Ventana Description

This beautiful 2018 Lagoon 520 offers four large double berths each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. A fifth cabin is available offering upper and lower berths and this cabin also has a private ensuite bath with electric head, vanity and separate shower. Cabins and boat offer wonderful natural lighting and great ventilation plus fully air-conditioned depending on guests desires.

The salon will seat up to 8 guests in comfort for lounging or dining. Ventana´s exterior offers alfresco dining for up to 8 guests, top deck seating and lounge area in front of helm plus forward lower deck lounge area behind trampolines. With numerous lounging areas, there is plenty of space for gathering as a group or finding a private place for one or two to relax.

Cruising Area of Ventana

Pref. Pick-upYHG
Other Pick-upRH
Summer PortGrenadines or Virgin Islands
Winter PortVirgin Islands
Winter OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands

Specification

Length52 Feet
Beam29 Feet
Draft5 Feet
Built2018
A/CFull
A/C NightYes
DeckshowerYes
Bimini TopYes
Sailing InstructionsYes
HairdryerYes
Num HatchLots
Guest SmokeAft scoop steps only
Children AllowedYes
Min Child AgeNone
InverterYes
Voltages110v/220v
Water Maker30GPH
Water Capacity220
Ice MakerYes
Internet AccessOnboard WIFI
Generator21.5 Kw
Max Speed12
Cruising Speed8
Fuel Consumption3 US Gall/Hr
RangeDependent up
Turnaround48 firm
EnginesTwin 75HP diesels 11 Kw generator

Accommodations

Guests10
Cabins5
Crew2
Queen5
Twin1
Showers6
Wash Basins6
Electric Heads6
Accommodation Details
Cabins and boat offer wonderful natural lighting and great ventilation. The boat is fully air-conditioned, and each cabin can adjust the air-conditioning individually for optimal guest comfort.

5 guest queen cabins each with private en-suite electric head, vanity and separate shower. Crew have separate twin bunk cabin and private head. Entire yacht is full air-conditioned for client comfort.

All heads are fresh water flush. Both forward heads have shower stalls, midship starboard head is a wet head, aft port cabin is a shower stall and aft starboard is a half-wet head (vanity is outside shower with toilet in shower area.

Salon offers lounge/formal dining area in addition to aft deck alfresco dining.

Top fly-bridge offers seating and lounge area with 360 degree view. There is also a lounge area forward behind the large trampolines.

Water Sports

Dinghy (Feet)12ft RIB center console
Dinghy Hp40hp
Dinghy Pax6
Snorkel GearYes
TubeYes
Scurfer1
Wake BoardYes
Floating MatsYes
Standup Paddle2
Swim PlatformsScoop steps
Boarding LadderOff scoops
Beach GamesYes
Fishing GearYes
Gear Type2 Trolling and 1 Casting
Fishing Rods1
Under Water CamYes
Under Water VideoYes
Other Toys
Tube
Sub Wing
Wakeboard
Paddle boards
Surf boards
Big floating mat

Scuba Diving Scuba Diving Symbol

ScubaYacht offers Rendezvous Diving only
Air CompressorNot Onboard

Entertainment

Salon Tv/DvdYes
Salon StereoYes
iPod/Device HookupsYes
DVDsYes
CDsiPod
Board GamesYes
CamcorderYes
Other Entertainment
Onboard WiFi limited, no streaming please.
Wide projection screen for movies
Playstation 4 for kids of all ages

Cuisine

Din-in8
Special DietsYes
BBQYes

Ventana Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Crew Pet TypeNone
Captain
CaptainKennan Jones
NationalityUSA
Born1988
SpeaksEnglish(Native), Spanish(Advanced), French(Advanced), Mandarin (Intermediate), Italian(Intermediate), Indonesian(Basic), Russian (Basic), Arabic (Basic)
LicenseUSCG Master
Crew
CrewStephanie Johnson
NationalityUSA
LicenseUSCG 100 GT Masters License, Sailing Endorsement, STCW


Kennon
Originally from Georgia, Kennon has been sailing since 2011 when he decided to buy a 23´ sailboat from craigslist for $500. It was all downhill from there as sailing fever took hold. He went on to complete a two and a half year double handed circumnavigation (2018 - 2020) aboard his 1971 Tartan 34C Temujin which he still lives aboard and cruises in the off season. With over 33,000 nautical miles of experience, he holds a USCG Master Near Coastal license and works as a freelance captain for deliveries, charters, and sailing/cruising instruction. Prior to making a living on the water, Kennon worked for the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and extensively cruised the Chesapeake Bay. He has a degree in Economics and Chinese (Mandarin) from Wake Forest University and speaks Spanish, French, Mandarin, and Italian as well as bits of Indonesian, Russian, and Arabic. When not sailing Kennon enjoys scuba diving, spearfishing, wakeboarding, reading, dabbling in data science, and continuing to avoid climates where socks are necessary (though an exception is made for snow skiing).

Stephanie

Stephanie was raised in beautiful Oregon but has spent 20 years throughout the Caribbean. She feels lucky to be able to call both naturally beautiful spots home. After graduating with a Marine Biology degree Stephanie discovered the yachting industry which combined her love of adventure, marine life, sharing food, meeting new people, and generally celebrating life.

Stephanie and her husband owned their own 72ft boat for 15 incredible years. They chartered all winter and traveled in the off season. When her husband passed away she decided she wasn´t done being on the water and had more to learn and explore so, she is back for more adventure. She holds a 100ton USCG Captains license but, on Ventana, she is excited to share her cooking skills developed in the Pacific Northwest and honed on her travels around the world.

Stephanie´s cooking tends to be on the lighter healthier side bringing in as many of the local ingredients as possible. However, her motto in life is, “Everything in moderation, including moderation!”

Ventana Calendar

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Ventana Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Jan 15, 2022Jan 22, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Jan 23, 2022Jan 26, 2022Unavailable: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Jan 29, 2022Feb 05, 2022Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Feb 07, 2022Feb 14, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Feb 18, 2022Feb 26, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Mar 04, 2022Mar 11, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Mar 15, 2022Mar 21, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Apr 02, 2022Apr 10, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Apr 16, 2022Apr 23, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Apr 24, 2022Apr 30, 2022Unavailable: Unavailable, Crew Holiday to Unavailable, Crew Holiday
May 14, 2022May 21, 2022Hold: Owner Use - St. Thomas to Owner Use - St. Thomas
May 28, 2022Jun 04, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Jun 09, 2022Jun 16, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Jun 18, 2022Jun 25, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Jul 02, 2022Jul 09, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Jul 11, 2022Jul 15, 2022Hold: Owner Use - St. Thomas to Owner Use - St. Thomas
Jul 17, 2022Jul 24, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Jul 25, 2022Oct 31, 2022Unavailable: Unavailable to Unavailable
Nov 12, 2022Nov 19, 2022Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*

Ventana Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter.
Low price: $27,000

High price: $32,000


Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2021/22 Winter$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$31,000$32,000
2022 Summer$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$31,000$32,000
2022/23 Winter$27,000$27,500$28,000$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$31,000$32,000

Yacht terms: All Inclusive*
*Cruising Permits, Fees, and Taxes to be paid by the Charterer upon entry to Cruising Grounds or Ports for all locations. Please inquire about rates and customary fees.

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 Ventana.

Ventana Guest Reviews

November 2021

We hope you enjoyed your charter! We would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to complete this form. Naturally we hope that everything was perfect, but we also would like to know if there were any (small) problems. All comments are helpful!
When you arrived, your first impression of the yacht was:
Simultaneous impressions:
1. Wait, we didn’t rent David Geffen’s boat? Shoot, that was a miss.
2. Wow, the photos really do look like the boat; these rooms are great!
3. Holy moly, there’s an inflatable flamingo on board with us.
4. Who cares about unpacking and getting settled; this shrimp salad thing is everything we want
right now for lunch!
What did you think about your accommodation? Cabins, beds, bathrooms:
The accommodations were really comfortable. If there were questions about how things worked in the cabins/bathrooms, the crew showed us. There were lots of nooks and crannies to stash things, which was awesome.
Salon, cockpit, deck space:
These spaces were great, but we spent nearly all waking hours outside and didn’t use the salon or cockpit areas. As expected, we really had to cram in at meals since the deck table isn’t made to sit 10 -- but no one minded at all.
Was the boat kept clean during your charter (your cabins, the bathrooms/heads, your towels, bedding, the cockpit, the galley)?
Yep, it was kept very clean. We could have done without the mid week linens change -- none of us change that stuff out at home in under one week, and we didn’t see the need to do it while on vacation either. It felt like it made unnecessary work for Kennon and Stehpanie!
Did you miss anything on board?
Not sure what this question is actually asking, but we wish we made time for and/or stayed up to karaoke at least once. We also didn’t get a chance for Kennon to play his mandolin.
What did you enjoy the most on board?
The many places to hangout on the boat. Any beverage available at any time, for any mood.
Please describe your Captain (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Kennon is wise beyond his years, and we felt like we were capable, experienced hands. He made sure all things water were as easy, quick, comfortable, and safe as we could want -- whether we were sailing, on the tender, going for a swim/snorkel, or hanging out in the water around the boat. Kennon was also incredibly service oriented and never let more than a 20 min go by without asking if anyone needed anything. Additionally, he had a deep bench of dad jokes, and was workshopping more, which kept people laughing.
What do you think about your itinerary, the places and bays you visited and the activities you have done?
Outside of two dive days we had pre-planned, we mostly made it up as we went along. We were consulted about options for every available choice (though we tried to get Kennon to make the choice a lot of the times), and as a result our group was super happy with everything we did.
Please describe your chef (professional/outgoing/friendly etc.)
Stephanie is a complete professional with command over all essential things for the boat life. In addition to her aptitude with cooking, sailing/driving the boat/tender, and all things underwater, she was warm, kind, and constantly paying attention to and remembering people’s needs/preferences. She made people feel truly taken care of because of her strong orientation to high touch hospitality and a highly attuned EQ. She was also friendly and open, sharing some of her own story about how she made her way to this work and what keeps her doing it.
Please describe your meals (presentation, quality, quantity)
The meals were tasty and variable -- we didn’t get tired of anything. Everything was also presented in a visually thoughtful way. Lunch dessert was a group favorite (and a total surprise on the first day), and our happy hour apps were always very appreciated. We still don’t understand how Stephanie prepares these meals from the NYC apartment-sized galley.
Do you feel the meals and drinks reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?
Yes, everything we said was reflected (but we were a pretty easy group to cook for with very few true problem areas to work around). We could have been more specific had we really known to be, eg: our group prefers savory breakfasts over sweet ones; or, we don’t all eat the same amount (ie big dudes vs smaller women) so having identically-sized plated meals doesn’t necessarily match people’s needs. We mentioned all of these things to Stehpanie when we realized we never said anything about this earlier -- but the preference sheet could be updated for these kinds of nuances.
If you had children in your party, what did the crew do to make their vacation special (food, games, toys, etc)?

No actual kids in our group, just the adult variety.
Did you receive enough information from us before your trip, was the description of the yacht and crew accurate?
Yes, I think we had all of the info we needed. The one thing that was on the boat that wasn’t called out ahead of time on the materials was that there are beach (Turkish) towels on board. Kennon let me know ahead of time because I asked, but otherwise everyone would have brought their own quick dry towel (though most of us did anyway) for post-swimming.
Would you sail with us again?
Yep, we want to come back to actually go to the BVI -- but we want the same crew. Possible??
Any other notes or special remarks you have:
They took such good care of us, almost to a fault. We wouldn’t have minded pitching in a bit ourselves (we got the side eye when we tried to clear our own plates) if it meant we would have materially lightened the load for the crew and/or gotten more hangout time with Kennon and Stephanie, whose company everyone enjoyed. However, as a result of how well our every need was met, no one was able to properly feed themselves for at least 24 hours after returning home -- as if we all forgot how to.
May we use your comments as a reference for future guests? Sure.
Thank you!

Brokers info

Destination? Virgin Islands

How was the Yacht? The yacht was absolutely perfect. Right size for our group - plenty of shade,
nice seating and the upper deck was fantastic.

How was the meals? The meals were excellently prepared and delicious. The presentation
was beautiful.

How was your crew? Captain Richard was absolutely fantastic. He was measured and personable - with a great mixture of suggestions on what to do, while also allowing us to do what we wanted. He was extremely attentive and clearly knowledgeable about the areas we visited and of course all things in the boat. He was great about making sure we had access to the toys in a safe way and would offer to do anything that would help us have more fun at our particular spots. I would definitely go on a boat with Richard again. Christina was a great chef - the execution on her meals was excellent.

Dec 2020

Thank you both so much for an unforgettable week for all the right reasons! The Food, Activities, Etc. have all been better then we could´ve imagine or wished for.
We loved getting to know the two of you and spend time together. Were already looking forward to our next adventure with you two.
Richard & Christina

Everything exceeded our expectations. You make a great team so glad our crew and your crew made such an awesome connection!
See you soon, until then Cheers to our next adventure
Mike & Beth

Dec 2020

Wow ! What a week you helped our two families experience your hospitality, knowledge of the islands, pace of travel and amazing food made for life time memories for all and a much needed respite.

On top of that you made both 21st birthday and Christmas celebration uniquely memorable. I´m telling you with certainty no other boat has an ´Elf on the Shelf´ like Ventana!

All the best the best to both of you and we hope our parts cross again on the beautiful waters of the USVI.

Bob, Kara& Family
Tina, Matt & Family

Jan 2021

Wow! Best crewmates of all time. The food was great and the winds was high. Richard at the helm of the great Ventana, thank you for caring us through massive swells and making sure our drinks were full. Christina, the best dam cook in any island, ever. let us know when little Italy : a taste of Ventana comes out . These adventures will be remembered for a very very long time and never forgotten. We can´t thank y´all enough. The next time you hear werewolf or hear a bud light open we can only hope y´all think of us. This vacation was everything we hoped for and beyond our expectations. 2020 was the worst year of our families lives and this vacation was what we needed for the start for the new year. Song of the week : Feel something different by Ben Miller & Amine.

H.A.G.S

Thanksgiving 2020 - Broker provided comments

1. Crew Friendliness: A++
2. Crew Knowledge: A++
3. Quality of Service: A++
4. The Professionalism of Crew: A++
5. Value of the Cost of the Charter: Well, of course, we would love for it to cost less but you get what you pay for!
6. On-Board Cuisine: OMGOSH: THIS WAS ABOVE AND BEYOND IN EVERY WAY ON EVERY MEAL. If you have not experienced Christina´s culinary extraordinaire experience, then I think you guys need to indulge.
7. Destination / Location: Absolutely love the location of the USVI´s and even more now that I do not want to spend our money where it is not welcomed, i.e., the BVI´s
8. Water-Sports: I did not personally do any water sports other than stand-up paddleboard and apparently, I am not very good but still had fun. Kids loved them.
9. Overall Satisfaction: Completely satisfied with all that you delivered. We will go again when we can.

What was the most memorable highlight of your yacht charter vacation?
The Thanksgiving Feast prepared by Christina (Seafood Feast); Captain Richard´s knowledge and love of what he is doing. Pure relaxation and enjoyment had by our two families.

Any additional comments you would like to make regarding your vacation experience?
We would highly recommend this charter by your company to others along with the recommendation of The Ventana, Capt. Richard and Christina as crew. They worked themselves to the bone and did so with smiles and love. Also, our driver that picked us up at the airport to dock and return was an absolutely wonderful man too. I would recommend him as well.

We want to thank you for supplying us with all the information we needed to get through the COVIDmania traveling. The only thing that could have made this trip better would have been to delete COVIDmania and allow us to be onshore together at a restaurant. We usually enjoyed going ashore for a meal or two but didn´t even bother since we could not sit together and wanted to avoid all the hysteria.

Again, thank you for a memorable experience.

July 2020

Dear Richard, we can´t thank you enough for your generosity and hospitality. We loved tubing in Magen´s Bay, stargazing off St John and snorkeling in countless beautiful coves. Suzanne, the food was incredible - we especially loved the banana pancakes, crab cakes, sun dried tomato ravioli and ALL the deserts! Richard, you make the best ´Painkiller´, if this Captain thing doesn´t pan out, you´ll make an excellent mixologist. Thanks for sharing evening card games and giving us a vacation we´ll never forget. Although a few dolphins would have been nice lol!

-Nick, Katherine, Sloan, Reese & Grace

June 2020

I´ve had several people ask about our recent vacation. It was AMAZING btw!! If you´re interested in booking a charter for your family, please reach out! Captain Richard and Suzanne were THE BEST!! And don´t worry, you won´t have to do ALL the work! Seriously what an experience! I highly, highly recommend!

April 2019

We had the absolute best vacation on the Alladora (previous boat) and I would attribute it all to the experience that these two provided. From the very moment we met them, we felt comfortable and felt accommodated for! They make a fantastic team working together and the vibe they had together made for a fun relaxing and amazing time.

Christina is a little spitfire and we all fell in love with her instantly. We would NEVER have believed we would be served such elegant food on the boat. Her meals were always over the top and the presentation and unique options were out of this world. Each morning we were greeted with tea and coffee, Bloody Mary´s or Mimosas which was a nice treat.

I honestly cannot say enough great things about these two! I will definitely be on a charter trip like this again and will not accept any other skipper or chef except for these two. They both catered to every individual person´s needs the entire trip, cooking separate meals when some guests did not like certain ingredients, they played taxi on the dingy for anyone who ever needed to get to shore and never once seemed annoyed or inconvenienced.

We love the BVI´s and will be back for another amazing experience with Jacob and Christina.

New Years 2019/2020

The seven nights we spent on Neverland were absolutely spectacular! Our tour of the British Virgin Islands featured great snorkeling and swimming, beautiful beaches, and interesting ports of call, but what made the vacation truly special was our crew, Jacob Beman and Christina Astuto. Jacob is a skillful sailor, Christina a magical cook, and both of them have a touch of MacGyver in their personalities. (Our first day out featured Christina being hoisted to the top of the mast for some impromptu problem solving!) Christina’s touch in the kitchen really took our breath away as she daily turned Neverland into a floating gourmet restaurant. Additionally, Christina and Jacob worked with us to curate a selection of Italian wines that were a constant delight. When we weren’t drinking wine, Jacob’s rum punch and Christina’s negroni´s and old fashions were memorable. And when we weren’t busy eating and drinking, Jacob had a knack for effortlessly managing our itinerary, changing plans when needed to fit the weather, our interests, and our moods.
Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, Christina and Jacob are a real pleasure to spend time with. Never less than professional, C & J are lively, interesting, fun and funny. We could not have wished for better company!

March 2019

We were fortunate to book two day trips with Capt. Jacob Beman and Christina Astuto on the Pau Hana catamaran during the week of March 17, 2019. Our group consisted of three couples, several of whom had lifelong boating experience and a couple who frankly weren´t sure they were ready to spend an hour, much less a day, on a sailboat.

Jacob and Christina immediately took charge of the charter, making sure we were comfortable as well as oriented to the safety procedures aboard the boat. The main challenge our group presented was that half of us wanted to go somewhere to socialize, drink painkillers, and buy t-shirts to bring home, while the other half did not want to see, much less talk to, another tourist if at all possible. Jacob was able to ´read the room´ & plan a full, fun day that made everyone happy. They were also exceptionally tolerant of the music choices of their guests...even if it was early 90´s Hair Bands! Jacob and Christina demonstrated an intuitive talent for customer service, anticipating our needs before we had a chance to ask. Their ability to make us feel taken care of and a bit spoiled while still treating us like long lost friends is an interpersonal skill that can´t be taught.

One of the more important and appreciated things I noticed was that both Jacob and Christina demonstrated their knowledge of and respect for the ecosystem around them in the way they operate the boat and the locations they chose to show us. It is clear that they both love this gorgeous corner of the world & want to conserve its beauty for future generations.

I feel that any well balanced review should include some constructive criticism. I struggled to find something to critique about the service we received, but here it is. Jacob´s fashion sense is atrocious. The patterns in his shirts and shorts clash to the point of distraction. Christina assured us she is working on the issue, so hopefully improvements will be made in that area.

We enjoyed our time on St. John immensely, but the days we spent on the water were certainly the highlight of the week. After an amazing trip, I believe one´s flight home should be spent planning the next vacation. It was the unanimous decision the group that our next getaway would be planned based solely on where Jacob and Christina are working. I just hope they’re prepared for that!

Regards, Brooks & Roisin
Boston, MA

Praise from Charter Broker on three well done charters

I have now had 3 charters with Jacob and Christina absolutely nailed it each time.
The planning, the food, their personalities. . . . everything! It was very different groups from a family to a 35 wedding anniversary and all the clients were full of praise.
Charter Broker

June 2020

Sundowners and The Big Blue - what could be better?! Our time aboard SY Rapscallion was absolutely perfect! Captain Richard and Suzanne were THE BEST!! Great dynamics!! Very welcoming and genuine! Perfect for our family. Love the laid back atmosphere and even though the covid-19 threw us a challenge, we managed to stop in amazing anchorages and enjoy the vast snorkeling opportunities! The pier @ Fredriksted is an absolute must when visiting St Croix!

Suzanne, many thanks for your wonderful cooking skills! Everything was beautiful and so so tasty! (Kudos on the homemade sweet and sour mix!) Amazing job! Cannot stress enough! Above & beyond!

To both Captain Richard and Suzanne -
Humble thanks for sharing your sailing knowledge! As we´ve mentioned this is our dream to live aboard full-time. Appreciate your patience and involvement more than you know! Will has been in his happy place for the last 10 days for sure! haha

Seriously you both have been great! Many many thanks for making this a most memorable trip for our family! I bet Emory will talk (& talk, & talk, & talk..) about her time aboard for years to come! haha Until next time...

Fair winds & following seas,
Will, Rayna, Elle, Emory & Ryan

PS - Mind the ´sugar cubes´