Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Charter Yacht Catamaran Solitude - Special Offer

The charter yacht Solitude, a 46-foot Fontaine Pajot catamaran, has a special offer for charters taking place between now and December 15, 2010.

 Catamaran SOLITUDE - Sailing Vacations in the Virgin Islands

Solitude has a crew of two, is fully air conditioned, and accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 cabins with Queen berths and private, ensuite heads. (Inquire for 9-10 guests). Solitude has a 13-foot dinghy with 40HP outboard, waterskis, kneeboard, wakeboard, tube, 2-person kayak, boogie board, snorkel gear, PlayStation 2, TV/DVD in salon...

SPECIAL RATE: Charters taking place before December 15, 2010 (BVI taxes included)
  • 2 guests: $6799/week
  • 4 guests: $7289/week
  • 6 guests: $7779/week
  • 8 guests: $8269/week
Solitude also has discounted rates for:
  • Kids 12 years or younger - $100 off each child with two paying adults
  • Honeymoon/Anniversay - $250 off
  • Discounts cannot be combined with above-mentioned special offer
Sorry, Solitude is BOOKED for Christmas & New Years

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book SOLITUDE
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OCEANS SEVEN SQUARED or OCEANS 72, ex-KALIKOBASS II, has received an updated interior and other upgrades.  She will depart this week from Gibraltar and will arrive in the Caribbean in December.

Charter Yacht OCEANS 72 
Sailing vacations in the Caribbean & Eastern Mediterranean

Captain Matthew “Kippa” Satchwell and Chef Katie French are looking forward to being back in the Caribbean and their first charter over New Years.

OCEANS SEVEN SQUARED has four spacious double staterooms each with King bed which can convert to twin singles.  The two forward guest staterooms have a partition that can be removed to make a large master cabin with centerline King bed. (In this configuration OCEAN 7 Squared is suitable if there are 6 guests or fewer in the charter party.)  All staterooms have ensuite bath with stall shower & seat for added comfort with closing glass door.  Guest staterooms are complete with entertainment center including television, DVD, sound system, beverage refrigerator, safe and air conditioning unit with controls. Crew quarters, galley & crew mess are located aft.

  • Winter 2010-11,  Caribbean: $60,000/week plus all expenses for up to 8 guests
  • Summer 2011, Eastern Med (Croatia): € 50,000/week plus all expenses for up to 8 guests

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book OCEANS 72
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Large, Luxury Sailing Yachts for the Holidays

Are you looking for a large, luxurious sailing yacht to charter for the holidays?  Consider Volterra, Clevelander, and Whisper... 7-night holiday charters OK!


Charter Yacht Volterra - Caribbean Crewed Yacht Charters
80-foot Modern Classic Palmer Johnson Sloop
Sleeps 4-6 guests
3 crew
Available for Christmas through December 26, ending in Martinique
Holiday rate: $25,000/week plus expenses.


Charter Yacht Clevelander - Crewed Caribbean Sailing Vacations

82-foot Frers Nautor Swan Sloop
Sleeps 6 guests
3 crew
Available for Christmas and New Years
Holiday rate: $37,500/week plus expenses


Charter Yacht Whisper - Crewed Caribbean Yacht Charters

116-foot Fontaine/Hood Sloop by Holland Jachtbouw
Sleeps 6 guests
5 crew
Available for Christmas and New Years
Holiday rate: $85,000/week plus expenses
(Holiday charters of 9 days or more at regular rate of $80,000/wk)

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paradise Connections!

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

2011 BVI Wreck Week - Promenade cabin week special event!

The charter yacht Promenade, a spacious 65-foot trimaran that accommodates up to 10 guests, announced that they will be participating in BVI Wreck Week which is taking place May 28 - June 4, 2011. This week is open to cabin bookings.

This is the third year that the dive operators and the BVI Tourist Board have teamed together to put on fun diving and activities, both on the water and on shore.

Your BVI Wreck Week charter will include 7 nights aboard Promenade, a fully air conditioned, 65-foot trimaran with a beam of 35 feet... a very stable platform.  The charter fee includes all on-board buffet meals, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, wine with dinner, all diving, and other water sports including fishing, waterskiing, kayaking.

The style of diving on Promenade will be casual. If you are a photographer, please feel free to go at your own pace. If you want a divemaster to lead you, follow Promenade's crew member. If you prefer diving by yourself, after a thorough briefing on the site, go right ahead. If YOU want to get up very early in the morning and jump in the water (as we tend to anchor over dive sites because of night dives this week) feel free to do so, as long as a crew member knows that you are in the water.

Package details:
  • 7 nights' accommodation aboard Promenade (Saturday to Saturday). The first night is on "sleep aboard" terms (See "Day One" in sample itinerary, below)
  • All food and beverages on the yacht, including wine with dinner, cocktail hour (for those not night diving), beer and soda.
  • Unlimited diving featuring the wrecks of the BVI, including a minimum of 3 dives on the wreck of the RMS Rhone (including a night dive).
  • Includes all tank fills
  • BC's and regs are available at an extra cost for those who would like rent, rather than bring their own gear
  • Dive Anegada (weather permitting), including The Chikuzen and also The Rocus and/or The Parametta
  • Special souvenir T-shirt
  • Souvenir chart to map your week
  • NOT included: Crew gratuity
Package price:
  • $1700 per person, based on 2 guests per cabin ($3400/cabin, double occupancy).
  • Two cabins will be available on a "first come/first reserve" basis for single divers. One cabin for guys and one for gals... This is a great opportunity for those divers who can't find a dive buddy to come along with them.


Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, June 4, 2011

This is a sample itinerary ONLY. We have two wrecks on Anegada Reef, the Parametta and the Rocus, that we will dive if the weather conditions allow. We do, however, guarantee to hit as many wrecks as we can in the time as we can and to do unlimited diving.

Day One: Board Promenade anytime after 4 pm at Village Cay Marina in Roadtown. The first night will be spent on dock, allowing you to participate in any kick-off parties, and you can choose to have dinner and breakfast at any of our local restaurants. (This is a "sleep aboard" night so tonight's dinner and tomorrow's breakfast services are NOT included in the package price).

Day Two: Promenade will serve a light lunch while sailing over to the wreck of the FEARLESS outside Great Harbor on Peter Island to do our first wreck dive. We will anchor for the evening at Little Harbor on Peter Island.

Day Three: After breakfast, we will dive Carrot Rock on the outside of Peter Island, one of our favorite dive sites, with pinnacles reaching from 70 feet up to the surface. Lunch will be at White Bay at Peter Island with time for a beach excursion or snorkeling trip before we dive “Brown Pants” on the outside of Norman Island, or Santa Monica Rock (so named for the Santa Monica that hit the pinnacles here on April 29, 1783 and subsequently sank at Water Creek on St John). We will anchor for the night at Privateer Bay on Norman Island. This anchorage is also known as the Caves at Treasure Point and the setting of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Day Four: After a snorkel before breakfast with all the Glassy Eyed Sweepers in the caves, we will take a short hop over to the Indians (so named as they look like an Indian's feathered headdress from a distance), where we will do a dive before sailing up to Salt Island for lunch. After hearing the history of the wreck of the Rhone, we will dive the Rhone in the afternoon. We'll have an after-dinner SCUBA to watch the turtles sleeping underneath the wreck, and see lobsters and crabs wandering around. This, bar none, is not only the best wreck dive in the Caribbean, but also in the Top 5 Dives of the World. We will anchor overnight on Salt Island.

Day Five: Up and in the water for an early pre-breakfast dive before anyone else has a chance to disturb the wreck. This will cap off our SCUBA diving on the RMS Rhone. Additional wrecks planned for our diving agenda today: the Beatta, the Inganess, the Marie L, and the Pat.

Day Six: Weather permitting, we sail out to the wreck of the CHIKUZEN, our second most famous wreck. We will dive the Chikuzen before lunch and again after lunch before taking a leisurely sunset sail into Muskmelon Bay on Guana Island, one of our favorite deserted anchorages. Or, perhaps we will head out to the Rocus and the Parametta? It all depends on the weather! A night dive is planned for those interested.

Day Seven: After a breakfast spent watching the pelicans circling over this bay filled with a gazillion bait fish, we will go around to the outside to dive Grand Central Station. Grand Central Station is so named for the many fish that converge around here, and it is capped up by a spectacular large cave that goes through the island at about 60 feet. Perhaps this afternoon will be a good time to visit the Baths?

Day Eight: Sadly, it is time to sail back to the marina, disembark and leave paradise, albeit with great memories. We will be back in the marina by mid-morning so, for those divers with flights that leave later on in the day, your luggage can be stored while you shop and explore Roadtown.


There are TWO cabins available beginning February 13, 2011.
Book for 6 or 10 nights... Click HERE for details.

SPECIAL OFFER: April, June and July 2011
Click HERE for details

For bookings confirmed by December 15, 2010
See Paradise Connections special promotion
Click HERE for details

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book PROMENADE
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Monday, November 22, 2010

News from Charter Yacht McGregor

This morning we received a newsletter from Tim & Julie, owner-operators of the Motoryacht McGregor.

Charter Yacht McGregor offers all-inclusive yacht charters in the Virgin Islands
Diving included

They had a busy time in the boatyard preparing for the new yacht charter season....

We replaced all of the flybridge cushions this summer and went with a new colorful stripe. Julie’s throw pillows finished the project off with an aquatic flair.  Adding a new pair of Klipsch outdoor speakers will keep the music rocking!!!

We also replaced all of the cushions on the foredeck with new foam and pin-tucked vinyl. The sunbathers are really happy with the new ultra soft bunny pad cushions!!  All of the decks on McGregor have been coated with sparkling Awl Grip paint.
A real work of art!

Our friends in Virgin Gorda fabricated a new hand crafted teak platform, one strip at a time!!!!

New fixtures and Corian back-splashes finished off our three bathrooms. We rebuilt a storage locker in the cockpit with a new Afromosia teak board.  All the varnish is in tip top shape with numerous coats added in the last month!
McGregor is a 58-foot Hatteras motor yacht with a crew of two. McGregor is fully air conditioned and has a large cabin aft with queen-sized berth, another guest cabin can be set up as a Queen berth or as two single berths, and a forward cabin with an upper/lower v-berth, all cabins have  ensuite heads/showers. McGregor has a 15-foot dinghy with 60HP motor, kids & adult waterskis, kneeboard, wakebaord, snorkel gear, fishing gear, kayaks, tube, squirt guy arsenal, aquanaut, etc... Lots of toys... A fun boat. Three color TVs and three DVD players.  Tim is a diving instructor and 8 dives/week for certified divers are included in his rates, plus  FREE resort/discover scuba courses are included for non-certified divers who want to try out scuba.  McGregor is a non-smoking yacht.

McGREGOR is currently available for CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS
Standard rates: the 15% holiday premium has been waived!
Can't make it for the holidays? Check with us and see if YOUR dates are available.
Book NOW!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book McGREGOR
View McGregor's online brochure
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Motoryacht TIVOLI: Winter 2010/11 Lower Rates

The charter yacht TIVOLI, a 90-foot motor yacht, has lowered their rates for the 2010-11 winter season... including the holidays!

Motor Yacht TIVOLI - Caribbean Yacht Charters

Based in Antigua but available anywhere in the Caribbean (with delivery) TIVOLI can accommodate 6 guests in three staterooms that radiate from a central foyer.  The master stateroom has a centerline queen bed and separate 'his & hers baths' -- one with spacious marble shower and one with steam shower & whirlpool tub.

Two guest staterooms have twin lower singles with enclosed marble showers in the ensuite baths.  TIVOLI is elegantly decorated and fully air conditioned through out. Crew has a separate companionway, heads and shower.

RATES :  Winter 2010-11
  • $25,000/wk for up to 6 guests, plus all expenses
  • Christmas & New Years:  7-night charters accepted with NO holiday premium

Currently available for Christmas and New Years

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book TIVOLI
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Honeymoons Aboard Charter Yacht Verna Breeze

Chris & Kelly, owner-operators of the charter yacht VERNA BREEZE, dropped us a line this morning to tell us about their honeymoon special.

Charter Yacht VERNA BREEZE - Sailing vacations in the Virgin Islands

Honeymoon Special:

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  • French Champagne upon arrival, or one dinner ashore 
  • Choice of either:
    • ATV excursion, Jost Van Dyke
    • Island Tour (island of your choice)
    • Couples massage at Bitter End Yacht Club
  • Special parting gift

A few reasons to book Verna Breeze:
  • Fishing is our specialty (We keep a BVI fishing license all year)
  • Full sun awning
  • Hammocks
  • Walk-in spacious cockpit with hard dodger
  • 15-foot tender with 70HP outboard
  • Wakeboard
  • Kneeboard
  • Tube
  • Two ocean kayaks
  • Plenty of water toys (chair floats, noodles, 2-person raft)
  • Underwater camera
  • WiFi onboard
  • Spacious interior
  • Ice maker
  • Premium liquors and wine
  • Fully air conditioned
  • Large generator
  • Flat screen TVs & thousands of hours of entertainment
  • Stereo in all cabins
  • Comfort! It's like chartering a motoryacht that sails
Full awning for comfort in the sun

Love to fish

Lots of water toys

Verna Breeze has completed a successful first year of chartering and are back again for "Round 2".

Although this is the beginning of their second charter season, Chris & Kelly have been cruising for several years and are definitely not newbies to sailing.

Verna Breeze is typically a 2-guest boat, but they do have an additional guest cabin with two single bunk beds. They love family charters... KIDS ARE WELCOME.

VERNA BREEZE is currently available for CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARS
Can't make it for the holidays? Check with us and see if YOUR dates are available.
Book NOW!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book VERNA BREEZE
View Verna Breeze's online brochure
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Charter Yacht Flame - Cruise the Virgin Islands

The motoryacht FLAME is one of our favorite charter yachts in the Virgin Islands. Wayne & Barbara, owner-operators of Flame, have been chartering for 20-plus years and they still enjoy sharing their boat and the islands with their guests. Jacob, the ship's cat has been aboard for about 5 years now, and is much loved by all.

Way back when they discovered Flame, she was in quite a state of disrepair (fire damaged as I recall, hence the name "Flame") but it was love at first sight. Flame's restoration and reconfiguration took a full three years and they did all the work themselves. Their love for their home truly shows with the meticulous upkeep and maintenance they bestow upon her.  A very fine vessel, indeed.

In the summer months when they are not chartering, they restore antique speedboats (classic mahogany Chris Crafts and Gar Woods) and cars, as well as remodelling and landscaping their place up in New England. Busy folks while on vacation...

1931 LaSalle Sedan
1929/30 Gar Wood 28 foot Triple Cockpit Runabout

Barb is well-known for her culinary skills and Wayne for his lobster-hunting talent. You can almost always bet on fresh seafood sometime during your week. You can find Barb's recipe for Shrimp and Lobster Risotto with White Truffle Oil in a previous post here.

Honeymooners... Flame is a "one stop shop".  Wayne can perform your wedding ceremony as he is an ordained minister.

Flame is a fully air conditioned, 65-foot Feadship motoryacht that accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 equivalent cabins, each with private ensuite head/shower. Originally built in 1956, she has a classic style that is very appealing.  Flame has a large, covered aft deck which is great for dining and just relaxing out of the direct sun, yet still enjoying the cooling tradewinds. They have a 15-foot dinghy with a 85HP motor, waterskis, tube, snorkel equipment, 2-person kayak, two TV/VCR/DVD, iPod with 6000 songs that can be broadcast in any cabin, bocci and lots of other beach games, too!

Our video slideshow for the charter yacht Flame

Wayne & Barb invite you to "Come on in, take your shoes off, relax and make yourself at home!"

FLAME is currently available for a CHRISTMAS  charter through December 26th.
Open for Easter! Check with us and see if YOUR dates are available.
Book NOW!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book FLAME
View Flame's online brochure

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

SPECIAL GIFT with New Yacht Charter Bookings

Christmas is coming and Paradise Connections would like to send you a gift! 

Confirm your new 2010 or 2011 yacht charter booking of 7 nights or more between now and December 15, 2010 and get a FREE 2GB iPod Shuffle... or two... or three... or four... or more...


We'll send each person in your charter party (whether a honeymoon couple or a family group of 10, for example) a handy gift to enjoy on your sailing vacation...

Don't let its tiny size fool you. With this 2GB player, you can pack up to 500 songs... That should do you for a week!

Load it up with your favorite tunes, audiobooks, podcasts you've been meaning to get to, or maybe study a foreign language. It's your vacation and it's your iPod so ENJOY!

Pop off an email to us and let's get started on planning your next sailing vacation so we can send your Christmas gift.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Paradise Connections!

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

News from Charter Catamaran MAROLANGA

This summer we hoped to get over to Puerto Rico and visit Gus & Marcella, owner-operators of the charter catamaran, Marolanga, but alas, it wasn't meant to be... So It Goes...

Perhaps it was a good thing as we might have been put to work!  Here's a picture of Gus working in the engine room, mounting the new Volvo engine to the new saildrive.  Doesn't look like there's room for another person in there though...

 What Gus did on his summer vacation

First of all, it was necessary to remove the old engine, of course, and all of its assorted goodies.  They dismantled it into 6 pieces because it was just too heavy to deal with. The new engine had to be in one piece though... Gus just managed to squeak the new Volvo engine into the compartment but it necessitated removing three doors, their framing, and the aft toilet. Then he had to rig a block and tackle to move the engine onto its new engine bed (it would have been too easy if you could have used the old one!). Once the engine was in place there were still all of those bits and pieces to take care of...  transmission, hoses, fuel lines, controls, wiring, various fluids, and other whatnots.  But, because Gus installed the engine, he knows it very well and will be able to troubleshoot and repair it when necessary.  This is a very good thing...

Perhaps Sasha could help? He has smallish hands...

Sasha loves his basket...
Typical cat :)

This was meant to be a fruit basket, but Sasha claimed it for himself.

Gus & Marcella celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on 10/10/10.  CONGRATULATIONS!

They bought bicycles this summer with the good intention of doing some cycling. They really enjoy bike riding when they travel in Europe but unfortunately they were too busy to do much... except the time Gus rode 20 miles to the marine store :)

Charter Yacht Marolanga - Sailing vacations in the Virgin Islands

Marolanga is a 43-foot Catana catamaran, owned and operated by Gus & Marcella, along with ship's cat, Sasha, a beautiful Persian. Marolanga is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in three cabins, each with ensuite head/shower. Marolanga has a good selection of "water toys" such as kneeboard, wakeboard, tube, kayaks; plus they love having families aboard and have toys for children.

MAROLANGA is currently available for CHRISTMAS and NEW YEARs charters... 
Book NOW!

Contact Paradise Connections Yacht Charters to book MAROLANGA
View Marolanga's online brochure #1 and brochure #2
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