BlueWinds Description

Bluewinds 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-upWest End, Tortola
Other Pick-upNanny Cay, Tortola, BVI
Summer PortVirgin Islands
Winter PortVirgin Islands
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

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

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
Turnaround48hr preferred
Communications
Wifi is available in USVI waters and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds in the USA.

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
LicenseInstructor
Air CompressorOnboard
Tanks8
BCs8
Regulators8
Num Divers8
Dives/Week3
Diving Info
Captain Eben is a PADI Dive Instructor

Online course required before charter commences.

DSD Course $200
Open water Referral $400
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
CaptainEben Swart
NationalitySouth African
Born1983
SpeaksEnglish
Years Chartering3
LicenseRYA Yacht Master Offshore, STCW, Padi Dive Instructor
Chef/First Mate
Chef/First MateKatie Brown
NationalityEnglish
Years Chartering3


Captain Eben Swart

Eben grew up in South Africa in a big city but most vacations were spent in the wild bushveld. His working career started as a project manager and later on to logistics. Eben started sailing later in life and as soon as he set foot on his first boat he was hooked. He went on to become a captain and managed a sailing academy.

Katie was born in a small English village in the UK, her love for water and the ocean comes from the South coast of England. Her love for the ocean is matched by her love for horses as an equestrian dressage ride and her passion for cuisines from around the world. She enjoyed cooking from a young age with her mom who was a qualified chef. After completing her equine studies she worked in equine yards where she competed at a national level. She lated worked at a culinary school where she further developed her skills that are incorporated in her beautiful cuisines.

Eben and Katie met on the north coast of Sicily in Milazzo in 2022 and it was love at first sight. Katie as an equestrian rider and Eben as a Captain both had a love of the water. After traveling together around Europe Eben convinced Katie to join him in the amazing world of sailing.
Eben has been chartering around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean for the last 9 years and Katie joined him in the British Virgin Islands in 2023. As soon as you step on board you will feel at home and you can sit back relax and soak in the Caribbean sun. Whatever your needs are, whether it is diving amazing reefs, building sand castles on the beach or enjoying cocktails at the beach bars, Eben and Katie will have you forgetting about the world outside the islands.

Captain Eben Swart Qualifications:

-RYA Yacht Master Offshore
-STCW Basic Safety Training
-VHF License
-Jet Ski and power boat instructor
-PADI Dive Instructor

Chef Katie Brown Qualifications:

-Ashburton Culinary Academy Yacht Chef Certificate
-STCW Basic Safety Training
-Food Safety & Hygiene Level 2

BlueWinds Calendar

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BlueWinds Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Jul 22, 2024Jul 25, 2024Transit: St Thomas USVI to St Martin
Jul 26, 2024Aug 03, 2024Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Aug 04, 2024Oct 31, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Nov 21, 2024Nov 22, 2024Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Dec 28, 2024Jan 04, 2025Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Jan 12, 2025Jan 18, 2025Hold: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Jan 26, 2025Feb 01, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Feb 28, 2025Mar 06, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
May 03, 2025May 10, 2025Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI

BlueWinds Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $31,000
(normal rate)
High price: $34,000
(normal rate)

BlueWinds Special Offer!
Discount: 20%!
Offer: BlueWinds offers 20% off all charters run through July 2024. BVI ports only. No additional discounts apply.
Old price: $31,000 - $34,000 / week
New price: $24,800 - $27,200 / week (Save: $6,200 - $6,800 / week)
Minimum nights: 6
Travel before: Jul/31/2024

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax
2024 Summer$31,000$31,500$32,000$32,500$33,000$33,500$34,000
2024/25 Winter$31,000$31,500$32,000$32,500$33,000$33,500$34,000
2025 Summer$31,000$31,500$32,000$32,500$33,000$33,500$34,000

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.

BlueWinds Special Offer 2!
Discount: 10%!
Offer: BlueWinds is offering 10% discounts for charters run in Nov. and Dec. 2024! BVI ports only and excludes Christmas and NYE.
Minimum nights: 6
Travel between: Nov/01/2024 - Dec/16/2024

ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS


BlueWinds is BVI compliant*

BVI Customs fees and cruising permits are included in the rate.

*Short Charters Available*
24 hr turns available. Please inquire

HOLIDAYS
2024
Christmas Flat Rate $38,000. 7 night minimum.
New Years Flat Rate $38,000. 7 night minimum.

HALF-BOARD RATES: Discount Applied First
(7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person
3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense

LESS THAN 6 NIGHT CHARTERS DIVIDE BY 6 RULE
(Rate / 6 X #Nights)
Rate divided by 6N X number of nights. For 6 nights divide rate by 7 X 6N.

SLEEP ABOARD
$2,500 Sleep aboard the night before the charter departs
Guests arrive to the yacht at 5pm. Snacks and welcome drink served, this is not an open bar. Dinner is ashore on clients expense. Continental breakfast provided next morning. Vessel departs at noon.

CHILD DISCOUNTS: Discount Applied First
Children 15 and under $500 discount
Must be 15 or under at the time of charter.

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

Exclusive Water Taxi available!
The Caribe Express provides private transportation to and from your charter yacht on a comfortable Aquila 36.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails while our professional crew handles Customs and Immigration
Please inquire for pricing.

BlueWinds Guest Reviews

February 2024 BVI Charter

Eben and Katie,
Thank you so much for an amazing week- the delicious meals, the flexibility with agenda given the surprise weather. The drinks, the games you organized- all made this an unforgettable week!! We can´t thank you enough for taking such great care of us and helping us to celebrate birthdays and a chance to spend a week away together. Every meal was PERFECT and far exceeded expectations. Every request accommodated. THANK YOU SO MUCH! We would absolutely repeat this week with you guys and we wish you the best of lucking all your future charter adventures!
xoxox
Claire, Praveen, Mark, Kim, Katie, Kriste, Kevin and Ben

January 2024 BVI Charter

Katie and Eben,
Best trip ever! Not sure what I loved the most- the food, the fun, the sun,the chill. Everything exceeded expectations. Great dives too. It´s a repeat for sure.
BT

Katie and Eben,
Shelly and I entered the week with grand expectations, but somehow the experience far exceeded anything we had in mind. Your role in that was central and we cannot thank you enough. I will always treasure the memory of my PADI certification with Eben. And we all will struggle in the absence of Katie´s great meal preparation. But more generally and more importantly, your collective efforts, style and substance provided a platform for all of us to share a truly memorable week together. All the best to you both, and here´s to hoping our paths cross again soon!
shelley and Jason

Katie and Eben,
What an amazing week we have had... largely due to you both. From our ´we are the champions´ Captains to our award winning, Left, Right, Center, Chef we were spoilt all week. This was a great experience, can´t wait to have you come visit us in Oklahoma! cheers to you both.

Dennis and John
Katie and Eben, (mum and dad)
This week has been a dream come true. We didn´t really know what to expect, but everything has been perfection. I know we are a lot but you have managed us perfectly. The food, drinks and general hospitality are better than I could have possibly imagined. Thank you for hosting a trip that we will remember fondly always. We hope to see you again soon.
Love Jacqulyn

WOW- what a fantastic week this has been! Thank you for the wonderful hospitality, food, service and patients. You are true professionals and we are grateful to be on your boat.
Good bless you and your life together.
sincerely
Tim

NYE 2023 BVI Charter

Dear Eben and Katie
Thank you for the most amazing trip. From laid back boat days to Soggy Dollar, we loved it ALL. We especially appreciate getting Jack scuba certified, teaching us a new card game( we will be playing all the time), and introducing us to duck! (we loved it!) Also, the amazing food! Thank you so much for showing us the beautiful BVIs and convincing Henry to take a Tequila shot!!! Can´t wait for our next trip with y´all!
cheers
Maggie, Ann, John, Henry, Ellen, Jack

Christmas 2023 BVI Charter

Dear Eben and Katie,
Thank you for the best week ever! hanging out with you guys was extremely fun.Katie, it was great to have another girl around, with all the boys.
Merry christmas and a happy new year.
Caroline

Dear Eben and katie,
Thank you for an awesome week. Good company, food, music and sights are always a great recipe for a great vacation. hoping the rest of your season is as great as this trip.
Alex

Dear Eben and Katie,
Thank you so much for an amazing time! I loved every minute of the trip, from the knockout food to all the dives and other activities. This has been and unforgettable christmas, I wouldn´t have rather spent it anyother way.
Thanks again
Nic

To the incredible team that made a memorable vacation absolutely magical. Katie and Eben you were such lovely host and made us feel right at home on Bluewinds- one castle on the sea. The sailing, snorkeling, diving and playing exceeded out expectations, AND THE FOOD- Katie you are extraordinary in such a small kitchen. WOW!
Thank you for showing us all what sailing it the BVI should be. The bar is now set very high and I almost pity the next crew faced to sail with our family.
We wish you all the best on your adventures together and we hope you will both keep in touch and visit if you land in Texas.
thanks
Leiliani

November 2023 BVI Charter

Thank you so very much a wonderful experience, wonderful food and sailing. we wish you all the best.
Dan and Andrea.

March 2023 BVI Charter

My family and I enjoyed a fantastic charter in the BVIs a few years back on the same boat which we believed could never be topped. We were wrong. Our family experience on BlueWinds went well above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. Not only was the refit on the boat incredibly well done and the food incredible - but it was Josh and Bean that made all the difference. They became part of the family as they introduced us to new places, set up rope swings for the kids, taught us how to play Kill the Captain, and even taught our girls how to play ukulele. We could not have been more happy with the week and are so much looking forward to the next time!
Thanks,
Danny

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.