Philotimo Description

Philotimo is a beautiful Lagoon 63 power catamaran with an abundance of space both inside and out, giving guests the freedom to relax in a variety of different social areas. Philotimo boasts luxurious design, superior cruising performance and she is equipped with all the comforts you could need onboard which makes Philotimo the perfect charter option!

Cruising Area of Philotimo

Pref. Pick-upVillage Cay
Other Pick-upNanny Cay
Summer PortBVI - Grenadines / Windward
Winter PortBVI
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands


Wash Basins3
TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
Philotimo can accommodate up to 6 guests in 3 cabins; 1 master queen suite and 2 queen cabins, all cabins offer ensuite facilities.


Length63 Feet
Beam32 Feet
Draft3.11 Feet
A/C NightYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Turnaround48hrs preferred / 24hrs inquir

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)16ft Infanta Rib
Dinghy Hp60HP
Dinghy Pax8
Sea ScootersYes
Snorkel GearYes
1-Man Kayak2
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle4
Gear TypeLight Tackle
Under Water CamYes
Other Toys
12 ft. Double Kayak
11ft. SUP x2
14ft Paddle Skiff
Fishing Gear X 3
Submersible Scooter x 2
Snorkel Gear x 8
Bote Floating Mat
60 HP 16ft Honda Rib

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard


Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
Other Entertainment
Movies/shows available for guests entertainment onboard


Special DietsYes

Green Initiatives

Re-Usable Water BottlesYes

Philotimo Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
CaptainGavin Van Der Berg
NationalityS. African
LicenseRYA Yachtmaster Ocean
Chef/First Mate
Chef/First MateMarie Perez

Meet the crew!

Meet the crew for season 2022/23!

Captain Gavin

Having been around boats since the age of five, Gavin’s parents were in the process of refitting a boat for a circumnavigation. Due to a tragic accident which lead to the loss of his father, this dream had to be put on hold.

The boating world became his natural choice of career, where he went on to acquire the qualifications to become a certified sailing instructor. Gavin inherited the dream and his ultimate goal is to one day sail around the world. Free diving is his greatest passion with hobbies including surfing, fishing and most water sports under the sun. Gavin has been a charter captain in the British Virgin Islands for the past 8 years and knows the waters better than most. Gavin holds an RYA/MCA Yacht Master Ocean Qualification, a BVI Boatmaster and a SAMSA Yacht Master Commercial.

Some of his current sailing accomplishments are, across the North and South Atlantic, circumnavigated the Baltic Sea, eight seasons in the Caribbean, two seasons in the United Kingdom and France, up the East Coast of Africa, Durban to Kenya as well as stops in Madagascar and not to mention a surf/sail trip in Indonesia.

Gavin has recently returned to chartering in the BVI after living and sailing aboard his own vessel with his wife and two young girls around the Caribbean.

Gavin is looking forward to welcoming you onboard M/Y Philotimo and showing you the vacation of a lifetime!

Chef Marie Perez
Marie was born on the Dominican Republic. In her teenage years she moved to Italy where she studied languages. She worked as interpreter/translator along with Web Marketing. Marie also loved cooking part time in restaurants, where she found herself in tune with her soul and real nature.
In 2010 she totally revolutionized her life by changing profession and started cooking on yachts in the US and British Virgin Islands.
Now she is a professional Chef, graduated with Merit in Devon-England at Ashburton Chefs Academy.
Marie is a super star in the galley specializing in tasting Italian, European, North America, Spanish Caribbean cuisine with a flair for unique presentation and gracious service. She gives her best when inspiration launches her at new “Marie’s Creations”, which are very original, tasty dishes, result of a passionate research into new ways to satisfy the most refine palates.
Marie has a passion for client service detail and loves to deliver those special touches that bring smiles to all her guests. You will be asking for her amazing recipes when you reluctantly leave Marie´s kitchen. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French but is best versed in the language of excellent service and tasty fun.

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Philotimo Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Feb 24, 2024Feb 26, 2024Booked: British Virgin Islands* to Yacht Haven Grand
Mar 09, 2024Mar 16, 2024Booked: Tortola, Road Town,BVI to Tortola, Road Town,BVI
Apr 20, 2024Apr 25, 2024Booked: Tortola, Village Cay, BVI to Tortola, Village Cay, BVI
May 08, 2024May 15, 2024Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI

Philotimo Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $32,000

High price: $38,000

Season2-4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2023/24 Winter$32,000$32,000$32,000
2024 Summer$37,000$37,500$38,000
2025 Summer$37,000$37,500$38,000

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.






LESS THAN 7 NIGHT CHARTER RATES: For 6 night charters, divide weekly rate by 7 nights X 6 nights. For 5 nights or less, divide weekly rate by 6 nights X number of nights.

SLEEP ABOARD:1/2 the daily rate. Dinner ashore at client´s expense. Includes; boarding after 4pm, welcome cocktail and breakfast the next morning and early start.

HALF-BOARD OPTION: $100 discount per person
Includes; 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, all other meals to be eaten ashore at client´s expense.

LOCAL FARE OPTION: $75 discount per person
Includes; 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners, all other meals to be eaten ashore at client´s expense.

$100 discount per child.

TURN AROUNDS: 24-hour turn arounds available for $250 per charter, otherwise 48-hour turns are standard

CHRISTMAS: Up to 6 guests for $42,000 - Must end no later than Dec 26th.
NEW YEARS: Up to 6 guests for $43,700 - Must begin no sooner than Dec 27th.

• Meals & Beverages onboard
• Fuel
• Mooring fees
• Private Yacht & Service of the crew (captain, chef/mate)
• Insurance for the yacht and the passengers (civil liability)
• Accommodation in private air-conditioned cabins each with an ensuite bathroom and bedding, towels, and beach towels.

• Special provisioning requests (inquire for further details)
• Cancellation insurance and private insurance
• Airport transfers to/from yacht base
• Personal Expenses
• Tip

It is customary to tip your crew at the end of your charter. The amount you leave is totally at your discretion and should be based on the level of service provided. The suggested gratuity is 15%-25% of the total charter fee.

Philotimo Guest Reviews

May, 2023 charter guests aboard PHILOTIMO wrote:

Capt. Gavin and Chef Marie are truly the Dream Team! Together they coordinated the most amazing trip for us. They are both professional, personable and FUNNY. We will miss Capt. Gavin´s knowledge of all things and Chef Marie´s yummy food and sunshine face. We miss you both already!
Friends forever ❤️
Chris and Patti

May, 2023 charter guests aboard PHILOTIMO wrote:

What an amazing experience! Thank you Capt. Gavin and Chef Marie. Professional and personable is a difficult combination that your team absolutely nailed. We´ll miss the great food and the laughs that we shared. Exceptional from start to finish.
Eric and Jamie
PS: If you are ever in Southern California, give us a call!

everything was just excellent!

Philotimo gave us the privilege to have the most amazing time! From the food to the beaches and the waters of the USVI - everything was just excellent! We are very sad to leave but very excited to come back and for the next guests to enjoy this beautiful boat and wonderful crew!

We would recommend Philotimo to EVERYONE. We will be back soon!

We are filled up with so much positive energy & totally recharged. Captain Hugh and crew are just so great! Crew and Captain are genuinely kind and hospitable people. Ya´ll made our family feel like your family - amazing! We would recommend Philotimo to EVERYONE. We will be back soon!

What an amazing week, we wont soon forget!

You guys are just tremendous, the yacht is amazing and the gourmet food was incredible too! What an amazing week, we wont soon forget!

Vivian and Hugh were awesome

Thanks for an incredible trip, we had a blast! Vivian and Hugh were awesome. Looking forward to the next time!

You made it even more special

Capt Hugh and Vivi, thank you for an amazing adventure. You made it even more special

Thank you very much for such an amazing charter!

Thank you very much for such an amazing charter! The experiences on the water and the amazing meals were unforgettable! We loved seeing turtles, swimming in the ocean, riding the tube and kneeboard, and dancing to the steel drum on our final night. This was a first class experience for each of us

I´m going to miss you so much!

Dear Captain Hugh, I´m going to miss you so much! I hope I get to come back soon. I hope I get to come back to the best boat with the best breakfast!

From the food to the fun - I will never forget it!

Captain Hugh and chef Vivi, this trip was definitely one of my favorites! From the food to the fun - I will never forget it!