Cruising Area of Serenity Now

Pref. Pick-upNanny Cay, BVI
Other Pick-upTortola, BVI
Summer PortVirgins
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter PortVirgins and Leewards
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Serenity Now Specification

Length62.0 Feet
Beam33 Feet
Draft5.1 Feet
Refit2018 All New Soft Furnishings 2015 Engines remounted, new Genoa Furling System
A/C NightYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
Num Hatch16
Guest SmokeYes/starboard aft deck
Children AllowedYes
Min Child Age2+
Inverter5000 watt
Water MakerYes
Water Capacity250 gallons
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
GeneratorOnan 17.5kw
Max Speed10kt
Cruising Speed8 kt
Fuel Consumption2 US Gall/Hr
Turnaround48 hours
EnginesEngine 1: Engine Brand: Volvo Year Built: 2012 Engine Model: D3-150 Engine Type: Inboard Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel Propeller: Folding propeller Engine 2: Engine Brand: Volvo Year Built: 2012 Engine Model: D3-150 Engine Type: Inboard Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel Propeller: Folding propeller Generator 19 KW new 2020
Onboard WIFI varies with location.
Communications: cellular, VHF, Sat phone


Wash Basins3
TP in Heads-
Electric Heads3
Accommodation Details
This luxury catamaran accommodates 6 guests in 3 queens. The crew can swap 1 twin cabin for a queen if required. Each cabin has an individual shower, head, A/C control, and TV. The master suite is oversized with extra storage, twin sinks, and private entry.

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)Walker Bay Generation 450; 15´ with 70 hp Yamaha
Dinghy Hp70hp
Dinghy Pax8
Adult WaterskisYes
Kids WaterskisYes
Sea ScootersYes
Snorkel Gear8
Wake BoardYes
1-Man Kayak1
2-Man KayakYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsYes
Boarding LadderYes
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear TypeTrolling/Casting
Fishing Rods4
Deep Sea FishingYes
Fishing PermitBVI# 787802.
Under Water CamYes
Under Water VideoYes
Other Toys
Noodles, Inflatable unicorns, mermaid tails, and a few onboard surprises.
The owner is open to requests for toys not listed! Please ask.

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard


Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
CDsSonos Surr
Board GamesYes
Other Entertainment
Full Flybridge Sunshade
Brand New Mainsail 2020


Special DietsYes

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes
Other Green Initiatives
Biodegradable cleaning products

Serenity Now Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
CaptainJohn Crafford
NationalityS. African
Years Sailing10
Years Chartering1
LicenseUSCG; Yachtmaster; PADI Certified
ChefLeanne Ho Chung
Years Chartering2
LicenseSTCW & Cookery Certificates

My name is John Crafford. I grew up in Cape Town South Africa. As a child I fell in love with the ocean surfing and sailing around Cape Town. After 11 years of having my own construction company I decided to follow my dreams and go sailing as a career. As a captain I have worked on sailing yachts and power boats from 11m to 30m. Even went to France to work on super yachts but could not get my sense of adventure satisfied until I started doing deliveries. Crossing the Atlantic a few times I got introduced to the Caribbean and chartering. I fell in love with the industry. In 2012 I started chartering from 11m to 30m yachts. My love for the ocean led me to become a PADI dive instructor. I met Shirelle as a suggestion as a new 1st mate and chef. I was not only blown away by her professionalism and culinary expertise but her warm, caring personality and love for life and the ocean also stole my heart.

Chef Leanne Ho Chung

Crew are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

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Serenity Now Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
May 12, 2022May 18, 2022Booked: Virgin Gorda - Spanish Town to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI
May 23, 2022May 26, 2022Hold: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI
May 27, 2022Jun 03, 2022Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI
Jun 08, 2022Dec 31, 2023Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI

Serenity Now Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $26,000

High price: $28,500

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax
2022 Summer$26,000$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500

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 Serenity Now.

Serenity Now Guest Reviews

February 2020

John and Shirelle,
Thank you form the bottom of our hearts for taking such good care of us! You are the dynamic duo, the ying and yang and the perfect combo to make our sail a dream come true.
John - you always made us feel safe and your expertise always appreciated.
Shirelle - my lovely - you are a bright light - cooking is one thing- beyond anything we have ever had, but your smile and laugh could change the world. I hope one day we can meet up.
Fair winds to our forever friends.
Bruce, Eileen, ann and Patty

January 2020

Dear John and Shirelle,
Thank you for a wonderful time on Serenity Now. We loved the food, diving, snorkeling. The kids definitely loved the cocktails and the tubbing. Thank you both for spoiling them the entire trip. We greatly appreciated all of the efforts you put into the details; the perfectly decorated plate, the changing table settings, the silk pillow covers...This attention to details combined with your positive attitude & energy make this boat a very special place that we will always remember.
Love, Zavi, Freddy, Ludvig, Llara and Andrew

January 2020

Overall....Wonderful trip on a very nice boat with an excellent crew. THANK YOU.

The boat - Serenity Now. It was the perfect size for us. It did not seem to be 7 years old. It was clean, well maintained, had ample storage, a good sound system, and plenty of water ´toys´. We loved it when the sails were up and just peacefully gliding thru the water. Perfect.

The crew...John and Shirelle. They are ´as good as it gets´! They made us feel welcome, pampered, and loved, while being true professionals at their jobs. John is serious about his sailing and cares about the safety and comfort of his guests. And very helpful at whatever is needed. Shirelle is a true gourmet chef....3 gourmet meals a day. Tasty, healthy. and quite the variety.......wonderful......and she is so lovable and bubbly. The two of them are excellent hosts.

All in all.....we loved glad we went and thanks to you for all your help.

Tom G.

May 2019

After Charter Follow up:

How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?

One of the most memorable vacations we’ve ever experienced and we travel a lot.

How would you describe your Captain and crew? Were they Courteous? Helpful? Friendly? Attentive? Knowledgeable?

All of the above. John was laid back and highly competent, Shirelle was high energy, competent as well and together they were a perfect complement to one another. They went out of their way to provide top notch service and made us feel comfortable and welcome. We can’t say enough good about them as lovely delightful people, we run out of superlatives.

While carrying out their duties very professionally, they felt to us like part of our very happy party of friends. They both have a wonderful sense of humor and fit right into the repartee and lightheartedness of the group, though they were sensitive to leaving our group to have our won time. We all did and still do feel like they are our new friends and we thank them for their warmth and friendship. They were the most special part of the trip, the key ingredient. They are a great couple. The fact that we all invited them to stay with us in San Diego says everything one needs to know. That offer is sincere and stands.

Tell me about your meals? Did the menus meet your expectations? Did your Chef and Crew pay close attention to your Preference Sheets?

The food was more comparable to a 5-star luxury resort than to a yacht of its size. We we’re frankly stunned by the quality and range of Shirelle’s cuisine. We had very few restrictions so that wasn’t an issue. Who would have thought that we would be served with delicious fresh baked breads among all the other wonderful inventive and creative dishes? The presentations were marvelous. From soup to nuts, A plus - world class. Our preferences were adhered to and Shirelle was attuned to our comments while on board. Drinks were delicious as well.

How is the yacht? Is she clean and well-maintained? Were your cabins comfortable? Was the cockpit comfortable? Was there enough shade?

Beautiful yacht, well maintained and comfortable, plenty of shade. Every aspect was in good repair and John and Shirelle were on hand to help with any questions.

What did you like most about the yacht? What did you like the least? If you could change anything, what would have made you happier?

Sounds crazy, but we frankly can’t think of a thing that was disappointing or less than expected. The boat, crew and service exceeded our very high expectations.

How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?

In a word wonderful. John listened carefully to our aspirations and delivered big time. He carefully discussed the travel and location options based on our preferences and in the end we relied on his experience for recommendations and were most happy that we did. He’s a great Captain and a really nice guy. We experienced a variety of activities, on shore visits and lots of on board fun. Transfers were timely and courteous.

Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:

YES and we hope to if we can get the same crew.

The only minor kerfuffle was that we were told that we would board at Red Hook so that is where we spent the night before boarding. It turned out that we boarded at the capital city marina. John says it’s difficult to board at Red Hook. At any rate it turned out fine as we enjoyed our stay at Red Hook.

Keith & Cathy, CA

May 2019

In lieu of printing out the survey I just have to tell you that we had an absolute blast on this trip. Captain John was extremely caring and followed our wishes of a low key week. The catamaran was beautiful. They kept it orderly and clean. Shirelle is probably one of my favorite people on this earth!!! Her meals were fantastic. She joined us in snorkeling and kept us laughing. They both are extremely hard workers.
I cannot praise them high enough for the experience that they gave us. There is nothing I would change other than to have kept on sailing.
Marilynne H

March 2019

John & Shirelle,
Years from now, after hundreds of more people come and go from their wonderful experience with the two of you...know that our memories of the two are/will be deeply planted forever with our family.

From the start of our trip - Shirelle Temples, 5 star meals every night, Johns singing of classic rock and male ballad singing, introduction of every meal with a passionate ´OK´ , as in get ready I an going to knock your socks off with my sauces, Lemon juice, Garlic, Olive Oils...

We appreciate your wonderful spirit, kindness, education of BVI, wonderful stories and adventures all over the world.

God has given you a special gift of helping families make life time memories. We take vacations like this to bind our family together and you are now a part of this. We so appreciate you!! I hope you remember this about us.
Forever friends,
Jeff, Mandy, Lily Kate, Kennedy and Dennis

Moore family charter 2019

Charterer´s name: Inna Moore

Boat´s name: Serenity Now

Charter start date: March 11 2019

Upon arrival the boat was clean: Yes

The boat was tastefully presented and decorated: Yes

The boat was ready to board at the agreed time: Yes

Comments-Overall condition: The boat was exactly as described, perfectly clean, staterooms arranged as agreed.

Was the boat kept clean during the charter? Yes

Was all advertised equipment on board? Yes

Comments-advertised equipment:

Was the equipment in good condition? Yes

Comments about equipment on boat:

Any toys particularly enjoyed: Scuba opportunity on board (air tanks, rented gear) was awesome! Loved the sea bobs and that huge floating island.

Comments-was the boat comfortable: yes!

The captain was outgoing: Yes

The captain was professional: Yes

The captain was friendly: Yes

Comments-captain: John was fantastic! Very pleasant and outgoing, perfect balance between being with our group and giving us family time. Very eager to fill our days with fun! Clearly very skilled and experienced! Awesome!

Comments regarding any sailing instruction:

Did you feel free to choose each day´s activities? Yes

Comments regarding choosing each days activities:

Please describe the meals: Outstanding! Top notch! So tasty! Beautifully presented! Just exactly to our liking and requests! Thoughtfully customized to everyone´s individual needs! Can´t find enough positive adjectives -- loved Shirelle!

Were specifically requested drinks on board? Yes

Comments-regarding any requested drinks: Yes, all on board. Everything we wanted and more!

Did the meals reflect your requested preferences? Yes

Comments-provisioning requests: Yes! Absolutely! Shirelle nailed it! Exactly the style and tastes we requested! Outstanding food!

The cook was outgoing: Yes

The cook was professional: Yes

The cook was friendly: Yes

The cook was eager to please: Yes

Did you have any problems with your flights? No


Comments-were our descriptions accurate? Exactly as we expected. We loved this boat and this crew!

Comments on our services - ways to improve: No issues of any kind

May we use you as a reference for this yacht? Yes

April 2017 Charter ~ Note from the Broker

I just got off the phone with the charterers who sang your praises so nicely I got goose bumps!
They called on speaker phone to tell me what a truly wonderful experience it was.

The best vacation, wonderful experience, educational, awesome, the itinerary, the diving - Bret you are an excellent dive instructor, Mallory you cooking was amazing and a true culinary experience. Amanda how nice you are and your always friendly smile, so pleasant and how you wouldnt let them lift a finger... How nice the boat was.
Mrs. said there were tears and hugs at the end and the only negative comment they had was that they are now fully depressed being off the boat.

June 24 - July 15, 2016 3 weeks of Diving!

We were THRILLED with the charter, the best one ever!

Kind regards,
Mr. K.

June 9-13, 2016 ~ Bahamas Family Charter

We had a wonderful time! The crew were great with the kids, and I am hoping to re-book them in the future on the same boat.

I continue to put the yacht forward and think its a fantastic option for families.

Mr. D.

April 12 - 15, 2016 ~Bahamas ~ Tandem with Power Yacht Seaglass

Great trip!

The crews were top notch. They worked well together and all very accommodating.

We used a charter service, ´fly the whale´ for the transport to Staniel. The sea plane made it so easy.

Thanks so much for all the help!

Jan 8 2016

We all came on this trip with the same idea: to relax with our spouses and each other in this beautiful part of the world. We had no idea what to expect from the boat, the crew, the weather, etc. We could not have predicted how profoundly you (Bret, Mallory, Susie) have affected all of us this week and how grateful we are for the tremendous effort, talent, skill, and care you have given us. YOU have made this trip what we all wanted it to be and we could not have enjoyed it more. We all look forward to many more trips, as long as you all will be there.


Christmas Charter 2015

The one of a kind, fabulous, funny, creative, smart, handsome and beautiful, athletic, cool camp directors, polite, good listeners, teachers, world class sailors, better than brilliant, cute, Americans, loving family, laid back, beyond energetic, coordinated, welcoming, open, easy to be with, darling to look at, TALENTED TELL STAR CREW!
Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

Thanksgiving Charter 2015

Bret, Mallory & Steven We have had the BEST time on board Tell Star and cant thank you enough for your hospitality. Some of the great memories well take home with us: Hikes, paddleboarding, poker, GoPro extreme, tubing, kayaking, water skiing, eating Mallorys yummy bread, spelling bees with the captain, sea scooter snorkeling, hot buttered rum candles, Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Tell Star, melon/cucumber sunscreen, jumping off the boat, sandbars, catching giant nurse sharks, so many amazing meals by Mallory, blow holes, Capt. Bret and his fearless sailing and his sixth sense of the weather. We are thankful for all of you. Xoxo Thank you.
Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

BVI 2015

Mallory, Chad, and Bret,
We had a fantastic week aboard the Tell Star. I have to say it was the most adventurous vaca ever. Between swimming & scuba with the sharks and hiking through mangroves, we managed to still have time to relax with the iguanas and drink the wine! We cant wait to hopefully see you all again next year.

23-28 May, Abacos Islands Bahamas

Note from broker:
The guests had a fantastic time on board Tell Star. They said Mallory was amazing and they wanted to take her home with them. Thank you so much!

Guest poems:
I left my job, my duties, and my salary
To have a week of the most incredible food
All prepared by the beautiful Mallory.
I left my jeans, my make up, my jewelry and hair stylist
So I could be guided by the magnificent Tyler.
I left my apartment, my routine, my kids and my dad
So I could sail for a while with Captain Chad.
You made this vacation wonderful, never took us astray
Except for that one day stranded in Hatchet Bay.
But in all seriousness, from the bottom of my heart
Tell Star is amazing, the Bahamas are beautiful
Yet Mallory, Tyler, and Chad are the very best part!!!
Thank you,

Floating, sidelong glance at the
Joyous fiery sunrise passed
The hell hole of Hatchet Bay
We dream infinite leisure, sharks no
Matter, Chad and Tyler manage the sea
And our lofty expectations simultaneously
Whilst Mallory plies us with pure
Loving gastronomy & immaculate joy!
Mario & Susie

I eat all over the world, but I am never quite as happy as when I am basking on the Tellstar with Chef Mallory in charge of all things delicious. Chef Mal makes healthy tasty sexy food that makes the Tellstar and her kitchen one of my fave destinations in the world, wherever it floats .. as often as I can be there, I am there.

Mario B

31 January - 7 February 2015 BVI

Wow! What an incredible experience this week! The TellStar crew made our 25th anniversary party unforgettable. The food, the water sports, the scenery, and the hospitality were far beyond our hopes and expectations. Thank you for such a fun time! We hope our paths cross again. Steve and Mary-Kay

It´s hard to articulate our experience except to say perfect location, perfect yacht and most importantly perfect crew. Chad, Mallory and Tyler are so pleasant and so organized. They anticipated all of our needs and treated us better than any resort. We´ll always remember our 25th anniversary in the BVI. The experiences and awesome food and drinks will fuel our stories to others for years. Thank you guys! Becky and Marty.

Feedback to broker:
Our trip couldn´t have been any more fabulous. The crew made it more than special and we feel like we´ve made new friends!!! Their professionalism, knowledge, hospitality, and the amazing culinary expertise of Mallory were unsurpassed. And, of course ... the fun factor!!! Thank you for turning around a not so good situation and making it such a memorable and wonderful time for us! I will not hesitate to recommend my friends to you but bear in mind that they will want to sail with Tell Star!!!

Xmas charter 2014 BVI

Excerpts from letter written to boat owner:
I have two sons, 19 and 17. I wanted them to have a great time with tons of activities. I read about Chad, Tyler and Mallory and loved your boat so this seemed like a good fit. It was beyond my optimism. You have real live jewels with these guys! My son and Chad caught fish that was on the table an hour later prepared by Tyler. When we were in Anegada, Tyler brought delicious spiny lobster for dinner. He worked so hard, plus entertaining us. Chad is the consummate Captain. Very dedicated, and available for us to enjoy all of his ideas, vast travel experience and take us on water activities.

You know these men well, but I am so pleased that I want you to hear just how great they are onboard. Of course, they are both darlingas well as intelligent, educated and full of ideas. We are a very social threesome and they joined in with us. As a mom, I loved their participation because I was able to have some down time to myself.

Your boat was new, immaculate and sophisticated. We all thought it was the nicest one we had ever chartered. Thank you for making available the the best trip ever. We did not want to leave! Marcie

May 2014 (Broker comments)

When I spoke with my client he was still in vacation mode. He said they had such a fabulous time that it is hard to get back in the ´work´ mode. He sent me photos that the crew took and it seems like everyone was having fun! Dancing on the beach kept them entertained. They are happy with the trip and don´t be surprised if they come back!
I can tell you they are all still basking in happiness!

9th Anniversary Charter 2014

Chad and Tyler´s love of life and adventure is infectious and their epic experiences from around the world are positively inspiring. They were up for everything we desired and showed us plenty of phenomenal scenery and activities along the way, including teaching us an awesomely addictive beach game. Kayaking, snorkeling, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, paddle boarding, sailing - you name it, we did it - sometimes in combination! They are avid fisherman, so chances are high you´ll savor some freshly caught seafood deliciously prepared by Ty.

Chad makes the best painkiller in the islands and a pretty mean margarita to boot, so watch out or you might end up jumping off the roof of Willie T´s! We enjoyed swapping stories, relaxing, and most especially remembering what´s truly significant in life.

We cannot thank these extraordinary brothers enough for making our 9th anniversary a genuinely incredible experience and we look forward to sharing adventures together again soon.

Feb 8-14 BVI

Had a blast! Lots of fun activitieswent kayaking and fishing from the kayakcliff jumping was greatlearned to snorkel and stand up paddlereally enjoyed the trip!

Dec. 27 - Jan. 3 BVI Family Charter

Good charter - kids had a blast with the water toys and exploring the caves.