|Guest cabin configuration:|
|1 Master King, 3 Queen, 1 Double with additional single en-suite cabins with A/C|
|Built||2010 (Refit 2013)|
|Home port||Nassau Harbour, Nassau, Bahamas|
Reputable, well-known charter Captain, David Laird is at the helm with a fun, young, active crew of 9.
Excellent interior volume and amazing deck spaces, including a fantastic beach club.
Full-beam master stateroom on the main deck featuring a king-size bed, lounge, dressing room and en-suite bathroom.
An extensive array of toys, including a custom water slide from the bridge deck. Ideal yacht for active families and water sports fanatics!
Home port: Nassau Harbour, Nassau, Bahamas
Winter cruising area: Caribbean Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Caribbean Leewards
Summer cruising area: W. Med -Naples/Sicily, Bahamas, W. Med -Riviera/Cors/Sard.
Main deck: 1 x Full beam Master cabin with large wardrobe and ensuite bathroom with tub
Lower deck: 3 x double cabins with en suite shower rooms
1 x Double cabin with pullman and ensuite shower room.
2015 Nortech 340 (34ft) Center Console Tender : Twin 350 Merc Engines. Top speed 50 kts., 1 x 6.6m BSC Tender with 150hp Yamaha outboard Rib, , 2015 Yamaha 260 Waverunner, 2017 Seadoo 300 Waverunner, 5x Snorkels gear (kids), 16x Snorkels gear (adult) , 2x wakeboards, 2x water skis, 2x Seabob (brand new), Flyboard – Zapata – 75ft hose. Professional series, 2 x Nash Stand up paddle boards with windsurfing rigs, Windsurf Board, Windsurf Sail (Learner), Windsurf Sail (Full size), Extensive Fishing gear, , Inflatable Toys:, Custom slide from bridge deck, Kayak, Blast off Platinum , Syncro dragster, Space Hopper, Trampoline, Lunar towable, Airsoft inflatable platform, 6 person Banana, , Gym Equipment:, Tread mill, 6 x Yoga mats, Exercise ball, 4 x Ankle weights, 2 x 10kg weights, 2 x 5kg weights, 4 x 2kg weights, Abs roller, , Beach BBQ/gazebo/beach furniture, Beach games
Captain David Laird
David Wayne Laird - Captain
Education/Certifications: Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Accounting; USCG 500T; PADI Divemaster and NAUI Dive Instructor
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish
Captain Dave was born in Clear Lake, Texas, close to Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from college and working in accounting for eight years, the ocean was calling to him so he cashed in his retirement plan and moved to Florida. His love of yachting started in 1998 and over the past two decades, he has worked on charter yachts on the east and west coasts of Canada and the U.S., the Caribbean, Mexico, the Bahamas, and Central America. You may remember Captain David from the 130' Westport Milk Money, the high profile 112’ Westport charter yacht ANDIAMO, the Azimut charter yacht PRINCESS MARCIE, and the 108’ Westship charter yachts Amazing Grace and Martha Ann. From these yachts, David gained extensive cruising experience in the Bahamas, Caribbean, and North and Central America. David’s charter reputation is simple: listen to the guest, offer suggestions, and give the guest what they want. In addition to being a successful charter yacht captain, David is also a certified NAUI Dive Instructor.
Tom Vannieuwenhuyse | Chief Officer
Education/Certifications: Bachelor in Political and Social Sciences; Master in Social Policies; PADI Advanced Open Water; PWC instructor; Master Y 500..read more
Languages Spoken: Dutch/Flemish, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Chief Officer Tom Vannieuwenhuyse was born in Leuven, Belgium, a student town, and enjoyed sailing, sports and martial arts as a child. Following his university studies, he worked as an import/export coordinator in Brussels for two years before deciding to pursue a career that embraced his love of the sea. Tom has now worked in yachting for eight years, and four of those have been as XO. When not at work on BIG SKY, you’ll find him diving, running, swimming, or enjoying other water sports.
Omar Brown | Chief Engineer
Education/Certifications: Associate Degree in Marine Engineering, Caribbean Maritime Institute; Mechanical Engineering, University of Technology, Jamaica; REG III/I License.
Languages Spoken: English
Omar Brown hails from St. Ann, Jamaica, and started yachting in 2007 after working in engineering for commercial vessels. He has spent the past decade on both private and charter yachts in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, and the US East Coast. Omar’s goal is to continue building his experience as an engineer by working with the latest equipment and innovations in the industry. His travels have taken him too many exciting destinations, but he still loves the Caribbean the most for its tropical climate. When not at sea, you may find Omar playing or watching soccer, or indulging in one of his other passions -- producing reggae music.
Carla Annas | Chief Stewardess
Education/Certifications: LLB law degree; Yacht Service Level 2; Power Boat L2
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans, German
Chief Stewardess Carla Annas hails from Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up in the wine region of Stellenbosch where she spent her days reading and climbing trees. She started yachting in 2013, and has spent the past five years on private and charter yachts ranging from 25-85m. She has even crossed from Dubai to Thailand. Carla loves hiking, with Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park topping her list of incredible mountain ranges to explore. She also thinks Montenegro’s unspoiled beauty is worth exploring.
When not hiking, this loyal, dedicated and warm-hearted crew member spends her leisure time swimming, wakeboarding, trail running, and reading.
Madeleine Ringvall | Second Stew
Education/Certifications: STEW, PDSD, Food Hygiene 2, ENG 1; background in Media Studies including graphic design, video, film, radio, and journalism.
Languages Spoken: English, Swedish
Third Stew Madeleine Ringvall hails from Alingsås, Sweden but spent her summers at her family’s seaside house in Hunnebostrand on the west coast. This is where she first spent time on a boat, fishing with her father and grandfather for mackerel, a pastime she enjoys to this day. She was also an avid horseback rider, and still rides when she’s not at sea. Her other passions include diving and tennis. Madeleine is new to the world of yachting, but she is eager to learn more about this industry, explore the world, and meet new people. In her travels thus far,she’s fallen in love with Indonesia -- especially the food, the impressive landscapes, and the amazing culture and people.
Camille Soulieres - Third Stew
Languages Spoken: English and French
Camille Soulieres grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and recently joined the world of yachting. Growing up, she was very active and played sports, including soccer. Cammy started a career in yachting to experience the world and improve her English skills. She has primarily worked in housekeeping for the past five months, but wishes to expand her skills. Energetic and friendly, she strives to provide exceptional service to charter owners and guests. In her travels to date, she has been charmed by the beauty of the Bahamas and how boating is the best way to experience its islands and cays. When not hard at work, Cammy loves running, freediving and scuba diving.
Ainsworth Ferguson | Chef
Ainsworth was born on a beautiful Mother’s Day, in his grandmother’s kitchen in the town of Trelawny, Jamaica. At a young age he found his passion for cooking through helping his Aunt Daphne prepare traditional family recipes in her restaurant. In his formative years Ainsworth was raised in Connecticut. He received his culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and received extensive hands on training through working with world renowned Chefs like “Jean George, Michel Nischan” and others. He has worked privately with many celebrities throughout his 20+ years of culinary experience. As he is a U.S. passport holder, Ainsworth also loves to travel the world and found fulfillment in connecting his passion for food and travel though yachting. He gained his STCW95 / Eng1 and found his forte working with the yachting industry. Chef Ainsworth aims for excellence when tantalizing the palates of our private guest as they explore the seas ready for a VIP experience. Off charter, he loves to play tennis, basketball, run, swim, surf, and jet ski for exercise and fun. He resides in New York and enjoys spending quality time with his family.
Andrew Deacon | Bosun
Education/Certifications: Diploma in International Marketing Management; Master of Yachts 200 GT; OOW modules - Advanced Sea Survival, GMDSS, GSK, Helm; PADI advanced open water
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans
Bosun Andrew Deacon was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, enjoying its beaches, mountains and farms. As a child, he spent his time hiking, surfing, fishing, and playing rugby. Following a ski season in Aspen, he moved to Palma, Mallorca in 2010 to begin his yachting career. He has been working on yachts for over five years, and has experience in all aspects of working on deck for charter and private yachts. He is working toward his OOW and hopes to achieve it by 2018. On BIG SKY, you’ll often find him
spending time with guests as they go diving or try out the available water sports. When not working, Deacs enjoys surfing, fishing, hiking, rugby, soccer, and cricket. His favorite place to visit is the Pacific Coast of Mexico, with its good food, good waves, and great beaches.
Mike Aston-Smith | Lead Deckhand
Education/Certifications: YM Offshore; PWC Instructor; AEC; Basic STCW; Powerboat Level 2; PDSD
Languages Spoken: English
Our Deckhand Mike Aston-Smith spent his childhood in the English countryside, where he enjoyed swimming, rugby, running and kayaking. He started yachting two years ago and plans to advance through the deck ranks while meeting new people and traveling around the world. Mike is outgoing, friendly and hard-working, and brings extensive watersports experience to charter guests, including flyboarding. He loves the limitless beauty of the ocean, and spends his free time scuba diving and enjoying other watersports. He also enjoys snowboarding.
Trey Sayles | Deckhand
Education/Certifications: Business Studies at Western Kentucky University; USCG 100 Ton license; Personal Trainer certification currently in progress.
Languages Spoken: English
Trey Sayles was born in the small city of Evansville, Indiana in the US. He started his career in yachting three years ago, working on boats in Spain, The Bahamas, Florida, Mexico and New England. Trey joins BIG SKY as deckhand, but plans to obtain his Master Unlimited Yacht License. He loves to travel and be outdoors, and believes the clear waters and secluded beaches of The Bahamas are the most beautiful place in the world. In his leisure time, he enjoys reading, basketball, swimming and fishing.
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