|Guest cabin configuration:|
|4 Double en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Home port||Crown Bay Marina, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands|
Drumbeat 1 is a 72ft Irwin sailing yacht designed specifically for charter. Her modern hull provides stability and comfort while her sturdy ketch rig makes her a superior vessel on all points of sail.
Exterior features that distinguish her from many other charter yachts include wide spacious decks, a bimini for sunshade, a hot and cold deck shower for a quick rinse after a swim, a self serve cockpit cooler filled with your favorite cold drinks, and a hammock made for two.
When not sailing from one beautiful anchorage to another activities may include swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, water-skiing, kayaking, etc. You may do it all, or if you prefer, you may do nothing. But you will do it like never before.
Drumbeat 1 is staffed with a professional crew, committed to excellence, and want nothing more than to show off their Caribbean home and make your vacation a lifelong memory. Spoil yourself with a sailing adventure of a lifetime on this classic sailing yacht.
Home port: Crown Bay Marina, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards
2 Paddleboards, Underwater Stern Lights, All USCG required safety equipment , Full navigation station , Ten 80 cu. ft, Aluminum Tanks , Two 63 U. ft, Aluminum Tanks , Weights and Belts , Eight Regulators, with pressure and depth gauges , Hunting and Fishing Equipment , Certified Scuba Diving Instruction Available , Snorkeling Floats , Ten Complete sets of Snorkeling Equipment , Water Skis, Hydroslide and Skurfer,Two Ocean Kayaks , Large Swim Platform with two ladders for easy access , A Large Hammock , Four Floating Sun Bathing Pads
Vince & Linda Stracener
Owners Vince and Linda Stracener have a passion for sailing and a commitment to excellence. The beauty of the ocean will be shared through their stories and lived through experience. Their attention to detail will ensure a spectacular vacation. Whether or not your desire is to kick up your heels, dive till you drop, or just relax at a secluded palm lined beach, Vince and Linda will make all your dreams come true.
Captain Vince holds a US Coast Guard 100-ton Master's license and is a Certified Dive Instructor. Raised in California, he attended Long Beach State University where he won several Golden Glove awards for boxing. After moving to Arkansas, (where did the ocean go?) he owned a construction business for several years. His desire for the sea drew him even further east to the Virgin Islands. He has sailed the waters here since 1993 and found his true home. As an "Outdoors" man, Vince enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for diving, fishing, and underwater photography with his guests.
Linda, Chef/First Mate, moved to the Virgin Islands from her home state of California, where she graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Marketing. During her college years, she was Captain of her water-ski team and was voted "Helmsman of the Year" at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club. Her culinary history is filled with awards and it abounds with cuisine to be remembered forever. Her specialties include Caribbean dishes, upscale Continental and seafood. She has been a charter yacht chef since moving to the Islands in 1994.
First-mate Jim Lavin
DRUMBEAT I is crewed by the professional team of Vince, Linda and Jim Lavin. You will be assured a wonderful Caribbean crewed yacht charter sailing and diving experience. They look forward to making your cruise aboard DRUMBEAT I the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation ever.See reviews
Listed below are any confirmed reservations or unavailability, as well as current holds / options. Note: this calendar is not always 100% current. Please contact us for more information about available dates aboard this yacht.
Hours required between charters: 24
Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Drumbeat 1!
Crew was attentive, and DEFINATELY has the customer service thing figured out! They know what they are doing and do it VERY WELL! Captain Vince certified my 4 boys in SCUBA and is safe and knowledgeable. Linda is a FABULOUS cook. she feed us well (maybe to well, as I gained a few pounds but it was worth it). She bakes her own bread everyday on board and made Strawberry soufle - FABULOUS meals everyday (breakfast/lunch/appetizer & dinner w/dessert). Kirk assists with EVERYTHIING ELSE to ensure that thier guests are content and relaxed.
I have ONLY good things to say about DrumBeat - there was NOTHING bad - except leaving :) This vacation was EVERYTHING I dreamed of and worth every penny - EVERY SINGLE PENNY!DrumBeat should be one you suggest on a regular basis!
Thanks for YOUR help putting this all together.
Today was the first day of school and I hated it! I had this burning desire to race out of the school yard and head for the Ft. Lauderdale airport and purchase five one-way tickets to St. Thomas. The kids didnt seem to have a problem with that. Would you say the Csapos are suffering from island fever?
Shannon phoned several days after we got home and needless to say, I gave her an earful. I said the ship was great but the crew made the trip remarkable.
Again, thank you for a wonderful vacation. We miss the three of you and are really looking forward to next summer. If you come to Florida you have an open invitation to visit us anytime.
John, Mailan, Jenn, Katy & Joey
We've been back from our charter on Drumbeat I for three weeks now and nobody in the family can stop talking about what a wonderful time we had. Our crew, Captain Vince, Linda and Jake have got to be the finest in the Caribbean. The service was first class, food was extraordinary (especially given some of our unique menu requirements) and the course that Captain Vince selected provided the best of all the activities we requested in our pre-trip outline.
John C. Csapo
Georgianne and I recently returned from a weeks cruise with Vince and Linda Stracener aboard the Drumbeat I, and I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience it was.
We were with the Rubenstein party, and there were as you know, eight of us. The entire crew, Vince, Linda, and Kirk did everything possible to make it a memorable experience, and they succeeded.
The Drumbeat was in superb condition, obviously well maintained with justifiable pride.
The service could not have been better. The meals were superb, and soon became one of the highlights of the trip. From that small kitchen, Linda created some of the most outstanding meals we have ever eaten. They had memorized the preference lists we had completed, and essentially every item requested was accommodated. The activities were varied, and well attended.
The only drawback to the trip is that our wives will, after this experience, never again be willing to accompany us on a bareboat charter.
In summary, the trip was simply outstanding, far exceeding our lofty expectations. Unfortunately, we could not convince Linda to relocate in Eugene and open a restaurant. We tried!
Congratulations and thank you very much for connecting us with them.
My husband and I just returned with our children and grandchildren on board the Drumbeat I out of St. Thomas. We all agreed that it was a wonderful and relaxing vacation. The crew of Drumbeat, Vince, Susan, and Kirk, did everything to make our vacation memorable and fun. The boat was immaculately kept and comfortable, the food was delicious and plentiful, great breakfasts with lots of fresh fruit, hors d oeuvres at sunset, and gourmet meals. Vince was the perfect Captain and we had total confidence in his knowledge and experience. We told him what we wanted to do- hike, swim, snorkel, learn to water ski and scuba dive- and he fulfilled our every wish. He was a great teacher too, patient and encouraging.
All in all, we would recommend a trip to anyone looking for a great Caribbean vacation.
Nancy and Charles