Cruising Area of Bonaparte
M/V BONAPARTE is a successful charter yacht since 2014 based in Nassau Bahamas. BONAPARTE is owner operated by Capt Francois and Chef Annette plus one additional crew Member for a service level equivalent to a much larger yacht . After an extensive 14 month refit in 2014 she has been maintained in Bristol condition with an extensive yearly refit program since then.
Everyone enjoy the sight of a classic yacht: The woodwork, the impeccably varnished mahogany cap rail, the timeless beauty of Sparkman and Stevens design. In addition to tastefully decorated accommodations, guests particularly enjoy relaxing on the large forward teak deck protected by a sun awning. Guests stretch out on the cushioned bow seats to read, relax and daydream in the balmy breezes. A teak table and captain´s chairs are easily set up for comfortable dining for 8 on the foredeck. The weather-protected aft deck is the ideal romantic setting for al fresco dining with newly upholstered seating for up to 10 people.
M/V BONAPARTE provides well-appointed accommodations for 6 guests in 3 aft cabins: The en suite master has a King bed, the VIP has a Queen and the guest cabin has a double bed. The VIP and Guest cabin share the second head and shower. all cabins have individual A/C controls. Granite counters and vessel sinks add a contemporary touch of luxury.
Annette and Francois have been manning this ship for the last 6years. they are very personable and congenial hosts. Sophisticated, outgoing and discrete, they are always attuned to their guests´ moods. They enjoy sharing their passion for yachting, creating memorable moments and pampering their guests from sun-up to sundown. They have found all the best anchorages and snorkeling spots in the Exumas and have become friends with many charming Bahamians who enjoy sharing all the islands have to offer with visitors.
Annette and Francois excel in creating a magical atmosphere on board, helping their guests to ´decompress´ from their demanding lifestyles and reconnect with their inner child. ´Playtime in paradise´ starts early in the day and continues well into the evening onboard M/V Bonaparte. Enjoy the Bahama´s crystal clear waters to the fullest with all the water toys - snorkel gear for everyone, 2 tandem kayaks, 2 SUP´s for exploring and a dive compressor for Certified divers.
M/V BONAPARTE has stabilizers and cruises at 9 knots with economical fuel consumption of 16 GPH. AC throughout.
Timeless interior decor with warm wood, granite, LED lighting, and subtle contemporary touches. Aft master cabin has a king-size bed and bath with granite vanity and vessel sink, tiled stall shower and toilet. Two guest cabins have one double bed each and share the second bath with granite vanity, shower and toilet.
All cabins have individual A/C controls
The crew has separate en suite accommodations and companionway in fwd section of yacht
Bonaparte Crew Profile
M/Y BONAPARTE, 70 ft Burger
Francois Gagnon is passionate about sailing and motor boats. Raised on the shore of the St. Lawrence River near Montreal, Quebec, he has been boating since the age of 6, learning to handle boats in all kinds of weather. Francois has 40 years experience in sailing and motor boating and has developed a keen sense of what to expect on the water. A licensed captain, he displays a cool, calm and collected attitude which inspires confidence and excels in boat handling, navigation, maintenance and equipment repairs. He is a skillful planner and organizer of cruising expeditions.
After graduating from McGill University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Francois founded a successful engineering firm specializing in industrial energy efficiency. Captain Gagnon is the father of two grown children with whom he has cruised extensively in the Bahamas aboard their sailboat PERLA and families are very welcome aboard BONAPARTE, indeed! He is also aa PADI Certified Diver, master swimmer and keen spearfisherman. Fresh lobster for dinner, anyone?!
THE MATE and CHEF
Annette St. Cyr was introduced to cruising when she met Francois 12 years ago. Shortly afterwards, she embarked on a year-long sailing trip along the US East Coast to the Bahamas during which time she developed excellent skills as mate, hostess and chef. Trained as an educator for children with special needs, she was tremendously successful in her field and appreciated by parents and children alike who followed her workshop sessions.
Annette enjoys catering to guest needs and is very attentive to details. She reads non-verbal communication very well which helps her and Francois - respond to your needs and desires before you even know about them!! Annette has a sixth sense for hospitality, always paying attention to your well-being. She enjoys cooking fabulous meals, especially desserts, which she whips up in no time, to everyones delight. By all means, bring your children. They will be delighted by all the ways Annette entertains them and makes them feel comfortable onboard BONAPARTE.
Francois and Annette are passionate about yachting. They want to share their passion with you by creating an atmosphere conducive to enchantment, peace, pleasure and contentment. We are a Captain and Mate couple who enjoy creating a wonderful vacation experience on BONAPARTE just for you. If you want to learn about boating, we will teach you everything we know. If you just want to lounge and relax, we will make sure you get what you want. The yacht is yours for the period of your stay and we want to make everything as perfect as we can.
Whatever destination you choose, your stay aboard M/V Bonaparte will be memorable. Francois is an experienced skipper who likes adventure and fun. But he also runs a tight ship to ensure safety at all times! Annette is a gourmet cook whose menu is designed around classic dishes created from fresh ingredients and tailored to your taste. Let us know your preferences in advance and we will prepare your favourite meal. Bold flavours abound. From delicious appetizers to the freshest salads, inspired entrees to decadent desserts - our cuisine will delight you, your family and guests.
Francois and Annette speak French and fluent English.
Come cruise with us. We want to meet you soon and show you the beautiful Bahamas!
Bonaparte does currently not provide a calendar or bookings list. Please inquire for more information.
Bonaparte Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Yacht terms: Plus Expenses
The price includes a professional crew operating your chartered yacht, but all running expenses such as fuel, tax, provisions and any other costs are extra. Calculate between 15-25% for a sailing yacht and 25-35% for a motor yacht on top of the given rate with an APA cash payment made to the ships agent or captain, who will keep an open tap and produce full accounts of all expenditures. Inquire for more information.
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Bonaparte Guest Reviews
Day charter perfection!
We just returned from a week-long family vacation on Paradise Island and we all agree that the highlight of our vacation was the day we spent with Francois and Annette on Bonaparte. First of all, the boat is absolutely beautiful and very comfortable and spacious enough for our large group. Then, add to that these completely wonderful, gracious people spoiled us the entire time... Perfection!
We enjoyed mimosas and a light breakfast of fresh fruit and delicious croissants on our cruise out to Rose Island. Once we were anchored, we were faced with a dilemma.... What to do?!! Snorkel, jet ski, SUP or kayak? Decisions, decisions. Or, should we just relax on the lounge chairs on the deck? Go explore the beautiful beach on the island? Fortunately Francois, along with some help from crewmate Ashton, couldn´t have been more accommodating to make sure a good time was had by all!
Once we were done frolicking we were all ravenous for lunch. What we were served was beyond our expectations. Annette truly is an amazing chef! The tenderloin and lobster tails were absolutely delicious, not to mention the gravy and side dishes. The potato salad was so ridiculously good we couldn´t stop eating it! And for our daughters Annette made every kids favorite... Chicken tenders and French fries of course! Then she asked what we would like for dessert and our youngest yelled ´Chocolate cake´! Well guess what? Yes, Annette had even baked a chocolate cake. And of course you can´t have chocolate cake without ice cream too!
They thought of every little detail and had anticipated our every need (well, our every want, because I certainly didn´t need chocolate cake!
Absolutely First Class!
Feb 26, 2015, Nassau Rose Island day charter with 13 guests, planned as a surprise for the charterers niece.
Absolutely a first class operation. Very nicely appointed boat with a friendly, efficient crew. Made us feel like we were home. (BONAPARTE) has a large number of water toys including two jet skis, two kayaks and paddle boards. The food was gourmet and the best meal we had while we were in the Bahamas.
Francois and I talked (after I arrived in Nassau from California) .he suggested that since we had the boat for 8 hrs perhaps our best use of it was to go to Rose island for the day. We totally surprised all our group by walking by the boat and me suggesting to ask if we could look it over. Once aboardoff we went! We had a late lunch around 3 and headed back. It was all my niece had dreamed about.
BONAPARTE charters in the Bahamas
Two friends and I decided to take a day charter with Captain Francois and Annette and we were blown away by the perfect service, excellent food and wine, and of course the beautiful classic 70 foot Burger, with all the toys such as paddleboards, canoes, jet ski and diving equipment. We sat at anchor enjoying the lovely azure waters of Rose Island, having cocktails and tasty snacks like Annettes famous avocado, cream & tomato spicy dip with tortilla chips! Where did the time go? We will definitely be back for more of the same, maybe on another island in the Exumas!
Thank you Francois and Annette!
TC from the UK
Elegant boat, Classy Crew!
The title says it all! Susan and I have been in the Bahamas cruising with others but never come across an experience that has been so much fun and exposed to a crew that was so considerate of our needs. Francois and Annette are wonderful and BONAPARTE is a true classic yacht that journeys you through history as well as the Bahamas paradise. All the toys are there to use, the meals are gourmet with elegant table settings and laughter prevails. In short, we want to spend more time with them on a boat we love. We think that the time we had on Bonaparte is unique in the Bahamas and we would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We will be back.
Susan & Al
The cruise on BONAPARTE was unforgettable.
Thank you so much for all your hard work. Everyone was blown away by the professionalism of the crew and their eagerness to exceed expectations. We could not be happier with the service you provided...top class all the way. Captain Francois and his mate Annette were incredible Hosts...very hospitable and friendly. The food was very impressive and high quality. Once again, thank you so much, BONAPARTE, for this unforgettable time in our lives. We will certainly return and recommend BONAPARTE in the future.
Louise and John
Once in a lifetime experience. Friendly and accommodating.
I would first like to say that Captain Francois and Annette are exceptional people. Very attentive and very warm and friendly. Can I also say the food was excellent. The freshly baked croissants and fruit were just what we needed to start our amazing day at sea. We all had breakfast before we sailed but couldn´t pass this up. The Surf and Turf lunch was something out of a gourmet magazine! Chef Annettes homemade gravy could be drizzled on cardboard and it would still be delicious. My friends and I wanted a fun, relaxing day away from our husbands and kids and that is exactly what we got on Bonaparte. From the kayaks and paddle boards to the picnic setup on the beach and our relaxing cruise past Atlantis hotel on our way back in, I would highly recommend them to anyone I encounter. Looking forward to chartering with BONAPARTE again in the future.
Simply the best - BONAPARTE
My family and I had a blast on BONAPARTE. It was the highlight of our vacation in the Bahamas. We were welcomed aboard by Captain Francois and his crew Annette and Trevon. We left the dock and in less than 45 minutes we arrived at beautiful Rose Island. Upon arriving, the crew put all the toys in the water - the jet ski, kayaks, paddle boards and the dinghy. They took us to the big, beautiful Victoria beach on Rose Island where Captain Francois and Trevon made sure we had everything we needed while Annette prepared a beautiful lunch for us. We had surf n turf, lobster tail and juicy perfectly grilled steak with a choice of salads. After lunch we got back in the water and fooled around and had more fun. Finally it was time to get back on the boat and leave. After all the toys were back onboard, they pulled up the anchor, blasted the horn and took us right back to our hotel marina. This trip was worth every penny and was one to remember !!!
What a marvelous trip!
Upon arrival, we were warmly greeted by Captain Francois and his Mate Annette. We were given a tour of the boat and made aware or safety procedures. Once settled in our luxurious cabin with adjoining bathroom, we took the time to admire the beauty and quality of Bonaparte. The restoration project took Francois and Annette a little over a year of hard work and the result is astonishing. We got many thumbs up from onlookers as we were underway. Our 5 day cruise aboard Bonaparte let us discover the Bahamas without any planning from us, as we gave Captain Francois carte blanche. We were taken to magical beaches and coves which we will forever cherish. Aboard Bonaparte we were treated like Royalty. The aft deck with its cozy dining area is absolutely fantastic. The fore deck is a great place to quietly watch the sunset.
Thank you Francois and Annette for a wonderful vacation
Paul and Johanne, Montreal
A Fabulous Family Adventure: It was the vacation of a lifetime for our family - a beautiful boat, perfect weather, daily adventures, and delicious food. Captain Francois quickly learned what activities our family enjoyed and had wonderful recommendations each day for how we should spend our time. This included kayaking through crystal clear waters, tubing, jet skiing, snorkeling, fishing, and just plain relaxing on what felt like our own private beaches in paradise. Annette took great care of us with her delicious meals and snacks, caring service and her beautiful photographs. She is an artist and a delight! We could not have enjoyed our time more.
How do you start a tradition? You book the MV Bonaparte one time - you´ll return year after year! I must admit to a certain amount of trepidation in booking a week´s charter on a boat we had not seen close up with a crew we had never met in person. After all, Web sites always show only the best (and sometimes pretty outdated) side of things. MV Bonaparte is everything advertised and more! The boat is immaculate, the service is impeccable and the crew is a delight to get to know. Each location the Captain took us to was another slice of paradise. Each activity another great experience with quality equipment and first rate assistance. Each meal attested to Annette´s exceptional artistry in the galley. Our 25th wedding anniversary turned out to be just the start of a new tradition! Thank you Francois and Annette and we´ll see you next year!!!
We were so relaxed from our fabulous week barefoot and pampered on the Bonaparte! Annette and Francois were gracious hosts, exceeding all of our expectations. She said, My job is to make dreams come true. That they did! The Bonaparte is a gorgeous boat, with details that mark its distinct beauty. the teak, comfortable accommodation and impeccably clean. Our hosts couldnt do enough for us. We lacked nothing, as they anticipated our every need. Annette is a gourmet chef, always providing a unique culinary experience. Each delicious meal was carefully thought out and prepared to meet our every need. We woke up each morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee that was prepared cup by cup. Breakfast was served at our leisure; eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, freshly made muffins and these cute eggs, cheese and ham muffins. Lunches and Dinners were delicious and healthy. Our favorite was the steak and lobster and Tarte Tatin dessert. Francois took us to a different, majestic cay each day. We would settle in to the front of the boat, with the warm breeze blowing , taking in the view of the water that looked like a paint chip card, with the different shades of turquoise. A trip to Staniel Cay was fun as we petted Nurse sharks , and ate at the local restaurant. The gorgeous yacht, your delicious meals, the beautiful cays, experiencing the turquoise Bahamian waters, the new found friendships...an amazing trip that puts this vacation on the top of the list! Au revoir!
OUTSTANDING!! Our family was so fortunate to do a day charter aboard the Bonaparte. Everyone had a great time and it was the highlight of our vacation! Francois and Annette are wonderful hosts along with the crew Ashton & Charli. They were so attentive and catered to our needs the entire day. We left from the Atlantis and went to Green Cay for the day. Francois even let the kids take a turn at steering the yacht. Once we got to Green Cay, they setup a beach camp for us and we had the island to ourselves to explore, snorkel, swim, jet ski, paddle board, etc. For lunch, we went back to the yacht for Annettes fabulous steak, lobster, and all the sides and desserts. Absolutely delicious! After lunch, we resumed our adventures on the island and Francois took some of the family to another cool snorkel spot. The day was perfect in every way!! To Francois and Annette. Much thanks to you. Our family cannot stop talking about the fun we had on the Bonaparte. It was truly an amazing day and one we will always remember!