|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: Bahamas
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
Ulf Schabacker | Captain
Ulf was born and raised in East Germany, before he moved to Munich where he studied Hotel/Catering Management and continued with Sport and Tourism Management. His love for the water started in his early years when he spent all summers at the German beaches, where he also got his first introduction in to sailing. After spending several years working in hotel and restaurant management his urge of exploring the seas led him to a maritime academy in England. He started delivering sail boats from anywhere in Europe until he got hired as a mate on his first Motor Yacht. Within one year he was offered his first position as captain and now has over 18 years experience within the maritime industry.
As the Captain, Ulf’s primary focus is to ensure the safety of the guests, crew and the vessel. His duties range from navigation to accounting, planning and managing charters to the overall management of the yacht and the crew. He encourages all departments to work as a team to ensure that each charter will be a rewarding experience. He is operating “Big Sky” with the right balance between a formal and a casual ambiance which is desired by all guests.
Tom Vannieuwenhuyse | Chief Officer
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...read more
Omar Brown | Chief Engineer
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
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.
Cairine Jennifer Whyte | Second Stewardess
Languages Spoken: English and Afrikaans
Cairine was born in South Africa and grew up on an avocado/macadamia farm in Limpopo Province. She worked as a teacher for a year before she decided to travel the world and pursue a career in hospitality in 2015. For the past three years, she has worked on both private and charter yachts, including M/Y Double Down. In her leisure time, Cairine loves scuba diving, tennis, running, reading and music. When not at sea, you’ll find her back home on her peaceful farm in South Africa with her dogs.
Camille Soulieres - Third Stewardess
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.
Bruce Marks - Bosun
Languages Spoken: English
Bruce Marks was born in South Florida and grew up around the Fort Lauderdale area, where his love of boating and the sea started at a young age. You could always find him on the waves with his friends, whether they were wakeboarding and skurfing or deep sea fishing out in the Gulfstream. Immediately following his high school graduation, Bruce joined the yachting industry with the help of his father and older brother who are both captains on private/charter yachts. Since 2011, his work has allowed him to travel around the world. Even when he’s not on a yacht, you’ll still find him on the water, be it surfing, diving or fishing.
Yoann Mironenko – Lead Deckhand
Languages Spoken: English and French
Yoann was born in Monte Carlo, Monaco and grew up in Santa Monica, California. He spent much of his time by the ocean or playing soccer throughout high school and college. In 2015, his love of the ocean and background in Search and Rescue for the Navy started him on his path in the yachting industry. He now has three years of experience working on big boat charters, and cites the Arenal Volcano La Fortuna, Costa Rica as the most impressive place he’s visited. In his leisure time, Yoann enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, surfing, swimming and scuba diving.
Tito Andrade Barredo - Deckhand
Languages Spoken: English, Greek, Tagalog
Tito was born in the Northern Philippines in Lala, located in the province of Lanao del Norte. He spent most of his childhood at sea on his family’s fishing boat helping them catch fish and other seafood, or swimming. Following his graduation from university, he worked as a tourist driver and then moved to Greece and worked as a deckhand on a 147’ motor yacht, BLUE BELLE. He has also worked on 150’ M/Y BINA. Tito enjoys basketball, swimming and jet skiing, and thinks that Cabo San Lucas, Mexico is the most magical place he’s visited to date.
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