Sunday, August 26, 2007

New England / Chesapeake / Charleston cruise - BELLFLOWER

BELLFLOWER is available for charter from New England and en-route south through the Chesapeake to Charleston, beginning around the first of October 2007.

BELLFLOWER, an 88-foot Palmer Johnson motor yacht, accommodates 6-8 guests in 3 Staterooms. The rate for this trip is $22,500 per week, plus expenses.


Contact Paradise Connections for more info : CLICK HERE


Experience the beautiful fall colors along the Hudson River aboard the motor yacht Trilogy.

Trilogy is offering a special charter down the Hudson River, from Upstate New York near Rochester or Oswego to Manhattan in five days.... or take a leisurely full week to enjoy the fall colors of New England!

Trilogy (90 feet) sleeps eight guests in four comfortable staterooms, each with ensuite baths. Her interior has just been completely redone, new furnishings and linens, new galley and bathrooms. She has also had new Detroit Diesel engines installed for comfort and safety.

Book her now for a beautiful seasonal experience in New England.

Embark on or around October 1st, 2007

RATE: $29,500 per week plus expenses, for up to 8 guests.

View TRILOGY's brochure : CLICK HERE


New Yacht in the Charter Fleet : Sail Matelot this winter


s/y MATELOT is an 80-foot Southern Wind sloop chartering this winter in the Caribbean.

A striking Bruce Farr designed deck saloon sloop, MATELOT is in mint condition - virtually a new yacht - having been used only for boat shows since her 2005 launching.

Matelot, with a crew of three, is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins.

The master suite, forward of the saloon, features a king size bed, sitting area, and desk/vanity. The full beam master bath has an exceptionally spacious shower with a glass door and built-in seat.

Aft of the salon are two ensuite guest cabins with twin lower singles (not bunks!). For maximum guest privacy, the crew quarters are all the way aft with separate access to the cockpit.

RATES: all-inclusive, except bar/beverages, cruising fees
  • $26,500 for 2 guests
  • $28,000 for 4 guests
  • $29,500 for 6 guests

View MATELOT's brochure : CLICK HERE


CELEBRATE Christmas & New Years in the Bahamas

The 75-foot Irwin sailboat, Bahamian Rhapsody, is currently available for the 2007-8 Christmas / New Year holidays beginning December 24, 2007 from Nassau.

Bahamian Rhapsody is fully air conditioned and can accommodate up to 8 guests in 4 equivalent cabins, each having a double bed, shower and head. Jacuzzi on the aft

There is a 10-night minimum for the holidays... $22,858 up to 8 guests, all inclusive charter (based on $16,000/wk).

View Bahamian Rhapsody's brochure : CLICK HERE



SHOGUN, a 122-foot motor yacht, will be returning to Mexico for charters this Winter.

SHOGUN, with Captin Eric and his crew of five, is available in La Paz from Mid-December 2007 through the end of April 2008.

SHOGUN accommodates up to 8 guests in 4 staterooms, each with walkaround king-sized beds & entertainment centers with TV & DVD.

The rate for SHOGUN is $69,000/week, plus all expenses & 10% IVA (tax).

View SHOGUN's brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact PARADISE CONNECTIONS Yacht Charters for more info: CLICK HERE

Saturday, August 25, 2007

STORM PETREL - Charter review comments

Here are some comments we received from clients who chartered Storm Petrel this June 2007.

Charter dates = June 3-10, 2007

How did you enjoy your charter?
We really enjoyed the BVI cruising area as well as Phil and Laura. They have the ability to be wonderful hosts and conversationalists while also providing privacy and allowing Ruth and I our own time together.

Did you find your crew to be helpful, accommodating and friendly?
They were great. We feel like we met new friends. They used their expertise and knowledge to customize our trip to meet our specific interests. They also
went out of their way to make sure our stay was enjoyable.

Was the yacht comfortable, clean and well maintained?

How would you describe the quality and presentation of the meals served on board?
Excellent. Laura had a great variety of meals that perfectly met our diet and taste requirements. The meals were very enjoyable and well presented.

How did you find the services offered by Paradise Connections ?



Unfortunately, Peter did not book a charter for next season but we appreciate that he let us know that it is just not in the cards... Plus, thanks for the kind words!

My apologies at taking so long to get back with you. Let me first say you two have been great to work with. I have used several charter brokers in the past and the two of you by far take the cake. That said we have made the sad decision that we are going to shoot for 09 so that we can make it the full two weeks.
Best Regards,
We look forward to working with Peter next year.

Friday, August 24, 2007


Here's a super photo that Rich from the trimaran Promenade took recently. Thanks for letting us share this picture, Rich!

Remember guys... play nice! Don't use Rich's photo without giving due credit :)

Speaking of Promenade, here is a cool new toy that Kerry recently got for the boat...

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Feel free to contact us at anytime to inquire about your next sailing vacation or drop us a line just to let us know what you are up to... we think of you as friends and not just clients!

All the best!
Bob & Sheila
Paradise Connections Yacht Charters

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HOTEL BARGES (French canals, Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, Italy...)

There are still a few open weeks for this season (2007) for European hotel barges. Book now for next year as their calendars fill in quickly!

You can view some of the barges we represent on: (top right column) and visit our barging blog :

PROMENADE offering a cabin cruise in 2008

The 65-foot trimaran PROMENADE has just opened up a 6-night, cabin cruise week for March 30 to April 5, 2008 .

This is an all-inclusive, 6-night charter for $3900/cabin (double occupancy, not each person). Prices include all gourmet meals, ships bar, and water sports.

SCUBA diving:
  • Certified divers $125/week. Bring your own gear OR $125 BC and reg rental per person
  • Resort divers. $75 pp per dive to a maximun of $400 pp, includes gear
  • Open water referral $225 pp plus gear rental (This includes your diving for the week)
While you will be sharing your sailing vacation with other people, Promenade will do their best to accommodate interests, activities, meals, etc. to their guests on board, rather than a fixed itinerary and menu like a theme park ride.

Promenade is air conditioned and has 5 guests cabins; three cabins have Queen berths, while the other two can be configured either as Kings or as two Twins. Promenade has a 14-foot dinghy with 50HP motor, waterskis, kneeboard, tube, several kayaks, 5-person banana, snorkeling gear, fishing equipment, projection TV/VCR/DVD in the salon, a portable DVD player, Game Boy, Play Station 2, dedicated guest computer for email access, compressor to fill scuba tanks, and much more. Promenade has a Dive Instructor aboard so anyone can dive... give it a try!

To view Promenade's electronic brochure, CLICK HERE.

Contact Paradise Connections : CLICK HERE

HOLIDAY CHARTERS - Christmas and New Years


Check out current special offers on crewed charter yachts. 

For more yachts, visit our website:

HANALEI BAY - Another wondeful evening with Franz & Diane

In mid-July, Hanalei Bay stopped in Marigot, St. Martin (FWI) on their way south to Trinidad and invited us aboard for cocktails and dinner.

We always enjoy time spent with Hanalei Bay. Franz & Diane are a delightful & interesting couple.

Hanalei Bay is a spacious and beautiful 72-foot, custom sailing vessel. The yacht is fully air conditioned and accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with ensuite heads.

Hanalei Bay is an excellent value for such a large, high-quality yacht. Hanalei Bay has an impressive list of amenities: kayaks, knee board, Jr. waterskis, tube, banana blaster!, snorkel gear, floats... or just chill out on the boat: good sound system with a wide variety of music, double hammock, karaoke with 2 mics, guitar, keyboard, bongos, and we just love their "patio" on the aft deck behind the roomy cockpit... so much space.

Here are a few comments:
  • My 11 year old daughter, after leaving the yacht, said that Franz & Diane made her feel like we were all a big family. She said "I feel like we are the only ones they treat this way". For an 11 year old to take note of that, really says something. THANKS PARADISE CONNECTIONS & HANALEI BAY FOR A FABULOUS VACATION IN THE BVI!!
  • It is barely 48 hours since we disembarked from Hanalei Bay and we are ready to turn around and come back! ... While your depth of culinary and sailing experience was evident, it was your fun company and your genuine desire to 'please' us that made for a wonderful experience.
  • We were charmed from the moment we arrived on board. We shall return. We warmly recommend a cruise on Hanalei Bay to anyone who thinks they might like a holiday with a difference, who has sailed or might like to sail, who wants to explore inaccessible beaches and tiny islands, and who wishes to be made welcome by congenial hosts who are skilled in making guests feel happy.
  • The charter was way better than we ever imagined!!! Everyone had fun. My husband really enjoyed our little 30-60 minute snorkelling time TOGETHER everyday.
  • Todd and I had an amazing time on our vacation!!!! Words cannot really due justice to our experience. Franz and Diane were so much fun! We all really clicked, and had just a great time. Franz is responsible for my pants being too tight this week!!
You are in luck! Hanalei Bay is still available for the 2007/8 Holiday Season!

View HANALEI BAY's electronic brochure: CLICK HERE

Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

ISLAND SKIPPER : Book now while you still can!

Island Skipper, one of our most popular charter yachts and good friends of ours, only has a couple of weeks open for next season. We've already booked Rob & Michele's first & last weeks of their short season and we'd like to fill in the middle bit!

Currently, Island Skipper is available for New Years as they are open from December 30, 2007 through January 26, 2008.

Island Skipper is an air conditioned, 52-foot Irwin ketch which accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with ensuite head/shower. The master cabin aft is quite spacious and has a Queen berth. The forward guest cabin is a large V-berth, while the other guest cabin has two single bunks (upper/lowers) which provides flexible accomodations for friends and families.

Rob is a PADI Dive Master and offers 5 dives/week to certified divers for $125.

View ISLAND SKIPPER's two electronic brochures: CLICK HERE & HERE

Book Island Skipper today, contact Paradise Connections: CLICK HERE



Last week, as we were dinghying by Polypat Boatyard near the Marigot bridge on the French side of St. Martin, we saw Tachyon waiting to be craned out for the summer.

This was a wonderful opportunity for us to meet Eric & Jac, owner/operators of Tachyon. They both have impressive sailing resum├ęs and Jac is also a PADI Dive Master. Be sure to check out the crew profile in their electronic brochure. Eric & Jac have just finished their first season of chartering and they really enjoyed it. They are an energetic crew who are looking forward to their next season. We already have one booking for Tachyon and would love to add a few more to their calendar.

Tachyon is a 47-foot, air conditioned catamaran that accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 cabins, each with Queen berths and ensuite head/shower. Up to 5 dives/week are included in their rates for certified divers (bring your own gear or rent, guests pay for air fills). Other "toys" include: 2 two-person kayaks, wakeboard, tube, snorkel equipment, etc.

Tachyon is already booked for New Years, but they are available through December 27th.


Contact Paradise Connections for more info: CLICK HERE

Sunday, August 12, 2007

We are back in Sint Maarten (SXM) for a little bit

Hello from Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, Netherland Antilles! We are back on the Dutch side for a little bit. We are going to watch the weather and then we plan to sail to St. Barths and then south with our planned destination being Bequia in the Grenadines.

Hurray! We have wifi again in SXM. As some of you know, when we were anchored in Marigot Bay on the French side of St. Martin, We had wifi for about a week and then nothing! We dinghied over to the Dutch side and used the free wifi at MacDonalds for a while, but that was adding to the waistline, taking too much travel time, and too much anxiety for transporting the laptops (especially when we would get an unexpected cloudburst).

We would like to thank Dominique (former owner of the charter yacht La Dolce Vita) for letting us use the wifi at JCs Time Out Boatyard in Sandy Ground. Time Out is located near the French bridge on the lagoon side. JC holds a marine flea market the first Saturday of the month, in season. The first one for next season is scheduled for November 2007.

Here is a picture of our "office" in Marigot at Time Out. The palm fronds covering the picnic table actually sheltered us quite well for the occasional light rain we sometimes had...

We just returned from Anguilla a few days ago. We spent 10 days in Road Bay. We just went for the weekend but decided to stay for their August Monday festivities where they had bands on the beach. Kassav was the main act and we really enjoyed it.