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
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
Wifi is available in USVI waters and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds in the USA.
2 Stand-Up Paddle boards
Complementary USVI and BVI map to track your charter
Captain Eben is a PADI Dive Instructor
Online course required before charter commences.
DSD Course $200
Open water Referral $400
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.
Stream2Sea Products Including-
Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen
Bluewinds Crew Profile
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
-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 CalendarAvailableBookedHold (can be challenged)Unavailable
Bluewinds Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Dec 20, 2023||Dec 27, 2023||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Dec 28, 2023||Jan 04, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Jan 18, 2024||Jan 24, 2024||Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay|
|Jan 27, 2024||Feb 02, 2024||Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use|
|Feb 04, 2024||Feb 10, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Feb 17, 2024||Feb 23, 2024||Hold: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI|
|Mar 03, 2024||Mar 09, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Red Hook|
|Mar 11, 2024||Mar 16, 2024||Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use|
|Mar 23, 2024||Mar 30, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Apr 04, 2024||Apr 11, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Apr 20, 2024||Apr 27, 2024||Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook|
|May 22, 2024||May 28, 2024||Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook|
|Jun 03, 2024||Jun 08, 2024||Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI|
|Jul 21, 2024||Jul 28, 2024||Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use|
|Aug 01, 2024||Oct 31, 2024||Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable|
Bluewinds Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $31,000
High price: $34,000
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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.
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
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.
$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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
(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.