Some Kind Of Wonderful Description
Some Kind of Wonderful is an exceptionally stunning custom-built Fountaine Pajot. Newly built and launched in 2016, she is a remarkable Flagship and top-of-the-line luxury catamaran designed for the most astute traveler. With her custom carbon fiber mast and boom, Kevlar standing rigging, extended hulls and keels she is lighter, faster, and stronger than the standard Victoria, ensuring guests reach their destinations quickly and smoothly whether under power or sail. Some Kind of Wonderful is strikingly sleek, extraordinarily elegant, and exceedingly spacious with an overall length of 72 feet and beam of 31 feet. She is the epitome of cruising luxury. Previously privately owned and professionally crewed, Some Kind of Wonderful is new to the charter fleet in 2023. The luxuriously appointed interior and notable design of Some Kind of Wonderful have been perfected for socializing with never-ending space both above and below deck. With a multitude of dining, living, sunbathing, and lounging areas to choose from, guests are presented with numerous options to create timeless memories in a spectacular retreat. The salon is open and airy with large windows that ensure beautiful 360-degree scenery. The salon features an inviting sofa for lounging or watching movies on the large cinema screen. The open galley has seemingly endless counterspace and is equipped with all new state-of-the-art appliances, fine porcelain tableware, and elegant glassware. The exterior of Some Kind of Wonderful is most impressive! The highlight of the yacht is the exceptionally large flybridge with dual access points for safe and convenient movement onboard. There is ample space for the captain to maneuver at the helm, with nearby seating to allow guests who want to be a part of the sailing experience to stay close to the action. The flybridge boasts an oversized c-shaped sofa, 2 cocktail tables, 2 bench seats, 2 lounge/day beds, and versatile awning. The flybridge´s 2 convenient refrigerators maintain deliciously cold beverages and cocktails to enhance the picturesque views, tranquil sunsets, and evening breezes. The substantial aft deck is shaded by the flybridge overhead and provides 2 additional bench seats, 2 lounge/daybeds, as well as an elegant setting for formal dining. The foredeck with 2 additional lounge/daybeds, 2 bow pulpit seats, and 2 trampolines is a wonderful place for lounging, spotting turtles or dolphins, and immersing in the incredible views while underway. Some Kind of Wonderful accommodates 8 guests in 4 cabins: 1 king primary suite, 2 queen suites, and 2 twin beds that can be converted to a king upon request. Each cabin has a private ensuite bathroom with separate dry shower stalls, independent air-conditioning, complete with the finest quality bed linens, towel sets, and beach towels. The primary suite is vast and elegantly appointed, with additional seating/lounge area, a television, a desk/dressing table, king size bed, and the ensuite bathroom with separate oversized glass shower stall and double vanity. Some Kind of Wonderful is equipped with all new water toys including stand-up paddleboards, double kayak, 360 hangout, snorkel gear, knee board, tube, water skis, and more. The extended tender platform converts to a swim platform for easy access to water activities. For guests interested in scuba diving, you will not find a better choice than Some Kind of Wonderful as she offers a first-class diving experience with a complete assortment of top-of-the-line equipment. Captain Jake is a PADI certified Dive instructor and Chef Stef is a PADI certified Dive Master. Jake and Stephanie love to share their passion for diving and the wonders of the world below the surface. After an adventure-filled day of sailing, water sports, swimming, diving, or on-shore excursions, appreciate the well-lit and immense cockpit dining area as you enjoy an extraordinary meal with your friends and family. Take pleasure in a handmade cocktail prepared just for you by your professional crew. You will appreciate firsthand the meaning of serenity, relaxation, and elegance when you charter with us on Some Kind of Wonderful. Your experienced Captain and accomplished Chef await your arrival in paradise to create unforgettable moments and memories to last a lifetime.
Cruising Area of Some Kind Of Wonderful
One King Cabin
Two Queen Cabins
One Cabin with two singles that convert to a King
Night dives - open to discussion
Weight sets 110+lbs
Dive Lights 8 + rentals
Wet suits need to be rented if required
Referral Dive certification $295
Advanced Open Water Certification $650
Discover Scuba Diving $200
*All scuba instruction, rental and dive fees to be collected by crew on, or before arrival on board.
**Medical forms to be completed prior to arrival on board.
3 dives included with charter fee. Additional dives can be purchased in packages of 3, cost below:
0-3 Included in charter fee
4-6 $150 per diver
7-9 $300 per diver
10-12 $450 per diver
Dive tanks, air refills & weights included in the above.
Gear rental available $250 per person for full set up. Excludes wetsuit.
We use organic/locally grown produce when available. We provide guests with reef friendly sunscreen and bath products/toiletries. We provide filtered water to limit single use plastics. We provide re-usable water/beverage tumblers to limit plastic/disposable cup use. We use marine/reef friendly dish soap and cleaning products for the interior and exterior of the yacht. We use re-usable grocery bags. We are affiliated with ´Sailors for the Sea´ - Keeping our Waters Blue by Boating Green! Our crew are guided by this organization in reducing our footprint. We support ´Sailors for the Sea´ initiatives. We provide information to our guests on the best practices for ´Traveling Green´ Inspiring our guests on the importance of the preservation of our oceans and the beautiful islands in which we vacation. Maximize the use of sail power, to minimize engine emissions.
Some Kind Of Wonderful Crew Profile
Both crew members hold BVI work permits valid until October 2024. Crew is COVID vaccinated
Jake’s affable good nature, easy-going personality and caring demeanor have made him many, lifelong friends. He is an excellent captain and holds a USCG Master Captain 100-ton certification. He is also a true Renaissance man with an astonishing array of skills and talents. As an adult, Jake won many tournaments playing rugby for years with the Highwaymen Rugby Club. He was a licensed General Contractor and Real Estate Broker in California. Always good with his hands, he is a Master Carpenter/cabinetmaker/furniture maker/boat builder. (He put these skills to great use as a volunteer rebuilding after IRMA in Sint Maarten.)
He can play the guitar, ukulele and piano, and build giant, 6-foot sand castles. Jake is also a PADI Dive Instructor and Some Kind of Wonderful is stocked with dive gear. He loves showing people the wonders of the underwater environment here in the Caribbean. The fun factor on an interactive charter aboard Some Kind of Wonderful is HIGH.
Jake was born in Pittsburgh, Penn, raised with his brother outside of Atlanta, GA. and moved to California at age 15. With typical humor he says that this tri-state upbringing “resulted in a progressive spirit mixed with southern charm.” The Pacific Ocean inspired his first dreams of sailing and living on the sea. He was 16 and his best friend in high school lived on a sailboat in Sausalito, CA. This playful introduction to seamanship quickly became a lifetime passion.
Jake lives by the motto “Be the random acts of kindness you wish to see in the world.” He cares deeply about the people that come into his life and goes out of his way for them. He wants new friends coming aboard to know; “We live on the boat and consider it our home. We want our guests to feel like it is their home as well while they are with us. We want to welcome them into our lives so they can enjoy what we get to see and do every day.” Welcome to paradise aboard Some Kind of Wonderful!
Stef´s motto is “Live your best life”. For her, that also means making sure that her guests are living their best lives every minute they’re on board Some Kind of Wonderful. She says, “Most people come on to the boat as a guest, but leave as family. It is important to me to treat each guest like I would a dear friend and to pay attention to their needs.´ Stef is a farm girl from Santa Rosa, California. She helped the family raise cows, chickens, sheep and pigs, and tend a huge, one-acre vegetable garden. She had 20 acres of land, trees and a creek to romp in with her brother, sister and numerous cousins. There were many family outings to nearby beaches, lakes and rivers. She was surrounded by family and love.
As soon as she could hold a spoon Stef was a kitchen helper. She learned to cook true farm-to-table meals from a young age. She says, “I was always in the kitchen alongside my Nona, Mom and Dad, preparing meals, learning how to make fresh pastas and sauces, and canning fruits and vegetables.” That is exactly what she brings to the menu aboard Some Kind of Wonderful: fresh, local, high-quality, homemade from scratch. Guests’ favorites include: Spicy curry chicken with sweet coconut rice and braised beef short ribs in rich red wine ragu with pureed potatoes.
Her friends, both old and new, describe her as loyal, sweet, kind, and a great chef. For guests interested in recipes and tips, she’s always happy to share. Stef says, “Seeing people enjoy the foods I prepare is the greatest gift. I love communicating to people how much they mean to me through food.” While her food is superb, she is also an excellent first mate, delightful hostess, dive master and patient teacher for those who need a bit of instruction with the water toys and gear.
Jake and Stef have been together for almost 15 years and married for 8. They worked together for several years in Northern California before starting their adventure together in the Virgin Islands. The kindness and love they share with each other and those around them is palpable.
They have a blended family consisting of 3 grown children. A daughter (27) in Seattle Wa, a son (25) in Southern Ca and the youngest son (21) in Northern Ca. They purchased a 5th wheel in the spring of 2023 so they could travel the states during their off time and visit family on the West coast.
When they have time off together you can often find them underwater exploring a new or favorite dive site. They often say ´I´m the happiest when underwater´. They also love to visit with other boat crews, taking Parker on adventures, or hang out and recouping while watching a movie.
Security/Cuddle Officer ´Parker”
Parker is a well-behaved, adorable 35# Portuguese Water Dog. He has hair rather than fur so he does not shed and is hypoallergenic! He has dedicated his entire life to cuddling, swimming, paddle boarding and being charming. He enjoys dingy rides to shore for potty breaks (he is boat trained), naps on guests feet, long walks on the beach and picking up food that has fallen on the floor. Parker has never met a stranger and he might just be your favorite crew member! He is a Mama’s boy and follows Chef Stef whenever possible.
Parker has been on a charter boat since he was 9 weeks old. He has made over 300 guest friends in his first 2.5 years of duty! He loves going to the dock to visit his friends from other boats, they always have LOTS of love to share. Parker is a great comfort companion, he has a knack for making sure everyone is smiling, happy and enjoying their vacation. Parker believes he is a lifeguard, he keeps a close eye on water actives and prefers a hand be touching a float at all times. Your safety is his #1 priority!
Parker’s playful and affectionate nature has connected him to everyone he meets. He has become an integral part of Captain Jake & Chef Stef’s sailing crew. Whether lounging on deck or splashing in the water, Parker´s presence brings a sense of joy and companionship to all those around him.
From Parker, “I love treats, kind people, kids of all ages, and other dogs. I hope to bring you as much happiness and comfort on charter as your pets do at home.”
Join Parker on his sailing adventure and watch the bond between humans and animals that eclipses all boundaries.
*Parker can be boarded upon request*
Some Kind Of Wonderful CalendarAvailableBookedHold (can be challenged)Unavailable
Some Kind Of Wonderful Reservations & Port Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Details (Holds can be challenged)|
|Nov 23, 2023||Dec 19, 2023||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Dec 21, 2023||Dec 28, 2023||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Apr 13, 2024||Apr 20, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|May 06, 2024||May 13, 2024||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|May 15, 2024||May 21, 2024||Booked: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
|Jul 21, 2024||Nov 01, 2024||Unavailable: Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI|
Some Kind Of Wonderful Rates / weekThe prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $38,000(normal rate)
High price: $44,000(normal rate)
Some Kind Of Wonderful Special Offer!
Offer: NOW $44,000 per week for up to 8 guests. Pick up preferred on Dec 30. BVI Ports only.
Minimum nights: 7
Travel between: Dec/30/2023 - Jan/06/2024
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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.
ADDITIONAL RATE DETAILS
CHRISTMAS: Flat Rate $49,000 must end no later than Dec 27th
NEW YEARS: Flat Rate $52,000 must begin no sooner than Dec 29th
All rates are for the entire yacht and are subject to change without notice prior to actual reservation. An additional premium maybe applied for Holiday Periods such as Christmas and New Year.
Summer Base Port: Tortola, BVI
Summer Operating Area: Tortola, BVI
Winter Base Port: Tortola, BVI
Winter Operating Area: Tortola, BVI
MCA Compliant: MCA Compliant
Rates are All Inclusive
Taxes, re-location fees, cruising permits and licenses may be extra. Please inquire for details.
Cruising Permit: Paid by Client Licenses: Paid by Boat
PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF TIMES:
Pick-up - 2pm
Drop-off - 11am
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.
MINIMUM NIGHTS: 5 except Prime Holiday Weeks
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.
Please see amenities for pricing and other details
Some Kind Of Wonderful Guest Reviews
Friends - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
We spent a week led by the power duo of Jake and Stefanie. They love what they do and one can easily tell. Jake is the guy who should have been in the “Most Interesting Man in the World” Dos Equis commercials but was too busy sailing a boat, catching spiny lobsters, and folding napkins in the shape of a rose.
Stef is the Martha Stewart of the seas; a solid chef with a keen eye for everyone’s needs, but will also out-scuba dive you with gusto. If you feel having a captain and chef around might be too intrusive for a vacation, forget about it. You will be happy to have met and have spent a week with them. Highly recommend this trip.
Christmas 2022 - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Dreamcatcher was an amazing charter and the most memorable vacation ever! I would strongly recommend using Chef Stef and Captain Jake and their boat.
We were sure to give ALL of our dietary restrictions to chef Stef and she was more than accommodating. Our call before the charter was so helpful and we were able to explain our extra needs (we have a type 1 son).
On charter - SO much fun. I really appreciated the cleanliness of the boat and crew, the attention to detail, and the hospitality.
Some of our most memorable moments:
Scuba diving with our son
Nighttime bioluminescent experience
Watching falling stars on the trampoline
Sand dollar diving
Beach sand gorilla
A handful of culinary dishes that knocked my socks off.
This was the second time we have chartered a boat - would absolutely book them again
We found them through Regency Charters.
Crazy start, AMAZING finish! -CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Jake and Stef, (Parker & Daisy too)
Thank you so much for opening your home to us for our Caribbean adventure. You have been so willing to accommodate us and the craziness that has surrounded our trip from needing to pick us up in St Croix due to flight cancellations to having to drop two off early. You have been such gracious hosts, and we are already planning our next trip with you! We thoroughly enjoyed all the wonderful food, diving and just hanging out. We are definitely leaving feeling like family; and maybe one day, you can be like family at one of our houses, either on the Florida coast or the lake. We would love to have you! Good luck with your adventures in South Africa and with the future 5th wheel. It´s so nice to see two people enjoying each other and their adventures together. You have made the start of our family vacation one we will never forget with such amazing memories. Thank you all so much! Good bless you!
Love, Bev, Craig Anna, Abby & Megan
We will never forget all the memories made on the sea! - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Captain Jake & Chef Stef,
Thank you for sharing your home and your love and knowledge of this beautiful place with us for the past 7 days. It has been a once in a lifetime trip for our family!
From snorkelling in water so blue it looks like it can´t be real, to amazing sunsets, to delicious meals and smooth sails - it has been the perfect adventure for us.
Thank you for staying up until we´ve all turned in, and then getting up before us each morning to ensure we are taken care of. You guys are amazing!
Love, The Hallier´s
P.S. Extra pets for Daisy & Parker!
Extra special 40th Birthday - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Where can I begin. My wife wanted to do something special for her birthday. We had all kinds of ideas and plans, however she wanted to do something extra special. She happened upon private charter boats and stumbled into Dreamcatcher. From the very beginning, Stef and Jake were prompt in their email replies and responses answering all the important questions as well as the ignorant ones since we had never done anything like this before. Jake and Stef took it in stride and were very kind and polite through the whole process down to the best ways to travel and get there, offering advice along the way. The conference call the week before was a big help as it answered a lot of questions that came up at the last minute such as things to pack, what to prepare for, down to last minute dining and drink choices. The day we arrived in St. Thomas we caught a cab from the airport to the marina where Captain Jake stood waiting for us with a cart to help us move all our gear from the cab to the boat. When we arrived at the boat, Stef was ready and willing to do whatever she needed to and welcome us aboard. “We are a shoe free ship so drop them in this basket and come on in!” We were shown where our sleeping quarters would be for the week. We already had a great idea of what we were walking into because the preference sheet as well as sleeping arrangements were well laid out for us prior to our arrival so we knew EXACTLY what to expect. I will say, it went above and beyond our expectations. Everything was tidy, clean, and neat. A welcome basket greeted us as soon as we entered our rooms that included a journal, welcome note from the crew, as well as sunscreen and towels. Since it was my wife’s birthday, they went above and beyond and decorated the door to our room with Happy Birthday banners. Before we could turn around, as we were all wary and famished from our travels, we were greeted with an appetizer and shown where the beverages were so we could immediately begin our vacation. We set sail and went to our first bay for the night and traveled to many on our seven-day tour. Captain Jake is excellent and knows the waters around us, as well as how to provide a smooth sail as to not disturb us or create any illness on our moves from port to port. We motored part of the journey and sailed the rest. He was willing and able to let us be involved in the process and stood by as we swapped sea stories of our own personal adventures through our lives. The food on board was top notch. Every meal was shared with laughter and joy as we indulged in what Stef prepared for us. Breakfast was fantastic. Lunch, even better. There were several days that she spent all day prepping for dinner. You could really tell she put her heart and soul into it as dinner was normally quiet as we all savored in the fare that she set out in front of us. Although we filled out preference sheets, we never really designated meals as we are uncomplicated and easy going. There were 5 of us in our party total and some had special requests, but Stef nailed every meal and fit everyone’s specific requests from beginning to end. You want chicken nuggets? No problem. Pizza? Why not. Fish tacos? Our pleasure. Fresh lobster on the grill that we caught while diving? Absolutely! We were never left leaving the table hungry and as the day melted on, there were always snacks available and of course, cold beverages of whatever we wanted. Before dinner every evening we had a light snack as well as hand crafted cocktails to boot to wash down our exciting days as we traded stories of our current and past adventures. My personal favorite of every day was saying goodbye to the day and blowing the conch shell as the sun set on the horizon. I am a little bit more of a night owl, so Jake and I got to sit up late many nights and chat. The conversation was warm, friendly, and welcoming as we shared about ourselves and learned about each other. There was much laughter to be had. We got to see so much on our journey that it is hard to put it all into words. Beautiful bays, amazing wildlife, shipwrecks, private beaches and so much more. What do you want to do today? Lay on the net and take a nap? Hang some hammocks and swing in the breeze? Float around on some rafts or swim? Give paddle boarding a try? Go to a private beach and sunbathe? Get scuba certified and go for a dive? How about a snorkel? Grab some lunch from a floating taco barge or stop in town for some shopping? Literally, anything that we wanted, they accommodated without question. I wanted to also point out that I personally, was a little reluctant about vacationing with two dogs on board a 47’ catamaran, but Daisy and Parker are so well behaved, they left an impression on our hearts. The day of my wife’s birthday, we were able to use the boat as our home and decorate it for her to feel special. That evening, Stef and Jake secured a special cake made just for my wife and we were all able to enjoy it. The cake was so big, that we enjoyed the other half the next day! Stef split it in half and flopped it down on the table for us to all to delve into and enjoy. Towards the end, we were all presented with a video of our vacation that highlighted our top moments and passed to us to keep this memory forever. I could drone on and on how amazing this whole experience was, but I will leave you with these final thoughts. This experience has ruined all my other resort travels in the future as this was so perfect, nothing would compare to having this experience again. We went on a vacation for that purpose. To disconnect, unwind, and relax. We came as guests, but we left with friends. Jake and Stef will now be ingrained in our lives forever and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind, we will be back to see them again and again, and again. This vacation is everything you make it. The more specific you are with them about your wants, needs, and desires, the more perfect they will make it for you.
Introduction to chartering - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Bonds Family (furry & not),
Thank you so much for sharing your home with us. We couldn´t have picked a better way to introduce our girls to chartering. They are already begging to know when they can see you again. The experiences, memories & weight gain from Stef´s food will last a lifetime. Thank you for your patience & love with the girls (and Chad...). Daisy & Parker were great & made it so much fun. The diving was incredible & sprat point is Abby´s new happy place in life. Call us if you´re ever in Utah & we promise a meal worthy of Chef Stef. We look forward to our next trip with you!
Family Scuba trip -CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
We had the most amazing trip thanks to Captain Jake and Chef Stef. They were perfect hosts, made us all feel welcome during our time with them, and were super fun to hang out with. Chef Stef cooked us delicious meals and paired them with fun cocktails and great wine. Captain Jake was an excellent scuba instructor and made sure we anchored near the best snorkeling out there. Both were attentive, patient, and made us laugh. We can’t wait to go back and would recommend this experience over and over again! There is truly nothing else like it.
The Gray Christmas Vacation - CREW REVIEW from previous yacht
Dear Stef & Jake,
This was hands down the best vacation I´ve ever been on, and I´m sure it will be tough to beat, unless we come back. We were welcomed into your home and guests, but I feel like you guys were long-lost family. I´ve never had so much fun and made so many memories in one trip. All of the activities were amazing. From the diving to eating, I´m leaving more spoiled than ever. There were beautiful sights everywhere I looked while diving, snorkelling, paddle-boarding, relaxing & hiking.
Stef, the food was some of the best I´ve ever had! And the fact that it was all homemade?! Amazing!
Jake, you are a great Captain but an even better dive instructor. I´m always going to remember those dives and my tiny Lionfish kill.
Daisy & Parker were the best behaved (and cutest) dogs I´ve ever been around, and they deserve all my love. I hope that you guys will remember us. I will always remember this incredible experience.
Until our next adventure, Gretchen Gray