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Catamaran Mimbaw, 42ft, 7 guests based in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Weekly Charter Rates

From
$10,990 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To
$13,990 (7 passengers 7 nights)*
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and seasons. Best price guarantee: We endeavor to offer the lowest prices available and will always match lowest rates. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX, no fees.

Specifications

Guests Cabins Length
7 4 42ft
Guest cabin configuration:
3 Double cabins (two bathrooms, no AC)
Designer Lagoon
Built 1999
Children Allowed Yes
Children Min. Age none
Home port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba SCUBA available on board Available onboard
Mimbaw 1 Mimbaw 2 Mimbaw 3 Mimbaw 4 Mimbaw 5 Mimbaw 6 Lots of exterior space= the cockpit is a great place to lounge. There is more outdoor space on a catamaran than a much larger monohull. Hammock off the stern Port forward Stateroom Queen Bed.  All rooms have 2 fans and a hatch to catch natural ocean breezes. Port aft Stateroom Queen Bed with ensuite head- Starboard Guest aft Stateroom Queen bed with ensuite head. Large bathrooms. Diving for beginners to very experienced. Mimbaw is a great place for families to reconnect.  Both Mimbaw crew love working with children. We have snorkel and dive equipment for children.  Also: lots of games and floaties if the children just want to relax. Captain William & Chef Kim dive for lobster Guests who want to sail are welcome to.  Our itinerary is flexible- we sail all the windward islands and beyond. Mimbaw a fun Caribbean place to be. The chef turns your catch into sushi on the trampoline. Mimbaw Layout

Catamaran Mimbaw Overview

Mimbaw is a Lagoon 410 dive catamaran that can accommodate 6 guests in 3 cabins. The Master cabin has a queen size bed and its own shower and toilet. 2 Guest cabins have a queen size bed and a shared shower and toilet.

Cruising the Caribbean in style Mimbaw is equipped with tanks and dive gear, including Nitrox, for up to 4 dives a day. In addition, the powerful dinghy allows guests to enjoy the thrill of wakeboarding, skiing and tubing. Perfect for thrill seekers, Mimbaw is a haven also for those wishing to relax on the large deck space in the sun while enjoying a cool cocktail. Or would that drink be preferred at the floating bar?

The experienced Captain and Chef crew ensure guests find what they are looking for on their special vacation. The Divemaster captain is very knowledgeable of the islands, the best dive spots and secluded anchorages.

The Chef is the perfect hostess, creating a unique Mimbaw atmosphere for guests in which to savor great food. Leave behind the "hostel style" live-aboard dive vessels and enter into a luxury all-inclusive catamaran. Your private Chef/Hostess will create culinary delights while you enjoy lounging on the trampoline, or on the jumbo beanbags between dives.

We sail and dive the St. Maarten/St. Barth/Saba/Statia/Anguilla area and the British Virgin Islands. You decide where we sail! Mimbaw's experienced captain and dive instructor is available to guide you to the most pristine dive sites in the area.

Mimbaw is one of only a handful of dive yachts and the only one of its size and price range offering NITROX diving. Many toys including a fast dinghy for water sports like water-skiing, tubing, and wake boarding are available for your pleasure at no extra charge. A floating bar and beach lounge barbecue set will add to your unforgettable sailing and diving experience aboard Mimbaw.

Why you should book Mimbaw!

Mimbaw offers good value and is a good choice for dive charters as Mimbaw is fully equipped for certified divers, including Nitrox.

Why you might consider other Yachts?

If you'd like to have air conditioning available and en-suite bathrooms (Mimbaw has a total of two bathrooms)

Ports and Available Cruising Areas

Home port: Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards
Summer cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Caribbean Leewards

Green Initiative:

Watermaker produces 6 gallons per hour Mimbaw endeavors to operate with a reduced-carbon footprint and charters in a fashion that is supportive and respectful of the local environment. A large solar array and the good use of windscoops negate the need for a diesel powered generator. The solar array runs all electrical systems on board including the dredges and freezers, water and ice makers.

Mimbaw uses a copper coat to protect hued undersides for 10 years rather than an annual covering of toxic anti-foul paint. Elbow grease and green cleaning products are used where possible. Constant effort is made to source organic, fresh food and that with the least amount of air-miles. The intent and desire of the Mimbaw crew is to continuously find ways to improve Mimbaw's green credentials.

Accommodation

Mimbaw is the perfect choice for active guests. We have diving for beginners wanting to try the sport - referral certification for Padi, up to experienced divers who want only the captains input on the most pristine sites available. Three kayaks for 2 people each allow eco exploring of pristine beaches including the in island salt lakes of Anagada to view the Flamingos, a tender able to take all guests and still wake board and water ski. Relax on the trampoline between adventures. Join us for snorkeling with the floating bar and fun crew of Mimbaw.

Amenities

Air Conditioning: At Dock
Salon Stereo
Salon TV
Deck Shower
BBQ
Hair Dryer
Board Games
Sun Awning
Hammock
Ice Maker
Water Maker
Other entertainment: Floating Bar and floaties for each guest.
New Water skis and wake board.
Full Saloon Roof Solar Panelled hard topped Bimini.
A/C on Dock only. $60 per night + approx. $20 for power.

Water toys

WakeBoard
1-Man Kayak
2-Man Kayak
Adult Water Skis
Kids Water Skis
Snorkel Gear
Tube
Underwater Camera
Fishing Gear
Dinghy: 13 ft
Dinghy Outboard HP: 60 hp
Other equipment includes:

Stand up paddle board


SCUBA available on board

 SCUBA Details

Scuba Available Onboard: Yes
Scuba Terms: Diving is included. Guests pay for air fills ($20/tank). Nitrox available, shorties, BCs and Regs
Dive Tanks: 28
Captain's Scuba License: Instructor
Dive Regs: 8
Divers: 6
Night lights: 12
Crew photo

Meet the Crew

Bastiaan & Christina

Crew Profile Catamaran Mimbaw Bastiaan & Christina

Captain Bastiaan

Bastiaan is one of a few yacht captains who can claim an authentic lifelong passion for sailing. Bastiaan was born on a houseboat in the Dutch river De Vecht. At age 4, he was given his own sailing dinghy and fondly remembers the feeling of independence as he held the rudder in his hand. To complement his love of water, Bastiaan received his PADI open water scuba certification in Curacao 15 years ago. He has since dived in sites all around the world, and has qualified as a PADI dive master and scuba instructor.

Bastiaan is thrilled to be able to entertain guests aboard Mimbaw. He is easy-going, energetic, caring and sociable and gets along well with people from all walks of life. He looks forward to showing you around his favorite nooks in the Caribbean.

Licenses

Captain - PADI Dive instructor - Emergency First Response (CPR, first aid) instructor - STCW 95

Languages

Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish and a little bit of Chinese, Korean and Italian

Hobbies & Interests

Traveling, Sailing, Diving, Windsurfing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Alpine skiing, Mountain biking, Inline skating, Ice skating, Flying sports planes, Rugby, Nature, Kayaking, Horseback riding, Singing, Dancing, Socializing and being your captain

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Availability for Mimbaw:

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.

Upcoming 12 Months Reservation Calendar:

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Reservation Calendar with Port Locations:

Booked: Thursday, 23 March 2017 to Friday, 31 March 2017: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Trellis Bay, Tortola, BVI*
Booked: Wednesday, 5 April 2017 to Thursday, 13 April 2017: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Unavailable: Monday, 14 August 2017 to Sunday, 20 August 2017: Unavailable: Village Cay, Tortola, BVI* to Village Cay, Tortola, BVI*
Booked: Thursday, 28 December 2017 to Thursday, 4 January 2018: Booked: Village Cay, Tortola, BVI* to Village Cay, Tortola, BVI*

Hours required between charters: 48 hours

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Contact us for rates and current availability or to book a charter aboard Mimbaw!

Reviews for Mimbaw with Bastiaan & Christina:

The crew was fantastic. Bastiaan is extremely sociable, knowledgeable, and overall just fun to be with. Christina is great too. She was a bit quiet to start, but after a couple days was talkative and less reserved. They were both always attentive and were good listeners – about asking what we’d like to see, do, eat and drink. There was never a request that wasn’t met, and with joy!

The dives and snorkeling were great fun. In particular, I appreciated that Bastiaan wanted to make sure we had a good experience. For example, at one dive site we were planning, we snorkeled over it first and after consulting with Bastiaan, we decided it wasn’t worth it and held off for a different spot. That was indicative of the trip - Bastiaan and Christina really wanted us to enjoy ourselves and maximize the week, not just a “check this box” approach to filling our time.

Mimbaw is a good yacht. It’s comfortable and well-laid out. This was our second trip on Mimbaw (different crew the first time), and it felt good to be back “home” for the week.

The food was very good. Breakfast was fairly standard, by request – bread, fruit, coffee, etc. One morning we were in the mood for eggs and bacon, which were provided no problem. Another morning, Bastiaan headed out on the dingy early in the morning and returned with some fresh pastries from the local French bakery. Each lunch and dinner was a good meal – hearty and eclectic. The risotto inside pineapple was especially memorable, as was the grilled lobster. And Bastiaan hooked us up with a local who provided fresh conch that we took back to the boat for lunch. That was a nice surprise after a long day of hiking.

Sailing around St. Maarten-St. Barths is a little different from the Bahamas or BVI. There is actually a lot of sailing to be done! On that level, this trip was different from others we’ve gone on. The plus side is sailing is relaxing and enjoyable. The downside – a couple long stretches of rough seas! But this was a good place to be in part because it offers such a different experience.

John at Sailing Directions is fantastic. He makes chartering easy, from matching up with boat/crew, to taking care of all the business details. And he answers emails with hours (if not sooner), no matter how big/little the question. I’m not sure when he sleeps! We’ve done three with Sailing Directions already, and expect #4 once we know our schedule for 2017.

Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the Caribbean Leeward Islands

What a wonderful, stress-less trip. The crew was great, the interaction couldn't have been better. Mimbaw was all it claimed to be. The food was wonderful, chef Marie is one of a kind, what a nice person. The sailing itinerary was spot on. Sailing Directions is first class, communication was very good and will recommend to our friends. Our group is already discussing about doing this charter again next year. A real trip of a life time.

Mark R, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the British Virgin Islands

In the words of my 23 year old son, "the trip was awesome".

Captain Bastiaan makes the Dos Equos guy look like a minor leaguer. Bastiaan is quite possibly the world's most interesting man. He is always on his game whether it be planning the route, fishing, navigating the boat, grilling, diving, hiking, etc. He does it all and does it all very well.

Chef Amsa was a pleasure. Very kind and accommodating. She was attentive to our requests and did a fabulous job in the galley. She prepared a nice variety of dishes and presented us with some delicious meals.

We were concerned with the lack of air conditioning. No problem. Plenty of ventilation kept us comfortable at night. Mimbaw offered plenty of room for our family of 6.

The best part of the trip was seeing and doing. We presented Bastiaan with a very ambitious agenda. He managed to get all the places we requested, including Christmas on Anegada.

If you like to do things and see places and have a bit of adventure in you, a crewed yacht charter is a great way to vacation.

Michael W, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the British Virgin Islands

Additional reviews:

 Late May, 2016 guests on MIMBAW said:
We loved it!

The menu was perfect. More than expected. Healthy, tasty and something for everyone. Even the vegetarian in the family. Christine did a fantastic job also taken into consideration the somewhat limited space available for her. Bastiaan was a great barbecue expert. We loved the food, including the afternoon snack. We were also impressed by all the nice wine and Christines great cocktail and long drinks.

The water was amazing, the islands we visited were exciting, and we loved visiting the different islands with different activities. Fantastic and beautiful. Simply perfect.

The pace was a great fit for us, relaxing but at the same we visited a lot of exciting places. No stress, only enjoying the scenery and places we visited. Sailing distances each day was just perfect, no too long and gave us the opportunity to both enjoy and relax.

We really enjoyed the Scuba dive opportunities and the great experience Bastiaan gave us through teaching and diving together with us. Its great that all equipment already were onboard the boat, made it very convenient and easy to enjoy Scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, paddleboards and the opportunity to easily access the different islands by the dingy.

The Rinde Family

 Guests aboard MIMBAW in mid-April, 2016
Yacht: Mimbaw Date/Port embarked: April 10, 2016 Road Harbour BVI for 7 days

Captain: Bastiaan Kroon and Chef/Mate: Christina Poeschmann

We hope your charter was everything that youexpected. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting holiday. It would aid us in future bookings if you could answer the following questions and provide any additional comments you might have.

Generally, how did you enjoy your vacation?

Answer*: It was an amazing experience. No pressure, no worries, just spontaneous fun. Agenda was flexible and everyday was a newadventure. Over all just a great experience.

Was the crew friendly and accommodating?

Answer*: Couldnt ask for a better crew. Bastiaan and Christina made the experienceperfect. Very interactive, fun and apleasure to be around. If you are diving and get a foot cramp Bastiaan gives the most amazing foot massages underwaterThanks Bastiaan!

Was the yacht clean, well ventilated, and in good working condition?

Answer*: No problems, well organized and the crew kept everything tidy. Weather was excellent and cabinswere fresh, clean and well ventilated.

Did the crew do a good job of familiarizing you with the yacht and her workings?

Answer*: Yes, however I skipped out and slept through the training, would not advise it. But once I learned how to flush the toilet it was all good. They are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful in explaining the workings of the Yacht and extremely informative about sailing and let us interact and help out as much or as little as we wanted. Great experience!

Couldyou describe the quality of the cuisine? Did the menu meet your needs and expectations?

Answer*: The food was 5 Star amazing! Every meal exceeded our expectations. Sooo good..

How did you like the area in which you cruised?

Answer*: They have perfected the areas to visit and have many options to change up on the fly to accommodate whatever you are up for during your adventure. Amazing!

How did you like the pace and itinerary of your charter?

Answer*: The pace was perfect. There was never any stress just leisure and fun every day. If you want to do something they accommodate if you want them to decide they pay attention to your likes and decide, zero worries.

Anyadditional comments?

Answer*: If you want a fun and relaxing vacation with amazing views, warm weather and water, great snorkeling & diving and amazing food, adventure and an excellent crew sail with Mimbaw, you wont be disappointed.

 Guests aboard MIMBAW in mid May, 2015 said:
Dear Bastiaan and Christina,

A very sincere thank you for a wonderful experience last week. We all had such a relaxing, enjoyable time. Each one of us felt you really paid attention to our preference list and that's challenging with 6 guests!

From the morning coffee delivered to us each morning on the Mimbaw trampoline, to your patient diving instructions, to the special Birthday celebrations, and exceptional dinners, it is so apparent you both genuinely cared about every detail.

We absolutely loved our vacation and we all miss not just the escape from work & responsibility on the beautiful Mimbaw, but the new friendship we made with you both!

We hope your next charter is going well, and we wish you both smooth sailing and beautiful sunsets!

Kind Regards,

Karen & Eddie

 Capt. William\'s guests from June, 2014
To Whom It May Concern:

In June, 2014 we chartered the sailing vessel, Kibo, a Vision 46 by Bavaria Yachts, for eight (8) days of bliss in the British Virgin Islands. We were privileged to have in our company as Captain of the boat, William Garnier. There were five (5) persons in our troupe and we can say, without reservation, that it was a privilege and an honor to have this amazing gentleman as Captain!

William Garnier is a tall, somewhat lanky, handsome fellow of British descent; very well-mannered and courteous with a most interesting and apropos sense of humour. His personality is easy ... very pleasant, at sea or on land. Whether he was teaching myself the fine points of sailing, instructing my lovely wife on the basics of piloting the vessel, lending his extensive knowledge of the sea itself in selecting an anchorage or navigating a following swell, encouraging our guests to participate in the actual sailing experience or just offering positive reinforcement, not one of us could imagine a better choice for Captain of the boat! No one in our party felt less than the center of William's attention.

In very short order, perhaps by the halfway point of our first evening cruise, William became (and very easily so) one of us. He added a tremendous amount of comfort and confidence to our adventure, and we can all say, without reservation, William made our vacation an outstanding success!' He was happy to expend his endless energy to put each of us at ease in all situations on our journey ... aboard the boat, in the dingy and the transition to and from, use of the swim ladder and platform, docking, and was invaluable for our shore excursions and dinner reservations. William was always available to lend a hand--regardless of the task.

We have the utmost respect for William. He has piloted all manner of sailing vessels, from a tiny skiff to 70-foot-plus catamarans. He is a published author and possesses an extensive knowledge of sailing and the sea with his life experience including a solo Trans-Atlantic adventure. He is intelligent, articulate, and exhibited a great understanding of proper etiquette in all situations that arose. We cannot possibly say enough good things about this young man and it is with utmost delight that we highly recommend William Garnier for any and all nautical opportunities.

Best wishes for fair winds and gentle seas!!

Sincerely,

Cliff and Ruthie Runkle

Michigan, USA

 MAY 2014
We travelled on May 3-10, 2014 with our two college age kids on the Catamaran Mimbaw. Capitan Bastiaan and Chef Jenny were the perfect crew for our family vacation..Very professional and knowledgeable.

The boat was fabulous, very clean and organized! It had all the toys needed for fun everyday! Paddle boards, snorkels and masks, fishing and scuba gear. Our kids wanted to learn how to scuba and Bastiaan was a perfect teacher!

The rooms/bathrooms were perfect in size and very clean. Every room had several fans that worked great to pull in the summer breeze off the water. No A/C needed.

We did as much or as little as you wanted too. Naps every afternoon on the trampoline were wonderful.

The food was delicious! Chef Jenny cooked amazing meals and snacks. Beautiful tables were set for every meal. And yummy drinks were served for happy hour every evening to watch the sunset!

We couldnt pick a favorite spot. All the places we stopped were unique and fun! But the kids would say learning how to scuba was a highlight to the trip!

We had a wonderful and unforgettable time with Bastiaan and Jenny and will definitely do again. We would recommend to anyone!

 JANUARY 2014
Name: Jay Gartner

Yacht: MIMBAW with Bastiaan Kroon

Charter Dates: January 18 - 25, 2014

Area Cruised: Virgin Islands

Overall Rating: 5

5 being the highest 0 being the lowest

We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?

yes

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?

yes

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?

yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?

mostly

5. Did you like the area you sailed?

yes

6. Could we have helped you further in any way?

yes

7. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

8. Additional comments on your charter?

overall, food good and presented nicely. marie, the cook, who is lovely and wonderful, was sea sick for 3-4 days which likely hindered her effectiveness. two meals were overcooked and inedible. captain bastiaan is skilled, energetic, thoroughly knowledgeable with his boat and the bvi, and instills confidence that he can get through any situation. additionally, captain bastiaan wants to please, is extremely personable, naturally entertaining, very bright, worldly, logical, and fun to talk with on a vast array of subjects. i might suggest that virgin island sailing call the client just prior to leaving home on the trip with up to date information as to where and how to meet up with the boat. the bvi is a special place to visit especially sailing. highly recommended! good job!

 NOVEMBER 2013
Name: Chuck

Yacht: MIMBAW Mimbaw with Daniel Lewis & Tais

Charter Dates: November 2-9, 2013

Area Cruised: Virgin Islands

We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?

The Best! It was the very best out of the 7 sailing trips we have taken.

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?

Better then a 5 Star hotel!

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?

Yes, enjoyed every minute.

4. Was the food good and well presented?

Is excellent good? The food was off the charts.

5. Did you like the area you sailed?

We picked where we wanted to go and away we went. They showed us the islands like never before.

6. Could we have helped you further in any way?

From start to finished your team was excellent. Wonderful service and love it when a plan comes together.

7. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

8. Additional comments on your charter?

Bastiaan and Richard were amazing! We couldn't have been served any better. We caught a Wahoo on the second day and Bastiaan is a Chef for Chefs. What a special treat and who knew how many ways we could eat it. Catamarn Mimbaw can really throw a party! So much fun and excitement. Thanks to Bastiaan and Richard for a job well done. And Ellen thank you for helping us put it all together. Best Vacation Ever, Chuck Landers and the Asheville crew

 July 2011
We want to thank you both again for all that you did to make our charter vacation fantastic. Before going, we were told it would be the best vacation we would ever take and looking back we would have to say it really was the best. Your willingness to accommodate all of our preferences and desires was great. You made us all feel comfort, relaxed and at home right away.

Captain B we really appreciate all that you did. You have a fantastic boat that was perfect for the whole family. Anytime we asked about doing something you always had the right equipment and was willing to lead the group, whether it was diving, night diving, or even tubing. We really appreciate your willingness to not only be the captain of the boat but also our dive master and tour guide. You always were searching for interesting things on every dive so that we could see as much as possible, that was a lot of work and we really appreciated it.

You both were so kind and friendly with all of us and seemed to genuinely care that everyone was having a good time. Your wonderful hospitality allowed us all to really feel comfort and relaxed.

It was wonderful getting to know both of you better. You are really nice people.

Hope to sail with you again.

 February 2011
Hope you both are well.. We had such a wonderful time with you both last month..I look back longingly at those photos for many reasons. We got to spend time with our children without distractions. We got to meet you, enjoy your company, eat some amazing food and saw some beautiful landcapes-. Thank you for such an incredible trip.

Thanks so much..

S

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 August 2011
Truly, all of us came home with memories never to be forgotten, and some we will take with us straight to our graves, I'm pretty sure of it!! :) When we got in the Cab that morning the 3 of us girls literally started to cry......I probably have not cried in 10 years so perhaps it was a bit past due, but honestly it broke our hearts to leave! I'm not real good at "good-bye's" so hense the silence when I said mine.........

I hope you had a fabulous time with your friend and his son...and I wish you the best that life has to offer! I do believe however you are well on your way to that! You have a gift Bastiaan, I hope you realize that. Thank you for sharing that with us and for making my "dream vacation" well, just that!

Take care of yourself my friend..........

L

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 March 6-13-12
Name: Louis

Yacht: MIMBAW with Bastiaan and Carol

Charter Dates: March 6 - 13, 2012

Area Cruised: Virgin Islands

We hope your charter lived up to your expectations. We would love to know some of your impressions about your yachting vacation. Please answer the following questions and add any comments you may have.

1. Was the crew friendly and accommodating?

Yes

2. Was the yacht comfortable and clean?

Yes

3. Was the yacht well ventilated?

Yes

4. Was the food good and well presented?

Yes

5. Did you like the area you sailed?

Yes

6. Could we have helped you further in any way?

No

7. May we post this review on our website?

Yes

8. Additional comments on your charter?

This is the second time we've chartered a boat, first time with Captain Bastian and First Mate Darren. We had a fantastic time- the crew was very accomodating, friendly and fun! We will definitely come again and rebook with Mimbaw and Captain Bastian. Thanks for such a great time!

 May 2012
Name of Yacht: Mimbaw Sailing Area: BVI Your Name (optional):

Please rate the folllowing:

Rating 1 low, 10 high Comments

Pre-charter communication ..10 always helpful and responded within 24 hours which is NOT common in writing with others in the islands

Accuracy of yacht description ....10 Great - just like the photos

Cleanliness of the yacht.......10 Very Clean

Comfort of the yacht.....10 Very Comfortable

Food......8 Jennie, the first mate, did a great job of preparing food. She also was really into plating and really catering to our group. I would recommend perhaps more bbq - we had hamburgers one day and Jennie grilled them to perfection. That would be my only comment - more grill!

Drinks.......9 Jennie and Bastiaan both made amazing drinks - bloody marys, pina coladas, frozen mojitos, you name it. It was great.

Crew friendliness and professionalism.....10 They were very proud of their work - Bastiaan with his toys and adventures and surprises and Jennie with her beautiful food and plating. They definitely went above and beyond.

Crew competence......10 They were so competent on the sea. We felt very safe and always like we were in good hands.

Overall experience .......10 Best.Vacation.Ever.

I would recommend this yacht for:

Romantic Getaway Families Party Week Couples Retreat

Honestly, I feel that Bastiaan is very professional and is an amazing host. He will take you out all night long if you wanted or he will set up a romantic private dinner on the beach for you. He will cater to whatever type of vacation you want. It sounded like they do a bit of everything and they are so relaxed and laid back that they can cater.

Were the sailing area and conditions suitable for this yacht?

Perfect - we were first timers and I would stress to Late Sail to encourage people to hit the BVIs over other islands for their first time. I am usually pretty extreme about my travel spots and I like to go to spots less traveled. I did not want to do the BVIs and wanted to something else like Antigua but honestly the BVIs were perfect. There were no long sails which was great because one person ended up having a little sea sickness. Honestly, longer sails at some of the other islands wouldve

been too much for everyone. We stopped at 14 different places and it was great to be able to jump around to a lot of little islands, bars, and snorkel spots.

Was this yacht a good fit for you and your crew?

Bastiaan is AMAZING. His stories and life is so interesting and we really got a long. He seemed like he was born to do sailing and yacht charters. We are an internationally minded group so we just loved Bastiaan and his background. We also loved Jennies Aussie spirit. They were just a PERFECT fit for us.

What did you like best about your charter?

Hands down - the crew. Bastiaan was so funny, warm, and welcoming - such an interesting character with an interesting history. He was so laid back about his boat, his toys, and we really felt like home. Jennie was also fantastic. They were great hosts and had fun friends. Their other friends worked super yachts and took us on some amazing boat tours. Now we want to go yachting - ha!

The food and drink and service was fantastic. Honestly we were a bit nervous since we are all foodies and cocktail fans from New York. We forgot our cocktail set and Bastiaan had everything we needed! It was impressive. Jennie cooked fabulous meals too.

What did you like least about your charter?

Honestly - there was nothing that I liked least - maybe the occasional cloudy weather, the harsh reality of grey New York post charter, etc.

Would you charter this yacht again and/or recommend it to others?

I would definitely charter this yacht again for Bastiaan, Jennie, and all their amazing toys. It was so fun and we have joked about doing my bachelorette party on the boat.

 May 2012
Mimbaw May 12...

We loved our vacation, we think it was the best vacation ever.

Captain Bastiaan and Jenny were both awesome! Bastiaan seemed very knowledgeable about the area and sailing in general. They were both extremely friendly and attentive. I have only glowing positive reports on both. Bastiaan was fun, engaging, intuitive, knowledgeable, interesting and full of life. Jenny was courteous, helpful also interesting, a great cook ,knowledgeable and friendly.

The meals were great! Breakfast was served with cereal, yogurt, fruit, then came the eggs, bacon. We were also served pancakes and locks with bagels...Dinner was great every night, they paid attention to our preferences.

Mimbaw was very clean, the cockpit was comfortable and always had enough shade. They made sure of it with a cover over the trampoline.

We enjoyed Bastiaans stories and enthusiasm, Jennys food and cooking mined in with a sweet personality.

We found our time very relaxing.

The diving was a lot of fun, the only thing that could of made it better would be if the medical forms were emailed to us earlier, before we arrived on the boat. Bastiaan did a great job while we were in the water.

We would charter this yacht and crew again anywhere in the world!!!

We had an absolutely splendid time. I do not know when my mother was more relaxed. My girlfriend, Judy, even though she had some sea sickness still had a great time. It truly was a pleasure getting to know Bastiaan and Jenny, two very inspiring people. Again, honestly it was the best vacation of my life, so far!

Reviews for Mimbaw with previous crew:

The crew were fantastic - friendly, fun, and engaging, but all very professional. They knew the waters well and were expert at handling the boat at all times. They were also very flexible with the planning, offering good suggestions every day.

The boat was perfect for us. It was roomy enough for us (2 guests, each with our own room) and there was plenty of space on the boat to be together or apart.

The food was really good. Every meal was tasty. Kim asked about favorite kinds of dishes and ingredients. When I happened to mention that I love cilantro, lo and behold, our next dinner had plenty of it, along with a salad the next day!

Every day was a perfect mixture of excitement and rest. We did some snorkeling, diving, hiking, wakeboarding, etc. Even tried surfing when we spotted some breaking water.

Sailing Directions continues to be a great brokerage to work with - always quick, helpful replies; always help finding the boat and type of crew/experience we're looking for.

Stephen S, aboard Catamaran Mimbaw sailing the Virgin Islands

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