Laysan Description

Step aboard sailing catamaran LAYSAN and you will be immediately impressed by the beauty of the design, immense amount of living space and pervasive atmosphere of calm. But there’s so much more than meets the eye. Once you´re under sail the thrill begins. LAYSAN was custom-designed by Bill Dixon of Dixon Yacht Design, one of the world’s leading yacht design studios, with input from the Owner, himself a superyacht captain. The goal was to build a perfect charter yacht. The result is a yacht ideally suited to active charter clients that want to ride the waves on the trampoline, be cooled by salt spray and laugh at the wind. LAYSAN is super fun under sail. From cutting-edge hull design to high-tech, efficient engineering systems, to sophisticated styling, LAYSAN is in a class of her own. LAYSAN has a layout with social spaces that are designed to accommodate large parties. The yacht is an excellent option for groups of friends and extended families keen to share the yachting adventure without ever feeling cramped. The innovative design allows for flexibility; be together, or find an intimate nook. Charter LAYSAN if you love to sail. This is a yacht built for sport. She can reach speeds of over 13 knots, which will make you feel as though you are flying over water! Watch the surf rush underneath the trampolines. Soak in the sun on luxurious sun pads. Dive or snorkel right off the deck. Immerse yourself in paradise.

Cruising Area

Pref. Pick-upFlexible - Caribbean
Other Pick-upFlexible - Caribbean
Summer PortCaribbean
Winter PortCaribbean

Specification

Length72 Feet
Beam34´ Feet
Draft7´ Feet
Built2017
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
Nude ChartersInq
HairdryerYes
Num Hatch15
Guest SmokeAt stern only
Guest PetsYes
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeYes - 5 years old
Inverter5 KW
Voltages220
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity300 ltrs / hr
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Generator17 KW
Max Speed13 knots
Cruising Speed10 knots
Fuel Consumption10 Litres/Hr
TurnaroundFlexible
Engines2 Yanmar Diesel engines 200 HP 1 Generator Bowthruster Vetus 29 HP
Communications
LED reading lights in cabins
USB plugs

Accomodations

Guests10
Cabins5
Crew3
Queen4
Twin1
Showers5
Wash Basins5
Electric Heads5
Accomodation Details
4 Queens and 1 Twin cabin. The two aft cabins are oversized Queens. The Twin is an oversized upper and lower bunk berth. Rain Shower heads with glass door in port aft /fwd and starboard fwd bathrooms. Midship bunk cabin has enclosed shower head with glass door.
All cabins have dimmable and reading lights as well as blackout shades, USB ports and independent A/C controls.
Salon Headroom - 7ft
Cabin Headroom - 6ft 5in

Entertainment

Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
DVDs800
CDs1000´s
Board GamesYes
Books10
Other Entertainment
2 Deck showers
Guest pets allowed with a security deposit
50´ UHD Samsung flat screen TV
Blueray Player
AppleTV
Samsung TV
Sonos Surround Sound (salon and cockpit) Laysan LAN
2 8-person life rafts
Underwater lights at the stern

Cuisine

Din-inSea
Special DietsYes
KosherYes
BBQYes

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)17ft Brig RIB
Dinghy Hp70 HP Suzuki 4 stroke
Dinghy Pax8
Adult WaterskisYes
Kids WaterskisYes
KneeboardYes
Snorkel Gear10
TubeYes
Wake BoardYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderYes at stern
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeLight
Fishing Rods2
Other Toys
Inquire for Onboard Scuba Diving
2 x Stand Up Paddleboards

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaOnboard
LicenseInstructor
Air CompressorNot Onboard
Num Divers6
Diving Info
For up to 6 certified divers, we can hire the gear on your behalf to have on the boat for the duration of the 7-day charter, doing 3 dives at your leisure. A non-refundable gear rental fee of $200 per person is required.
Dive Costs
$200 per person for dive gear rental for one week.
3 dives free; additional dives $50 pp/per dive

Open Water Referral (Check Out Dives) $300: Do your pool and class work at home, come with your referral letter from your instructor, and complete your open water dives on the yacht. Includes 4 dives.

Laysan Crew Profile

Crew Number3
Crew SmokeNo
Captain
CaptainWillem Knoetze
NationalitySouth African
Born1975
SpeaksEnglish, Afrikaans, French
License200 ton Yachtmaster Ocean, PADI Scuba Instructor, First Resp
Crew
CrewNicole Bowman
NationalityAmerican
LicenseAshburton Prof. Chef Cert., QCF-2 Culinary, HABC-2 Food Safe


CAPTAIN WILLEM KNOETZE
Will Knoetze is a Captain that is very easy to warm up to. He has an endearing smile, an infectious laugh, and guests know right away they are in very capable hands. His in-water experience began as a child growing up in South Africa: going fishing, building rafts, and playing pirate games in the rivers and lakes around the family farm with his brother and sisters. As an expert seaman, scuba diver, and amateur treasure hunter, his playful pirate spirit still runs deep. Will’s tight-knit family, most especially his uncle, inspired his love of the ocean. He says, “Despite having a great job in the IT industry, I had to leave to follow my passion for sailing. Since I was young I loved the ocean above and below the surface. The oceans kept on pulling so I jumped (in) at the opportunity and found my calling in life.” He is also a history buff, and snorkeling, spear fishing and underwater photography enthusiast. Fellow enthusiasts aboard Laysan can anticipate some truly memorable experiences.

Will holds a Yachtmaster Ocean 200-ton commercial captain license with power and sail endorsements and has captained many charter yachts throughout the Caribbean including St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Panama, Grand Turk and the Bahamas. He says, “Laysan is a special catamaran, she has style and charm, spacious accommodations, fantastic deck space, loads of toys, and a super friendly, knowledgeable crew dedicated to memorable moments and unforgettable holidays for guests.” That all adds up to one fabulous charter!

CHEF NICOLE BOWMAN
Nicole is a Florida girl with a natural born love of sun and sea. She practically grew up in the surf and has always been mesmerized by the ocean and the creatures that live in it. Nicole was destined for the yacht charter industry. She loves boating, diving, water sports, and most of all working with people. She says, “Being on the water is second nature to me. There is nothing more amazing than waking up every morning in a beautiful tropical paradise!”

Nicole has been organizing parties, vacations, celebrations and entertaining friends and family for years. Destined for the yachting industry, Nicole combined her passion for cooking and entertaining to become a professional chef. She earned a Certificate of Professional Cookery from the Ashburton Chef Academy in England, along with other culinary accreditations. Her attention to detail is not left unnoticed, creating masterpieces of delectable goodness in every meal. Nicole caters to every taste with local produce as she travels through the islands expanding her culinary ideas.

If guests want a helping hand with their water sports fun, Nicole is ready to assist. she´s a certified diver, excellent snorkeler and can hook a fish with a keen eye. Her goal is to help make every charter spectacular, above and below the water line. She says, “Making vacations relaxed, fun and enjoyable for our guests is a wonderful feeling. After a memorable day, good wine, great food and laughter is the spice of life!´

MATE REMI LECLEZIO
Remi Lelcezio grew up on the enchanting island of Mauritius. His family had a beach house on the southern coast. Growing up on an island surrounded by perfect white sand beaches and the stunning blue Indian Ocean would make anyone an ocean lover. Ever since Remi can remember he has been on or under the water, surfing, sailing, free-diving, spearfishing, and scuba diving. He says, “I was lucky enough to attend a school that offered sailing as a sport. I started sailing on small optimists, then lasers, L26, L36. As I grew bigger, so did the boats I learned to sail. Last year I attended the Cannes Royal sailing regatta in France. We sailed on a 59m Schooner, which was awesome!”

Being close to nature, Remi developed a strong belief environmental conservation and protection. He earned a Bachelor Degree of Social Science in Geography and Environmental Management. He worked in the hospitality industry for two years as a waiter and bartender. Last year he spent working in France, where his fluent French was an asset. He gained professional experience on several different yachts. Not only does Remi know the charter rules and regulations, he’s also skilled at caring for and pleasing people.

Remi likes to do whatever it takes to help create a fabulous vacation for his guests. He lends a hand whenever guests are in need of a little help and happily shares his favorite water sports tips and techniques. He is very patient with children and has a magical ability to make them laugh. Most importantly, he pays attention to detail, because he says, “sometimes it’s the small things that make a big difference”.

Will, Nicole, and Remi invite you to come share their passion for the ocean and the Caribbean islands. “Laysan is our pride and joy, she is a 2017, performance sailing catamaran with luxurious accommodations and lots of toys and gear. You decide the pace and activities of your holiday and we’ll be there to make your dreams a reality. We look forward to meeting you soon.”

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Laysan Bookings

Start DateEnd DateDetails
Oct 06, 2018Oct 16, 2018Booked: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges
Oct 17, 2018Oct 23, 2018Transit: Grenada, St Georges to British Virgin Islands*
Nov 02, 2018Nov 11, 2018Boat Show: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay
Dec 01, 2018Dec 11, 2018Boat Show: Antigua Yachtshow to Antigua Yachtshow
Dec 21, 2018Dec 28, 2018Booked: British Virgin Islands* to British Virgin Islands*
Dec 29, 2018Jan 05, 2019Booked: Tortola, TBD to Tortola, TBD
Jan 19, 2019Jan 26, 2019Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Feb 15, 2019Feb 18, 2019Booked: British Virgin Islands* to British Virgin Islands*
Mar 03, 2019Mar 10, 2019Booked: Saint Marten, West Indies to Saint . Kitts*

Laysan Rates / week


Season2-4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax
2018 Summer$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2018/19 Winter$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2019 Summer$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2019/20 Winter$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
New Year's$47,725$47,725$47,725$47,725
Christmas$45,650$45,650$45,650$45,650
Season8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2018 Summer$40,500$41,000$41,500
2018/19 Winter$40,500$41,000$41,500
2019 Summer$40,500$41,000$41,500
2019/20 Winter$40,500$41,000$41,500
New Year's$47,725$47,725$47,725
Christmas$45,650$45,650$45,650

Yacht terms: All Inclusive

Laysan Rates / week


Season2-4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax
2018 Summer$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2018/19 Winter$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2019 Summer$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
2019/20 Winter$38,500$39,000$39,500$40,000
New Year's$47,725$47,725$47,725$47,725
Christmas$45,650$45,650$45,650$45,650
Season8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2018 Summer$40,500$41,000$41,500
2018/19 Winter$40,500$41,000$41,500
2019 Summer$40,500$41,000$41,500
2019/20 Winter$40,500$41,000$41,500
New Year's$47,725$47,725$47,725
Christmas$45,650$45,650$45,650

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, premium beverages or scuba activities. Those details will be addressed during the booking process. Inquire for more information.

Get more information about All Inclusive or send us an inquiry to get specific pricing for Laysan.

Laysan Guest Reviews

Extra features of Laysan

There is a huge sun awning for the foredeck with big sun pads. It’s an oasis up there with the breeze coming up the trampolines.

July 2018 - Comments to the broker

The captain was kind, warm hearted, an expert in his field, safety first, a great sense of humor. The food was absolutely amazing! Nicole exceeded all expectations of cooking for all of us! Remi is kind and on top of things. He’s also smart and what a great swimmer! The crew became our friends and we had a magnificent time! Everything was fantastic! Immaculate and clean, spacious, great decor. We had so much fun planning each day with our team. Our kids had a ball and my husband really enjoyed the diving! What a fantastic chef!

This was an absolutely unforgettable trip! Not only was the boat amazing, the food out of this world, the team amazing, and the views breathtaking; we learned so much about the BVIs, different cultures and the team we were with.

Laysan is simply a fantastic experience that we will do again with the most fantastic crew ever! Thank you so much Will, Nicole, and Remi!!

The ´G´ Family

12-19 July, 2018 ~ Exceptional Virgins ~

We had the most amazing time on Laysan with Captain Will, the most amazing Chef Nicole and the Remigator. Thank you for always showing us the “better side” of the islands, secret snorkel spots, catching lobsters, fun on the paddle boards, dancing all night on the Anegada, amazing dinners, etc. This was a trip of a lifetime! And the crew made it even better. It was really something special. My favorite beach was White Ba and my favorite island was Anegada.

Thank you! Until we meet again.

The best trip of my life!! In my 18 years I have never had so much fun with such exceptional people. The cooking is to die for!

The “G” Family

2-9 June, 2018 - Spectacular!!

This was our first family vacation on a boat and also in the BVI. Hands down everyone had a wonderful time. The boat was just perfect. We had a party of 8 that fit very comfortably. The awning upfront with the nets and chairs was just lovely. The cabins were spacious with compartments for everything. You can tell this boat was expertly custom built and appointed. It has a comfortable elegant feel. Sailing in the open water is almost like gliding. Awesome.

As much as we all liked the boat, it doesn’t compare to the crew. Will, Nicole and Remi absolutely made the trip magical. Will made sure we were taken care of from the moment we left for the boat. He gave us detailed instructions on how to navigate from the airport to the taxi’s and boat ferry to get to the boat. When we arrived, he swept us away to a secluded cove and the adventure began. At the beginning, Will and crew discussed options for the week and most importantly they listened to our interests for the vacation. After that, they took us on a journey of a lifetime.

Will’s knowledge and experience was most impressive. We all enjoyed watching him maneuver the boat with ease. His knowledge and stories of the islands were spectacular. It’s like he knew every cove and seaway in the whole BVI including the history. The amazing part was he has that knowledge all over the world. It was fun just hearing him talk about other places.

Nicole kept us all very well feed and happy. From meals to snacks to drinks, it was all first class. Her attention to detail made the trip. She obviously scoured over our preferences to ensure we were all well taken care of. It is a luxury to eat her meals and share her stories. She is full of life and a pleasure to be around.

Remi. What can I say. He is basically the kindest person I have ever met. He genuinely cares about everyone on the boat. Crew members included. He was always there ready to explore, help and have fun.

The Laysan is simply the whole package: service, amenities, food, friendliness, experience and knowledge. Everything you want for a vacation. Spectacular!!!

Sincerely,
Shane, Julie and family

24-31 March, 2018 – BVIs – Precious Memories!

Will & Nicole,
Thank you for an amazing voyage!! Your attention to detail was incredible and made everyone feel right at home. This was truly an experience to remember with our children and friends. Laysan is a beautiful vessel, but it was both of you that made the difference!

Thank you for making this one of, if not, the best adventure we’ve every taken! From swimming to hiking, to dancing and water sports! Everything was awesome. We loved making precious memories with our family and special friends that have become family. The laughter we shared will love on forever. We appreciate all the little details. Celebrating a special anniversary & graduation could not have been better. You are both beautiful human beings, thank you! If you are ever in Miami, let us know, our home is always open to you!

The “V” Family

P.S. Thanks so very much for being so awesome with the kids!!

September 2017 ~ Absolutely Amazing!

I wanted to take a few moments to share with you my appreciation and joy spending a week aboard Laysan last week with David, my husband, Lars and other siblings. We had an amazing vacation on your beautiful boat! The design of the interior (spacious, inviting, but efficient) and exterior of the boat was perfect for a guest. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms were easy to move around in and the shower water was hot, and the common space in and outside of the boat accommodated all of our activities so well. We enjoyed taking advantage of all of the toys on the boat as well - scuba diving, paddle boating, swimming, sunbathing, yoga, and eating and drinking yummy food.

The icing on this journey was the crew. They were absolutely amazing!

We feel very fortunate to have spent a week on your the wonderful Laysan! Thank you for sharing your dream boat with us!

Linda and Lee

July 2017 ~ Merci mes Amis!

LAYSAN is a beautiful, new and very comfortable sailing catamaran. The crew was the consummate hosts! We enjoyed every moment on board and our week ended much too soon! The meals were delicious and so beautifully presented! We look forward to sailing with you again in the Caribbean. Merci mes amis, àbientôt! - July 2017

The following comments are for Willem and Nicole on their previous charter yacht

Captain Will and Chef Nicole just recently joined the new yacht, Laysan

3-10 June, 2017 BVI

Thank you so much for our adventure in the BVI. Will & Nicole – You are the best! Best wishes to both of you and Happy Sailing!
Love Annie, Kyle & Charlie

Will & Nicole,
You thoroughly enabled our clan to be highly adventurous, extremely well fed and appreciative pirates for the week. We would easily select you and your CAT over a Russian super-yacht and crew of 70 any day of the week! One word sums up the whole week: AMAZING!
Best wishes to the two of you on your personal adventure.
Cyle, Cameron, Carter, Cindy & Craig

April 30 - May 9, 2017

What an Amazing Experience. Thank you from our hearts and way beyond words. Will & Nicole, for every minute!! Thank you for taking such good and special care, you never stop amazing us. We take you both in our hearts and you’ll stay there in a very special place for this wonderful gift you made possible!!

Will & Nicole, what a wonderful crew, they are 2, but care and support like 4. We won’t forget you and wish only the best for your future life. Keep both a surprise!

It was a wonderful experience, full of “amazing” details and moments. The food/meals were prepared with love and dedication, on top and first class quality. Many thanks Will and Nicole for your compassion.

Will & Nicole,
Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks for this “Amazing” trip, full of love. We could see the wonderful people you are and we are very lucky things happened for something special. Thank you very much!! Love you!

Excellent boat and wonderful crew!! Thank you for all the time you dedicated to us. Very special and different meals. Hope to be with you again in the near future!

Thanks much for all your kindness and care! We had a wonderful time!

It has been a wonderful experience. It is hard to find a crew like Will and Nicole that really love what they do, no matter the hard work. You guys never lose your smile and your sense of humor. We will treasure this fantastic vacation!

Marco, Cecilia, Paul, Martha, Cesar, Joey, Mirtha, Victor, Julia & Aurelio

March 18-24, 2018

A+ experience. Captain Will and Nicole are terrific. They are clearly experienced sailors and very focused on providing a great customer experience. We felt safe and very comfortable with them.
They are fantastic with children and transformed our 5 kids (who never spent time on a boat) into enthusiastic sailors and snorkelers. We would happily book this crew on another charter in the future.

C & S Families

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