Cruising Area of PurelyBlu

Pref. Pick-upWest End, Tortola
Other Pick-upInquire
Summer PortTortola, BVI
Winter PortTortola, BVI
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands


TP in HeadsYes
Electric Heads4
Accommodation Details
Accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins with 3 ensuite heads w/ enclosed showers.

Crew will take starboard aft cabin

PurelyBlu Specification

Length50 Feet
Beam27 Feet
Draft5 Feet
A/C NightYes
Sun AwningYes
Bimini TopYes
Num HatchMany
Guest SmokeTramsom Please
Children AllowedYes
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity250 gallons
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Max Speed14 knots
Cruising Speed8 knots
Turnaround48hr preferred
Engines2 x Yanmar 4JH80
Starlink WIFI is available in both US and International waters. Download speeds in foreign countries are not equal to the speeds of the US.

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)12ft
Dinghy Hp30hp
Dinghy Pax6
Sea ScootersYes
Snorkel GearYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderYes
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeRods
Fishing Rods2
Under Water VideoYes
Other Toys
2 sea scooters
2 paddle boards
1 floating dock
starlink wifi

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorOnboard
Num Divers6
Diving Info
Rendezvous Diving Only
Dive Costs


Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
Board GamesYes
Other Entertainment
Complementary USVI and BVI map to track your charter

Body Wash
Body Lotion
Reef Safe 30SPF Sunscreen


Special DietsYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes

PurelyBlu Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
CaptainBrad Needham
LicenseUSCG 100 ton, STCW
Chef/First Mate
Chef/First MateZoe Gahan
LicenseUSCG 100 ton, STCW

Captain Brad Needham

As a North Carolina native, one of Brad’s earliest memories is going sailing with his father in the Pamlico Sound on the family boat, a 12’ O’day Widgeon. Learning to sail the family boat single handedly by ten, and then attending summer sailing camp every year until old enough to begin working on sailing staff by age 16. Working as a sailing instructor there and at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Brad loves to share his passion for sailing with others by educating people to sail themselves. Having graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in mechanical engineering, he also has a keen awareness of the inner workings of many vessel systems. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Brad worked in both front and back of house positions in numerous hotels, restaurants and bars.

Working as an engineer for a private company in Homer, Alaska Brad traveled throughout the U.S. and as far as Turkmenistan doing border security installations but soon was soon reacquainted with his need to be on the water after taking a vacation cruising around Florida on a friend’s 28’ Cape Dory. He then restarted his career working on charter fishing boats in Alaska and subsequently got his captain’s license leading to multiple Inside Passage boat deliveries. He now has over 40,000 NM under his belt and enjoys sharing his experience with others.

Chef Zoe Gahan

Growing up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, Zoe has never been far from the water, andgrew up enjoying trips up north for fishing and water sports, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, and surfing in California with her father. She believes her love for fine foods began with her first ever bite of solid food: a taste of fresh focaccia from her aunt and uncle’s Italian restaurant. Zoe learned to embrace creativity in the
kitchen from her mother, and growing up with extended family in the restaurant industry gave her a behind-the-scenes view of fine dining and a love for hospitality.

Zoe was raised closely involved in her parents’ business, a community newspaper, and held many roles, eventually managing the company alongside her mother and father. The experience gave her a foundation in customer service, management and organization that she carries into her work as mate and chef on Purely Blu. Earning a fine arts degree further elevated her culinary artistry, and she draws on her lifelong
love of cooking and art to produce not only delicious, but colorful and inviting meal presentations. Zoe’s international travels, including backpacking in South America and time in Italy and France, have always focused on discovering the best local cuisines. With the community newspaper industry facing decline, Zoe decided to forge a new path, and drove to Alaska sight unseen. After her first day working on a charter fishing boat, she knew wanted to make a career on the ocean. Having recently earned her captain’s license after logging over 10,000 NM, she enjoys continually learning aboard every vessel she works on.

Brad and Zoe met in Alaska (for a fun story, ask how!) and have worked on charter boats independently and together for over seven years. They are happiest on the water, whether that be fishing or sharing good food and laughter with new and old friends alike.

Captain Brad Qualifications:

USCG 100 ton
Marine Radio Operator
First Aid and CPR certified

Chef Zoe Qualifications:

USCG 100 ton
First Aid and CPR certified

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PurelyBlu Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
May 24, 2024May 31, 2024Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Jun 01, 2024Jun 07, 2024Booked: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Jul 03, 2024Jul 09, 2024Hold: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Jul 13, 2024Jul 20, 2024Hold: Tortola, West End, BVI to Tortola, West End, BVI
Jul 23, 2024Jul 31, 2024Booked: Owner Use to Owner Use
Aug 01, 2024Oct 31, 2024Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable

PurelyBlu Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $18,000
(normal rate)
High price: $25,000
(normal rate)

PurelyBlu Special Offer!
Discount: 20%!
Offer: PurelyBlu offers 20% off all charters run through July 2024. BVI ports only. No additional discounts apply.
Old price: $18,000 - $25,000 / week
New price: $14,400 - $20,000 / week (Save: $3,600 - $5,000 / week)
Minimum nights: 6
Travel before: Jul/31/2024

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax
2023/24 Winter$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,000
2024 Summer$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,000
2024/25 Winter$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,000
2025 Summer$22,000$22,500$23,000$23,500$24,000$24,500$25,000

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.


Short charters available
24hr Turns Available

3 queen ensuite cabins and midship cabin are available to guests. Midship and port forward cabins share head.
Crew will take starboard forward queen cabin.

Christmas Flat Rate $25,000 inquire about pick up and drop off. 7 night minimum.
New Years Flat Rate $30,000 inquire about pick up. 7 night minimum.

HALF-BOARD RATES: Discount Applied First
(7/4/3 BREAKFAST/LUNCH/DINNER): $150 off / person
3 lunches and 4 dinners ashore at client expense

(Rate / 6 x #Nights)

$2,000 Sleep aboard the night before the charter departs
Guests arrive to the yacht at 5pm. Snacks and welcome drink served, this is not an open bar. Dinner is ashore on clients expense. Continental breakfast provided next morning. Vessel departs at noon.

CHILD DISCOUNTS: Discount Applied First
Children 15 and under $500 discount
Must be 15 or under at the time of charter.

Exclusive Water Taxi available!
The Caribe Express provides private transportation to and from your charter yacht on a comfortable Aquila 36.
Enjoy complimentary cocktails while our professional crew handles Customs and Immigration
Please inquire for pricing.

$18,000 per week
Captain only rate includes the Vessel, all linens/towels/Kitchenware/Diningware, water toys and the Captain.
Not Included: All Running Costs, Food, Drink, Cruising Taxes/Fees/Permits, Fuel, Dockage/Moorings, etc...

PurelyBlu Guest Reviews

February 2024 BVI Charter

Wow! I don´t know where to begin! The entire experience was perfect from start to finish. The amenities on the boat are top notch, and of course the islands and scenery beautiful; the hosts Brad and Zoe are the shining stars. We felt like welcome special guests at all times. They were ever present when needed and quietly in the background when we were relaxing. The crew is so important on this sort of vacation, and in that regard PurelyBlu is just perfect and easy. Anyone who boats will understand that there are many variables that can derail plans, but we never felt anything was a bit of trouble or out of reach. Just a special and perfect vacation for our multi-generational group.

— Charla

Sailing through the islands on PurelyBlu was truly a once in a lifetime experience. Being able to stay on this boat and explore so many new places was unbelievable. Brad & Zoe make the greatest team and the success of the vacation would not be possible without them. They truly have a special place in our hearts. I am so grateful for this opportunity. THANK YOU! x 1000.

Thank you all so so much for such a truly amazing week. This was something none of us have ever experienced and you all sure showed us it better than anyone else could. We will forever remember you all and this for a lifetime.

— Lainey and LJ

Our family had a magical week on PurelyBlu. Captain Brad and Zoe were unbelievable. Their preparation and adaptability made everyone feel special. We could not have asked for a more attentive team to take care of us. We can´t wait to do this again! Cheers!

— Joe

An unbelievable week! truly a bucket list experience for all types of people. The boat is beautiful as are the islands. However, our week was truly made by the care and effort of Brad and Zoe. I can´t sing higher praises. Much love to PurelyBlu — hope we meet again.

— Ally

Cruising the islands on PurelyBlu for a week was a perfect vacation! Captain Brad and Zoe made the experience — I can´t imagine having anyone take better care of us! I´m sure I gained 5lbs from Zoe´s wonderful cooking, but it was worth it! Brad helped plan our days which included snorkeling, diving, sightseeing, eating & drinking!! Whatever we wanted — they were very hospitable and accommodating! The boat was always pristine and well maintained. I´m hoping I get to do this again with them sometimes — I am so thankful my son and family included me on this wonderful trop!

— Ann

Brad and Zoe Past Reviews


They´ll catch you if you get a little tipsy coming off the dinghy, feed you well, and motor or sail anywhere the snorkeling´s good! Captain Johnny and Chef Zoe are excellent. They´ll roll with the punches without you ever knowing. Thank you for a wonderful week.
Marie & Turner

Y´all were amazing. Professional, kind, and fun. Best food ever! Best week!
Thanks for your hard work and dealing with our silliness!
Lucas & Gardner

Captain Johnny and capable Zoe. Thanks for rescuing our charter with what is most certainly an upgrade. It´s always easier to do it yourself, but I appreciate your including me in all the sailing fun. You both have such a gift for hospitality and a love for your craft. Zoe, the food was amazing, and your presentation was even better. Thank you all for a great week. Best wishes for a successful and rewarding season. Fair seas to you both.

Captain Johnny and Chef Zoe,
Thank you for making this week for me and my family a special time for each of us to enjoy. We have really loved getting to know you and hearing about your adventures. Thank you for taking care of us so that we can enjoy hanging out together enjoying Zoe´s delicious food and hospitality. Johnny did an amazing job getting us around the BVI´s to many spots to enjoy. The sailing was a highlight along with the many snorkeling reefs. Thank you for a super week — exceeded expectations. Deeply grateful.


Captain Brad is the man! He has an amazing work ethic and will simply put you on fish. This isn’t just a job but a passion for this man. Book a trip with him, you will not regret it!
Daniel W.

Great boat great captain. Was very accommodating of my father in law and helped get him in and out of the boat. Once we were fishing helped get my father in law on the deck and helped make sure he hooked into some halibut! We will be repeat customers!
Ryan E.

5 buddies and I fished with Brad on Tenacious Charters for halibut and Rockfish. We limited on halibut and caught many rockfish despite the wind picking up but Brad kept us on the fish! It was a trip of a lifetime and YES we already booked for 2023!
Bruce T.

This was the BEST charter I’ve ever been on! Oh my gosh, Captain Brad is fantastic! He KNOWS how to find the fish your’re after and will get you what you came for! Captain Brad is so much fun to fish with! He’s helpful, knowledgeable, kind and funny! We had an amazing time thanks to him! We caught huge halibut and laughed all the way through. We had a comfortable easy boat ride out to our fishing grounds. Nice comfortable, clean boat. I’d choose Tenacious Charters every time!
Mya W.

March 2023 Charter

We have not had a better family vacation. EVER. This was my husband and my second time aboard the PurelyBlu with Hannah and John. We were so impressed the first trip, that we couldn’t wait to bring our two kids back with us to share the experience again just in a new part of the Bahamas.

Hannah, John and coral (the pup) are an awesome team. They make you feel as though you are home with them all day every day. They are both incredibly talented underwater photographers, and boat keepers. Hanna is a fabulous chef, she cooks up the tastiest fresh healthiest snacks, meals and cocktails. Her attention to details is amazing. There was never a meal that had the same table setting twice. Captain John is the underwater whisper; he will put out fish bait boxes for you to get up close and personal with all underwater friends. We saw (and swam with) black tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, nurse sharks, turtles, dolphins, and an abundance of beautiful fish. We pet sting rays and nurse sharks on this trip as well!

Hanna and John’s passion for wildlife shows; they are kind, respectful and knowledgeable about the Sealife and definitely know how to show you a good time with them as well. My 6- and 8-year-old daughters were obsessed with the underwater scooters, stand up paddle boards and floating docks that they have aboard.

They provide 5-star company and 5-star service the whole time. We have already booked out next adventure with them for whale sharks, and Bahamas again in a year. We cannot wait!!!!

Thank you, Hannah and John!! We all miss you!!!!

February 2023 Charter

We spent a week aboard Pulley Blu and had a fantastic time. John and Hannah, organized a perfect week. We had a custom shark diving experience giving us memorable interactions with endangered great hammerheads, a tiger and bull shark, and the ever-present nurse sharks. Our adventures included snorkeling on a historic shipwreck and in a secluded bay, walks on uninhabited beaches, and photo ops galore. The food was customized and delicious. This is an over-the-top crew and adventure!
Thank you for the Purely incredible Bahama Blu experience.
-The Montana Millers

2021-2022 Season

We spent 4 nights aboard PurelyBlu and it was not long enough! Hannah and John are phenomenal hosts (and Coral is really the star of the show)! There was so much attention to detail from start to finish. From the moment they picked us up we felt right at home. Hannah prepared wonderful meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks) that were always beautifully displayed each day. John was always willing to take us back to shore for anything we needed and adjusted the itinerary based on our mood for the day. They took us to a hidden beach, swimming with pigs, snorkeling in a cave, and to the yacht club for dinner. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience - THIS IS IT! We will definitely be back!

2021-2022 Season

What an experience! We extended our 3 night trip to 4 because we didn´t want to leave! John and Hannah were gracious hosts and instantly made us feel at home. They make an excellent team and were more than accommodating and attentive. Hannah´s attention to detail and preparation of beautiful meals and drinks made the trip even more luxurious. John´s knowledge and leadership made us feel safe and prepared for any adventure! Swimming with sharks, feeding pigs, cave snorkeling, hidden beaches etc. Trip of a lifetime, can´t wait to come back!!!

2021-2022 Season

OMG... can’t believe I haven’t written my review yet, must clearly be because I’m still living off my high from the most thought out, well planned, inspirational and mind blowing experience I had. I left Purely Blu charters with even more of an appreciation for the open ocean, the sea life we get to co- habit with and enjoy. Captain John is incredibly confident and knowledgeable of the seas that he’s exploring, and has the best partner by his side doing it. Hanna whipped up the best creative delicious treats for every meal and snack one could possibly imagine. Of course we were all super excited to meet sweet sea pup coral too, she’s just such an added love to this amazing experience. Not only did I have an unforgettable experience with my husband and friends, but booked to return in February with our children to let them explore with us all too. WHAT A TRIP, still on cloud 9!