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Recommendation Letters

Charter: Tandem on Catamaran YES DEAR and FANTASY ISLAND Dates: : March 16 - 23/2014
Name: Preece Birthday Trip

Hi Sonja,

Well, we are back to reality today after a great vacation! Thank you so much for all of your help ... please use me as a reference in the future! I filled out the evaluation below for Fantasy Island ... and I'm sure you are hearing from our friends as well. The trip was great and the service was outstanding, just like you said it would be. Thanks again for all of your help ... hopefully we will do this again in the future!

Tom Preece

This trip was something special we planed for our friend's 50th birthday. We knew for 20 friends to pull together the means and get to the BVI's from San Diego, this was going to be a trip of a life time. Let me just say, it was. Of course the boat was amazing, the water was warm, the weather was perfect, the food & Drinks fantastic, location to die for. But what really took the trip over the top.... Lady Adele and Sir Richard. As a sales person, I've come across a lot of people in my life. Adele and Richard are truly SPECIAL and will be friends forever. As my Husband and I were on our 2nd have of a 2 week trip we started planning on when we will be going to South Africa to visit them. Sir Richard took care of all our activities, and kept up with all of us. and I mean all 20 of us. He was a ROCK STAR!! Lady Adele made sure we all went home a few pounds heavier. Her delicious cuisines were mouth watering at every sitting. And the drinks OMG!! Our Birthday girl had the best birthday celebration and we truly appreciate all that Adele & Richard did to make it so special. Yes Dear will always be a part of the family of best vacations we have ever had!!.


Yolande Hamilton



How did you enjoy your sailing vacation on YES DEAR? It was AMAZING!!! Way better than I ever imagined. Trip of a lifetime. Capt. Richard was an awesome captain and always had a smile and wanted to help and accommodate our needs and wishes Chef Adele was sincere and sweet - her food was perfection!!! The extra pounds I came home with was well worth it!


Wendy Hoier

Charter: Catamaran YES DEAR Dates: : Febr. 14 - 19/2014
Name: Bush-Nordhaus Birthday trip

Sonja,

I sent you a letter after my birthday charter 2 years ago. I will let the others share their amazing stories this time around. Just know, I had a blast and I look forward to my next stop in the BVI's. May I use you as a reference?[Dr. Poach] Yes, of course. Thank you for all your planning and organizing. All the best,[Dr. Poach] And to you. Take good care,


Dr. Poach

Charter: Catamaran FLYING GINNY VII Dates: Dec. 21 - 28/2013
Name: Easton Family

Sonja,

I would never have thought we could surpass our past experience of sailing through the BVI's...but we did, all because of the "perfect team" of Captain Peter and mate KC. We enjoyed their stories and companionship. We saw and visited new sights while revisiting favorites. Our tour with Orlando on Virgin Gorda was the best. Easton and Kate were able to do the Baths again since they were too young to remember their last experience there. And Jeff couldn't believe he found cigarettes at the "local" mart for $19 a carton! While Peter was dealing with a night mare because of the generator, we we're enjoying the lovely resort marina on Scrub Island and taking full advantage of all of the amenities! The only objection is that the week went too fast!!! Sincerely,


Wendy Easton McHugh



Sonja - as you probably know by now, we all had a great sail in Flying Ginny VII. Captain Peter did a superb job of getting us to good anchorages, and allowed us to utilize our time to the utmost. KC has to win honors for her meal presentations - each one was delicious and tasty. They both were very easy to get along and would go out of the way to please us. We enjoyed this crew and highly recommend them.

Peter

Charter: Catamaran BREANKER Dates: Day Sail May 2013
Name: Griffin

Dear Sonja,

Had a great time yesterday with Marianne and Christian. Good sail, fabulous food! You picked a winner. Thanks for your help!


Marty Griffin

Charter: Motor Yacht OLGA Dates: March 15 - 22/2013
Name: Johnson Family

Dear Sonja,

How did you enjoy your cruising vacation? wonderful time; Captain Bernard was engaged and ran a great crew


Johnson

Charter: Catamaran BRAVEHEART Dates: May 26 - June 2/2012
Name: Dunbar Family

Dear Sonja,

Our vacation aboard Braveheart was grand! Our family had the best time being together and consider this to have been a perfect sailing adventure. We enjoyed every minute - lots of relaxation and comfort with plenty of activities. Jerry and Dawn were wonderful hosts, and a perfect fit for our family. We enjoyed every minute and would highly recommend this trip to others. Dawn is an excellent chef, and Jerry a perfect captain, scuba instructor, and fisherman. Both Dawn and Jerry had an excellent rapport with the children. Tom and the children agree that this trip was one of our best ever. The Braveheart vacation scored a homerun with everyone... I will be glad to recommend your services and Braveheart to others. Again, thank you for coordinating this most memorable and enjoyable trip. Fondly,


Mary

Charter: on Yacht SECRET OASIS Charter Dates: February 15 - 20/2012
Name: Poach Group

Sonya, The trip was absolutely amazing. Adele and Richard are incredible people. We simply could not have imagined a more perfect experience aboard the Secret Oasis. Adele's cooking is Five Star. The atmosphere cultivated on the boat by this amazing couple is something that I want the rest of my family to experience. We are already plotting our return to the Secret Oasis. However, I will not come back to the Virgin Islands without Rich and Adele! The questionnaire below can not do justice to the professional manner, friendliness and awesomeness of Rich and Adele. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to connect with these fantastic people.


Kevin Barnett

Charter: on Yacht SECRET OASIS and Yes Dear
Name: Lisa

Hi Sonja, Having been on your charters before my expectations were quite high to begin with, but both of the crews completely blew me away. It was the vacation of a lifetime. The only downside is we are all suffering situational depression now back home. Attached is the review you requested. You have 20 new friends in love with the BVI's and this vacation. Thanks for all your hard work. Talk soon,


Lisa

Charter: on Yacht SECRET OASIS and Yes Dear
Name:Shannon Poach, Ph.D.

Hi Sonja, Lisa will be completing our questionnaire for you. I would like to add a side note however: Hands-down, this was the best vacation I have ever been on, and I have been to some marvelous vacation spots. And, this not only comes from me, but several of my friends, also well-traveled, said this continuously throughout the charter. Everyone was in “Ahhh” of this experience! (That was the gift that made this birthday so great!) As for the vessels, both Cats were immaculate, and provided all the water activities we desired. The Crews, they were amazing! Ian and Jodi, as well as Richard and Adele were the perfect fit for my crew of 20. They were energetic, outgoing and personable. The food was more than superb and we were all excited come mealtime to see what “savory” dish and what “tasty” cocktail would be presented. The crew’s attention to us was endless. If we were not having meals, they were providing us constant opportunities for adventure/entertainment. What began as are Captains and first mates, became our friends. We will make this adventure again, as I stated 4 year ago after getting off the charter with Lisa and her parents…but this time we will not wait 4 years! Many thanks to you for setting up such a phenomenal experience!


Shannon Poach, Ph.D.

Yacht: on M/V HARMONY
Name: CECOLA

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     Very much!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Yes, enjoyed the Jet Skis
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes, There is No one like Jack - he's great!
Was your Captain Jack  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes
Was your chef Rob   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes
Was your Chief Stewardess Yuma   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes Yuma was wonderful and her limoncello was awesome!
Was your Crew (Georgio, Jayne and Tomasz)   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes Everybody was wonderful, kind, friendly, outgoing and ready to serve!
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
We hate Rob cuz we gained so much weight - but we had a blast doing it because he made it so easy! 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      they had everything we asked for and more
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     Yes and yes they were fair and accurate. Yes we'd charter again and likely will! Captain Jack, Yuma and the entire crew were wonderful. No brochure or verbal description can adequately describe the professionalism and efficiency combined with incredible kindness, courtesy, and service attitude. We would whole-heartedly recommend this team to anyone considering a charter!
May we use you as a reference?    

yes

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     We enjoyed it tremendously
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     The boat was in pristine condition and very appealing
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     The boat was kept very clean and orderly
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes, they cleaned daily
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     We did everything offered...it was all there.
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?    
I guess our sons enjoyed the wakeboard, trying the
windsurfer and the kite surfer.
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
The equipment was in very good condition.
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
We felt free to choose our activities and destinations for the day....we would meet the night before and plan each day's direction.
Was your Captain  Yes_ Outgoing   Yes _ Professional   Yes_ Friendly
 No  _ Pleasant but reserved  No  _ Too strict or formal for your taste
   
We were so comfortable on this boat...we were a family of four. 
We wanted to be outside, and this was very easy for us. Jonny Coop, all twenty-three years of him, was an  astounding young man.  He commandeered the boat, had great knowledge of all the area, engaged our sons in all activities with great knowledge, and was such a treat, personally.  He is a very special young man!!
 
Kelly was very friendly, pleasant but reserved.  She did not ever intefere with our sail.  She was very warm and helpful, yet unobtrusive.  She was an amazing cook!!
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
.The chef, Kelly, was spectacular!  She implemented all of our requests for the week.  Our teenage sons were especially happy!
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?     
We could not have been more pleased with our meals! We ate off-board two times...we all agreed our meals on board were so much better!  We ate at Little Dix Bay and The Last Resort...We would repeat the Last Resort...otherwise, Kelly had a better meal on board.  The presentation was always superb and anything we requested was always implemented.
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare. Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again? If not , please explain:     
Yes, we would definitely charter this boat again.  It met all of our expectations, and more.  It was very spacious.
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes – We would be happy to be a reference.



Our time on Double Feature was so fantastic!  We enjoyed time as a family without the interruptions of the world, so we were able to enjoy those quiet times of sailing, fishing, reading, and just spending time together.  Kelly and Jonny were the most wonderful hosts and allowed us time to explore as well as visit.  This will vie for the topmost family vacation we have ever experienced.

Linda and Wirt Yerger
Jackson, Mississippi

Yacht: on Catamaran BREANKER
Name: GOSWAMI

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     It was fantastic
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Yes, kayaks were great, scuba was fun
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain Kristian  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes ( the best captain!)
Was your chef Marianne   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    (perfect)
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
great , perfect sizes. Dinner was always the highlight. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Yes, yes
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     This was more than we expected. We definately will charter this yacht and crew again
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     Sonja, Sonja, Please see below. It was great as before. I'm ready to go back!
May we use you as a reference?    

Sure

Charter: on Sailing Yacht KNIGHTS AT SEA
Name: Carter

Hey Sonja, We had a wonderful time with Capt. Conrad. We hope you had a great 4th of July!

Thanks!
Tara L. Carter

Yacht: on Catamaran BREANKER
Name: Peniche-group

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     absolutely
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     we snorkeled mostly
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
hey catered to our every wish
Was your Captain Kristian  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes he was everything positive!
Was your chef Marianne   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    she was amazing - i wanted her to come home with me - i hated leaving
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
the food was the best ever! 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      they had everything we asked for and more
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     exactly as described
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     They were awesome! She is fabulous and he is wonderful. They made us feel comfortable - relaxed - and welcome - She is an amazing cook and he is an awesome bartender and captain. We were so well taken care of - i would absolutely go back and sail with them again. I probably would not go back unless I was guaranteed to they were my crew. Thank you so much!
May we use you as a reference?    

yes

Yacht: on Catamaran BREANKER
Name: GOSWAMI

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     The most fun we’ve EVER had!!!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Yes – the kids loved tubing, fishing, canoeing, not to mention the tramp! We loved the diving too!
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes – we appreciated the guidance given to us and the knowledge passed on about the islands, activities, etc.
Was your Captain Kristian  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes
Was your chef Marianne   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
   
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
We ALL really loved the food! Marianne did a fantastic job preparing delicious meals that we all enjoyed. After every meal, the kids asked for the recipe so I could make it when we got home. :) The meals were healthy yet not bland or boring at all. Can’t think of one meal that was just “OK”!! 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Yes – all drinks were on board. The meals far exceeded our expectations.
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     We would absolutely charter again with Ms Marianne and Cptn Megasaur!!! They were so good with the kids and made us feel totally at ease and relaxed! The kids really took to them and felt free to “hang” with them. I wouldn’t change a thing about our experience (I know I should try and find something but I can’t!!!! It was a perfect vacation)
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.    
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes!! Please do!

Charter: on Motoryacht HARMONY
Name:Karla Johnson

Everything was fantastic-all perfect-staff knew when to be around and when not to be around-everyone was professional and yet casual-they were fantastic with my kids-karla

Karla

Charter: on BEST REVENGE 5
Name: Goldhagen/Lorry

This boat and crew are absolutely AWESOME! The boat is amazing, and the crew compliments the boat very well. You need to put this on your A-list for charters!
Paul

Great! Thanks for everything!
Andrea

Charter: on VIKING DREAM
Name: Scott


Hello Sonja,

We will be happy to fill out the questionnaire below but can also give you a one word summary and brief commentary.

The experience with Mark and Sally was simply superb.
They are first and foremost highly competent sailors, with long prior experience with the Moorings, who know every square inch of  their cruising area. Combine this with the fact that they are both former business professionals who have applied a “feel at home, service first” approach to the this business, and left no detail, small or large, unaddressed in their attempt to provide their guests with a safe and truly memorable cruising experience. Put another way, they absolutely “know their stuff”, and take great pride and personal pleasure in what they do, and it surly shows.

We went aboard strangers, and came away friends, and our family could not have asked more from this vacation experience.

Thank you Sonja---you made an excellent call with this recommendation to us.

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     Very much!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     Yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes – Very Clean
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     We used all of them and would want them all again
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Yes
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes with great advice on options from Mark and Sally
       
Was your Captain  Yes_ Outgoing   Yes _ Professional   Yes_ Friendly
 No  _ Pleasant but reserved  No  _ Too strict or formal for your taste
    Was your chef   Yes _  Outgoing    Yes _  Professional    YEs_  Friendly
No_ Pleasant but reserved      No   _ Too strict or formal for your taste
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
The meals were excellent – Fresh and light as we requested. We also requested a vegetarian component for our older daughter and Sally did a fantastic job incorporating that as well as providing alternatives for picky young eaters.
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Yes – Totally. We like good wine and Mark did a great job of providing interesting new wines for us.
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again? If not , please explain:      Yes – We had been on this same type boat before and would charter this same boat and crew again.
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes – We would be happy to be a reference.

Charter: on Sailing Yacht THREE MOONS
Name: SCOTT

Sonja. We had a terrific time on Three Moons. Randy and Shelly operate the boat with quiet competence and good humor. They made sure Elsa and Carolyn (aged 11 and 9) had a very fun time. I think their high points were tearing around in Randy’s huge inner tube towed by the dingy at ridiculously high speeds. Each meal was a treat, indeed like eating in a 5 star restaurant; thanks to Shelly’s fantastic skill as a chef. Carolyn is still a bit of a picky eater and Shelly made sure there was something she would enjoy at each meal. We had a celebratory dinner in Turtle Bay dinning room at Caneel Bay on the Friday after we left Three Moons. After toasts to Sally and my 50th, Peter’s new job and great family fun in general, Carolyn, who was seated at the opposite end of the table from me, asked everyone to toast “Shelly and Randy”. So out of the mouth of the youngest came the best affirmation of the Three Moons experience one could possibly want.


All the best to you and to Shelly and Randy
Matt

Charter: on Catamaran COOL CHANGE (Grenadines)
Name: Colburn/Hopf

Sonja. We're in a bit of a rush, but just wanted to let you know that Ted and Gina were absolutely delightful, professional, and tons of fun! The boat was great, weathering extreme winds and surf beautifully. Everything was to our liking--food, drinks, company, itinerary. I highly recommend this couple and their boat to anyone of all ages--they cater to your every whim. Thanks for introducing us to a marvelous trip.


Colburn

Charter: on Motoryacht HARMONY
Name: Karla Johnson

Sonja. Everything was fantastic-all perfect-staff knew when to be around and when not to be around-everyone was professional and yet casual-they were fantastic with my kids-karla

Yacht: on Sailing Yacht DRUMBEAT 1
Name: TAUBE/HESTERBERG

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     Fantastic - everyone had a great time. Vince and Linda were very professional, accommodating and fun!Fantastic - everyone had a great time. Vince and Linda were very professional, accommodating and fun!
When you arrived, was the boat:     All was perfectly prepared at 12noon when we arrived. 
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     Excellent
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes, right on schedule (with direct pick-up at the pier in Cane Garden Bay)
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes – Very Clean
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     To my knowledge, yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes; the only thing showing some wear were floatation mattresses, but not a big deal 
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Snorkeling equipment and ocean kayaks
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Absolutely, including where we were headed. Vince and Linda had many ideas, but left the ultimate decision on destination/daily schedule to us
Was your Captain  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Vince was fantastic. Excellent at sailing/anchoring, very knowledgeable of the BVI, great bartender, super friendly/outgoing. He and Linda became one of our group after just a very short time on board
Was your chef  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Linda also was very friendly and accommodating, and her meals (breakfasts, lunches, two dinners, and snacks) were interesting and well-executed. Our previous sailing adventures were with Jerry and Heidi Roos (who had Culinary Institute of America training), and I would say Linda’s culinary preparations were every bit as good as Heidi’s.
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
>Beautiful presentation and variety; followed our wishes for Caribbean-based cuisines. Excellent quality and more than adequate quantity. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      All drink preferences and food preferences were met. And Vince/Linda make a killer Painkiller (and believe me, we sampled many)!!
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     Your descriptions of DRUMBEAT I were very accurate; cannot think of anything you should change. We would definitely charter with them again.
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     “We were aboard DRUMBEAT I for the first time in May 2009, celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with six of our dearest friends. Vince and Linda keep DRUMBEAT I (which is effectively their home) in beautiful condition, and they made all of us feel instantly comfortable and at-home. They are, on one hand, consummate professionals (well-organized, very knowledgeable about sailing and the BVI, accommodating hosts), and yet are quite fun-loving and friendly and quickly became part of our group (at our invitation joining in some of our on-shore excursions and many of our on-board activities). Linda’s food preparations were top-notch (and we say that in view of several previous sailing trips with a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef) and interesting. All-in-all, we had a wonderful time, and we will certainly sail again with Vince and Linda. We would recommend them and DRUMBEAT I to anyone looking for a fantastic, relaxing sailing adventure!” Brett & Barb Hesterberg
May we use you as a reference?    

Absolutely

Yacht: on Catamaran ENCORE
Name: Gus PILARTE

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     Wonderfully!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes, except the floating mattresses. I really missed those.
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     water skiing
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain Ron  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes He was a great combination of outgoing, professional and friendly.
Was your chef Anya  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    She was a great combination of outgoing, professional and friendly.
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
Presentation and quality were great. Quantity was a bit much and we had to ask her to pair it back midway through the week. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Yes
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     It was exactly as advertised. No surprises.
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.    
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes

Yacht: on Catamaran AKASHA
Name: Adrienne Brecher-Group

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     Wonderful
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Rum Island
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain Ronnie  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes Ronnie was wonderfully sweet and helpful and did a fantastic job of keeping us well fed with her culinary delights.
Was your Stewardess Rica  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Rica was accommodating and helpful in fulfilling all her responsibilities
Was your Mate Arnold  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Arnold was anxious to ensure that we all enjoyed our time on board and was available and ready to help at every turn
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
Each meal could have been featured in Gourmet Magazine. Superbly prepared, presented and wonderfully tasty. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      100% satisfactory
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     Everything was as promised. I would suggest an extra two lounge chairs be provided on the fly bridge deck
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.    
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes

Yacht: on Catamaran BRAVEHEART
Name: Bob MOORE (this review from Dave and Melynda Petrie)

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     It was the most incredible adventure Dave and I have ever experienced!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Absolutely, even despite several rain showers.
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     Sea kayak
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain Jerry  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes Captain Jerry's expertise in ALL aspects of the boat, areas visited, local flavor, was amazing and more than we expected. He also was very adept at ensuring everyone on board was able to enjoy activities specific to each one's tastes. His outgoing attitude yet strict adherence to safety were very refreshing!!! cannot imagine a better captain!
Was your chef Dawn   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Dawn's culinary capabilities were wonderful - a very hard worker despite her injuries.
Was your 3rd Crew Mel  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Mel was delightful!!!!! If we could have, we would have adopted her! Her smiles, area expertise and can-do attitude were wonderful.
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
Meals were exceptional in all aspects. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      100% satisfactory
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     This was more than we expected. We definately will charter this yacht and crew again
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     Sonja, Just back from the BVI. As you recall there were 9 of us on charter. I am positive that you will receive 9 emails praising the captain , chef and the stewardess (mel). The boat (BRAVEHEART) was terrific, the food incredible and the iternary and diving was great.. Thanks so much for working with me on this. Hope everything is going well in your life. Bob & Bobbie Moore
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes Dave and Melynda Petrie

Yacht: on Catamaran BRAVEHEART
Name: Bob MOORE

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     We loved it. This is our third charter and our favorite.
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     yes
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     Yes All of the above statements were true. It was reassuring to see the Braveheart waiting for us as we arrived at West End before the boarding time.
3) Clean     Yes
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     There was constant cleaning by all three members of the crew.
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes, the catamaran was very well equipped.
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes, and if there were any problems, Jerry was on it immediately.
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     I enjoyed riding the innertube which was a new experience for me.
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?      < The bedrooms really impressed me. They were queen size just as advertised. I found the electric toilets a wonderful improvement over previous charters.
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain Jerry  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    _ Outgoing yes _ Professional yes _ Friendly yes Jerry was outgoing, professional, friendly and lots of fun. He is the reason that this was a favorite charter. He always went out of his way to accommodate us including making a CD of our group’s 1,000 photos which he stayed up late into the night to finish. He is a great captain!
Was your chef Dawn   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    We were very impressed with Dawn. She was friendly and professional. Despite her recent accident, it was incredible the amount of hosting and work that she still accomplished.
Was your 3rd Crew Mel   Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    We loved having Mel on board. She was delightful and such a help to us all.
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
Perfect meals. We loved them all and managed to eat three hearty meals a day plus cocktails and appetizers in the late afternoon. 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      We could see that Jerry and Dawn took great care in providing anything that we had requested.
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     There were some questions initially about the size of the crew advertized and the final decision to have just two crew members. In retrospect, we probably would have been fine with a crew of two but we were very happy to have Mel and sorry that the reason for the change was because of Dawn’s unfortunate fall. I think that the only thing that might be changed or expanded is Internet access. If I had thought about WiFii access being available, I would have brought my own computer. I did not blame Jerry and Dawn for not wanting guests to use theirs, and yet they were very gracious about letting me use their computer to check on returning flights. I would definitely recommend the Braveheart and have given the brochure to my daughter who would love to take this charter with friends.
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     Yes, I would be happy to share our wonderful experience on the Braveheart
May we use you as a reference?    

Suzanne and Butch Beaty

Yacht: BREANKER + QUEST
Name: Spitznagel

         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     We enjoyed it very, very much! 
When you arrived, was the boat:     All was perfectly prepared at 12noon when we arrived. 
1) Tastefully presented & decorated      
2) Ready to board at the agreed time      
3) Clean      
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Cabins were being cleaned right after we got up for lunch. 
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?      
Was all advertised equipment on board? and      
Was it in good condition and working properly?      
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     the internet access was important, equipment for snorkeling and waterskiing was in good shape
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
 yes, absolutely 
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
yes, we always let them know what we wanted to do 
Was your Captain  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    the crew was very professional and super friendly 
Was your chef  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    the crew was very professional and super friendly 
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
the presentation was great, so was the quality and quantity (sometime even too much) 
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Requested drinks (european wines) were on board
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     In our eyes the description was very good and we would charter these boats again.
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     We did thank the crew by writing into their "boat book" at the end of the trip.
May we use you as a reference?    

yes you can

Charter: on AURORA
Name: Dietrich

Sonja - We had a wonderful time with Chad and Wendy on Aurora. Thank you for doing everything you needed to do to make this work out for us. Reviewing my chartering experience, I recalled three crewed and two bareboat charters on sailboats in the Caribbean.

On further review, I managed to remember a 48-hour charter on a 53 foot Hatteras from Palm Beach to Miami including a very special dinner for friends on the boat in Miami. With all this as background, I want to establish that our experience on Aurora with Chad and Wendy marks the ultimate in every category.

I know that you know Aurora and her crew as you know all the boats you represent, and I understand and expect this from every charter agent (even though it is sometimes lacking). Whenever anyone wants a recommendation on what to do for an upscale, high-service vacation, Nancy and I will direct them to you, uniquely.

Thanks for all your help,
Bill
Yacht: LONE STAR
Name:  Davidson/Cain
         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     It was wonderful!
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated      
2) Ready to board at the agreed time      
3) Clean     Yes to all of the above.
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Cabins were being cleaned right after we got up for lunch. 
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     I would assume so, we didn't use any of the "toys"
Was it in good condition and working properly?      
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?     N/A
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Yes
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Yes, Yes, Yes
Was your chef  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Yes, definitely! He is a jewel
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
Fantastic - you should recommend Teva wherever he goes.
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Everything we asked for was available, our requests were honored
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     It was as expected, the boat was beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone.
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     We did thank the crew by writing into their "boat book" at the end of the trip.
May we use you as a reference?    

Of course you may.

Charter: on AKASHA
Name:Albert Adrienne :

Sonja, It was truly wonderful to see you looking so healthy, happy, relaxed, and beautiful. It made my heart sing! Akasha was, as expected, fantastic. Such nice people. It is delightful to be in their care. Ronnie is a great cook and a lovely person, Brett is a terrific captain, always concerned about our comfort and safety (and he has a great sense of humor), Shannon is sweet, helpful and just a delight to be around, and of course, sweet Mark is always ready to do whatever has to be done to make one's stay terrific.

They are a very special crew, and we were lucky to be able to sail with them. And you can quote me on that! Of course, the boat itself is extremely roomy and comfortable for a sailboat. There is enough space and different places to be that we always felt as if we were discovering a spot for the first time. There was none of that cabin fever feeling on Akasha. Truly a delightful sailing vessel, we were happiest when under sail on this magnificent boat. It was a wonderful vacation.

I am waiting for information from you regarding the next possible Akasha sail.... Thanks for all your help. I am so looking forward to possibly being back on the boat in February. And it would be perfect if I could get a few hours with you as well! Let's take one step at a time.

Thanks again.
Best, Adrienne
Yacht: AKASHA
Name: Kelly Campbell
         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?      
When you arrived, was the boat:      
1) Tastefully presented & decorated     A 5
2) Ready to board at the agreed time     A 5
3) Clean     A 5
Was the boat kept clean, etc. during the charter?     Yes
Did the chef/Mate/Host, clean your cabins daily?     Yes
Was all advertised equipment on board? and     Yes
Was it in good condition and working properly?     Yes
Were there any "toys" you particularly enjoyed?      FLOATERS
Did you feel the boat was comfortable - cabins, salon, cockpit, sunning space, etc.?     
Yes
Did you feel free to choose each days activities if you wanted to?    
Yes
Was your Captain  Outgoing, Professiona, Friendly
 Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Yes
Was your chef  Outgoing, Professional, Friendly
Pleasant but reserved, Too strict or formal for your taste
    Yes
Please describe the meals (i.e. presentation, quality, quantity):     
ALL DELICOUS AND 5 STAR *****
If you requested any specific drinks etc. in your preference sheet, were they aboard?  In general, do you feel the meals reflected the requests you made in your preference sheet?      Yes
Was the boat roughly what you expected? Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.Do you feel our descriptions of the yacht & crew were fair & accurate? What would you change / emphasize? Would you charter this yacht again?     Yes
Referral letters can help the boat and the crew. If you wish to write a letter describing the vacation, we would be happy to send it on to the crew and send copies to other clients considering this yacht.     THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE WAS EXCEPTIONEL! THE BOAT WAS STUNNING. THE CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM THE ENTIRE CREW AS A+! THERE SIMPLY ISN'T A BETTER EXPERIENCE TO BE HAD - THIS WAS SIMPLY TOP NOTCH!
May we use you as a reference?    

Yes

Charter: on MOTU
Name:Hicks

The trip was fabulous. Bryan and I were afraid our wives were going to stow away. We will definitely book again. I have refered your name to a couple of my friends, and they may be contacting you shortly.

Thanks again,
Curtis
Charter: on AdAstra
Name:Martin

Hi Sonja!

Well, we're back in San Diego and feeling a little out of sorts. I still feel like I'm on the water and can't get the boat to stop rocking! Anyway, yesterday was a very long travel day, we ended up having to fly to Chicago then back to San Diego. I guess with all the cancellations over the past week, we had to be rerouted, but everything was on time and we made it back safely.

Thank you so much for coordinating such an amazing trip! We all had a wonderful time and Penny and Colin were perfect hosts. The AdAstra was also a lovely cat, very clean, well equipped and spacious, we would definitely recommend the Adastra and crew to any of your new or repeat clients. Penny is a fantastic cook, Colin is a great bartender and they are great company. Both have easy-going personalities and are quite engaging. They were also great sports! We played spoons one night (remember playing that with us?) and instead of drinking a ton, we had the loser do all sorts of funny things! Colin, the poor chap, took the brunt of the punishment, but he took it all in stride and was hilarious!!

We also saw so much! We seemed to get quite a bit of sailing and sightseeing in, considering the Kathys and Gil slept in each day, we managed not to feel rushed but still saw lots of beautiful places.

Our last night we went to the Last Resort and had a wonderful time. We couldn't have asked for a better way to end our trip and it was a great birthday party, just wish you could have been there, but I didn't expect you to be there because I knew it was just too soon.

Lots of love and thanks!
Alexis and Gil
Charter: on Millennium: EASTON

Our cruise aboard Millennium exceeded all expectations. Mike is a superb sailor with a wonderful wit, and Adelle is a chef beyond description. All my family were extremelly pleased with all the sports, ports of call and the night life ashore for the older (but not oldest) ones. The weather was cooperative and we were able to make all connections to and from STT in a somewhat timely manner.

I strongly commend this crew and I would recommend them without restriction. We all would love to sail with them again, and we have been tooting up the two of them to our St. Croix friends so some business may come your way.

You certainly may use us as a reference.
We are off in three days for a cruise around South America for three weeks, so it is unpack/pack over the New Year.

Happy New Year to you and thanks so much for matching us up with Mike and Adele.
Peter
Charter:CATALYST
Name: DAVIDSON
         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     It was great!
Did they crew live up to your expectations?    
very much so
Tell me about your meals?
Did the menus meet your expectations?
   
lovely, plentiful, often! I want the shrimp bisque recipe!
Everything we asked for was present and accounted for. Alan took care of every detail.
Were all the advertised "toys" available?     yes, it was - fishing, tubing, music - Alan has an extensive collection
Tell me about your meals?
Did the menus meet your expectations?
    The meals were delicious, and each one different. The raclette on the last night was a very nice touch (and good, too). There was plentiful food. It really takes talent to make each meal different and delicious, given the space limitations on a boat of that size.
Was the boat roughly what you expected?     Our boat descriptions are intended to be realistic and constructive to help prospective clients compare.
How did you like the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?    
The pace was also great (although if it went by slower, we might still be there and not back at work!). We got to see many things we hadn't before, and certainly all the things we wanted to see. Each day seemed to effortlessly float into the next.
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:     It was exactly what we expected, having gone once before on another boat, we knew what to look for and we were not disappointed.
May we use you as a reference?     Of course!
Charter: on CYNFUL
Name: Rubright
         
Was this your first chartering experience?     Second
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     We had an excellent time.
How would you describe your Captain and crew?
  • Were they Courteous?
  • Helpful?
  • Friendly?
  • Attentive?
  • Knowledgeable?
   
Tony and Kate were perfect as a charter crew. We found them to be very interested in doing whatever They could do to add to the enjoyment of our vacation. They were always suggesting things to do without pushing anything too hard. They were both extremely competent at their jobs, entertaining to talk to and always willing to do something a little extra to make the week special.
Did they crew live up to your expectations?    
Exceeded our expectations…see above.
Tell me about your meals?
Did the menus meet your expectations?
   
Kate was an excellent cook. Every meal had a special twist to it and was delicious. She paid special Attention to our requests made before the cruise. And Tony always impressed us with his table decorations!
How is the yacht?
Is she clean and well-maintained?
Were your cabins comfortable?
    Very clean and well maintained. It is relatively new and very comfortable. Tony is very handy And keeps his boat in fine shape.
Were all the advertised "toys" available?     …and then some.
How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?     Just as we asked for it.
Was it flexible enough for you to be able to choose each day's activities?     They were very flexible and discussed the options with us regularly which we really appreciated.
What did you like most about your charter?    
The boat was perfect and Tony and Kate definitely added to the week. There were always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. We grew to like them so much that it became like having another set of our friends on the cruise with us.
What might be done to improve this particular charter yacht?    
Hard to imagine
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:     Yes!
May we use you as a reference?    
I would be very happy to do that.
Charter: on QUEST,
Name: Stover

Sonja - the trip was excellent as always - not glad to be back at work but that is what allows us to take these great trips.

The daysail was really great and it made me miss the charter option ! Both Bill and Nikki were excellent crew. Very outgoing,friendly, welcoming - they had some fresh pastries for us when we arrived and they made an excellent lunch of fresh tuna steaks on the grill with a great mango salad -- very enjoyable ! Great presentation with crème Brule to finish off !! Plenty of the requested drinks (even made us bushwackers!) -- They did a really great job - we went snorkeling over at Norman which was great - Bill was a good guide as one in our party was new to this activity - Nikki was great in getting her set up and comfortable with the equipment --

They took those great shots with the spinnaker up - very cool sail with that up on the way back - they knew the boat very well for the short time they were on it !

Thanks again for booking it !
Tracy
Charter: on PENTESILEA II,
Name: Hawkin
         
Was this your first chartering experience?     Yes
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     the cruise was wonderful, very relaxing, fun and a vacation away from the world so to speak.
How would you describe your Captain and crew?
  • Were they Courteous?
  • Helpful?
  • Friendly?
  • Attentive?
  • Knowledgeable?
   
The crew attended to our every need. they were very knowledgeable about the area and took us to some unbelievable places that we would never know about if we were on our own. they catered to us and when Brad became sick they did try very hard to help him out. they were so much fun... i think we have made some new friends.
Did they crew live up to your expectations?    
yes and more than i expected, they were very up front about what they expected from us and they took care of all our needs so that we could relax and enjoy the time.
Tell me about your meals?
Did the menus meet your expectations?
   
The meals were great. Ruth is a unbelievable cook, when i first arrived my stomach was a mess due to the flight and all the traveling, so i unfortunately wasted my dinner because I couldn't eat, i felt bad and all thru out the trip different people for different reasons did not eat and we felt bad for wasting the food. Ruth did not seem to mind but i hated to waste the food. she had a wide variety of food and drinks for all of us. I especially loved breakfast I was starving when I woke up and it was so nice to have a good breakfast.
How is the yacht?
Is she clean and well-maintained?
Were your cabins comfortable?
    The yacht was great, very clean and comfortable on all levels. Easy to relax on and had plenty of space for all of us.
Were all the advertised "toys" available?     Yes, we most snorkeled however.
How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?     Great, our itinerary was wonderful.... I love Anguilla....
Was it flexible enough for you to be able to choose each day's activities?     Yes, we could do anything we wanted..
What did you like most about your charter?    
I loved going to Anguilla, that was the most beautiful beach. I loved sailing to the different places and seeing all the different beaches. I actually loved it all... St. Barth's was so neat the motor tour was awesome...
What might be done to improve this particular charter yacht?    
Fix the airport at St. Martin... Leaving was a mess... I would not improve anything for me everything was great we did just what we wanted to do and had the opportunity to do a lot of things.
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:     Yes and I have passed this information on to several of my friends and a stranger in the airport :).....
May we use you as a reference?    
Yes of course you all have been great and informative.
This was a dream vacation for Brad and I and we really do appreciate all that you all have done for us... I hated to come home and go back to work...
Charter: on SOUTHWIND
Name: HIGGINS
         
How did you enjoy your cruising vacation?     It was wonderful.
How would you describe your Captain and crew?
  • Were they Courteous?
  • Helpful?
  • Friendly?
  • Attentive?
  • Knowledgeable?
   
Capt.& crew were great, courteous, helpful, friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. They knew a lot about the area and recommended good spots to visit. They also knew a lot about the local birds, fish, and fauna.
Tell me about your meals?
Did the menus meet your expectations?
   
Food was delicious. Probably gained some weight!
How is the yacht?
Is she clean and well-maintained?
Were your cabins comfortable?
   
The yacht was clean and well maintained and the bed was very comfortable. It was great to have the wind scoop to help with the ventilation in the cabin.
How did you find the pace and the itinerary of your vacation?    
The pace was also great (although if it went by slower, we might still be there and not back at work!). We got to see many things we hadn't before, and certainly all the things we wanted to see. Each day seemed to effortlessly float into the next.
Would you charter this yacht again? If not, please explain:     Yes, we had a great time and the crew had great personalities.
May we use you as a reference?     Yes!

Charter: on RUNAWAY

Happy Thanksgiving to you! We had an incredible trip with the Runaway!
Everyone loved it.

DT
Charter: on MAROLANGA,
Name:Colburn

Dear Sonja,

We wanted to answer your questions about our week on the Marolanga in June. In summary, it was a terrific week for our family and a perfect introduction to sailing for our boys.

Gus and Marcella were very competent and friendly. My husband and I had chartered in the British Virgin Islands many times before and were please with their sailing expertise and their knowledge of the best little harbors in the islands. As many times as we have been to the BVI's, Gus and Marcella were still able to show us some new and delightful spots.

At first the children found Gus and Marcela a little intimidating and gruff. However, once they figured out what was expected of them (don't run through the kitchen when Marcella has hot burners on and don't dance around on deck when we are underway), they were uninhibited and enthralled with everything. Soon one boy was fishing with Gus and another was shelling with Marcella. We felt comfortable and safe at all times.

You asked about the meals. We did have a wonderful wienerschnitzel the last night that was a hit with both kids and parents.

The boat itself was very comfortable and well-maintained. Gus and Marcela were organized without being too fussy. The boat was always clean and orderly but we felt comfortable leaving our things around when we wanted to. In short, we were allowed to make ourselves at home but we always felt taken care of. The cabins were lovely and had some of the best cross ventilation of any that we have slept in. One cabin had a DVD player which enabled us to plug the boys into a movie and have some adult conversation up on deck. We found Gus and Marcella easy to talk to and a pleasure to be with.

The pace of our vacation was absolutely perfect for a family with kids. There was always plenty to see and do at any given moment. We were never bored for a second. Yet we were able to get up slowly and never feel rushed after breakfast. We were so happy on the boat that we rarely left for very long - snorkeling was our favorite activity. Other options were always made available to us (kayaking, tubing) so we always felt we had choices.

Should we charter another family sailing trip, our boys have made it clear that it absolutely MUST be with Gus and Marcella. Of course we would charter them again and we would happily serve as a reference.

Thank you Sonja for making this trip happen for us.
Terry Colburn
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