Catamaran Gambit, 50ft, 8 guests based in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands

7-Night Charter Rates

From
$15,300 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To
$23,500 (8 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

Specifications

Guests Cabins Length
8 4 50ft
Guest cabin configuration:
3 Queen, 1 Twin Bunk en-suite cabins with A/C
Designer Lagoon
Built 2008 (Refit 2016)
Children Allowed Yes
Home port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba Rendezvous only
Bright and airy salon with generous headroom and cleverly designed access to cabins Formal dining inside, or as a casual table for games and activities Galley up, on the port side, with surround view for the cook Coffee bar with modern coffee machine, and help yourself snack bar Quality co-ordinated linens and finishes Guest cabin with ensuite, light and airy, but with block out curtains and blinds for your comfort Bunk cabin ensuite -  perfect for kids or for crew when the guests opt for 4 queen cabins Forward ensuite head with vanity, shower and head Foredeck lounging and conversation pit.  Large shade awning available for afternoon siesta Comfortable cockpit and bar with teak floor for alfresco dining Fly bridge and helm seating for the whole party.  Seats 8 for that Cockpit can be fully enclosed making it a cosy enclosure for the rare rainy Caribbean day or brief downpour. Teak walkways surround the cockpit and lead up to the flybridge Sunset color wash, highlighting the barbecue! Night fall, ambient setting Full moon wave from the flybridge.  Cockpit shade awnings are down to screen the west setting sun Family time as viewed through sliding window from inside creating indoor/outdoor flow Great dinghy with 60hp motor to load up for snorkeling excursions, beach time or for fast speed watersports Fun in the sun with some rock jumping Gambit Layout

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, Caribbean Leewards, Caribbean Windwards

Accommodation

Gambit offers sleeping accommodations in 3 queen size cabins and 1 twin bunk room. All offer AC and ensuite head and shower.

NOTE: If charter is for 4 couples crew can take bunk room. Please inquire for rate.

Amenities

WiFi Internet: Available on board
Air Conditioning: Full
Salon Stereo
Salon TV
Deck Shower
BBQ
Hair Dryer
Board Games
Sun Awning
Ice Maker

Water Toys

WakeBoard
1-Man Kayak: 2
2-Man Kayak
Adult Water Skis
Kids Water Skis
Knee Board
Floating Mats
Snorkel Gear
Fishing Gear
Fishing Type: Trolling
Fishing Rods: 4
Dinghy: 13ft AB
Dinghy Outboard HP: 60
Crew photo

Meet the Crew

Doug & Val Fairfield

YOUR SKIPPER AND HOSTESS

To ease you into life at a slower pace are Doug and Val Fairfield, an English speaking, husband and wife team from South Africa, with many years combined cruising, travel and charter experience.

Doug holds a Yachtmaster Offshore Qualification, reinforced with many ocean crossings and coastal voyages, not least those accomplished with his family aboard. Doug started sailing in his mid twenties, based off the east coast of South Africa, where sailing and weather conditions are notoriously unpredictable and the coastline hazardous. Having grown up on the ocean with surfing as his main sport, sailing was a natural progression for him. Weekends were occupied with local and coastal racing as well as family sailing with the children. In 1995, in pursuit of our joint ambition to travel to remote places, we left on an extended 6 year cruise aboard our 30 foot monohull, (later upgraded to a 43 foot monohull), together with our two children, then 4 and 6 years old. This adventure took us across the Indian Ocean and back to South Africa, and then across the Atlantic to the USA, finally returning to South Africa at the end of 2000 for a period of regular land based life. During our cruising years we explored remote archipelagos, traveled by yacht many miles up the Amazon River, visited new and unique places, experienced diverse cultures and were exposed to many and varied challenges and opportunities. In 2012, the urge to move on again resulted in the acquisition of Katlyn, our first catamaran, and once again we set off across the Atlantic from Cape Town, spending a year en route, before establishing ourselves in the charter industry in the Caribbean. Along the way we have developed an awareness, appreciation and respect for the ocean, the sky and the weather in all its diversity. Most recently, we have been reminded of the majesty of mother nature as we have sailed Gambit the 4500nm from Italy to the Caribbean, to replace Katlyn, destroyed by hurricane Irma. ..read more

Doug has been an avid adventure sport enthusiast throughout his life. He is an advanced skydiver with 2500 jumps, and was the chief instructor at the local skydive club prior to his involvement with sailing; he is an experienced paraglider, loves scuba and free diving, as well as water and snow skiing and has completed a number of arduous long distance marathons. He is a natural storyteller and entertainer with a great sense of humor, a charismatic and attentive host, willing to go the extra mile to ensure you get the most out of your vacation.

Val grew up on a vast dairy farm in the Drakensberg farming district of South Africa, and attended boarding school, before qualifying as a private secretary and then a primary school teacher. She traded horse riding and hiking for sailing, and was perfectly positioned to home school the children while cruising. She is a qualified scuba diver, and enjoys snorkeling, skiing and hiking, and living the island life. She takes pride and pleasure in creating inviting spaces through tasteful choice and use of fabrics and decor, and is an accomplished seamstress. This is evident in the decor aboard Gambit, redecorated since arriving in the BVI a few months ago. Many years of challenging galley responsibilities have enabled her to become a competent and creative chef aboard, fine tuned by various short courses in culinary arts.

Doug and Val have a passion for traveling and a special affinity for the African bush, it’s wildlife, beauty, solitude and wide open spaces, and have been fortunate to do an extended three month 4x4 camping safari with roof top tent through some of the most unspoiled and rugged areas of Southern Africa. The freedom of traveling without boundaries inspired a six week camper van tour of New Zealand last year, wild camping without the constraints of official campsites in the winter wonderland of mountains and fjords. During this time we took the opportunity to try our hand at dog sledding, abseiling and caving. We have spent a month touring Sri Lanka traveling by train and staying in local B&B’s, visited Egypt and driven off the beaten track through the Western Desert, camping in the splendor of the White Desert en route. We have driven across the USA and would love to follow this up with a longer RV trip in the not to distant future.

After many years sailing together, (mostly with children aboard), and in excess of 70 completed charters, we team up on deck to offer you a fun filled sailing vacation, and when the anchor is down, a companionable, relaxed yet attentive atmosphere is created for you to escape your normal routine and create memories which will live with you forever.

We would love the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you in the BVI, offer you our hospitality aboard Gambit, and show you around some of our lovely anchorages and must see spots that we’ve come to call home.

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Weekly Charter Rates by Group Size

Passengers: 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Winter 2017 to 2018 $15,300 $15,950 $16,600 $17,500 $18,400 $19,600 $20,750
Summer 2018 $15,300 $15,950 $16,600 $17,500 $18,400 $19,600 $20,750
Winter 2018 to 2019 $18,000 $19,000 $20,000 $20,750 $21,500 $22,500 $23,500
Summer 2019 $18,000 $19,000 $20,000 $20,750 $21,500 $22,500 $23,500
*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 Gambit:

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: Saturday, 21 July 2018 to Saturday, 28 July 2018: Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
On Hold: Wednesday, 1 August 2018 to Monday, 20 August 2018: Hold: Carriacou, Grenadines* to Carriacou, Grenadines*
Booked: Thursday, 23 August 2018 to Monday, 27 August 2018: Booked: Bequia, Grenadines* to Union Island, Grenadines*
On Hold: Tuesday, 28 August 2018 to Friday, 21 September 2018: Hold: Grenadines, West Indies* to Grenadines, West Indies*
Booked: Saturday, 22 September 2018 to Saturday, 29 September 2018: Booked: Bequia, Grenadines* to Union Island, Grenadines*
Transit: Monday, 1 October 2018 to Saturday, 10 November 2018: Transit: Grenada, St Georges to Tortola, Nanny Cay, BVI
Booked: Saturday, 17 November 2018 to Saturday, 24 November 2018: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
Booked: Friday, 28 December 2018 to Friday, 4 January 2019: Booked: Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI* to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI*
On Hold: Friday, 12 July 2019 to Friday, 19 July 2019: Hold: Saint Vincent to Carriacou, Grenadines*

Hours required between charters: 24 hrs

Contact us

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

The Richards and Bergmans
To say we had a wonderful trip is an understatement! There are no words to describe how amazing our week in the BVI was and Doug and Val were absolutely phenomenal! Life changing trip with so many wise words shared with Doug and Val - Dory

Doug and Val - fate brought us together for our very first visit to the BVI. We are blessed to come away from this trip knowing you as 'crew' but as friends too. We wish you the very best - you have your life priorities in perfect alignment. Until we meet again - the Bergmans

It was providence that brought you to us....a perfect combination for fun and relaxation. We had a great week with fabulous food and wonderful snorkeling. Thank you so much for EVERYTHING!! - the Richards
The Houcks

Thank you for a wonderful experience and for putting up with all our shenanigans. We will always remember it, and your gracious hospitality. We wish you the best.
The Stilwell Group

We enjoyed your gracious hospitality and kindness, delicious meals and entertainment. Gambit is beautiful and we were made to feel right at home - Loved it all!! Hope to return in the near future - the Stilwells

What a wonderful an memorable trip this was. Doug and Val, you both were great. Safe sailing to you and hope we meet again - Marilyn

You have secured a place in our hearts and in our memory. Your hospitality and smiles we will take with us a cherish - Randy and Carol

You are a blessing - Thank you - Candy
The Cooper collection

Thank you so much for an amazing trip; it exceeded our expectations! We made so many memories and felt so blessed to have this family time together. Doug provided wonderful entertainment and Val's cooking was absolutely fantastic. We hope to be back with you again in the future - Shelley

You guys are very good at what you do...really the ultimate guides to the Caribbean! We were blown away at how much time we gained by doing this. We hope to repeat soon, and when we do, you guys will be who we choose. Thanks for your efforts to make this trip so special - Taz
Edwards and Tate Family Adventures

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us for the week! We had such an amazing trip. Our kids are already asking us to plan our next trip - Kristie & Andy

This was an amazing trip! Thanks for the hospitality and being so sweet and patient with the girls! Your boat is so beautiful! - Stephanie & Bill

I had an absolutely amazing time, the best trip ever! Mrs Val was the best cook and thank you for teaching us Rummikub. And thank you Doug for teaching us card tricks and all the other cool stuff about the islands, water and more! And for having so much fun with us! This trip was AWESOME, I will never forget it! - Bailey

The Pickard family

Sadly our vacation came to an end and it's back to work for us tomorrow. We had such a wonderful time on the Katlyn and with the two of you. I wasn't kidding that we need to do this exact vacation again. I wouldn't change a thing.
Kurt, Angela, Addie and Lilly

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the BVI aboard Katlyn! The scenery was beautiful, but Doug and Val made the trip fantastic. We definitely felt like we had made new friends by the end of the week and were a little teary eyed saying goodbye. We loved the bays they chose for us to stay in, offered us lots of hiking opportunities and snorkeling in some beautiful areas. We had great conversations and lots of adventures. Val made every meal feel gourmet. The food was excellent. She was very attentive to our preferences. We had a wonderful time.Definitely one of our favorite vacations. Hopefully we will have to opportunity to cross paths again with Doug and Val.
The Pettyjohn family

I would like to begin by saying that our charter with Katlyn and it’s captain and mate was absolutely the very best experience we have had to date with our family of five. The biggest problem that we encountered and for which no one prepared us was the depression we felt at having to return to the real world and the demands of day to day living. Our lives aboard the Katlyn so far exceeded our expectations, that I’m afraid we have been spoiled for every other vacation we will take. We developed such a great relationship with Doug and Val that I would hesitate to charter with anyone else for fear that it would pale in comparison. They became part of our family. From the first contact we had with Doug, until our last hug goodbye, we felt such a great connection to both Val and Doug. Doug was like a favorite Uncle who was always eager to teach, share, explore, lead, and pamper while Val assumed a more nurturing role with her calm, quiet, kind, and sincere demeanor. The two of them together make a great team and compliment each other beautifully. We felt well cared for from the moment we stepped on the boat. Doug’s confidence put all five of us at ease and Val’s delicious meals kept everyone well fed. Between the two of them, we wanted for nothing. From the minute we stepped aboard the Katlyn, we were treated with kindness and consideration. Doug and Val made every effort to ensure that all of our needs were met. They reiterated that should there be anything we desired, we need only ask. While I like to think of our family as relatively laid back and easy going, I feel certain that if I had asked for the moon to be brought down a little closer to the boat, Doug would have climbed the mast to try to lasso it closer for us! There was never a time that anyone in our family wanted for anything. The beverages were always stocked and cold, the food was always plentiful, the boat was always maintained with care and precision, and Doug’s sailing was always smooth. We loved the way Val helped him with buoys and anchorages. Truly they fit together like a hand in a glove.

Barbara and Fabian, Andy and Sylvia

When we thought about returning to Katlyn in March 2017 to explore the new area Doug and Val are sailing - the BVIs - we all agreed that this time we'd have to stay longer and hence booked without a minute of hesitation a two-weeks cruise with them. And again, and even more, we felt at home the moment Doug picked us up at the airport. Again, we spent the most wonderful and relaxed days on board - being active with swimming, snorkling, stand-up paddling and going for hikes, but also being lazy on board, having drinks together and of course enjoying again all the awesome meals that lovely Val prepared for us. We loved to sit together in the evenings to chat and listen to the stories Doug and Val could tell from their long sailing and travelling experience and truly felt like staying with friends. After two weeks it was even harder to say goodbye than the first time, but we'll always cherish the wonderful memories of this amazing time and keep all of it deep in our hearts.
Sailing the Caribbean with Doug and Val is a great holiday experience that is impossible to match!
The Bradley family

Doug and Val did a tremendous job of making us feel welcome and comfortable throughout our trip. They are warm and friendly, have wonderful stories,expressed a great sense of safety and knowledge coupled with kindness and enthusiasm that made our family feel instantly comfortable sharing space with them onboard. They both are extremely hard-working, without showing us an instant of stress. This gave the charter a sense of ease, though we are well aware that there was great forethought and labor involved in creating
an atmosphere of relaxed adventure. Doug did a great job of presenting many options to us and then doing whatever he could to make them happen! We felt that he did a wonderful job of listening to us, and being attentive and responsive to each and every one of our preferences. This gave the whole trip a very personal and catered feel. It was exactly perfect for our family! We enjoyed their happy and playful nature, their philosophical approach to life, the way they showed respect and kindness to all, and their intuitive and natural read of how to best be of service. They were delightful in every way!! The meals and beverages
were beyond our expectations!! We had no idea how delicious the food would be on our vacation, and felt like each time we sat down at the table it was like unwrapping a new Christmas gift! Val set the table differently and creatively for every meal, and the food was divine and created with so much care. We felt nourished inside and out by Val's talent and devotion in the galley. And she did it all with a generous and warm disposition the whole
time!!
Charlie

As an almost full-time traveler, this has been a trip of a lifetime for me! It was made so by the excellent personalities of the crew - Val and Doug Fairfield. They are self motivated to make your charter a very successful one! You cannot find better people to work with!

Doug emphasizes safety measures, leads various hikes, and keeps up on various ships maintenance work. Val's meals are done from scratch and are very tasty. The boat is in outstanding shape.
Stacey, Ronnie, Maggie and Parker

Thank you for the most amazing experience ever. We absolutely loved every aspect (except the beets!). The hikes were wonderful and the snorkels were beautiful – all to work off the amazing food Val cooked. I think we will never be so full of good food. Will y’all please come visit in Mississippi one day and we will give you almost as good as an experience. Be safe! Y’all will be missed as y’all are now family.
Captain Doug – The life lessons you graciously taught our children made this vacation one we will carry with us throughout life. To me, this week was not about vacationing in the most beautiful waters, but about time spent together laughing and sharing. You made this bigger than reality. I could not have dreamt of it better. For that I love you and you will be part of us forever.
Admiral Val – You are by far the most beautiful woman I have ever met. Your smile and laughter are your gifts (cooking a close second) and God has blessed my family with them not only this past week but forever in our souls. Without you, this week would have only been a great vacation. You made it a home and a family. You are now loved deeply in Mississippi – please visit and bring your laughter with you. It will be missed ~ Stacey

I cannot express my gratitude for sharing your home with us! I had the best time this week! Definitely the best vacation ever! ~ Maggie
Barry, Robyn, Brooklyn and Weston

We boarded your beautiful Katlyn as strangers and instantly became friends and family! We are so thankful God chose for our paths to cross! You are both beautiful and there are no words to express our thanks for such an incredible vacation. You exceeded our expectations in every way! Please keep in touch!
Art and Val

Thanks for turning Art’s vision of my “Part 11, the next 50 years” into reality. Sailing with you, learning about the boat, the various islands, beaches, coves, bars, local sea creatures and all your past adventures was both captivating and a bit magical. We loved every moment of our week with you sailing through the BVI. We equally loved the many moments when we looked at each other and Art and Ifelt amazed by how perfect our days on Katlyn were. Thank you for filling our tummies, Val, with such healthy delicious food, and to you both for filling our hearts with a week of memories that will last forever. Thank you for everything, I could not have imagined a more enjoyable way to turn 50! Looking forward to the net adventure with you guys.
Lee and girls

Thank you for a fantastic trip! It was everything I hoped for and more. The girls couldn’t think of a favorite part – “the whole time was incredible”. Hopefully we will be back!
Jay and Shawna, with Sierra, Laiken and Carsen

Where to begin?! Thank you both for everything. So much thought and consideration was put towards making sure our trip was perfect. We can’t thank you enough for the ‘hands on’ experience. The sailing, snorkeling, the food and overall hospitality was top notch. As a stated in our thank you card to you both, we thank you for the wonderful family memories that will last a lifetime. Please contact us should you ever be in our state. You always have a place to stay. Hugs
Ray and Pam, Nawanda and Dean

Thank you for making our 50th Wedding Anniversary so amazing! Katlyn is such a special boat and we will always remember our time with you. From quiet times to sundowners and Val’s amazing meals – all I can say is WOW! We loved watching your teamwork, Captain Doug and Val’s skills at guiding us to a buoy. Please come to south Carolina – free golf! ~ Ray and Pam

“Beautiful waters, great sailing days, super snorkeling, baths, bubbly pool, 5 star breakfast, lunch and dinners, snacks, refreshing drinks, sweet Katlyn, and the manner in which you served us….all well beyond measure!! And yet you offered us even more! Your love for your country, the love of your family, your desire to treat all with dignity and honor, and the obvious commitment, respect and love for each other! We feel fortunate and blessed to have crossed paths with you two! Our hope is to see you again. If you are ever near Texas…..(golf included)! ~ Nawanda and Dean
Roger and Debbie, Al and Darla, Marianne

Thank you for a wonderful trip. Roger has enjoyed playing first mate and I see a sailboat in our future. You have gone out of your way to make this a perfect week of sailing. We have enjoyed learning the basics of the sea from someone who loves it. Your love of the sea and family shines with every word and action. For that we thank you. Don’t forget your friends in Dallas. I will second Darla’s motion, if you plan a trip to the States you are welcomed with open arms (and a place to stay). Take care and be safe ~ Roger and Debbie

Thank you for the most wonderful time of our life. Al’s dream of sailing has really brought him such pleasure. I have loved my time learning about the ocean. Your love of life and family will be remembered in a very special way. You and Val have become part of the family. Thank you! If you ever come our way, please come and stay and we will show you some of Texas ~ Al and Darla

WOW! AUSGEZEICHNET! Chef, Boss Lady, Captain, Bar Tender, Personalities PLUS!
This has been the BEST vacation! Your boat is great and you are so personable...so fun to chat, share stories and get to know you. Val – what wonderful meals..every one a big hit! And thank you for taking me under your wing to snorkel with me and enjoy time with us. Doug as well! What a captain you are! So efficient, you made us feel safe…but we also loved the adventure. Both of you showed us how determined you are to put us first, and tend to our needs and wants and make our trip first class! We are happy, happy sailors and have come away with new friends! DANKE! Hope our paths cross again at some point. Hugs ~ Marianne
Dana, Chris and Andrea, Jesselyn - the guests who horsed around

Incredible sights, amazing memories and 10lbs extra…..all this we gained on this trip! Thank you so much for your hospitality! Your yacht is delightful, your stories were so entertaining, and the food superb! Always remember the tramps on the tramp and the horse on the bow! We will never forget the great times we had on this trip and look forward to doing it again in the Grenadines someday soon!
Dana – The tramp on the tramp
Jesselyn – The best hooker (buoy!) on the tramp
Chris – The Horse
Andrea – the one who didn’t know a lamb was a sheep
Bob and Rose, Jordan and Jimmy - The SUP Acrobats

Words cannot begin to express what a beautiful, marvelous time we had aboard Katlyn! Despite rough seas, lost airline luggage and the appearance of ‘Murphy’ a few times, you made our voyage unforgettable! The food was superb (thank you Val), the drinks were always flowing (thank you Doug). Our conversations meant a lot – you are truly the models for the best hostess and captain – I am sure you taught your 2 beautiful children the same. I am happy we shared our card games – that was such fun! Thank you, God bless you both and your family – have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year – I am sure we will be back ~ Bob and Rose

Amazing trip! It was a time to remember for sure! I loved the stories you guys have. You are amazing people and I am positive you will have a delightful life counting backwards from 80. Thank you for introducing me to new foods and drinks, and completely superb places like the pools. I learned a lot within these few short days and experienced such beautiful things with great people. Thank you so so much ~ Jordan
Barbara and Fabian, Andy and Sylvia

All of us were for the first time on a catamaran cruise and for the first time in the Caribbean when we first boarded Katlyn in April 2015 - and we were completely and utterly overwhelmed. Not only by the outstanding natural beauty of the Grenadine islands, but also by the kind, personal and in every respect exceptional hospitality of our lovely hosts Doug and Val, who made us feel at home from the very first minute and made every day another day in paradise! Each day, Doug untiringly selected most beautiful islands and beaches for us to explore, took us to mindblowing snorkling spots (we'll never, never forget Tobago Cays!), and Val spoiled us with the most amazing meals she produced with a lot of love and creativity in the tiny galley on board Katlyn.
The week we spent on board exceeded all (already high) expectations, and we were literally in tears when we had to leave much too soon.
Arturas and Galina

Thank you very much for your care and all the unforgettable moments we spent with you. We hope we can sail together again soon for new adventures. And we have experienced the best food in all of Guadeloupe!!!

Lothar and Geli

Thank you very much for these wonderful few days. It was our first sailing trip on a catamaran and we enjoyed it every day. You showed us very nice places in the Grenadines. Val, you are a great cook and your meals were always delicious. Doug, you told us many stories, sometimes such funny things. It was really a pleasure to stay on your Katlyn and to spend the time together with you.

Jan and Julia

What a huge pleasure it has been for us to spend these 5 days with you on your lovely yacht!! It was perfect all throughout….the sailing, diving, snorkelling, power boating with the dinghy, and of course the excellent food at any given time of the day (or night!) We truly enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere you have on your boat; it was just such a beautiful experience for us. Again, we will most certainly tell all our people and friends about this and will warmly recommend you to all who are planning a similar trip (and of course to those who are not yet…) For sure, WE will be back to see you again and spend another charter with you – somewhere in the Caribbean or elsewhere in the world…Thank you for everything.

Matthias and Kathi

Thank you so much for the awesome trip through the Caribbean Sea! Even though I spent most of my time in my “sailing position” it was a great experience for Matthias and me to spend these days on a sailing boat. Despite my panic of fish, I discovered my love for turtles and iguanas. So lovely! We also want thank Val for all the delicious food she prepared every day and Doug for his superb sailing skills that brought us safely through the rough Caribbean Sea. You are such a lovely and funny couple and we wish you all the best for your sailing future.

Eva, Matthias, and Felix

Thanks so much for an incredible honeymoon journey across the Tobago Cays. You showed us some of the most beautiful places on earth. We caught a young barracuda and a small yellow fin tuna just by putting our lines in the water while sailing. Unbelievable! That was by far the freshest fish we have ever eaten! In the horseshoe reef we saw turtles, stingrays and plenty of other exotic fish. Felix even saw a shark! Thank you so much for this wonderful experience, you are both definitely role models for living ‘the other lifestyle’ and Matthias and I are grateful that we got the chance to meet you and learn from you. Hope we can stay in contact and one day we hope our paths can cross again - Eva

Sunburn, sand in the shoes, salt water in the stomach and scratches from rocks, cactus and thorns from the island where Doug was paragliding. But it was all worth it!! It was definitely one of the best times I have had and will always be one of the greatest experiences I have had a chance for. So dear Val and Doug, thanks for this sailing trip and great and funny time we spent with you. I hope we will meet again in the future - Felix

Steffen and Silke

Many thanks for the hearty welcome on board! We felt good and really relaxed. Doug has shown us fantastic places and taught us how to snorkel. Val’s kitchen was the best one every time. It was “lekker”. Thanks for the nice conversation, all things were perfect. Our first trip to the Caribbean and our first stay on a catamaran are unforgettable.

Andrea, Andreas, Hannes and Felix - a talented family

You made our dreams come true – sailing in the Caribbean, snorkelling with turtles in crystal clear water, visiting the “sweets that dropped out of God’s hands” (Tobago Cays), making two boys think for a short moment that they are “Jack Sparrow”…It was such a pleasure to share your home, the wonderful “Katlyn”, with you. Thanks for fulfilling every wish we had and offering so many adventures to Hannes and Felix (fishing, diving, dinghy racing, playing piano on PSV…). And of course, thank you so much for the wonderful food. It couldn’t have been better. We hope we can give this back to you were you to come and sail in the Baltic Sea. Happy that you are our new friends, hope to see you again soon.

Aaron and Charlotte - A proposal!

Thanks for an amazing time. We have shared a very special moment with you. Thanks for making it so unique.

Jutta and Rolf

Thank you so much for this great holiday time in the Grenadines. Thank you for all the little things you did to make us feel so welcome and comfortable. Val, you are a real good, great cook and Doug, you are the best skipper we have ever known! We enjoyed these days so very much and we hope we will be able to come back some day and have some more happy days together with you.

Michael and Martina

We really enjoyed the time with you onboard and were very pleased to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary with you. You showed us the Caribbean as we expected it. The special surprize was the small island near PSV and the wake up at Salt Whistle Bay was the dream we had. Val’s meals beat every restaurant.

Melanie and Christoph

Thank you so much for the last terrific days sailing through the most beautiful places in between Grenada and Bequia. You have been the best hosts we have ever had. The trip was more than we could have imagined in everything ~ the best above all is the two of you! Thank you for everything!

Angela and Andrea

Thank you very, very much for this wonderful holiday, we enjoyed it very much! Thank you for your warm and attentive support, we always had the impression that we were a part of the ‘Katlyn’ family! And…it won’t be a threat, we would like to meet you again all over the world!

Conny and Helge

We thank you for the wonderful time we had with you on-board, especially for
~ not going by motor but really sailing
~ your meals, that beats every restaurant
~ the nice places you showed us
~ and most of all for treating us as friends.
We would be glad to see you again soon and maybe for a longer time than we had now!


Bergit and Dennis
Thank you for the awesome sailing trip through the Grenadines. We enjoyed the private atmosphere on your home SY Katlyn. Your service was great and so much better than in some hotel. Val, your meals were soooo delicious. Thank you for showing us the beautiful spots. We loved to snorkel with the turtles and the thousand fishes at the reefs in Sandy Island and the Tobago Cays. Your trampoline is a nice place to relax and watch the coastlines and the stars at night. We will never forget our time with you! This is the highlight of our three week vacation. We feel like Pirates of the Caribbean!

Raimund and Burgi

We had a great time with you. It felt like we were at home! We will be back!!
Dave and Christine - 60th birthday celebration of life

We've enjoyed our sailing holiday with you very much. The food has been delicious, healthy and nutritious as well as very attractively presented. I have particularly appreciated your patience and kindness in helping me to be more adventurous than I usually am. You have introduced us to a wonderful world of colour and beautiful islands. We will remember this holiday forever and will definitely recommend it to our friends and relatives. (Christine)

Thank you for your time and patience with us ‘land lubbers’. You certainly made us feel very welcome on-board your home. It has been up there with one of the best experiences of my life. Your attention to detail in accommodating our wishes has been fantastic ~ Val’s wonderful meals and helping Doug with his sailing ~ Doug who went beyond the call of duty to buddy me on the dive. To see the sea life up close, to swim with the turtles on Tobago Cays is something I will never forget. It will all be a paradise dream when we return to wintery, dark, dark Scotland in a couple of days. Thank you for the wonderful memories. (Dave)

Bàrbel and Patrick

Blue sky, a beautiful boat, Caribbean Sea, shells, turtles, beaches like postcards, iguanas and islands, islands islands…..and last but not least the two of you made this trip so beautiful. We really enjoyed it. (Bàrbel)

It was an experience of a life time. Many thanks to you for making our first sailing journey such an amazing thing. You’ve been so helpful and nice to show us the Caribbean as it is. (Patrick)

Daniela and Sasha

Oh what a wonderful time! Good weather, always a cold beer, delicious food with nice wine and interesting conversations with lovely people! A journey we will never forget. Thank you for this amazing holiday.

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