Leopard 47′ catamaran “Silver Lining” – St Thomas
While you’ll learn the basics on the J-24, “Silver Lining” will be your luxury accommodations and wheels for the week, as well as your classroom for more advanced skills.
She is easy to sail, wide, roomy, and equipped with many extras so you can craft your own adventure. She is designed for stability, so she ”sails flat”, but not at the expense of performance.
Her deck has acres of space to hang out and soak in the sun, with wide steps off the stern from which to hang toes in the water or slide in for a swim or a snorkel (and a struggle-free re-boarding.)
The well-thought-out interior layout has four private guest cabins, each with a queen berth, bathroom with shower, and plenty of light and storage. We supply you with towels, linens, pillows, non-alcoholic beverages and toiletries.
Also on board: a fully equipped galley, ice maker, fishing gear, and snorkeling gear. You can view more images of “Silver Lining” both above and below deck on our charter page here.
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Hylas 47′ – Roaming the Caribbean, but usually St Thomas / St Lucia
Ready to take things really far? Blue Planet, a Hylas 47′, was designed by the renowned Sparkman & Stephens group of naval architects, who are famous for their America’s Cup designs and other racing legends and cruising beauties. She is kitted with state-of-the-art gear and a deeply experienced ASA certified teaching crew who will prepare you for extended offshore or even around-the-world cruising. All course levels are offered on Blue Planet, including ASA 106 (Intro to Offshore), ASA 107 (Celestial Navigation) and ASA 108 (Off Shore Passage Making).
Blue Planet has two double cabins and one single cabin. In addition to being outfitted to globe-girdling standards (several of her sister ships have circumnavigated), she is loaded with extra amenities including: 2 pressure hot water showers; a full galley with pressure sink, a separate fridge and freezer, 3-burner gas stove, microwave, and water purification system; a washer/dryer; full size TV and complete stereo system with cockpit remote control; and below deck dining for 6 and cockpit dining for 4.
The aft cabin has a double berth accessible from both sides, a large settee and a bureau suitable for use as a vanity or as a computer desk. Ventilation is provided by a large overhead hatch, two side portholes, an all weather vent and a fan. There are several reading lights and a 110 outlet. There is a large clothes locker, a full length mirror and ten drawers for storage. The bathroom is en suite and includes an electric toilet, shower area, sink area and plenty of storage.
The forward cabin can be set up either with two single berths or with a queen size berth accessible from the front. There is full standing room, a large mirror and a settee.
Ventilation is provided via a large overhead hatch, an all weather vent and a fan. Storage consists of a large hanging locker and three side lockers above each berth. There are reading lights and 110 volt service.
The large en suite bathroom offers a manual toilet, a shower area, a large sink and counter area and plenty of storage.
The single cabin offers a single upper bunk and full standing room. It is situated just forward of the mast and across from the forward bathroom. Ventilation is assured through an overhead opening hatch, an opening porthole, an all weather vent and a fan. There is a large mirror and a hanging locker. There are several lights and 110 service.
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“Speculation” Leopard 44 (also known as 444)
The Leopard 44′ was designed by Morrelli & Melvin, designers of the record breaking racing catamaran PlayStation, and built by Robertson & Caine in South Africa. These cats are top performers & premier cruisers as well; since their introduction 3 years ago, they have won multiple awards and hearts with their comfort, space, styling and perfomance. They have 4 spacious cabins available to accommodate up to 10 people (whole boat charter only) or a maximum of 6 students, plus your USCG Captain/ASA certified instructor. You can view more of “Speculation” above and below decks here.
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Beneteau First 40.7
The Beneteau is a French built beauty ready for either offshore adventures or swift and comfortable coastal cruising. According to one well known broker’s review, “there isn’t a more complete or capable boat on the market today”.
The First 40.7 is a cruiser/racer, which usually means trading speed for comfort. True, while comfortable, she is likely to put a smile on any racer’s face.
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J-24 (IC 24)
If you are a small boat sailor then you will know the J-24. The IC-24 is the Caribbean one-design version. It has more cockpit space and no traveler. The simply rigging is excellent for first timers on the water.
If you are not familiar with the J or IC-24, it is a self righting 24 foot Keelboat. “Self Righting” is the key, meaning will not capsize (tip over). Sure, you can heel the boat unit water is coming over the sides, but she will always come back to upright due to the weighted keel (unlike a small sailing dinghy/skiff like a Laser or 49er
These smaller “teaching” boats, meet the certification requirements of ASA 101 (Basic Keelboat Sailing) for “demonstrated proficiency on sloop-rigged keel boats of 20 – 27 feet”.