Ventana Description

This beautiful 2018 Lagoon 520 offers five queen cabins each with private ensuite baths including electric heads, vanity and separate showers. Cabins and boat offer wonderful natural lighting and great ventilation plus fully air-conditioned depending on guests desires. The salon will seat up to 10 guests in comfort for lounging or dining. Ventana´s exterior offers alfresco dining for up to 10 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. TOYS: 3 Stand Up Paddle Boards, Snorkeling Gear, Floating Mats, 1 Kneeboard, 1 Wakeboard, 1 Subwing, 1 Scurfer, 1 Surfboard, 3 Fishing Rods, & Onshore Games. DIVING: Offered via rendezvous only

Cruising Area of Ventana

Currently available for USVI only chartersInquire for more information
Pref. Pick-upYHG
Other Pick-upRH
Summer PortSt. Thomas, USVI
Summer OperationsCaribbean Virgin Islands
Winter PortSt. Thomas, USVI
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 hrs, Inquire for 24
EnginesTwin 75HP diesels 11 Kw generator

Accommodations

Guests10
Cabins5
Crew2
Queen5
Twin1
Showers6
Wash Basins6
TP in HeadsYes
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
Fishing PermitUSVI only
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

Green Initiatives

Make Purified Drinking WaterYes
Re-Usable Water BottlesYes
Other Green Initiatives
Eco-friendly cleaning products. Limited use of paper products. Chef purchased organic or locally grown products when available.

Ventana Crew Profile

Crew Number2
Crew SmokeNo
Crew Pet TypeNone
Captain
CaptainTim Montgomery
NationalityUSA
LicenseUSCG
Chef / First Mate
Chef / First MateJason Mackay


Capt. Tim Montgomery
Captain Tim welcomes you aboard the beautiful 52´ Lagoon Catamaran, Ventana. Tim spent the first 10 years of his career as a professional chef traveling and working all over the world. He was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri, which you can imagine is not the sailing capitol of the United States. He found his love for the Ocean when he spent 3 years aboard National Geographic´s expedition ships sailing the entire west coast of North and Central America. He found his true home when he moved down to St. Thomas and fell in love with the culture and pristine Carib waters.

After 3 years running chartered yachts all over the U.S and B.V.I´s, Tim knows all the secret spots and hidden gems the islands have to offer. After years of being a chef, he certainly knows his way around the bar and would be happy to mix up some delicious craft cocktails anytime. He prides himself on not having a set itinerary and having the ability to read the vibe of the day. Creating the perfect relaxing vacation everyday for guests and imparting on them the same love of the islands he has.

Tim holds a USCG masters license and STCW 95 certification and has logged well over 1000 days at sea. He would love to share his passion for the sailing lifestyle and personally tailor the perfect yacht vacation for you and yours. You can usually find him strumming his guitar or diving down to catch some spiny lobsters to throw on the grill for that night´s dinner. From his culinary skills, island knowledge, and a knack for creating the most fun charter environment possible, he´s the ideal Captain for your next vacation.

Chef Jason Mackay
Born in South Africa and raised in Louisiana, Jason was always surrounded by a community that greatly appreciates a meal surrounded by good friends and family. Always an adventurous spirit, Jason always had a passion for travel and nature. Living in Asheville, NC was very influential in developing a connection with the fruits of nature and set Jason on a path to create seasonal and local dishes based off of local foraged ingredients. Living in Mexico, he spent most of his time in the water spearfishing and orchestrating pop up dinners based around the catch of the day and joining people together in the community. Creating culinary experiences and joining people together is Jason´s true passion in life and he is excited to highlight the bounty of the Caribbean sea.

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Ventana Reservations & Port Locations

Start DateEnd DateDetails (Holds can be challenged)
Dec 13, 2022Dec 18, 2022Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Dec 27, 2022Jan 03, 2023Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Mar 04, 2023Mar 11, 2023Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Mar 31, 2023Apr 06, 2023Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
May 15, 2023May 19, 2023Hold: Owner Use - St. Thomas to Owner Use - St. Thomas
Jun 19, 2023Jun 26, 2023Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand

Ventana Rates / week

The prices shown are for the entire yacht for a week-long (7 nights) charter. Inquire for lowest rate.
Low price: $28,200
(normal rate)
High price: $33,500
(normal rate)

Ventana Special Offer!
Xmas Special!
Offer: Ventana is offering regular rates for Christmas week 2022.
Minimum nights: 7
Travel between: Dec/19/2022 - Dec/26/2022

Season2 Pax3 Pax4 Pax5 Pax6 Pax7 Pax8 Pax9 Pax10 Pax
2022/23 Winter$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$33,500
2023 Summer$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$33,500
2023/24 Winter$28,500$29,000$29,500$30,000$30,500$31,000$31,500$32,500$33,500

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

June 2022

My family sailed with another family on the Ventana for one week in the USVI. Michelle with Epic was fantastic throughout the selection and planning process and her insight was invaluable and much appreciated. We will work with her again and have already recommended her to other friends. The Ventana is a Lagoon 52 foot catamaran and the boat was perfect for our group. I can’t say enough good things about Captain Kennon and Chef Stephanie. From the food and beverages to the service and itinerary, it was all phenomenal and we felt completely pampered for the entire trip. They worked tirelessly so that we could relax, adventure and truly enjoy our time on vacation. We commented that it seemed not just a job for them but a true joy for them to ensure that we were happy and having fun. We would love to sail with them again!

April 2022

Yacht & Crew
Please answer the following questions pertaining to the yacht you chartered and the crew.
Rating of Yacht & Crew:
(5 Being the Highest) 5
Was the yacht comfortable and clean?
Yes!
Was the yacht well ventilated?
Yes
Was the crew friendly and accommodating?
Yes. The crew was great! Kennon and Stephanie are awesome. We couldn’t have a better crew. We had both kids an adults. And everyone would say they are the best!
Was the food good and well presented?
Yes. It was delicious. You will not go hungry. Everything was made from scratch. We ate like kings and queens. We had a couple picky eater and one with a food allergy. The chief accommodated for everyone.
8. Additional comments about the yacht and crew?
Cannot say enough good things. They were great.
Cruising Area
Did you like the area you chartered in?
Loved it. Each stop had something different but still beautiful

February 2022

Kennon and Stephanie,

It has been absolutely fantastic from the minute we met to the day of departure! Hope to see you again soon, love and hugs! We can’t thank you enough for your hospitality!

February 2022

Kennon and Stephanie,

This trip has exceeded expectations on every level. The boat is beautiful and the islands and water are spectacular but the crew of Kennon and Stephanie is what topped the charts! They are amazing taking care of every need, want and thought – they listen and try to do What they can to make the trip perfect and he succeeded at every turn. This was a special trip for Bob and Norma and it became a trip of a lifetime for all of us. We are forever grateful and this will stay in our memories forever!

February 2022

They far exceeded expectations! These guys are truly professionals. We wanted far nothing for the entire trip, are made return, and what a great group…who knew it would turn out so well! Love, love, loved every minute. Look forward to our next excursion with Kennon and Steph friends for life! Mi casa es su casa!!

February 2022

Kennon and Stephanie,

We have had a great time, made new friends and have totally relaxed and enjoyed ourselves for services impeccable so appreciated. The crew any the accommodations are beyond exceptional and will be highly recommended! You know have friends in Western Colorado!

February 2022

Kennon and Stephanie,

This vacation will be tough to beat and will set a high bar for the future. The crew Kennon and Stephanie were amazing with the service, food and keeping the whole group entertained. There was so much do from games, water activities, relaxing and lots of firsts for all of her family. Thanks so much and we will be back!

February 2022

Y’all’s hospitality has given me the most cherish-able memories to last throughout my life. The food and drinks succeeded my expectations. I will be returning without the drink cloud next time. No algae bloom on rainy days.

February 2022

Kennon and Stephanie,

Thank you for exceeding expectations on every level. This bucket list trip was almost never happened was so many obstacles thrown away. We were positively thrilled when we actually stepped on board Ventana. And the thrills, surprises, and moments never stopped after we landed. Thank you Stephanie Kevin for everything. You are the best crew we could have asked for. Everything was outstanding! Meals were five star. Experience was six star! Hugs!

February 2022

1. Crew Friendliness:TOP-NOTCH
2. Crew Knowledge:TOP-NOTCH
3. Quality of Service:TOP-NOTCH
4. The Professionalism of Crew: TOP-NOTCH
5. Value of the Cost + Expenses Charter:JUST RIGHT
6. On-Board Cuisine:AMAZING
7. Destination / Location:BEST THAT COULD BE DONE
8. Water-Sports:PERHAPS ADD A KAYAK
9. Overall Satisfaction:EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS

What was the most memorable highlight of your yacht charter vacation? WHO COULD NARROW DOWN TO ONE? LAUGHING ON A RAINY DAY EXCURSION, UNEXPECTED AMUSEMENT PARK RIDE, SURPRISES FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR DINNER, WATCHING THE SEA ANIMALS FROM BOAT AT NIGHT

February 2022

I love their time on the Ventana! We have made so many great memories that will always carry with us! Our favorite memories were seeing a starfish while on the subwing, feeding scraps to the remora, snorkeling with Stephanie, all the food! Floating on the ring of love, and all the laughs!

February 2022

Thank you Stephanie and Kennon! Beside the highlight up the trip would be the boat – but two of you in your hospitality, kindness, took experience to another level. Thanks for making us feel so welcome – teaching us, and laughing with us! Thank you for a great week of fun and incredible food. Hopefully our paths will cross again! You are always welcome in Colorado!

February 2022

100% exceeded our expectations! Kennon and Stephanie were well above call of duty to accommodate our every need! Our favorite memories were snorkeling, paddleboards, sailing, whale watching, sunsets from the flybridge… everything!

January 2022

I imagine it’s tripping fabulous but I never dreamt of how amazing it would actually be. Stephanie and Kennon seemed to anticipate every need and fill it! I felt like a rockstar on my very own yard. Thanks for the super great food and drinks and warm friendly hospitality. And for saving my hat!

January 2022

We completely enjoyed every aspect of this amazing trip. Or expectations were more than expected in every way. Stephanie treat us to gourmet meals every day. I don’t think that any of us have ever eaten so well. Kennon was a fabulous continent host. Our drinks were never empty and his positive attitude started and ended every day with a smile. We thank you so much for your incredible hospitality!

January 2022

We can’t thank you enough for your hostility and amazing food. The ladies loved all of the water sports and every spot you chose was perfect. Best New Year’s Eve and day ever! We look forward to returning!

January 2022

Thank you for an amazing family vacation! Your hospitality was unbelievable over-the-top every single day! Stephanie, the snacks and meals were absolutely wow! It was fun to sit down and wait to see what you have prepared for us, you truly have an art and passion for cooking! Thank you both for everything. So hope to travel with you again in the future!

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´