Catamaran Allende

44ft · 6 guests · St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

 7-Night Rates

From $13,300 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To $15,900 (6 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. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX


   Guests    Cabins Length
6 3 44ft
Guest cabin configuration:
3 Queen en-suite cabins with A/C
Designer Fountaine Pajot
Built 2016
Children Allowed Yes (Min. age: water safe)
Home port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba Rendezvous only
Allende at Prickley Pear Allende Layout

Catamaran Allende Overview

Allende is a private luxury yacht charter for bespoke, all-inclusive vacations for up to six guests in three en-suite, air conditioned cabins.

The yacht reflects her owner-operator’s elegant design aesthetic accentuated with the best of their travels to date. They specifically chose the Fountaine Pajot Helia Evolution for the yacht’s light-filled interior and thoughtfully designed floor plan.

Allende offers a balanced mix of private living and social spaces for couples, families, and groups of friends. The salon doors slide away to connect the outdoor dining area and the interior salon. Seamless windows provide 360-degree views of the islands around.

The crew love to raise the sails for a true sailing experience and the yacht is equipped with a spinnaker for beautiful down wind runs on the Caribbean trade wind.

Ports and Available Cruising Areas

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


The common areas aboard Allende are inviting and uncluttered. The outdoor deck areas offer a mix of sunny and shady spots for relaxing, and guests love the panoramic views from the fully cushioned rooftop lounge. Meals are served al fresco at a teak dining table on the aft deck.

The floor plan boasts three beautifully appointed, private staterooms for guests. Each cabin features a queen-size bed and an en-suite bathroom with electric flush head, separate shower, sink and vanity cabinet with mirror. The Helia Evolution showcases redesigned portholes in the cabins which increase natural light while maintaining privacy.

Guests fall asleep on 400 thread-count Egyptian cotton linens topped with a cotton coverlet. Fluffy white towels for bathing and quick-drying Turkish towels for the beach are provided. Additionally, each cabin is fitted with individual A/C controls, an 110V power outlet, two reading lights, a fan and ample closet space and storage.


WiFi Internet: Available on board
Air Conditioning: Full
Salon Stereo
Deck Shower
Hair Dryer
Board Games
Sun Awning
Kosher menu available
Other entertainment: Professional espresso machine

Big Green Egg BBQ

Water Toys

2-Man Kayak
Adult Water Skis
Floating Mats
Snorkel Gear
Underwater Camera
Fishing Gear
Fishing Type: Trolling
Fishing Rods: 2
Dinghy: 11ft
Dinghy Outboard HP: 20
Other equipment includes:

2 Stand Up Paddleboard, 1 two-person kayak, waterskis, towable tube, swim noodles, couples hammock, snorkel equipment, glow -in-the-dark boules , Has their MCA Blue Code certificate

Green Initiative

Allende provides locally-made 100% natural and ocean-friendly toiletries from the Eastern Caribbean Soap Co.

Crew photo

Meet the Crew

Graham & Kristiann

Graham & Kristiann Gips

Captain & Chef

Graham is an engineer by training who spent a successful 10-year career in the oil and gas industry. He learned to sail on a 20ft racing dinghy with Kristiann as crew. They raced weekly for several years, topped the local podium and earned the chance to compete internationally.

If you are new to sailing, Graham would love to teach you how much fun it can be to helm and tune the sails. He knows the islands well and can craft an itinerary that suits everyone aboard. When the anchor is set each evening, Graham turns his attention to crafting cocktails to your taste.

From 2011-2015, Kristiann ran a successful catering company. She honed her culinary skills by accommodating a wide variety of preferences and dietary needs each day. She loves to combine gourmet ingredients with local delicacies for new twists on classic dishes.

Avid travelers, Kristiann and Graham have lived on four continents and visited over 40 countries. Their experiences have taught them that great vacations are made up of many small details. Kristiann delights in tailoring the menu and creating special moments for each group of guests aboard.

In 2015, Graham and Kristiann reached a point where they could focus on what they love to do most: travel, host guests, and sail. They have sailed Allende since her launch in France, cruising the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea and crossing the Atlantic to meet you in the British Virgin Islands. Both Graham and Kristiann hold a Masters 50-ton license from the United States Coast Guard and are CPR/First Aid certified. more

Graham and Kristiann welcome you to share in the luxurious life aboard Allende.

Friday Gips

Friday is a seven-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer with his sea legs. He's well-mannered and loves the water. He leaps off the front of the boat when at anchor and seduces other cruisers paddleboarding by to take him for rides. Friday can climb the swim ladder on his own. For guests who are pet-lovers, he is a much-loved addition to their charter. With advance notice, the crew is also happy to confirm Friday's home ashore.

  Weekly Charter Rates by Group Size

Passengers: 2 3 4 5 6
Winter 2017 to 2018 $13,900 $14,500 $14,900 $15,500 $15,900
Summer 2018 $13,900 $14,500 $14,900 $15,500 $15,900
Winter 2018 to 2019 $13,900 $14,500 $14,900 $15,500 $15,900
*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. We accept Visa, MasterCard and AMEX

Availability for Allende:

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:

Unavailable: Friday, 20 July 2018 to Monday, 5 November 2018: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Boat Show: Tuesday, 6 November 2018 to Friday, 9 November 2018: Boat Show: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay
Booked: Saturday, 17 November 2018 to Saturday, 24 November 2018: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Sunday, 2 December 2018 to Saturday, 8 December 2018: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 to Wednesday, 19 December 2018: Booked: Tortola, East End to Red Hook
Booked: Thursday, 20 December 2018 to Thursday, 27 December 2018: Booked: British Virgin Islands* to British Virgin Islands*
Booked: Friday, 28 December 2018 to Friday, 4 January 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Saturday, 5 January 2019 to Saturday, 12 January 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Unavailable: Sunday, 13 January 2019 to Friday, 18 January 2019: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 19 January 2019 to Saturday, 26 January 2019: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Unavailable: Sunday, 27 January 2019 to Thursday, 31 January 2019: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 2 February 2019 to Friday, 8 February 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Sunday, 10 February 2019 to Sunday, 17 February 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Wednesday, 20 February 2019 to Thursday, 28 February 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to St Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Saturday, 2 March 2019 to Thursday, 7 March 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Unavailable: Friday, 8 March 2019 to Thursday, 21 March 2019: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 23 March 2019 to Saturday, 30 March 2019: Booked: Tortola - Nanny Cay to Tortola - Nanny Cay
Booked: Sunday, 31 March 2019 to Saturday, 6 April 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Unavailable: Sunday, 7 April 2019 to Friday, 12 April 2019: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 13 April 2019 to Friday, 19 April 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 20 April 2019 to Saturday, 27 April 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 4 May 2019 to Friday, 10 May 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 25 May 2019 to Friday, 31 May 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 1 June 2019 to Friday, 7 June 2019: Booked: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End
Booked: Saturday, 8 June 2019 to Saturday, 15 June 2019: Booked: Tortola, Road Town to Tortola, Road Town
Booked: Saturday, 29 June 2019 to Saturday, 6 July 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Unavailable: Wednesday, 17 July 2019 to Thursday, 31 October 2019: Unavailable: Tortola, East End to Tortola, East End

Hours required between charters: 24 Hours

Contact us

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

Reviews for Allende with Graham & Kristiann:

This vacation was outstanding. It ranks in my top 3 trips of all time. Thanks for helping us book the adventure and ensuring our success.

Graham and Kristiann were as good as it gets. Their attention to detail, knowledge of the area and sailing, plus constant focus on our safety and entertainment made this vacation spectacular.

Allende was extremely comfortable, clean and well ventilated. While I have very limited sailing experience, I do have extensive inland water boating experience. The layout of Allende was extremely comfortable. I never felt confined or cramped.

My favorite aspect of the yacht becomes difficult to answer, because it really depended on the time of day. In the mornings, I found it extremely relaxing to be up top on the sun pad to stretch and enjoy a cappuccino (they had a professional cappuccino machine - I mean come-on!). In the evenings, the outdoor aft lounge was perfect to relax with a drink and watch the sunset. Plus on several nights, they used a green egg grill to cook dinner. So it does not get much better than watching a Caribbean sunset while smelling a grill cooking up dinner. And lastly, sleeping; the cabins can be turned down to a low temp while the gentle rocking puts you to sleep. I had some of the best sleeping that I can remember while onboard Allende. So my favorite aspect of the yacht is difficult to choose.

The menu was certainly customized to our preferences. Kristiann even made separate meals a few times when she knew one of our guests would not enjoy the dish everyone else was eating. The food was extremely well prepared and almost all of it was prepared from scratch. It was the quality of high end restaurant. Very impressed!

The itinerary was just what we were seeking. Each night we discussed the next day’s route and agenda. And if desired, we could change things up to do more or less of an activity.

I am extremely happy with Sailing Directions. John was certain to be sure our desires and budget matched perfectly with the yacht and crew. Sailing Directions' website made my selection much easier.

I must say that vacations usually take about three days for me to finally relax and enjoy the trip. This vacation on the Allende with Graham and Kristiann was different. I was completely relaxed by the first morning. It was perfect!

David K, aboard Catamaran Allende July 2018  sailing the British Virgin Islands

Additional reviews:

We could not have asked for a better first experience living aboard a yacht.- March 2018
You guys packed so much adventure into every day of our trip that I'm sure we could fill volumes (and I have the 2,800 photos to prove it)! We could not have asked for a better first experience living aboard a yacht. Allende has all the comforts we could ever hope for--and Kristiann's cooking was beyond brilliant and delicious! We're really going to miss snuggling with Friday on the "Lido Deck" while sipping lattes and Painkillers. These experiences have ignited a new passion for travel on the water that I'm sure will stay with us for the rest of our lives. Looking forward to our next sail with you--and the next, and the next...
Bradley & Andrew

Never have we ever eaten such fine food, meal after meal, day after day and never have we ever witnessed such rare natural beauty, reef after cove after mountain after bay. This past week has cleared our minds and filled our souls. You are gracious hosts and patient teachers. All very much appreciated.
Phil & Fontaine
Sail Allende!!!!! 5 Stars---All the Way!!!!
I wanted to reach out to you and thank you for your help setting up our first and BEST sailboat trip in the BVI's. I can't explain how magical and perfect our trip was!!! The catamaran was amazing, but no matter how the boat was, you can never replicate the crew! Kristiann and Graham were soooo key to our trip being perfect, fun and delicious. The service was by far better than any luxury hotel I've stayed in. They both were low-key and accommodating, and sooo organized and prepared to supply their guest with the best of the best. I HIGHLY recommend making Sail Allende your first choice when a potential customer asks for your "opinion" as there are many boats/crew to choose from.

This trip touched my soul! I feel like I'll need to sail at least once a year, and I will only sail with Kristiann and Graham. They have a loyal following with me and my husband! Truly epic and remarkable experience thanks to them and their perfectly designed and well-maintained boat along with their 5-star meals, coffee, drinks, and appetizers!!!

The FOOD was AMAZING and sooooo THOUGHTFUL!!!! Loved Kristiann's very own homemade "Bushwacker" or "Frozen Lemonade." Let me not forget how Kristiann made homemade hamburger buns, homemade Key-Lime Pie (which she used a "blow-torch" to scorch the meringue on top------SO COOL!!!!), homemade Almond Cake, Homemade banana nut bread......... and they have a grill on board, so all of our meats were grilled and yummy right down to the "grilled pineapple" they served with our burgers. We appreciated so much of the thought, detail, and care that went into making our trip so special. I felt like the Queen of England on the seas!!! LOL

Kristin G - August 2017
To say that Sail Allende is exceptional is a huge understatement!
One goes on a trip or has an experience they always seem to find something to improve on....but, honestly, I'm unable to find anything. They manage to hit every check box and as far as I'm concerned, they set the benchmark for quality service and crewing a catamaran.

Excellent, knowledgeable Captainship, incredible 6-star gourmet cuisine (ALL made from scratch in a small ship's galley), deep knowledge of the area with excellent sightseeing, and kisses on the nose from their dog Friday...all make for a "trip of a lifetime" we plan to recreate over and over...thank you Kristiann and Graham!
Derek & Christine Atchley

The best trip ever

Super fun-filled week. Excellent food, sailing and water activities. The best trip ever and we're ready to do it all again!
Lee & David McGarey
You checked all the boxes! Plus a Whale Watch! March 2018
One of the best trips ever! The food was fantastic and we always felt we were in the hands of an experienced Captain. Each meal, beach, port-of-call was exceptional. Can't wait until we can return.
Maureen & Andy S

You checked all the boxes! A perfect balance of professionalism and down-to-earth friendliness. Incredible activities and relaxation, all topped by the best eating I have ever experienced. Truly over the top!
Carlo & Karen M

The entire trip was perfect from start to finish. This would not be a complete entry without expressing my utter gratitude for the vegan cooking on my behalf--beyond my expectation. Graham and Kristiann--thank you so much for everything you did to provide a great trip.
Robin S.

Awesome. The whole thing! The BVI, the company, the boat and of course Graham & Kristiann--they treated us like honored guests. A week of perfection.
Dave S

   Sample Itinerary

The British Virgin Islands are noted for their phenomenal physical beauty, its safe cruising waters and protected anchorages and its wonderful island people. The BVI have provided yachts with safe harbors since the days of Sir Francis Drake. To the day the same harbors are providing endless days of sailing, scuba-diving, kite-boarding and windsurfing. With the abundance of untouched green space, flamingos and iguanas sailing around the British Virgin Islands is a holiday never to forget.

Sample itinerary overview:
Day 1: Leave Tortola and head to White Bay, Peter Island, for stunning beaches and plenty of snorkeling. You can also explore the rest of the island, which is home to the luxurious and exclusive Peter Island Resort.

Day 2: Sail to Salt Island for more snorkeling on the wreck of the Rhone. If you'd prefer you can take the dinghy to shore and explore the island. After lunch sail up to Long Bay, Virgin Gorda, for a late afternoon cocktail or if you are still feeling active some more water sports in the clear blue sea.

Day 3: Take a hike on a nature trail to Savannah Bay, one of the most stunning beaches in the BVI. After lunch, sail to Eustatia Sound where you can explore the yachters paradise around Bitter End Yacht Club and Saba Rock. Possibly dine at Biras Creek Restaurant.

Day 4: A short motor or sail up the North Sound takes you past Necker Island. Then sail to Muskmellon Bay on Guana Island, where you can hike up a cliff path for a spectacular sunset view.

Day 5: Sail to the famous and unspoiled island of Jost Van Dyke. Start the day at Great Harbor or White Bay with a visit to the world famous "Soggy Dollar Bar" and then head down to Great Harbor to explore the many bars and restaurants including the world-renowned Foxy's bar.

Day 6:Early morning sail to Virgin Gorda. Arrive in time for lunch and spend the afternoon exploring the boulders and rocks that form this natural wonder.

Day 7: Short sail back to Tortola.

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