Catamaran Steppin Up

43ft · 6 guests · St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Steppin Up Crewed Catamaran Charter
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7-Night Rates

From $12,350 (2 passengers 7 nights)
To $14,750 (6 passengers 7 nights)*
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and Christmas & New Year weeks. 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 43ft
Guest Cabin Configuration 3 double en-suite cabins with A/C plus optional adjoining single
Designer Leopard
Launched 2006 (Refit 2013)
Children Allowed Yes (Min. age: Watersafe)
Home Port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Scuba Rendezvous only
Winter Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands

Catamaran Steppin Up Overview

Based out of St Thomas in the Virgin Islands, crewed catamaran Steppin Up is fully air conditioned and features Queen beds in each of the three guest staterooms. The forward starboard stateroom provides access to a single sleeper v-berth if an alternative sleeping arrangement is needed. Each stateroom has its own adjacent private bathroom and shower.

There are several distinct living areas aboard the yacht for your relaxation and enjoyment. A rear facing cockpit has sun screens and a hard top Bimini. You can enjoy al fresco dining on a beautiful hand crafted mahogany table complete with cushioned seating. The cockpit can also be fully enclosed if weather dictates. Aft of the cockpit Steppin Up has a unique mahogany aft deck for sunning, diving and relaxation.

Her indoor salon has comfortable seating around a custom made cocktail table which can be converted into a chess board.

The bow is very large and has numerous comfortable cushioned seats and pads. The trampoline is of a tight mesh, which allows you to walk across easily or stretch out in total comfort. There is also a portable sun screen for the forward bow for extra comfort.

On Steppin Up you'll be sure to find a favorite spot to relax and enjoy each and every day.

When wind permits we have Movie Night on the bow with an onboard projector. Do as much or as little as you like, in, on, or off the water. Experience sailing, snorkeling, tubing, wake boarding, knee boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, beach combing, sunbathing, hiking, sightseeing, shopping or simply relaxing in a hammock, all while having your floating hotel right there with you.

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Why you should book Steppin Up!

Steppin Up has more room than you'd imagine for her fairly modest length and offers excellent value for a party of up to 6 passengers.

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Meet the Crew

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Bill & Michelle

Captain Bill Wilson has been sailing for over 35 years. Destinations included Croatia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands. The winter of 2011-2012 was spent sailing sites throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands, the USVIs, the BVIs as well as the Bahamas. The summer, months were spent sailing the east coast of the US, the Chesapeake Bay, in and around New Jersey, New York Harbor and the Hudson River to a total of over 3000 miles for the year.

Captain Bill recently retired from 35 years in the Heating and Cooling industry and as owner and operator of several restaurants for over 15 years. Hes a Licensed Contractor in Refrigeration and Plumbing as well as a certified Electrician and HVAC Technician. He is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a USCG Captains 50 Ton Certification.

Michelle Emmons First mate and Cook has logged over 5000 miles on the water. With over 35 years of experience in the kitchen, ranging from intimate multi-course meals, to banquets for up to 100 people. Her passion for cooking and baking comes to fruition in the more

Michelle retired as a technology coordinator and computer teacher of 17 years. She had also coached competitive gymnastics & volleyball for over a decade. Michelle is a free-lance artist & maintains this status on a contractual basis.

Bill and Michelle are life-long athletes. They were both active and long time volunteers in numerous community organizations. Their years of experience working with people is coupled with a sincere desire to cater to your comfort. You will be happy to spend your vacation aboard Steppin Up with Captn Bill and Michelle.

Availability for Steppin Up:

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: 24

Upcoming 12 Months Reservation Calendar:
Available weekend day:
Caribbean off season:
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Reservation Calendar with Port Locations:
Booked: Wednesday, 20 March 2019 to Thursday, 28 March 2019: Booked: St Thomas, USVI* to St Thomas, USVI*
Unavailable: Friday, 29 March 2019 to Wednesday, 10 April 2019: Unavailable: Red Hook to Red Hook
Booked: Thursday, 11 April 2019 to Thursday, 18 April 2019: Booked: Red Hook to Red Hook
Unavailable: Friday, 19 April 2019 to Friday, 1 January 2021: Unavailable: Red Hook to Red Hook

7-night Charter Rates by Group Size

Guests: 2 guests 3 guests 4 guests 5 guests 6 guests
Winter 2018 to 2019 $12,750 $12,350 $13,750 $14,250 $14,750
Summer 2019 $12,750 $13,250 $13,750 $14,250 $14,750
Winter 2019 to 2020 $12,750 $13,250 $13,750 $13,450 $14,750
*Price range is subject to change. Please Contact Us for pricing for various party sizes, number of nights and Christmas & New Year weeks. 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 Steppin Up!

Full Specifications for Steppin Up

Steppin Up Layout
Length 43ft
Beam 22
Draft 4
Designer Leopard
Launched 2006 (Refit 2013)
Guests Up to 6
Children Allowed Yes (Min. age: Watersafe)
Air Conditioning Full
Flag USA
Dinghy/Tender 12 (40HP)
Dingy Max. Passengers 5
Guest Cabins 3
Guest Cabin Configuration 3 double en-suite cabins with A/C plus optional adjoining single
Guest Electric Heads 3
Accommodation Description:

3 Queen Cabins with A/C and En-suite, fresh water, electrical heads.

BVI Wifi now available!!!

ONE TWIN V-Berth for alternative sleeping area if needed for a guest with access via forward starboard stateroom.

FULL ENCLOSURE when needed if weather dictates

Home Port Red Hook, St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Winter Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands
Summer Cruising Area Caribbean Virgin Islands
Preferred Port St Thomas
Hours Between Charters 24
Sun Awning Yes
Hammock Yes
Deck Shower Yes
Hair Dryer Yes
Ice Maker Yes
Voltage 120/12
Other Sub Wing
Zayack sea sled
Hard Top Bimini
A/C after dark upon request

Adult Waterskis No
Kids Waterskis No
Stand Up Paddle Board Yes
Snorkeling Gear Yes
Tow Tube Yes
Wake Board No
Knee Board No
1-Person Kayak No
2-Person Kayak Yes
Float Mats Yes
Beach Games Yes
Fishing Gear Yes
Fishing Gear Type Trolling USVI ONLY
Number of Rods 2
Deep Sea No
Underwater Camera Yes
Underwater Video Camera Yes
Other Water Toys Two Stand Up Paddle Boards, 2 man kayak
AFT Mahogany Sun deck / swim platform with cushions
Sub Wing
Sea Sled
BVI Wifi available for emails/ USVI wifi
cushioned seating on the bow
Stereo System Yes
iPod Hookup Yes
Satellite TV No
DVD Player Yes (300+ DVDs)
Board Games Yes
Captain Nationality US
Captain License 100 Ton Master
Captain Years Sailing 37
Crew Smokes No
Crew Pets No
Caters to Special Diets Yes

Reviews for Steppin Up with Bill & Michelle:

Our time aboard Steppin Up with Bill and Michelle was perfect! We’ve sailed on crewed charter at least a dozen times, all over the Caribbean, and this was undoubtedly our best crew. They were welcoming, gracious, fun, funny, helpful, professional, everything you could ever ask for in a charter crew.

The food was delicious, the boat clean, well ventilated, temperature perfect, and in good working order.

We were concerned that we might notice a reduction in activity in the Virgin Islands due to hurricane damage however Bill and Michelle took us so many wonderful places that we never missed some of our old standbys. I would sail with them again, no question.

Sailing Directions, John, was also most helpful during the selection process. Thanks for all!

Kriss H, aboard Catamaran Steppin Up April 2018  sailing the Virgin Islands

Bill & Michelle were wonderful in every way. They obviously read our preferences list prior to our arrival and pre-planned a draft itinerary. Once on board, they fine-tuned our itinerary based on suggestions, recommendations and their past experiences.

Bill & Michelle often anticipated our needs/wants/interests before we did! They were extremely attentive, very knowledgeable, super friendly and accommodating.

The yacht was impeccably clean and superbly maintained. Size was perfect for our family of 4 adults. We all enjoyed the traipse while under sail. Joan & Katie especially loved the hammock when we dropped anchor. Brian and Kenneth loved snorkeling with the hooka.

Michelle is a chef extraordinaire! Her meals were varied, creative and delicious! We were running out of adjectives to compliment Michelle by the end of the week. Michelle was also very good about making a "plain" version of some meals for our daughter.

Our interest was in snorkeling. Bill & Michelle had that in mind with our itinerary and overnight locations. Bill also was very good at finding locations with desolate beaches for shell seeking. Our daughter was over-the-moon with the spots Bill suggested!

We used Sailing Directions for our charter 10 years ago and wouldn't hesitate to use SD in the future (hopefully sooner than 10 years!). Very happy. Straight forward process.

If we were to describe the perfect charter/vacation, it would be a week sailing with Bill and Michelle on Steppin Up.

Safety is a paramount concern to our family. Captain Bill was very cautious, responsible and experienced. The entire family was completely at ease sailing with Captain Bill.

Joan E, aboard Catamaran Steppin Up January 2016  sailing the Virgin Islands

The Crew on Steppin' Up are amazing - they go above and beyond every step of the way. We cannot say enough good things about them. They are friendly, attentive and accommodating! From the minute we arrived when they were waiting in the parking lot for us, had a wonderful lunch already prepared, to the very end when they took us back to town before having to catch our flight. We felt completely spoiled and confident in Bill and Michelle.

Bill is a calm, cool, collected and very knowledgeable captain - but with a fun sense of humor and easy going/relaxed spirit. Michelle is not only a fabulous chef, but always made sure everything was always so clean, tidy, picked up and you didn't even realize they were doing it. They looked out for us - our safety and enjoyment. They were so easy to get along with and feel instantly comfortable with - we lucked out!!

The boat was very comfortable, clean and well ventilated. It was also well equipped from big toys to little things like games and extra supplies.

The food was delicious! All of it made from scratch and wholesome. Michelle always had a snack ready, fresh fruit, wonderful meals, always offering something to drink. Everything was with a smile and she never showed any stress or effort - it all just magically happened. She was very accommodating with our son who has a gluten and dairy intolerance. Michelle is a pro and always has a smile on her face, a kind word and a helpful attitude. I will be trying to copy many of her dishes for a long time to come!

The itinerary was spot on to what we expected and actually exceeded our expectations. They seemed to have a knack at finding the quieter space or the best mooring or the perfect snorkeling or swimming hole. We were very pleased at our destinations and appreciated them listening to things we really wanted and working the schedule to fit in with our requests. Bill is really a captain to trust and again was so knowledgeable about the islands was a very gracious host.

Abundant comfortable lounging areas - in the bow, the trampolines have nice cushy head pillows, there are 2 comfy lounge mats and then 2 benches and a seat that are also fitted with very comfortable and attractive cushions. The cockpit and cabins are also very welcoming and comfortable.

We loved that they were at this lovely marina that was so easy to get to/access and welcoming. It made the whole transition on and off the boat much easier!

Bill and Michelle go above and beyond making sure each one in our family gets to do what they love to the most. They also had fun things for our boys ready for them - little basketball hoops for their cabins, treasure chests full of candy, etc. They were just a joy to be with and it was easy and fun - a trip of a lifetime!

Sailing Directions was great to deal with and the process was very smooth. Thank you for everything.

Katharine B, aboard Catamaran Steppin Up April 2015  sailing the Virgin Islands

   Sample Itinerary

Steppin Up is based out of Red Hook Marina in St Thomas from November through July, with the USVIs and BVIs as the yacht's primary cruising grounds. Sailing between St Thomas, the British Virgin Islands or the Spanish Virgin Islands brings you to so many beautiful locations in the Caribbean.
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