Catamaran KELEA, a Privilege 65 accommodating up to 10 guests in cruising comfort, with a master king guest suite, and 4 equal queen-berth guest suites.
Cruising Area of Kelea
2018/2019 Season - Kelea accommodates up to ten guests in 5 guests cabins, all ensuite: one centerline master king suite forward, and three queen-berth guest suites
From 2019/2020 Season: Kelea accommodates up to ten guests in 5 guests cabins, all ensuite: one centerline master king suite forward, and three queen-berth guest suites, as well as a starboard forward upper & lower twin berth suite. Please enquire with your charter broker regarding availability of the one King and 4 Queens layout.
Kelea is fully air-rconditioned throughout and makes her own purified water onboard.
All 7-day charters aboard Kelea include 5 dives for certified divers. Additional dives can be added based upon weather, itinerary and captain´s discretion.
TRY SCUBA / DISCOVER SCUBA DIVE
This is a course for non-certified divers. This allows you to get your feet wet and enjoy the thrills of diving. The course includes a small classroom setting and some basic in-water skills training. Once you have mastered these skills, you will continue to a beautiful, shallow reef dive at a maximum depth of 40 feet. These dives can also count towards an Open Water Scuba Certification but do not result in certification alone.
COURSES FOR CERTIFICATION
We recommend starting your course before you come by finding a local dive shop to complete your classroom and online learning along with your pool work. When you get to Kelea, we do your check-out dives for certification in the beautiful, crystal clear waters of the Virgin Islands.
Another option is for you to complete your basic certification course from start to finish with Shawn and Autumn! Please contact crew directly for availability and course requirements.
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***5 dives included in charter cost for certified divers***
Additional Dives*: $50 per dive, per diver
Try Scuba: $150/diver, this course does not provide a certification upon completion
Basic Open Water Scuba Course: $300/diver (excludes book fee with online code)
Advanced Scuba Diver Course: $150 (excludes book fee with online code)
Nitrox Course: $100 (excludes book fee with online code and equipment rental)
*Additional dives are based upon weather, itinerary and at Captain´s discretion. Seven dives maximum during the charter week.
All dives and Try Scuba courses include tank fills, all gear including weights and dive lights, briefings and a licensed scuba instructor serving as your guide.
Kelea Crew Profile
Kelea´s Two Crews
Shawn and Autumn Hardesty, Spring and Summer Captain and Chef/Mate
Shawn´s love for the ocean began when he was only a few months old on the coast of North Carolina. Shawn grew up in Carolina Beach, NC where he learned to read the wind and waves and developed a passion to share his love of the ocean with others.
Shawn graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2011 with a degree in Marine Biology. Shortly after college, Shawn moved to Nicaragua to pursue his love of the ocean and worked as a Captain and surf guide for NicaSurf tours.
Following a couple great years in Central America, Shawn moved back to the states to continue his life on the water. In doing so, Shawn has spent the past 5 years working aboard world class super yachts. In which time, he has obtained his USCG Captains License as well as his American Sailing Association Certification.
Autumn was born in Michigan where she grew up swimming in the freshwater of the Great Lakes. After high school she studied massage therapy and yoga in Costa Rica where she fell in love with the salty ocean and travelling to new places. In 2013, Autumn moved to Florida to become a yacht stewardess. A job that would take her to many exotic places, even all the way back to lake Michigan.
For the last five years, Autumn has worked on multiple world class yachts in which she collaborated closely with five-star chefs from around the world. Learning from her yacht chef coworkers, she has developed a passion for creating exciting and healthy dishes that create memories.
Shawn and Autumn met in September of 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they were both searching for their first superyacht jobs. A week later, they found separate jobs on different boats, starting three years of long distance dating. In December of 2016, they decided it was time for an adventure and decided to travel New Zealand for a year together in a campervan they renovated themselves.
Shawn and Autumn love to spend time on the water, whether it´s diving, snorkeling, surfing, paddling or sailing. They are excited to bring their captain and crew knowledge of charter yachts to give you a sailing vacation you won´t forget.
Brian Christiansen and Elena Gandillon, Fall and Winter Captain and Chef/Mate
Share in the unique experiences of the Virgin Islands that Elena and Brian craft for you sailing aboard the spacious, wind-powered vessel, Kelea.
With close to a decade of experience taking people “into the wild”, Brian shares his sense of adventure with guests. Raised in Utah and frequently found at sea, Brian is confronted with questions as to how he became an ocean-going captain. Most people forget there is a small ocean, the Great Salt Lake, in his desert home. His father taught him a love for all activities in and around water. Reading sea-faring novels from the golden-age of discovery inspired him to lust for the horizon and he eventually made his way aboard expedition ships plying all the planet´s waters. Alongside working for National Geographic Expeditions, he operated specialty charters through the Lesser Antilles on his own sailing vessel. As a USCG 100ton rated captain, his attention to detail and professionalism are integral to safe operation of the vessel. As a fellow human with passions in outdoor pursuits, he is a perfect companion for fun activities if you want to try your hand at at anything from surfing and kiteboarding to freediving and kayaking. Holding a degree in film-making, working as a videographer and being a reward winning photographer; he can create, upon prior request, a media package of the events that make your trip remarkable.
Elena´s spirit awakens in the open. After traveling to over thirty countries, her instinct draws her to beautiful and isolated places. Her love for nature led her from jagged mountain peaks of Switzerland into the deep blue of the Indo-Pacific. She became a PADI certified scuba instructor in Komodo so she can share her love of undersea life with others. Join her for some scuba diving or become certified while onboard and see what the hype is all about! Growing up in an international household, her culinary influences are mainly French and Swiss with added spice from her travels, specializing in creating heart-warming dishes from the simplest of ingredients. She aspires to cater her dishes toward individual diets and has perfected eco-friendly, plant-based menu selections. Placing great importance on the dining experience, speaking three languages, and versed in the art of conversation makes spending time with her a joy, no matter where you are from.
Elena and Brian met in Raja Ampat diving and sailing and are fully committed to spending every moment in each other´s company with their first love, the water. Blending luxurious yacht life and connecting with nature in easy grace, they ignite voyagers´ passion for Caribbean beauty. Sailing in consistent winds on the azure waters of the Virgin Islands while visiting white sandy beaches with quaint hideaways is a perfect way to charter.
Come join them aboard Kelea for the wind-powered charter of a lifetime. You will go home with more than memories - you will have inspiring stories of rewarding experiences.
With Elena and Brian, you are guaranteed an unforgettable week. As a team, they are perfectly matched to make your tropical getaway magical.
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Kelea Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Oct 15, 2021||Oct 29, 2021||Transit: Grenadines, West Indies* to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Oct 31, 2021||Nov 07, 2021||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Nov 21, 2021||Nov 28, 2021||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Dec 19, 2021||Dec 26, 2021||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Dec 27, 2021||Jan 03, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Jan 08, 2022||Jan 15, 2022||Hold: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Jan 29, 2022||Feb 05, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Feb 12, 2022||Feb 19, 2022||Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*|
|Feb 20, 2022||Mar 02, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Mar 06, 2022||Mar 13, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Mar 14, 2022||Mar 20, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Mar 29, 2022||Apr 01, 2022||Unavailable: Saint Thomas, USVI* to Saint Thomas, USVI*|
|Apr 02, 2022||Apr 09, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Apr 10, 2022||Apr 15, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Apr 18, 2022||Apr 24, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Apr 25, 2022||May 02, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|May 29, 2022||Jun 05, 2022||Hold: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Jun 26, 2022||Jul 02, 2022||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Jul 24, 2022||Jul 31, 2022||Transit: Yacht Haven Grand to Grenada, St Georges|
|Aug 01, 2022||Aug 01, 2022||Hold: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges|
|Aug 31, 2022||Sep 01, 2022||Hold: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges|
|Sep 30, 2022||Oct 01, 2022||Hold: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges|
|Oct 22, 2022||Oct 29, 2022||Transit: Grenada, St Georges to Yacht Haven Grand|
|Mar 06, 2023||Mar 13, 2023||Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand|
Kelea Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $24,500
High price: $30,500
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Yacht terms: All Inclusive
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 Kelea.
Kelea Guest Reviews
May, 2021 guests on catamaran KELEA wrote:
SV Kelea was ample size and so fun! There were plenty of areas to hang out and chill. As well as the Lily pad that Capt Shawn attached to the back of the boat. We loved every where we went and had the time of our lives.
I worked out every day with the foam roller and the yoga mat. We were able to snorkel, scuba and stand up paddle board. So fun!!!
Off the charts... Amazing!!!!
Shawn was very confident and in control. He was also relaxed and able to make us all comfortable.
Chef Autumn made one great meal after the next! Her cooking and baking was phenomenal. She truly made the trip special.
I would rate it a 10 on a 5 point scale. PHENOMENAL!!!
New Year 2020
Shawn and Autumn made our week wonderful in every way!! The scuba diving lessons, finding the best snorkeling places, taking us on beautiful hikes, playing (and teaching) is Chess, and the BEST food ever!!! (Along with catering to some food allergies) We wouldn’t change a thing and will remember this week with great fondness! Thank you Shawn and Autumn!!
Shawn and Autumn went out of their way to cater to our groups taste prefs (Autumn made fantastic special gluten free meals for my wife every day). They found the best anchorages as well as tooking us on amazing hikes, snorkels and scuba dives! S/V Kelea is surprisingly stable and comfortable. Would highly recommend!
Going on Kelea was the most perfect week for me! Shawn and Autumn are really cool and nice and know all the good spots to customize the perfect experience. There are so many awesome activities (scuba, kitesurfing, snorkeling, hiking, fishing etc. etc.), the food is incredible and the boat itself is beautiful and really comfortable! Can´t recommend SV Kelea enough!
November, 2017 guests on KELEA say:
We have been coming to the BVI and French West Indies since the late 90´s. At last count we just completed our 9th trip, most recently on the ´Kelea´ in the BVI´s.
Our first trip was on an old Cat named the Last Fancy with a husband and wife that were owners/operators. We had the time of our life and we never realized that we did not know what we did not know - that is to say there were some mighty beautiful boats out there. We soon realized that we had to come back and charter a newer/bigger boat with more amenities. We did this numerous times and it seems that each boat was nicer and each crew was better than the last.
Our experience on Kelea was no different - from a mighty 65 footer that can cruise at 9+ knots to the beautiful salon of blonde woods and the largest galley I have ever seen. Because she can provision and hold so much we never had to stop and we wanted for absolutely nothing the entire week! And this was 8 passengers and 2 crew!
This leads me to the crew - Dan and Alli Shivone... As I mentioned we have had the privilege to have chartered some of the finest Cat´s in the Caribbean and thus experienced some of the best crews. I can categorically state without any hesitation that Dan and Alli were the best! It seemed that all of our personalities meshed perfectly from Alli´s bubbly and energetic persona to Dan´s down to business yet dry and quick wit. All this lent itself to not only a wonderful trip from their technical abilities but also their personal qualities that led to great discussions, fun games, superb dives and lots and lots of laughs!
My wife and I highly recommend this boat but more importantly - this crew - for your dream vacation and the time of your life!
Rich and Lori K.
Chino Hills, CA
March 2017 KELEA Guests
Dan and Alli Shivone did a spectacular job of hosting us on Kelea and I wanted you to know they made our trip very special! Please tell anybody that is considering a trip on Kelea that they will have a wonderful boat, the most talented captain and chef, and more importantly the nicest people one could ever hope to meet!