse to be the one that is left out. But, there is no doubt, we will be on another trip with Paul at some point in the future. Ramona was amazing as well — so accommodating, esp. with our picky eater and always anticipating when it was time for a snack or a beverage; the food was outstanding!

February 2021 USVI Charter

I wanted to take the time to report how amazing our experience was on Playtime on the excursion 2/5-2/12/ 2021 with Captain Paul and Chef Tyler.

We found the Catamaran Playtime to be an able vessel which sailed handily and stably through calm and not so calm seas. There were ample accommodations for our party of 8; even the smaller staterooms we found to be cozy and comfortable and fitting for our needs. The highlights of Playtime would have to be the outdoor spaces: the exterior dining salon was a lively meeting place for meals or cocktails (although I would comment the table is rather small for a party of 8 and could be a bit wider, be more comfortable, and still fit the space). The fly bridge is quite spacious and we very much enjoyed the lounging area with the fabulous views; whether anchored in a lovely cove or sailing across the open water it was a favorite spot for us all (and if someone is comparing boats not a standard feature). We also loved the forward area both the comfortable mosh pit and the adjacent trampolines for sunning or star gazing and for sailing in somewhat calmer waters. Playtime served our needs remarkably well.

But the make or break feature of a catamaran tour of the USVI´s would have to be the crew. In this respect we were amazingly well served.

To say that Captain Paul is well suited for this job is remarkable understatement. He is one part naval captain, one part extraordinary tour guide (I would reference Rick Steves on ´ ´ but I cannot think of any injectable substance that could make me compare Rick Steves to Captain Paul), and one part Peter Pan always ready to guide his companions with extraordinary youthful energy. He is seemingly ´always on,´ fun loving and witty; he seems to be ever planning how to improve the experience for all involved. He asked our permission to allow him to adjust the itinerary so as to flow with the experiences presented. For instance, we approached St John, he found a usually crowded seascape to completely unencumbered, and we spent the first afternoon and evening there swimming, beaching in remarkable isolation. He continued to adjust the itinerary throughout, going with the flow and always for our advantage. He led a hike to historic ruin with a remarkable vistas, led snorkeling adventures among the beautiful reefs, engaged in spirited bocci games, and made an extemporaneous swim up bar serving as bartender on his paddle board on the most amazing of beaches (Buck Island, my newfound favorite beach). In short he was an incomparable tour guide and host who afforded us an extraordinary experience of much that St John and St Croix have to offer. And I would be remiss not to add in a prior career life Captain Paul was a fashion photographer; not only did he create our island memories, but he captured them in remarkable photographic memories.

The yen to Captain Paul´s yang would be Chef Tyler. Tyler is highly affable, laid back but engaging, and an excellent chef who fed us remarkably well. Breakfast included lobster frittata, a pair of breakfast pastries (one sweet one savory), a spinach omelet with side of bacon; each breakfast was served with a platter of lovely, local fresh fruit and French pressed coffee. Lunches were generally on the lighter side as requested and included a lovely seared tuna over quinoa salad with ginger dressing, a fabulous pan fried swordfish taco, a flank steak over mixed greens salad, amongst others all delicious. There was generally an appetizer served during cocktail hour and/ or sunset sail again all very successful: delicious small sausage stuffed peppers, cheese and charcuterie board, spinach and artichoke pastries, Kobei beef sliders with deviled eggs (amazing!), and on each occasion either Tyler or Captain Paul would bring a well crafted cocktail or lovely glass of wine with a smile. Dinners were also excellent fare: pan seared scallops over squid ink pasta, perfectly cooked lamb lollipops over butternut squash puree, a lovely salmon with roasted potatoes. All meals were accompanied by nice wines (white burgundies, albarinos, malbecs, etc) and followed by a nice dessert.

The chef is not only obligated to cook many meals, but also to assist as first mate. As Tyler had been prior Captain as a team with his wife, (he was pinch hitting at the last minute to our good fortune) he was always ready to man the anchor or jump in to pick us up at the beach on the dingy. Tyler has ready knowledge of the island wildlife and environmental issues and is an excellent teacher. The ready collegiality between Paul and Tyler was remarkable; it seemed they had been a team for years even though they had just met. As a team they made our experience near perfect.

We are all grateful for the extraordinary experience we were afforded. We were very Covid weary (our group included 3 health care providers, 2 pilots who are also high risk for exposure, and spouses/ partners who share our risk as well). The USVI tour on Playtime was a much meditative relief and recharge for us all.

Thank you Paul and Tyler for your amazing hospitality and our extraordinary experience!

Glen Lewis
(and John, Jon, Olga, Dan, Kathy, Mike, and Carol)

December 2020 USVI Charter

We chartered Playtime December 1st for 10 days. The crew was top notch, Alisha´s culinary skills were as good or better than any chef we’ve chartered with, the Mediterranean meals were especially good! We had a sleep aboard the first night but Captain Paul started the charter immediately and we motored over to St John and had Dinner on shore. The crew was very professional and we would charter with them again. The trip included sailing around St. Thomas , St John and then open ocean sailing to St Croix. Snorkeling diving, sightseeing, hiking, horseback riding were all great fun and with Paul, you will get a great photo album, learn about photography and sharpen your sailing skills. We felt very comfortable with their COVID protocol and had no issues.