Catamaran Physalia

51ft · 6 guests · St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Physalia Crewed Catamaran Charter
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7-Night Rates

From $18,000 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To $23,000 (6 passengers 7 nights)*
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and the premium weeks of Christmas & New Years. 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

Yacht Details

Guests Up to 6
Guest Cabins 3
Length 51ft
Guest Cabin Configuration 3 Queens en-suite
Designer Lagoon
Launched 2007 (Refit 2016 and 2022)
Children Allowed Yes (Min. age: Water safe)
Home Port Yacht Haven Grande, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba SCUBA available on board Available onboard (see Specs tab)
Winter Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
Summer Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)

Catamaran Physalia Overview

S/V Physalia, crewed and operated by her owners Chris and Kaya.

Masters level marine scientists, Chris & Kaya can offer your clients a deep immersion into the ocean world, each of them able to engage in discussion on any point of curiosity about the ocean, geology, and wildlife that abound in the Virgin Islands.

They also cater to specialty water sports including kitesurfing and wing-foiling support, as well as onboard SCUBA diving with diving instruction available.

Possibly unique to Physalia, they even have a 15’ double/single scull crew-style row boat on-board in addition to their normal dinghy.

They love treating their guests to out of the way anchorages, scenic naturalist guided hikes, fishing, free diving, paddle boarding, and kayaking. Their top-notch culinary offerings feature local ingredients and cuisines from around the world and have gotten rave reviews.

The third member of the crew and official ship’s ambassador is a very well-behaved and well-trained local pup named Waldo who melts hearts everywhere he goes. Please consider them for your clients, they won’t be disappointed!

Salon Cockpit Foredeck Cabin 1 Cabin 2 Cabin 3 Bathroom Fishing onboard Sea to Table Wing Foil Physalia at remote destinations Kite Boarding Sailing Waldo - third crew member Dolphin Sighting Rowing Skull Onboard Scuba Physalia Layout

Green Initiative

Purified drinking water made on board.
Reusable water bottles available for use on board to limit waste from plastic cups.
Chef uses organic/locally grown produce when available.
Yacht provides guests with reef friendly sunscreen and bath products/toiletries.
Yacht uses marine/reef friendly dish soap and cleaning products for the interior and exterior.
Yacht maximizes the use of sail power to minimize engine emissions.
Yacht has a separate battery bank for the A/C which means the generator does not have to run at night.

Meet the Crew

Crew photo
Chris & Kaya

MEET YOUR CREW - Captain Chris Stubbs and Captain/Chef Kaya Carrion

Chris has been sailing since he was a small child growing up surrounded by the barrier islands and marshes of the Carolinas. His first jobs were teaching sailing and then crewing larger monohulls which led to several months aboard a 120’ schooner in New Zealand at 18. At the College of Charleston, he doubled in Anthropology and Geology with a minor in Archeology while first working as a Divemaster and Aquarium Diver, and then later joining the scientific and marine crews aboard oceanographic research vessels. Chris continued working aboard research and survey vessels through grad school while completing his Masters in Geology at UCSB. In this time, he made the first maps of tens of thousands of seafloor methane seeps in offshore California, the Gulf of Mexico, and Siberia. He also began taking friends on epic bareboat sailing adventures in the Channel Islands while advancing his scuba background and exploring his new obsession of kitesurfing...read more

Following grad school, he continued working in the marine geophysical survey and oceanography industries beginning in Antarctica. In 2013, he established his own freelance consulting business, and to date has worked in all the world's oceans and continents while maintaining an excellent offshore safety record. A passionate maritime tour guide, Chris holds a 100-ton USCG Master Captain license and loves introducing his charter guests to the wonders of the Virgin Islands. A life-long extrovert, Chris loves meeting people from all walks of life and sharing stories. He spends his free time traveling, kitesurfing/foiling, trying to break out of the beginner ranks of free diving and wing foiling, and playing in the ocean with his fiance Kaya.

Kaya was born and raised in Puerto Rico. She spent her life fishing, crewing, and living aboard boats traversing the British, US, and Spanish Virgin Islands, particularly Culebra Island where her family vacation home was located. Her childhood experiences on the water inspired her to pursue a career in marine science and she has since completed her Bachelor’s and her Master’s degree in Marine Biology. When Kaya began her undergraduate studies she was introduced into the world of scientific diving at Florida International University where she worked in a seagrass ecology lab and gained experience with research diving throughout the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, including Dry Tortugas National Park. Kaya graduated summa cum laude, with undergraduate research experience, and membership into Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Her marine biology career continued soon after in the Virgin Islands, where she worked as a research assistant and expanded her diving experience, becoming a certified technical diver with TDI advanced nitrox and decompression diving.

More recently, Kaya’s marine science career focuses on tropical coral and fish ecology. Her diving experiences have been incredibly unique with hundreds of scientific dives completing surveys for coral health, coral reef fishes, lobster, and more. Kaya is also a highly experienced boat operator and holds a USCG 100-ton Master license. Apart from her ocean experiences, Kaya is fully bilingual and grew up in a family of passionate foodies including several professional chefs. Her food passion started with Puerto Rican cuisine, but grew after traveling the world where she learned and became passionate about authentic foods from Vietnam, Thailand, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Greece, and many other countries, cooking and learning from locals at homestays throughout her multiple backpacking journeys. Kaya can provide signature dishes from many regions of the world and cater to a broad array of pallets.

Kaya and Chris met on a marine science job in Culebra, PR in 2015 and were soon spending every free moment together. After the job, Chris followed Kaya first around Puerto Rico, and then began visiting her between jobs. Conspiring with her sisters, Chris surprised Kaya during a visit to see family in Ireland when she finally agreed to be his girlfriend. They have since crossed the US via campervan, traveled through dozens of countries, and lived in CA, FL, PR, and the USVI together. They have made a point of taking regional cooking classes as they have traveled the world, and take pride in being adventurous eaters. They are both passionate marine scientists with teaching experience at the university level, and love introducing their guests to the wonders of the ocean world. Their combined skills and experience offer travelers a broad array of options for indulging in all aspects of life at sea. Avid photographers, they can offer guests add-on packages of drone and underwater photos from their trips. While both at home in the USVI, they specialize in the BVI and Spanish VI where Kaya grew up cruising and they both know intimately. Chris and Kaya got engaged on a trip to Australia in 2022 and will be celebrating their wedding in June 2024.

Be sure to follow Physalia on instagram! @sv_physalia

Availability for Physalia:

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.

Hours required between charters: 48

Upcoming 12 Months Reservation Calendar:
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Reservation Calendar with Port Locations:
Booked: Wednesday, 24 April 2024 to Thursday, 2 May 2024: Booked: British Virgin Islands* to British Virgin Islands*
Unavailable: Thursday, 9 May 2024 to Thursday, 16 May 2024: Unavailable: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Booked: Monday, 20 May 2024 to Monday, 27 May 2024: Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Unavailable: Saturday, 1 June 2024 to Wednesday, 19 June 2024: Unavailable: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Booked: Saturday, 13 July 2024 to Thursday, 18 July 2024: Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Unavailable: Thursday, 1 August 2024 to Sunday, 20 October 2024: Unavailable: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand
Unavailable: Tuesday, 10 December 2024 to Tuesday, 17 December 2024: Unavailable: Grenada, St Georges to Grenada, St Georges
Booked: Wednesday, 12 February 2025 to Wednesday, 19 February 2025: Booked: Yacht Haven Grand to Yacht Haven Grand

7-night Charter Rates by Group Size

Guests: 2 guests 3 guests 4 guests 5 guests 6 guests
Winter 2024 to 2025 $19,000 $20,000 $21,000 $22,000 $23,000
Summer 2025 $19,000 $20,000 $21,000 $22,000 $23,000
Summer 2024 $18,000 $19,000 $20,000 $21,000 $22,000
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and the premium weeks of Christmas & New Years. 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

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

Full Specifications for Physalia

Physalia Layout
Length 51ft
Beam 28
Draft 4.7
Designer Lagoon
Launched 2007 (Refit 2016 and 2022)
Guests Up to 6
Children Allowed Yes (Min. age: Water safe)
Air Conditioning Full
Flag US
Max. Speed 10 knots
Dinghy/Tender 13ft (40HP)
Dingy Max. Passengers 8
Guest Cabins 3
Guest Cabin Configuration 3 Queens en-suite
Guest Electric Heads 3
Accommodation Description:

3 queen cabins

Home Port Yacht Haven Grande, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
Summer Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands (US/BVI), Caribbean Windwards, Caribbean Virgin Islands (US), Caribbean Virgin Islands (BVI)
Preferred Port Yacht Haven Grande, STT
Other Port Yacht Haven Grande
Hours Between Charters 48
WiFi Internet Onboard WIFI
Sun Awning Yes
Hammock Yes
Deck Shower Yes
Hair Dryer No
Water Maker Yes
Ice Maker Yes
BBQ Yes
Voltage 12 Volt and 115v onboard
Adult Waterskis No
Kids Waterskis No
Stand Up Paddle Board Yes
Snorkeling Gear Yes
Tow Tube No
Wake Board Yes
Knee Board Yes
1-Person Kayak Yes
2-Person Kayak No
Float Mats Yes
Beach Games Yes
Fishing Gear Yes
Fishing Gear Type Trolling
Number of Rods 6
Deep Sea Yes
Underwater Camera Yes
Underwater Video Camera Yes
Other Water Toys Captain is a certified sailing instructor and is happy to teach guests the basics of sailing

Surf boards by req
Wakeboard
Kneeboard
Floating mat
2 Stand-Up Paddle boards
1 Kayak
Selection of snorkeling gear for all guests
6 Fishing rods and tackle - Shimano
Double/Single scull row boat
Scuba Info Yacht offers onboard SCUBA diving.$60 per 1-tank dive for certified divers.

$200 for initial PADI Discover SCUBA Diving ("DSD") which provides an introduction to SCUBA diving with qualified Divemaster or Instructor accompanying the uncertified diver, and $120 for additional DSD dives.

Referral certification dives are available for $135 per dive, 4 dives are generally required. These fees include rental equipment aboard the vessel which currently includes 5 regulators, 1 XS, 2 Sm, 3 Lg and 1 XL BCD.

Any additional equipment required may be rented at dive shop rates and will be reimbursed at cost. Referral certifications are available for $100 per dive required (typically 4).
Scuba Terms

Yacht offers onboard SCUBA diving.  $60 per 1-tank dive for certified divers.

$200 for initial PADI Discover SCUBA Diving ("DSD") which provides an introduction to SCUBA diving with qualified Divemaster or Instructor accompanying the uncertified diver, and $120 for additional DSD dives.

Referral certification dives are available for $135 per dive, 4 dives are generally required. These fees include rental equipment aboard the vessel which currently includes 5 regulators, 1 XS, 2 Sm, 3 Lg and 1 XL BCD.

Any additional equipment required may be rented at dive shop rates and will be reimbursed at cost. Referral certifications are available for $100 per dive required (typically 4).

Scuba License Instructor
Resort Course 200-150 per dive
Personal BCs 4
Regulators 5
Number of Divers 6
Air Compressor Onboard
Stereo System Yes
iPod Hookup Yes
Satellite TV No
DVD Player No
Board Games Yes
Books Yes
Captain Nationality US
Captain License 100-ton Master
Crew Smokes No
Crew Pets Yes
Caters to Special Diets Yes
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