Paradigm Shift Description
PARADIGM SHIFT is a luxurious 50-foot 2011 St. Francis catamaran with three guest suites (2 queen´s and 1 doubles) each with a private en-suite head (electric toilet, separate showers and vanity/sink). The main salon has a fully applianced galley plus full dining area with flat screen TV for watching movies. The spacious cockpit offers lots of the same for lounging and dining alfresco. The huge forward deck and trampolines can accommodate all guests with sunbathing room to spare. Ideal for two or three couples or couples with children. Lots of water toys, 3 SUP boards, Crystal Clear 2 person kayak, Tube, kneeboards, 14 ft aluminum AB Dinghy with 40 hp Honda.
Chef Bonnie is a world class, self taught chef , she won first place in both the Summer Canape and Healthy Cocktail competition at the 2015 Newport Charter Boat Show and is not responsible for how much weight you gain in a week! Captain Steve is a veteran of the North Atlantic fishing fleet from Maine who has spent his whole life on the water.
Cruising Area of Paradigm Shift
1 master queen berth cabin with private ensuite head (shower, tub, electric toilet & vanity with sink), 2 queen berth cabins with private ensuite heads (shower, electric toilet & vanity with sink), 1 double berth cabin crew cabin, with private ensuite head (shower, electric toilet & vanity with sink), large cockpit for lounging and dining, lovely main salon with galley and seating for 6 for cocktails, games or meals, large trampoline forward.
SatPhone for emergencies.
Sirius XM radio with speakers through including bow.
WiFi hot spots are numerous in the BVI
Noodles and floats
(3) Stand-up paddle boards
(2) Ugly stick rod/reels
(2) Stinson rod/reels
Beach Tennis set
(2) squirt guns
Registered BVI fishing vessel
Solar panels and new lithium ion batteries, water maker, recycle all waste where possible, eco-friendly cleaning products when possible, local and organic produce when available.
Paradigm Shift Crew Profile
The crew of PARADIGM SHIFT, A 50 FOOT, St. Francis luxury catamaran, are a delightful and very relaxed husband and wife team with a passion for the sea, swimming, sailing, great food and better wine...they are extremely social and love entertaining aboard their beautiful boat.
Capt. Richard ´Rico´ Diaz
Rico grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota, swimming in the land of ten thousand lakes. He obtained a degree in IT and spent many years in network security before leaving behind the cubicle to pursue a career as a dive instructor. After achieving the Dive Instructor Certification in the Virgin Islands, instructing in Hawaii, and diving around the world, Rico was drawn back to the warm waters of the Caribbean, where he fell in love with sailing. He spent the next few years working on sailboats, tech diving, and leading snorkeling tours at Buck Island Reef National Monument. Immediately after obtaining his USCG Master Merchant
Mariner License, he was recruited by the National Park Service as a Research Vessel Captain, scientific diver, and biologist. During his time with the Park Service, Rico treated coral diseases, tagged sharks, and collaborated with numerous scientific agencies in marine conservation efforts. Rico has decided to combine all his experiences, passions, and talents to introduce others to the wonders of the ocean as the Captain of Paradigm Shift.
FIRST MATE/CHEF: Bonnie Carroll
Originally a farm girl from Western PA, Bonnie has developed a convert´s zeal for ocean sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Bonnie and Steven both hold Advanced Open Water PADI dive certifications Her early career included waitressing and eventually managing several fine dining restaurants in Pittsburgh where she worked under several renowned chefs developing her own gourmet style of cooking. She presents a very eclectic menu from down home ´comfort food´ like fresh baked sourdough bread and chocolate chip cookies to organic free range beef tenderloin, fresh fried snapper to Fetuccini Alfredo..She uses all natural, non-processed ingredients and is as concerned about making healthy food choices as she is about over the top quality and taste. Both she and Steven love sharing their very active lifestyle and will gladly teach beginners how to snorkel, kayak and paddle board.
Paradigm Shift Calendar
Paradigm Shift does currently not provide a calendar or bookings list. Please inquire for more information.
Paradigm Shift Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $17,000(normal rate)
High price: $18,500(normal rate)
Paradigm Shift Special Offer!
Offer: Christmas & New Years are offered at a special price of $21,000 / week (up to 6 guests) instead of $24,765 / week!
Minimum nights: 7
Travel between: Dec/17/2023 - Jan/06/2024
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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. Unused APA money will be refunded. Inquire for more information.
ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS
FULLY VACCINATED GUESTS ONLY PLEASE
GENERAL RATES NOTE: All rates are for one week / 7 nights. For short charters please use the ´divide-by-6 rule´ for figuring short charter premiums:
Charters of 6 nights, use 6/7ths (six sevenths) of the weekly rate. For charters of 5 nights or fewer, the fee is calculated by dividing the weekly rate by 6, then multiplying that figure by the desired number of nights of charter.
SUMMER 2024: PARADIGM SHIFT is based out of Newport, RI -- repositioning fees apply for other ports at $500-$750 per day depending on distance from Newport. Contract to be used for for New England charters is the AYCA Uninspected Passenger Vessel Agreement with maximum of 6 guests.
20% APA for New England and the Bahamas (and plus the Bahamian VAT)
WINTER 2023-2024: from 17th December 2023 through April 2024
Winter rates are FULL BOARD with one dinner & one lunch ashore
***PARADIGM SHIFT is a registered BVI fishing vessel***
Preferred port: Crown Bay Marina / Other port: YHG, Red Hook, STJ or BVI (limited to 7 per year)
These rates are all-inclusive of standard ships bar, with all meals -- except 1 dinner & 1 lunch ashore at guest expense.
Extra BVI Fees to be paid by client.
CHRISTMAS 2023 & NEW YEARS 2023 RATE - $21,000 (up to 6 guests) -- 10 days or two one week charters with 48 hours turnaround in between
Christmas Dates 19th 26th Dec
New Year 28th - 4th
Paradigm Shift Guest Reviews
Late February, 2023, guests aboard catamaran PARADIGM SHIFT wrote:
Late February, 2023, guests aboard catamaran PARADIGM SHIFT wrote their note in their own hand...
New Years week, 2022/2023, guests aboard PARADIGM SHIFT wrote:
Dear Bonnie, Steve, and Sailor
I wanted to convey our appreciation and gratitude for the care and attention to detail you both showed us on our wonderful Christmas / New Years charter….Nicole and I had fabulous week, Bonnies’ food was exceptional... the freshness , variety and portions were perfect for us. Captain Steve was able to fast track the paperwork required to enter the BVI which was our goal on this trip as we had been denied entry in 2020 due to Covid restrictions. All in all an amazing trip, both relaxing and fun when we needed it…best charter ever! Thanks again Steve & Bonnie..
PS: We miss Sailor dog every minute and hope you are sneaking treats to her in our absence!!
Bernard and Nicole
Bonnie, Steve and the Paradigm Shift exceeded all expectations. This is not our first rodeo. We have enjoyed sailing in the BVI´s many times but this was, by far, our best overall experience, even though Covid limited our cruising area. Bonnie and Steve knew where to take us to maximize our experience. Snorkeling off Culebra was a highlight. We will definitely be back on the Paradigm Shift!
Better than we could have ever imagined!
Dear Bonnie, Steve and Sailor,
We knew this would be a trip of a lifetime but thank you for making it better than we could have ever imagined! You guys ROCK!
We can’t wait to get back!!!
We miss the islands already! We try to keep the island vibe going
Bonnie and Steve were awesome!! We can’t imagine a better week. They were more than accommodating!! The boat is perfect and you can tell they take pride in it. Bonnie is an awesome cook and nailed every meal....and drink
They are amazing people and we had a ton of fun with them. They were a perfect match for us. Hopefully they had fun with us
We can’t wait to get back!!!
Fish Family Charter
We spent 8 magical days on the Paradigm Shift and as I was stepping off the boat on our last day I turned to Bonnie and Steve and simply said that sometimes dreams really do come true!! I also want a special shout out to Bonnie for being an amazing chef!! The quality of the food was unexpected from the relatively tight quarters of a boat galley!! In summary, I highly recommend Vine Yachts and Steve and Bonnie Carroll on the Paradigm Shift !! The sign of a fantastic vacation is in stating that my family and I can’t wait to do this again!!!!!
The nicest boat in the VI
I live in the Virgin Islands and I am very picky on boat charters. Steve and Bonnie have the nicest boat in the VI that I have been on. They just arrived to the area with their absolutely beautiful boat and are the new game in town to beat.
We chartered it for a day for a work retreat with my New York office. Our group was 12. It was fantastic. The boat is new and spotless, Bonnie´s food was outstanding (think high expectations for big-city foodies), and Steve was a great captain, making sure we went to the best places for our group and pulling out all the toys for us throughout the day (tubing, snorkel gear, SUPs, games, etc.)!
I have seen most of the charters in the VI so this review should save a lot of research time. If you like new and clean, high-quality food, the best layout of a catamaran I have seen, and a very professional and fun host couple, this is your boat. I will be taking my family on an overnight charter next.
Visited December 2015
Steve and Bonnie Carroll made our charter everything we had hoped for and more. From the moment we met them, after exchanging sincere hugs, their first priority was making sure we were comfortable with them and being on their boat. Bonnie was an incredible cook for us. She was always making something delicious and was extremely kind in doing so. On a few occasions we watched and helped her prepare meals. It was fascinating for us to learn new recipes and share some of ours with her. What a delight! Steve always made us feel as if we were in good, safe hands. He had total control over the boat at all times. We enjoyed watching him sail and navigate. He took the time to show us what he was doing, explain his high tech navigational system, and together we developed the itinerary that best suited us. In both of their respective roles, they were true professionals with personalities you dream of. They were always aware of everything. They had the perfect blend of asking if we need anything, and knowing when we wanted space. They had so many fun water toys and we all played on them together. Having them participate with us on their stand up paddle boards, walks on the beach collecting sea shells, meandering through island towns, and early morning swims, showed us that if you´re lucky, you´re crew can have a fun side to them. Steve was happy to show us how to drive the dingy, although i might have made him nervous :) Their dog, Tabasco, was adorable and never felt in the way. Every morning he would climb on my lap while I enjoyed Bonnie´s delightful coffee. I´m allergic to dogs, but Tabasco, being hypo-allergenic, never gave me a single problem. Definitely the best dog I´ve ever met! Steve and Bonnie were genuinely interested in hearing about our lives and it allowed us to feel very easy going. This is a subtle but important trait you want on your charter. After all, you´re sharing limited space together. Their casual and relaxed nature made us feel as if we made life long friends. The boat was always very clean, neat, and organized. Whenever we were looking for something, down to the littlest thing such as a toothpick, nail clipper, or tape; they knew just where it would be. This trip was an all time travel highlight for us, and we´ve been all over the world. While we were still on the boat, we were trying to make a plan for when we can get back on in the future.
APRIL 8, 2015 - DAY TRIP
Everything was perfect!! Bonnie and Steve were great!! Couldn´t have ask for a more perfect day!!
We returned last night from the most amazing time! Bonnie and Steve were amazing hosts and made us so comfortable. All of my family - especially the birthday boy Steve, just had a wonderful time. The accommodations were great, the food was delicious and the activities were just enough. We still had plenty of time to just relax and get to know each other better. We had our two new members of our family with us- our future son-in-laws!
Our charter was fabulous! Paradigm Shift is modern, spacious, comfortable, plus great under sail. The Exumas are spectacular with their deserted beaches, pristine snorkeling, plus oh-so amazing water colors. We found the Exumas to have just enough establishment and entertainment on land to keep things interesting (with visits to some local marinas, bars, and restaurants plus a fun stop to see the swimming pigs), but what makes the location so unique is the feeling of truly being away from it all. In the end, what made our vacation so special was our crew of Steven, Bonnie and their little dog Tabasco. Steven is a great Captain, making you feel comfortable and safe in his care. He has a wealth of knowledge about the Bahamas and picked a perfect itinerary for our charter. Bonnie is a great Chef, producing one yummy gourmet treat after another. She´s also a warm, fun, and friendly person and made us feel extremely welcome aboard. Together, they´re an interesting and fun couple to spend time with and we thoroughly enjoyed our time with them. Their 3rd crew member, Tabasco, was a real treat to have around and made a perfect and lovable companion for our trip. We look forward to chartering the Paradigm Shift in the Exumas again soon.
We had a marvelous week on Paradigm Shift. It is an absolutely stunning part of the world and even though I spent a lot of time working I was glad that I was on a yacht in the Exuma Cays! Steve and Bonnie were great, excellent hosts and they took such good care of the kids which made a huge difference for Kate and I. The yacht itself is great, lots of space, modern and well set up. I would highly recommend Steve and Bonnie as hosts and Paradigm Shift as a yacht and as you know I am a little hard to please at times!! Rob Joseph
Hardest Working Crew of Two
Karen - Just back from Maine so before it slips my mind. Steve and Bonnie, as you suggested were just terrific. Great outgoing personalities. Hardest working two person crew we ever saw (and we’ve seen a lot.) He’s a super boat handler, she’s quite competent and more importantly cooks up a storm. Gourmet class cook. In addition to which they cheerfully catered a cocktail party for our closest friends, found two hands to service arriving and departing ducks, and served two other meals at which we had three guests each. Full on first class effort with never a frown.
You will not be surprised that I went the full 20%, deposit balance plus check. For something that was lined up at the last minute it was great. Many thanks to you. If they ever need references, happy to provide (or you can just use this note!) Warm regards, G
PS - I won’t forget you for next year! With better notice.